“I have been following the discussion concerning how stringent the dorm mothers were in protecting their female students from the male population,” says Richard Stagnoli, of Central. “I understand that dating requirements during the 1950-to-early-1960 era were very tough, even for non-college students.

“I also believe that this was the time of the great baby boom (of which I am one) in the United States.

“Does this call attention to how effective the controls actually were? I’m just saying —! Lots of babies born during that period.”

My Fair Curfew

A college curfew story from Carol Stutzenbecker, of Kenner:

“My freshman year, 1965, was spent at Oklahoma State University. Curfews were the rule, and on movie night my friends and I went to see ‘My Fair Lady.’ It was clear that the movie would end long after our curfew of 10:30 p.m., so we left and headed back to the dorm. It was a long time before I saw the end of the movie!”

Justice served

Phil Ragusa says, “In about 1953-54 my dad told me to take my younger sister to school at St. Joseph Academy. I did, and my route took us by Baton Rouge High and a 20 mph limit.

“I got a ticket for going 30 mph in a 20 mph school zone. I had to go to court. They called my name, and the judge said the fine would be $25! I almost fainted.

“But the judge said he knew my father (I felt better) and it would serve no purpose to have him pay the fine.

“So he suspended my license for 30 days!”

Which reminds me

Years ago I had some people working on my house in Spanish Town, and they told me they were just about out of nails.

Not wanting to delay the project, I told them I’d drive to the hardware store across from Baton Rouge High and pick up some boxes of nails.

As I hurried down Eugene Street, a police car suddenly appeared behind me with lights flashing.

The police officer came to the car and told me, “You were going a little fast in a school zone.”

“School zone?” I said, whereupon the officer turned and pointed to the large building behind us — Baton Rouge High.

“Oh,” I muttered, as he shook his head in wonder.

He let me off, probably because he felt compassion for someone so stupid...

Don’t blame Heidi

Football fans of a certain age don’t need to be reminded of what happened on Nov. 17, 1968 — it’s burned into their memories.

Stephen George says all the talk around the new Billy Cannon book reminds him that Billy took part in the infamous “Heidi game” between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

As tight end for the Raiders, Billy caught a pass from quarterback Daryle Lamonica for a 48-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to give Oakland a 14-6 lead. But the Jets, with Joe Namath the quarterback, came back, and led 32-29 with 65 seconds left in the game.

At this point the clock hit 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and NBC switched from the game to the TV movie “Heidi.”

Back at the game, the Raiders scored two quick TDs to win the game — but nobody saw the miracle comeback on TV.

There were so many calls from irate viewers that the NBC switchboard blew. The result was a promise from TV networks to never, ever cut into a game broadcast again.

Initial reaction

After the suggestion in the Friday column that the New Orleans/Baton Rouge Area “super region” be known as “NO/BRA,” we heard from Buck Myhand, who says, “NOBRA is the common acronym for New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association.

And Dudley Lehew, of Marrero, says, “I think ‘target marketing’ might provide the direction for an acronym if Baton Rouge and New Orleans combine forces to attract more tourism. Since elderly retirees are the No. 1 travelers, perhaps the best acronym might be ‘BRAN.’”

Nice Halloween trick

“Grateful Drivers” tell us, “Mrs. Jones raised some fine young men. Thank you to Chuck, Skip and grandson John for changing a tire on a rainy Halloween night. That certainly was a ‘treat’ for us.”

Special People Dept.

Josephine Cardella Bologna, of Metairie, celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Rita Perrin, of Ponchatoula, celebrated her 94th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Georgia Ruani, of Metairie, celebrates her 91st birthday on Monday, Nov. 9.

John E. Coxe Sr. and Margie Sibley Coxe, of Walker, celebrated 70 years of marriage on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Ersters at bat

Nolie Delatte, of St. Amant, says, “I also have an answer to Jim Jurasinski’s question in the Wednesday column about the Biloxi Shuckers’ oyster mascot: ‘Where is the strike zone for an oyster?’

“Answer: ‘Up the middle on the half shell!’”

(Why am I getting hungry and it’s not even lunch time?)

Contacting 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.