Bill Bankhead talks about LSU and NFL quarterback Y.A. Tittle:
"On hearing of the death of Y.A. Tittle, I was reminded of a story told to me by the late Red Taylor, LSU golf coach and director of intramural sports (I later replaced him as the intramural director).
"Red said he often gave jobs officiating intramural games to student athletes, including Y.A., to supplement their scholarships.
"Once when he was to officiate a fraternity softball game, Red said Tittle picked up his bag of bats, bases and balls and left for the playing field.
"Fifteen minutes later Tittle re-entered the office, followed by an roomful of fraternity members.
"When Red asked what had happened, Y.A. said he had done exactly what Red told him to do. He used the 10-run rule — when one team was up by 10 runs he called the game.
"Hearing this, the frat team all together yelled out, 'True, the other team was ahead by 10 runs after their bat in the first inning — but you never gave us a chance to bat.'
"Red said that although Y.A. was the greatest quarterback to ever play for LSU, he was an extremely poor softball official."
From the beginning of his life to the end, Y.A. Tittle was in love with LSU football.
Since some of you (no many, but some) have told me you're tired of squirrel stories, how about a flag story?
Susan Hodges says, "My husband and I had a small American flag attached to our oak tree. One day only the pole remained.
"We couldn’t imagine what happened — until a strong wind blew the squirrels’ nest out of the tree.
"The nest was lined with the American flag. Makes me wonder if the squirrels could have been in trouble with the law."
Looking for stuff
—Frances Bennett needs Mardi Gras beads for Baton Rouge charitable and cultural organizations, including beads that will be sent to children in Mexico for Christmas boxes. She says,"Call me at (225) 324-2750 and I will pick them up."
—Cliff Barton, chairman of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, says reservations are being taken for the Legos Building Competition for students in grades 7-13. The competition is Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Get information and a registration form at www.gbrsf.com.
"By the way," Cliff tells me, "I still have pictures of you on a log in 1980 when you competed in the Jaycees' log rolling contest. The log rollers are back if you would like to participate again. The water is warm, soft, and ready for you."
Gee, Cliff, I'd love to, but I'm so terribly busy…
Special People Dept.
- Alberta Cornay Garcia Miangolara, of River Ridge, celebrates her 100th birthday on Thursday, Oct. 12. A native of New Orleans, she moved to River Ridge after Hurricane Katrina.
- Corinne L. and retired Army Lt. Col. Phil St. Amant Sr. celebrate their 77th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 12. He is a World War II and Korean War-era veteran.
- Harvey and Frances Davis, of Baker, celebrate their 74th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Marvin Borgmeyer says, "If you replace 'w' with 't' in 'what, where and when,' you get the answer to each of them."
Carl Spillman tells of the two little boys, 5 and 7, who were so excessively mischievous that they were always getting into trouble.
The boys' mother heard that a preacher had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. He agreed, but asked to see them individually.
She sent the 5-year-old in to see the preacher, a huge man with a deep, booming voice.
He sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Do you know where God is, son?"
The boy sat there wide-eyed, as the preacher repeated the question: "Where is God?"
When the boy made no attempt to answer, he shook his finger in his face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD?"
The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and told his older brother, "We are in BIG trouble this time! GOD is missing, and they think WE did it!"