Readers of a certain age will recall S&H Green Stamps.
Merchants would give the stamps with purchases, and you would paste them in a little book.
When you had a certain number of books, you would bring them to a redemption center and turn them in for household items, etc.
It was a kind of lagniappe that merchants used to lure customers to their stores.
J.A. Allen, of Opelousas, tells a story about Green Stamps in that city:
“The approaching hurricane season reminds me of a hilarious incident that happened during a hurricane in Opelousas several years ago.
“W.A. Welch, a great sign painter and a great guy who is no longer with us, related this incident to me.
“A sign that he painted for a local grocery store had been blown by a hurricane overnight into the driveway of a nearby house of ill repute.
“The sign read, ‘We give S&H Green Stamps.’
“The sign, the store, the house and the S&H Green Stamps have all disappeared.”
Yeah, why, Mrs. Wood?
Suzanne Lavergne says, “My daughter Kelli was trying to explain who Clint Eastwood is to my granddaughter Sydney.
“She said he has been a star in many cowboy movies and is now a famous director, but had started out in TV as Rowdy Yates on ‘Rawhide.’
“Sydney was trying to imagine who he was when, with a quizzical look on her face, she asked, ‘But why did his mother name him Clintese?’ ”
He’s not all bad
A reader tells of this encounter with my high school buddy Hots Aull:
“Several years ago I was playing in a senior softball tournament in Lafayette.
“Hots, on the opposing team, sat behind home place shouting insults to batters.
“I came to bat and he shouted that they had taken a poll in the stands as to which one of us was the ugliest, and I had won hands down.
“My next at-bat he shouted another insult, and I turned around to the crowd and said, ‘Hots looked up his family tree and found out he was a stump.’”
(Hots, we should note here, is somewhat vertically challenged.)
But the gent who told this story says that at another game at Independence Park, Hots saw an elderly blind lady getting a play-by-play description from her son:
“After the game Hots came over to the lady and sang ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’ in his beautiful voice.”
Nice People Dept.
Doris M. Harding, of Ponchatoula, and other members of the Women Veterans of Louisiana were having lunch at Logan’s Roadhouse after attending a memorial ceremony at the USS Kidd.
She says, “The ladies in our group were wearing our WVOLA uniforms with one exception; a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army who was in full military uniform.
“A very nice gentleman, there with his wife, pressed some money into my hand and said he wished he had the money to pay for our lunches, but wanted to give something to help us pay for the tip.
“I was so surprised I failed to properly thank him and his wife for their generosity.
“I know that all the ladies in our group would also like to thank them.”
Al Bethard, of Lafayette, says mention of John M. Barry’s “Rising Tide” brought to mind another excellent book about the 1927 flood, “Father Mississippi” by Lyle Saxon:
“Since I first read it about 50 years ago, Saxon has been my favorite Louisiana author.”
A happy anniversary
Shirley M. Judge, of Denham Springs, says Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of her kidney transplant:
“The amazing thing is that I have been off the anti-rejection drugs for 25 years.”
Special People Dept.
Ed and Ina Ashley celebrated their 65th anniversary Wednesday.
Just you wait
Jack Kemp says, “At my age, I’d have no future plans if it were not for procrastination.”
Bill Averill, of New Roads, says, “Recently while babysitting our 3?–year-old great-grandson Braden Graffeo, my wife, Mary Ann, got out his books to read and color in.
“One book on the ABC’s was his choice.
“When I asked him to recite his ABC’s, he looked up at us and said, ‘ABC dot com.’
“I couldn’t believe it. I asked him to repeat it, and still got ‘ABC dot com.’
“Smiley, they left me far behind with stuff like that!”