Perry Snyder recalled a 2005 incident when he read that former LSU offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth (6-7, 335) received a two-year contract extension that could keep him with the Cincinnati Bengals through 2015.
Perry describes his mom, Dorothy Jane Snyder, as “an LSU football fan since her Hammond High classmate Sidney Bowman took his first handoff in Tiger Stadium in 1929.”
So when she spotted Andrew walking off the LSU golf course she recognized him.
Says Perry, “I introduced my mother to him as a longtime Tiger fan. Instead of shaking her extended hand, he bowed and kissed it with a gentleness that belies his ferocity on the gridiron.
“It’s a rare 22-year-old who shows such thoughtfulness, gentility and chivalry. A Cary Grant or Maurice Chevalier could not have been more charming. …”
Of Andrew’s contract extension, the first given a Bengals player after the lockout, Perry asks, “Who says nice guys finish last?”
Leroy Marler adds to our seminar on kids and words:
“My wife and I, with our five children all below the age of 9, traveled quite often to visit the grandparents.
“Bunches of ‘childspeak’ spewed forth during the 2?- hour ride: ‘Chaffa-lotta’ for Atchafalaya, ‘Big-daddy’ trucks for the passing semis and ‘Sippa-dee’ for the Mississippi.”
Leroy, who proudly reveals his oldest child is named Mike, also liked his kids’ “Lell-S-Nue” designation “for that famous Fighting Tiger place.”
Now that he’s retired, my former Managing Editor Milford Fryer has gone from serious journalism to the kind of trivia often found in this column.
For instance, he says:
“The city’s latest move to save money and avoid duplication struck me as funny.
“New signs on Goodwood Boulevard, and probably elsewhere, say: ‘No parking No trash on Median.’
“Does that mean Columbo and his old clunker must park elsewhere, but Thomas Magnum can wheel his Ferrari onto the median?
“I probably wouldn’t find this humorous except a wealthy relative of mine (yes, I have one) in Texas left his Viper parked under his portico for an extended time and the city invoked the junked vehicle ordinance on him, ordering him to move it or they would tow it.
“I couldn’t live anyplace that considers a Viper as junk. And I don’t think I would want to. …”
A well-bread dish
Marion Denova has advice for the reader who misses the stuffed bread at the late Brunet’s Cajun Restaurant:
“The best stuffed pistolettes in the world can be found at Andre’s in Erwinville.”
A fish fry and silent auction from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ms. G’s Tavern, Florida and Sharp, raises funds to help with funeral expenses for Michael Wethington, who was killed at Davis Signs.
Original art and collectibles of Michael, an artist and sign designer, will be auctioned.
Randy Richards asks you to vote for a $50,000 grant by Pepsi to fund a children’s science and technology center in Baton Rouge called “Science Rocks!”
Pepsi will select 10 worthy projects in the nationwide vote.
Randy says the center will be an educational fun center, with “weekly technology demos, science demos, interactive displays, sci-fi props, lectures, ‘mad science’ rock concerts, sci-fi movie nights, sleep-ins, video games etc.”
Vote via cell phone once a day: text 108949 to phone number 73774. Or vote online at http://www.refresheverything.com/sciencerocks.
Special People Dept.
• Jesse Frank Davis, of Denham Springs, a World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, celebrates his 100th birthday Friday.
• Louise Baldwin, of Napoleonville, celebrates her 94th birthday Friday.
• Loraine Bruner celebrates her 91st birthday on Sunday.
After I mentioned fund-raisers involving putting pink flamingoes on lawns — you pay to have them removed — I heard from Barbara Bryant, a former St. Francisville resident:
“In our town, Blue Ridge Ga., a fund-raiser is placing a purple toilet in front of a business.
“I say bring it on — I will plant yellow flowers in it.”
Carl Enna, of Little Rock, Ark., says our item on “Work Rules” reminds him of a sign at one of his first jobs:
Rule 1. The boss is in charge.
Rule 2. When in doubt, refer to Rule 1.