Al Bethard, of Lafayette, offers an example of how Louisiana French names can cause confusion, even in Paris.

He came across a story in a 1957 issue of the Lafayette Advertiser about Mayor Jerome E. Domengeaux’s trip to Paris for the bicentennial of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette.

Staying at the same hotel was retired Yankees great Joe DiMaggio.

The story said, “The operator put a number of the mayor’s telephone calls through to the ballplayer, and the mayor received several meant for DiMaggio.

“The mayor’s calls were all from civic functionaries in connection with the Lafayette ceremonies.

“‘Joe’s callers were more charming,’ Domengeaux said.”

Lotsa luck!

Algie Petrere offers these “difficult to keep New Year’s resolutions:

“When I hear a funny joke I will not reply, ‘LOL, LMAO, or ROTFLMAO!’

“Start using Facebook for something other than Farmville and stupid quizzes.

“I will try to figure out why I ‘really’ need five Facebook accounts.

“I resolve to work with neglected children — my own.

“Lose 20 pounds by going to the gym!

“I will spend less than five hours a day on the Internet.

“I will read the manual — just as soon as I can find it.

“And probably the hardest one:

“Stop repeating myself again, and again, and again.”

Mixed messages

“While driving in Baton Rouge,” says George Lane, “I saw a failed restaurant that attempted to fuse two cuisines together that were not meant to be in nature: ‘Taco Boudreaux.’

“Maybe they’d have better luck if they used boudin in their tacos.”

Special People Dept.

Philip Sharp, of Covington, celebrated his 105th birthday on Dec. 21. His birthday was marked by proclamations from both St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and Covington Mayor Mike Cooper.

Naomi Flowers, of Baton Rouge, celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 22.

Bert Stolier celebrated his 96th birthday on Dec. 12. He is a World War II Marine combat veteran who served in the Pacific, and was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. Bert tells of his wartime experiences to visitors at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Helen Catherine, of Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, celebrated her 94th birthday on Dec. 24.

Edwin J. Daniels celebrated his 93rd birthday on Dec. 18. He is a decorated combat veteran of World War II.

Lucy Hebert, of Plaquemine, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Dec. 28, with “a great day at the casino.”

On Dec. 23, Lester Jay, of New Iberia, celebrated his 90th birthday. He’s a World War II veteran and “an Aggie through and through.”

Raymond Bates celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 4. He is a World War II veteran.

Edna and Parker St. Amant, of Lafayette, celebrated their 68th anniversary on Dec. 21, and Parker celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 27.

Virginia Wintz Contine celebrated her 90th birthday on Dec. 19.

Irby and Theresa Gascon, of Vidalia, celebrate their 70th anniversary on Monday, Jan. 5.

Clyde and Jean Meyers, of Denham Springs, celebrated their 68th anniversary on Dec. 22. He is a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific.

Betsy and Ben Alsip celebrated their 68th anniversary on Dec. 22.

Katherine and Larry Carmena celebrated their 67th anniversary on Dec. 27.

Ira and Vonseal Veasey, of Harahan, celebrated their 63rd anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

The Rev. Jesse Bernard Bilberry Jr. and Verta Lee Hamilton Bilberry celebrated their 61st anniversary on Dec. 23.

Gene and Bobbie (Gloria) Cline, of New Orleans, celebrated their 60th anniversary on Dec. 20.

R.B. and Carolyn Burkhalter Trahan, of Lafayette, celebrated their 57th anniversary on Dec. 28.

Blake and Ruby Nell Roberts Collins celebrated their 57th anniversary on Dec. 26.

Kenneth and Glenda Dunnaway Sullivan, of Greenwell Springs, celebrated their 57th anniversary on Dec. 20.

Bob and Wanda Wilson, of Brusly, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 19.

No instant replay?

From Greg Derbes, of Baton Rouge: “I am addicted to Christmas dinner leftovers. However, this year I’m going to quit cold turkey.”

Thought for the Day

From James R. Madden: “With just a right wing or just a left wing, you’ll never get off the ground.”

No Bum’s rush

Buck Blouin, of Prairieville, says, “Of all the stories I’ve read about (former New Orleans Saints coach) Bum Phillips, the one I like best is when someone asked him what he was doing since he retired.

“He replied, ‘I ain’t doin’ nuthin,’ and I ain’t doin’ it before noon.’”

Talk to 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.