Yes, kiddies, we still communicated with each other before cellphones.

Our seminar on old-time phones led to several recollections.

Like this one from Harold Mayeux:

“Heck, we had ‘conference calls’ back in the 1940s, with the old finger-spin dials — only then it was called a ‘party line.’ ”

And this one from Marvin McConnell:

“Back in almost ancient times there were party line phones in the country, with distinct rings for each party.

“One day my phone rang and I answered it, and was talking to the caller when this little old lady on our party line picked up.

“I told her that I was talking to my party, and she asked, ‘Are you sure it is your party?’

“Then one day my phone rang and she picked up, and I heard someone say in the background, ‘Mama, hang up, that is not our ring!’

“The little old lady said, ‘I don’t want to; I want to hear what the man has to say.’ ”

No joke!

After Texas A&M fan Algie Petrere requested that we refrain from Aggie jokes now that A&M is in the SEC, we heard from Dick Derbes:

“As one of the foremost purveyors of Aggie jokes in Baton Rouge, I can’t promise that I will stop telling Aggie jokes as a way of welcoming them into our conference.

“I will, however, promise to tell them more slowly and enunciate the words more carefully, so the Aggies might be able to understand them.

“By the way, I do agree that the Aggie band is one of the greatest. It puts chills down my spine too, and I’m not even an Aggie.”

Soulful dining

Regarding a reader’s request for Baton Rouge soul food or country cooking places, Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, highly recommends Pappa’s Soul Food, 8386 Airline Highway.

He also offers this advice if you dine there:

“Do not plan to run a marathon the next day or schedule a cholesterol checkup during the following week!”

Which reminds me of the saying that you know you’re in a Deep South country restaurant if (1) the waitress calls you “Honey” and (2) asks, “Sweet tea or plain tea?” before she takes your order.

Way with words

Marvin Borgmeyer says he had folks tell him they enjoyed the Winston Churchill quotes in the Saturday column, so he dug up a few more:

e_SBlt Another one from Winston Churchill: “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

e_SBlt From William Faulkner: “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

e_SBlt From Mark Twain: “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

• From Groucho Marx: “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”

Citizen Stan

Stan Barnett, an Istrouma High and LSU graduate, now living in Jasper, Ga., led the annual Marble Festival Parade in Jasper as its “Citizen of the Year.”

The Marble Festival celebrates Jasper’s heritage as a source of marble used in the Washington Monument and many other iconic structures.

Attention coffee drinkers

Pam Bounds says her church school is collecting proof of purchase seals (the scanner bar code) from Community Coffee products for Community’s “Cash for Schools” program.

You can send them to her at Baton Rouge Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 4455 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70817.

Special People Dept.

• Ray Brown, a World War II veteran, celebrates his 101st birthday Wednesday.

• Allen J. Pourciau Sr. and Bonnie Sonnier Pourciau, of Brusly, celebrated their 50th anniversary Sept. 16.

Double trouble

Harry Clark, of Lafayette, has a problem:

“I live on a corner, and for the last two mornings I have had a paper in front of my house and on the drive on the side.

“It is really cutting into my spare time to have to read two papers in the morning.”

Economic report

Ronnie Hotz got this tale from his daughter, Christy, in Mountain Brook, Ala., about his grandson, Caleb:

“Caleb had an assignment to compare and contrast one of the characters in the book with himself.

“So he made a list:

“’Toby has a dog. I have a dog.’

“’Toby lives in his car. I live in a house.’

“’They don’t have any money. We don’t have any money.’”