Fay Weilbaecher, of Covington, has the ultimate Roy Rogers story:
“While living in Tucson, Arizona, I read that Roy Rogers and Dale Evans would be performing on our 30th anniversary. I knew my husband was Roy’s biggest fan, and this would be the perfect anniversary gift for him.
“When I arrived at the ticket office, I was amazed to find this huge crowd all around the block.
“I asked someone if this was the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans line. The response was, ‘Who? I thought they were dead. This line is for George Strait!’
“A guard told me it was also for Roy and Dale, so in line I went.
“I waited for two hours, where I was the joke of the day. As people came and asked if this line was for George Strait, everyone would say, ‘Yes,’ then point to me, laugh, and say, ‘And one for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.’
“I laughed with them until I reached the front of the line — and was told the paper had mistakenly put the wrong date, and my tickets were on sale the next day.
“Even the crowd let out a ‘Are you kidding me?’
“I explained how everyone was laughing at me, I was tired, hot and probably would not live through another day like this one. The ticket man sold me two tickets, gave me a wink and said Roy Rogers was his favorite cowboy.
“My husband said this was his best anniversary gift ever, and he would never forget it.
“You can bet on it, because I won’t let him!”
Flight of a lifetime
Ken Best says our recent mention of the Honor Air program that sent World War II veterans to Washington for a day reminds him of his service as an assistant on a flight several years ago:
“Because the veterans were all up in years, assistants were sent along to attend to their needs. Each assistant was responsible for two or three veterans.
“The vets traveled for free. The assistants had to pay their own way. That was one of the best investments I ever made.
“On the flight back, the vets were given the opportunity to say whatever they wanted to the group.
“One of the old gentlemen stood up and said, ‘Don’t tell my wife this, but this was the best day of my life.’
“As a veteran myself, I have to say it was a wonderful experience.”
Nice People Dept.
“I saw the sweetest thing Wednesday afternoon as I drove home on Government Street after working out at the Y,” says Kim B.
“As I neared my home I noticed a letter carrier who was carrying in her arms a small dog (who had apparently followed her) that she was returning to its home.
“It was a precious moment, and I smiled at her compassion for the little dog (and its family), because with the way the traffic whizzes by the pup could easily have been killed, especially if it tried to follow her as she drove off.
“So, kudos to that anonymous letter carrier who added a few minutes to her busy day with her act of kindness!”
Bill Parker comments on Sarah Stravinska’s “South Pacific” memories:
“In 1959 my parents and I went to the Tiger Drive-In and saw ‘South Pacific.’ I was only 8 years old, but it was a life-changing event for me.
“I fell in love with the music of Richard Rodgers and lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, and later with all the other musicals they wrote.
“For Christmas that year, Santa Claus gave me the soundtrack album. After playing it over and over, I learned the songs.
“On the school bus coming home from Howell Park Elementary every day, I would sing the songs to whoever would listen, even the bus driver — especially ‘Cockeyed Optimist.’
“Best part, this ‘cockeyed optimist’ played Commander Harbison in the Theatre Baton Rouge production in 2012.
“Backstage and in the wings of TBR at every performance, I was singing along, silently, with my fellow actors as they were on stage.
“An ‘enchanted evening’ long ago became an enchanted event for me years later.”
Itching to try it
Barbara Maderson says, “I read in your column about the use of Octagon soap for poison ivy.
“Years ago I heard about Tecnu and I have used it ever since. Since using it, I have never had to go to the dermatologist for poison ivy. For me, it was a miracle solution.”
Special People Dept.
Elba Bay celebrates his 101st birthday on Monday, May 4.
Bobby Young, of Ethel, evidently likes to live dangerously.
Regarding our seminar on remote controls, he had this to say:
“I have been reading about people’s experiences with TV remote controls, and I must say that remote controls are for extremely lazy people.
“I don’t want one, don’t need one, and would never use one.
“The day I get too lazy to tell my wife to get up and change channels is the day I quit watching television!”
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.