Here’s a great fish story from Wana Ann G. Fort:

“When our third son, Gordon, was a senior at Texas A&M, majoring in English and journalism, he was assigned to report on a bass fishing contest.

“He explained the assignment to the contest director, who placed him with a team of two contestants.

“They gave him a seat in their boat and proceeded to their chosen area for fishing.

“One offered Gordon a fishing rod if he would like to try his hand.

“They were astounded when he caught a very large fish, which weighed in at 10.2 pounds and was the winning catch of the day!

“Of course, he was not officially entered and his ‘winner’ was thus ineligible for the prize.

“Imagine the consternation of the two men in the boat — defeated by an Aggie student with their gear!

“Gordon thoroughly enjoyed writing his report.”

Gator harvest

Elmo Dean is evidently a fan of the reality TV show “Swamp People,” and has picked up on hunter Troy Landry’s signature line:

“Next time the Tigers take on the Florida Gators, I would like to suggest a new chant.”

He suggests, “CHOOT ’EM, TIGERS, CHOOT ’EM!”

Elmo adds, “I’m sure Troy Landry would love to teach everyone how to handle those ‘T-Rex Gators.’”

A-peeling topic

Jess Walker says, “Every Saturday morning at 6:30 a number of retired LSU employees get together to solve the world’s problems and enjoy a cup of coffee.

“The topics discussed include the economy, price of gas, Mississippi River flooding, the bills before the Legislature, LSU sports and sex (not necessarily in that order).

“This past Saturday the topic was gardening. Terry English told us of his technique for keeping birds away from his tomatoes.

“He places a pan of water with an apple in it between the tomatoes, and swears that it works.

“We forgot to find out whether it is necessary to peel the apple — which leaves an opening for next Saturday’s business.”

No sales

Thomas Kent, a World War II veteran in the 82nd Airborne Division, offers this post-holiday thought:

“It looks like Memorial Day has become a day for businesses to have a sale.

“My thought is that to really follow the meaning of Memorial Day they should close their doors and do what it was meant for.”

The trumpet man

Pat Britt says her late husband, Karl, played trumpet in the Istrouma High band until his senior year, when he played football on the Indians’ last state championship team:

“His passion was football, but he truly loved the trumpet. For years he played for the praise and worship group at church.”

Pat says a Karl Britt Memorial Music Scholarship fund has been set up at Hancock Bank, to “make sure high school students who have talent, but no trumpet of their own, might have a chance to further their education through music.”

Looking for stuff

Cancer Services is in need of gently-used wheelchairs (non-electric) in good working order.

You can drop them off at 550 Lobdell Ave.

Call Trish Mann at (225) 927-1329 for more information.

Help wanted

Reading tutors are needed on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at David Paul Learning Center’s summer camp in Melrose East, for kids 7 to 13.

It runs from June 6 to July 22.

Also needed are cookies, children’s books or donations.

Co-sponsors are Broadmoor Baptist Church, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, Cathedral World Worship Center and local businesses.

Information is available at (225) 505-6309.

Special People Dept.

Charlie and Nell Achee of Zachary celebrated their 65th anniversary Monday.

Thought for the Day

Harriet St.Amant offers a still-timely quote from Will Rogers: “We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.”

Just following orders

Ralph Drouin says this little story shows that husbands do indeed know how to listen to their wives:

A wife asks her husband, “Please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get six.”

A short time later, the husband comes back with six cartons of milk.

The wife asks him, “Why in the heck did you buy six cartons of milk?!”

He replies, “They had eggs.”