Harry Clark, of Lafayette, says, “Reggie Gremillion’s recommendation for concession stands in the back of churches brought to mind an incident when I was new in Cajun land.

“My daughter was attending a Catholic parochial school. My wife and I attended the Christmas program in the school gym.

“A man crossed in front of us carrying a can of beer. I remarked to my wife that I thought it a little unusual that he couldn’t wait until the program was over to get a beer.

“Then I saw several more people drinking beer, and noticed that the concession stand was selling beer along with soft drinks, candy and popcorn.

“I thought this just wasn’t the proper venue for beer drinking.

“The next day I called the principal and complained. She told me they had certainly not intended to sell beer, but the concession stand had been stocked for a Christmas dance scheduled for the next night.

“When the stand opened, a guy came up to get a soft drink and saw the beer in the cooler, so he ordered one. The attendant, not knowing what to do, sold it to him.

“The word spread quickly through the audience, and it was too late to stop it.

“She said it would not ever happen again — but they did make a lot more money than expected.”

Gimme a brake!

“I saw Sonny Chapman’s note about brake tags,” says Keith Horcasitas. “Growing up in N’Awlins, most people back in the ’70s went to the South Jefferson Davis Parkway location.

“You literally drove yourself through, and were told to quickly depress your brakes. Some meter would determine the efficacy of them and whether you passed the test or not. Nowadays, other technicians do this, as I’m sure you know.

“Back then, the Jeff Davis inspection site was notorious for taking ‘tips’ to let you pass the test — which of course I never offered!

“All of us Yats still say, ‘We’re going to get a brake tag!’”

Suit yourself

Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, says all the clothing ads in The Advocate “reminded me of a trip to the home of many of the top designers of the world — Milan, Italy.

“I saw a suit that caught my eye and was shocked by the price, but knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“So I removed it from the display and handed it to the storekeeper.

“He was impressed with my sense of style, and began measuring me for what would be a perfect fit.

“When he rolled up the slacks to make a cuff, I tried to explain to him that I only wore boots and that none of my suits had cuffs.

“He said, ‘You no wantta cuffs, you no getta suit!’ and began to place it back in the showcase.

“I finally bought the suit; however, I had to settle for cuffs!”

Positive thinking

Loraine Bruner addresses this “to the lady whose deceased husband gets continued mail to buy life insurance:

“I get mail for my deceased husband to buy cremation insurance. I just ignore it.

“I would like to complain about so much junk mail or organizations asking for money, but then I think maybe that is what is keeping the post offices open.

“So maybe one bad thing sometimes makes a good thing.”

TV memories

Pat Crotty, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, says our mention of actor Jock Mahoney reminded him that Jock not only portrayed the Range Rider and Tarzan, but was also http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/neworleansnews/11776518-123/many-in-st-bernard-wish">Yancy Derringer in the 1958-59 TV series.

Pat also recalls Yancy’s sidekick Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah, played by an actor of German ancestry, http://www.twitter.com/rthompsonMSY">Jay X Brands (or simply X Brands), known for his portrayals of Native Americans.

Special People Dept.

— Edna B. Brown, of Baton Rouge, celebrates her 98th birthday on Thursday, May 21.

— On Thursday, May 21, Kathryn McCutchen celebrates her 94th birthday.

Orange you silly?

After our tales of purple-and-gold flowers and flags in Alabama, Mike McNeese offers “another story of school colors.

“Many years ago, the University of Tennessee school newspaper announced that the University of Texas had filed a lawsuit claiming that Texas had prior rights to the use of ‘UT’ and the orange-and-white school colors, and wanted to force Tennessee to stop using them.

“Strangely, the next day — April 2 — the paper failed to follow up on the story, or mention it ever again.”

Spygate South?

Francis Celino, the Metairie Miscreant, noticed a sports headline claiming “Brother Martin peeking at the right time.”

“At what are they peeking?” he asks. “Shades of the Patriots of a few years ago. Maybe they are looking for the recipe for Peeking duck.”

Going frog wild

Speaking of creative spelling, Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, tells of seeing this sign in a park:

“YOU PARK ON GRASS

YOU GET TOAD”

Contact 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.