Former LSU Chancellor James Wharton says, “The upcoming football season and the recent death of contractor David Broussard brought back memories from events that occurred in May of 1981.”

He says cracks had been detected in the south end zone seating area of Tiger Stadium, raising the possibility the area could be condemned:

“Fortunately, an elderly expert in concrete and stone structures came down from New York to climb tall ladders. He not only told us the cracks were from freezing water and collisions between the stadium and underlying dormitory, but also told us how to make repairs.

“David Broussard’s Red Stick Construction made the repairs at cost, with a little steel and lots of fiberglass in epoxy glue.

“Over the years, we often laughed about the glue.

“The next year, annual inspections were initiated by Chicago Bridge and Iron, and the stadium was waterproofed by the (Tiger Athletic Foundation).”

No ill wind here

I sense quite a bit of excitement in these parts over an upcoming football contest between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.

T. Hendry found evidence of this in a checkout line when he overhead this comment:

“Yeah, dey got ‘Gone Wit Da Wind,’ but WE got ‘Pass Wit Da Brees!’ ”

Heart-stopping football

Carl Spillman addresses the thrilling way the LSU Tigers came to life late in the Wisconsin game to pull out a victory:

“Les Miles is a closet recruiter and lobbyist for cardiologists.”

The Yats weigh in

More entries in our Yat contest, which ends Friday.

You might be a Yat if:

Keith Horcasitas : “… you roll up your sleeves before eating your po-boy.”

Frank Fronczek: “… you get on a bus labeled ‘Cemeteries’ and think nothing of it.”

“… you know what you’ll be eating for dinner next Monday, and every Monday after that.”

“… you still refer to a certain hue as ‘K&B purple.’ ”

“… a ‘shotgun’ is not something to hunt ducks with.”

Dave Moynan, of Metairie: “… you ever had a erster samitch at Bozo’s.”

Gail Stephenson: “… your parents took the Algiers Ferry to Touro the night you were born.”

Thomas Murrel, of Church Point: “… you consider Louis Prima, Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses your all-time favorite musical group.”

Word play

A few more silly suggestions about that French phrase:

From Andree Herrington, of Metairie: “Déjà cue: An actor who keeps forgetting the same line.”

From Glenn Giro, of Denham Springs: “Déjà didja: The feeling you’ve been nagged about something before.”

Damp summer days

L.P. Miller says, “I read somewhere that, in the summertime South, the protocol goes thusly:

“Horses sweat, men perspire, and ladies ‘feel the heat.’

“Well, the other early morning, I went out to pick up the paper and felt the heat.

“Around noon, did a little light gardening and perspired.

“Late afternoon, mowed the grass and sweated like a horse.”

Night noshers

After a reader told of the athlete who said he ate four meals a day, we heard from Dianne Reynolds, of Central:

“My husband, Dave, served on a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

“They were served a fourth meal at midnight, affectionately known as ‘Mid Rats’ (midnight rations).

“Before you wonder — I did ask how they knew it was midnight. The answer? They had clocks!”

Well-bread advice

Joel d’Aquin Thibodeaux answers Tom Toddy’s quest for places in Baton Rouge to buy fresh, hot bread:

“Go to Our Daily Bread on Florida Boulevard. They bake bread every morning. It is not white bread, but different varieties of whole-wheat bread.”

Special People Dept.

  • Kaarlo Oivanki celebrates his 90th birthday Wednesday.
  • Harvey Davis, of Baker, celebrated his 90th birthday Tuesday. He is a World War II veteran, a Purple Heart recipient and took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

    Anna and Emile Mercante celebrate 64 years of marriage Wednesday.

    Walt Joiner was recognized Sunday for his 56 years of teaching the Fellowship Sunday School class at Broadmoor United Methodist Church.

Thought for the Day

From Alan Boyd: “Just thinking back on days past. I had my nose broken in four places. I stopped going to those places.”

Life imitates bridge

Ronnie Stutes says, “I know some people rely on the zodiac feature for advice, but right next to it, in Thursday’s Advocate, the bridge feature ends with good advice for all of us: ‘With a relatively flat dummy, stay passive.’

“I’m sure that’s how you’ve tried to live your life.”

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.