Emily Hubbard says, “Family members from out of town who visited last week were having dinner with us at Acme Oyster House in Baton Rouge when the discussion of politics came up.

“I was thrilled to read online in Business Report that Baton Rouge and New Orleans were seriously talking about a ‘Super Region’ effort (yes, about time!). I commented that I wondered what acronym they would use for it, since it seemed ‘New Orleans/Baton Rouge Area’ was a mouthful and not very ‘musical.’

“Then one member of our family came up with ‘NO/BRA.’

“Another one of the family decided to add blurbs for ads: ‘We Will Never Let You Down,’ or ‘Wow, Look At Those Two’ or ‘We Need Some Support!’

“Our laughter was so loud that other customers heard us and demanded we share our story. There is never a dull moment in our family!”

Rick and Nick

Alex Chapman, of Ville Platte, says, “Looking at the Tuesday Advocate’s ‘Ten Reasons to Hate Alabama,’ and ‘Reason No. 1’ — Nick Saban leaving our beloved Tigers for the NFL but coming back to the college game at, of all places, Alabama — I’m reminded of Bogie’s character Rick in ‘Casablanca.’

“He’s crying into his drink after seeing his lost love Ilsa, and he blurts out, ‘Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.’”

Yeah, of all the colleges, in all the towns, in all the world…

Rolling sevens

Carol B. notes: “LSU is playing Alabama on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.; the game will be broadcast on Cox Channel 7; our star player, Leonard Fournette, is No. 7 and our record is 7-0. How can we lose?”

I’d settle for a 7-0 score — in the Tigers’ favor.

Mr. Romantic

Mark Hebert is one of those guys who make the rest of us look bad to our spouses.

He says 25 years ago, at a Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Camelot Club, Robin Whittington won the door prize — in a Lee Michaels Jewelers’ gift box:

“Inside was an engagement ring, and I dropped to a knee and asked her to marry me! She said yes.”

Mark reveals why it’s easy to remember the time frame when his anniversary rolls around: “I left that afternoon on a flight to the LSU-Alabama game.”

Miracle II

Back on Oct. 8 I ran a story about what A.B. Crochet called a “small miracle.”

He told of finding his neighbor’s lost diamond ring by going over to her yard and dropping his wedding band on her lawn. He heard a “clink,” and there was her ring, which his ring had hit.

Jimmy Chapman tells of a similar miracle:

“One day Dad gave each of us kids a nickel (big money at the time).

“My sister headed to the little country store across a cow pasture from our house. In about five minutes she was back and in tears...she had lost her nickel along the trail.

“She insisted that, as older brother, I come with her to look for it. After looking in the pasture for 100 feet or so, I sent her ahead to look, planning on dropping my nickel and finding ‘her’ nickel, to end our impossible search and her crying.

“When I dropped my nickel I heard a clink. I had dropped my nickel directly on top of hers!

“This was along a cow trail through very high grass and weeds that stretched for several hundred yards.

“I stopped her crying and kept my nickel, too!”

Bathroom study hall

JiJi Jonas says she attended a women’s Baptist college, Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in 1961-65:

“Our rules were very strict. We couldn’t wear pants at any time, except between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Our big thrill was to try to sneak to our daily chapel time wearing shorts under our raincoat.

“Lights had to be out by 10 p.m. I lived in a dorm built in 1869, and my room was huge, with its own bathroom. As you couldn’t see the light in the bathroom, after 10 everyone gathered in my bathroom to study if they had a big test.

“In May I attended my 50th reunion at Blue Mountain, and we had a fun time laughing about ‘the rules.’ Blue Mountain is now coed, and doing great as a small college.”

Special People Dept.

Armede M. Smith celebrates her 96th birthday on Friday, Nov. 6.

Alta Stutzman, of St. Francisville, celebrates her 96th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Dr. Thomas J. Wilcox Jr., of Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Scotlandville, celebrates his 92nd birthday on Saturday, Nov 7.

Eddie J. and Janet Swindler Callegan, of Ventress, celebrate 69 years of marriage on Friday, Nov. 6.

Big Apple South

Ronald Scioneaux, of St. James, says, “My daughter Patti Hymel took my 6-year-old great-granddaughter, Alyse Becnel, to Saenger Theatre in New Orleans to see ‘Cinderella.’

“As they were walking out of the parking garage and all the tall buildings came into view, Alyse shouted, ‘Aunt Patti — I always wanted to come to New York City!’”

Contacting Smiley

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

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