To readers of a certain age, this story from Don Bourgeois, of New Iberia, will bring up memories of Abbott and Costello’s classic “Who’s on First?” routine:

“A group of friends got together to watch the LSU-Oregon football game.

“No. 11, Spencer Ware, scored a touchdown.

“Sally asked, ‘Who is No. 11?’

“I answered, ‘Ware.’

“She replied, ‘On the TV; he just scored a touchdown!’

“I repeated, ‘Ware!’

“She responded, ‘If you don’t know, just tell me you don’t know!’ ”

Nick penalized

T-Bob Taylor, our senior Panama City, Fla., correspondent, sent this item from the Birmingham (Ala.) News.

It reports that Alabama coach Nick Saban emerged from a talk to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club to learn that his Mercedes (parked by an assistant) was being given a parking ticket by a Birmingham officer.

When members of the news media starting shooting photos, and told her it was Saban’s car, the officer replied, “Oh, so you’re going to take pictures of me doing my job?”

She added, “Maybe he’ll give me a free ticket.”

The News story added, “No word on if the woman is from Louisiana.”

(And no word on a ticket exchange with Nick. …)

Peel ’em off!

Doug Johnson, of Watson, has noticed something about bumper stickers:

“Now that the elections are over, we will continue to see bumper stickers advertising the winners for years, although it seems the names of losers just evaporate overnight.”

Helping hands

Joe Glass thanks Carl and Raymond, who were putting on a roof by Spears Roofing across from his home, for “taking time and effort to climb on my roof and remove a tall ham radio antenna I no longer needed.

“This antenna will be installed on the USS Kidd by Russ Allor and other radio hams.”

Shoes news

Dawn Beasley of the Louisiana Lady Cruisers says, “I have noticed that you announce charity events in the area regularly, but I rarely see the end results of the event.

“We thought you might like to know how our boot and shoe drive turned out.

“We were able to collect 252 pairs of shoes and boots, 86 pairs of socks; 3 belts and 6 pairs of jeans for St. Vincent De Paul.

“We thank all the area motorcycle shops that helped make this event a success.

“The response was so great that St. Vincent De Paul has asked us to sponsor it again next year!”

Worthy causes

• The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society has a “Halloween Charity Portrait and Costume Contest” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 11522 Cedar Park Ave.

There will be a haunted house set, and portraits will be posted on the CAAWS website. Prizes will be given for scariest, cutest and look-alikes.

Call (225) 752-5158 or email

• Circle Civitan Club has a Halloween dance and jambalaya for developmentally disabled adults from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 38, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd.

Call Linda at (225) 275-6687.

Gala on the Bluff

Southern University’s College of Business will honor two outstanding individuals at its annual homecoming “Gala on the Bluff Scholarship Fundraiser” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel.

Former radio talk show host and Ford Fellow Genevieve Stewart is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. She is best known locally for her tenure as a producer/host for Louisiana Public Broadcasting and KQXL FM’s (Q 106.5) No. 1-rated “Question of the Day” talk show that served as a launching pad for the development of the first “Southern University Radiothon” and S.U. Petition Drive.

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa James A. Joseph is a graduate of Southern University and Yale University. He has worked tirelessly for the last three years to develop the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, a partnership program between the Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University and the Southern University College of Business.

Special People Dept.

• Charles Toerner celebrated his 92nd birthday Tuesday.

• A.J. “Junior” and Connie Babin Taillon, of Gonzales, celebrate their 60th anniversary Thursday.

Glowing report

Hal W. Gould says, “One of my friends on Facebook excitedly mentioned seeing the Northern Lights.

“So I went outside, and was all excited about seeing them until I realized, ‘Oh, wait. That’s the ExxonMobil plant!’ ”

No language barrier

Ernie Gremillion says, “Years ago, before my retirement, I needed to interview a U.S. citizen working in Nicaragua.

“I attempted to arrange for the interviews with him by phone, going through the American operator for Central America in Florida, who spoke in Spanish to the manager of the compound where he worked.

“The manager could not locate the individual, so I asked the American operator if she could find out when he would be available.

“She explained that she would try, but her Spanish was not very good.

“This prompted a reply from the compound manager in perfect English: ‘Oh, your Spanish is just fine.’

“The three of us all shared a good laugh.”