Pierre Hjartberg, of New Orleans, says, “Several years ago, when Archie Manning was Jim Henderson’s color guy in the Saints radio broadcasts, I went to most of the out-of-town games — because as a travel executive I handled fans’ transportation on charter flights.
“Since I had known both of them for years, I would often sit in the broadcast room for a while, wearing a headset through which I heard Jim and Archie.
“One time in either Denver or Green Bay, during a prolonged time out and when the commercials were over, Jim told the audience that he and Archie had a tradition to go out to dinner at the out-of-town destinations on Saturday nights. And that they took turns picking up the tab.
“‘We all know that the further out of town you go, the less expensive the restaurants are,’ said Jim. ‘Last night it was Archie’s turn to pay. I am not going to say anything about him being frugal and conservative with his funds but...
“‘...before we even got there last night, the cab driver had to stop twice to rotate the tires.’”
Honoring a Marine
Emily Wax Patterson, of Baker, wanted to do something special for her brother, Ted Wax, who was a 19-year-old Marine when he fought at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea in 1950 in 40-below weather and suffered frostbitten feet. (A military historian described it as “the most violent small unit fighting in the history of American warfare.”)
Emily says her brother is in ill health, and “I wanted to do something to recognize him, so I called Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Collins with the Marines in Baton Rouge and inquired if they gave any type of recognition to the men who served in the war.
“I told him how much it would mean to my brother to get a note, etc.
“This young man took it upon himself to do better than that — he dressed in his blues and dressed a ceramic bulldog mascot in a ‘leatherneck’ hat, with a place to hang ‘dog tags’ on its collar.
“He took the time to deliver this personally to my brother. I have to say my brother cried. As sick as he was, he managed to salute him.
“Thanks to this young man, and also thanks to all service men and women who serve our country.”
The Cajun way
Jack Proffitt adds to our “Mr. and Mrs.” discussion:
“I was born and raised a Yankee, where everyone quite formally called older people Mr. and Mrs.
“Then I came south to Louisiana and worked out of Houma as party chief of a seismic crew of mostly Cajuns.
“Even though I was younger than most of them, I was called Mr. Jack — and my wife became Mrs. Jack!
“Later we moved to California, and we were startled at the impertinence of the neighborhood children, who called us Jack and Alma.
“Later still, when we finally retired to our beautiful acreage near Sunset, we soon became known to all except our closest friends as Mr. Jack and Miss Alma — and we loved it.”
All in the family
Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says, “Comments about children calling adults Mr. or Miss and their first name reminded me of my childhood in the ’50s.
“In our neighborhood, our neighbors became our family, too.
“Miss Tillie and Mr. Hamilton were Mama Tillie and Boo Boo.
“Their other family members were Grandma Tinny, Aunt Bridget, Uncle Manny, Aunt Thelma and Aunt Olivia.
“When my children grew up in Sherwood Forest in the ’80s, they started calling the neighbor Uncle Frank, even though they called his wife Miss Gervais. These were great times!”
Looking for stuff
Shareese Kondo, of Dillard University in New Orleans, says, “We have a gifted writer on campus, Cubs the Poet, who writes poems on demand for a small donation.
“He used a Royal typewriter to create his work. It fell over and broke, and he’s desperately seeking a replacement.”
Contact Shareese at (501) 519-1556 or email@example.com.
Special People Dept.
Anaise M. Guilbeau of Carencro, a World War II veteran, celebrates her 96th birthday on Monday, Nov. 10.
J. Bello Jr., of Williamsburg Retirement Community, celebrates his 91st birthday on Monday, Nov. 10. He is a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific.
Frances Lithgoe, of Sunrise Assisted Living Center, celebrates her 91st birthday on Monday, Nov. 10. She taught Sunday School to pre-schoolers at Baton Rouge’s First Baptist Church for 44 years.
Chris Caballero addresses the issue of LSU and corn dogs:
“LSU fans should be proud of being called a corn dog. It is basically a compliment to our love and spice of life, cooking food and sharing with all fans.
“When confronted by a demeaning opponent, I think we should just respond, ‘Thank you, it’s better than being a plain weenie.’”
“They will figure it out a little later — Vandy within minutes, Ole Miss and Bama maybe the next day.”
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