As a result of my readers conducting a lengthy seminar on S&H Green Stamps of bygone days, I received three books of the stamps, circa 1964, from Mark and Linda Hunter.

Since The Advocate has strict rules about the kind of gifts we can receive — we’re not politicians, you know — I’m trying to determine the value of the stamps so I’ll know whether or not I can keep them.

Green Stamp redemption centers aren’t around anymore, so I assume they’re valuable only as historical items, and that their worth is limited.

In addition to the stamps, Mark and Linda submitted this:

“There once was a scribe named Smiley,

Who in fact made his fortune quite wryly.

His fans did his work,

Going Green-Stamp berserk,

And made us all suffer quite highly.”

In a note of apology, they term this a “horrible limerick!” — and who am I to argue with these fine folks?

Nothing fishy here

Marsha R. says, “One year, my husband and I stopped for a midmorning break in Cloudcroft, N.M., summer population 749.

“As we sipped our coffee, we eavesdropped on three locals sitting near us.

“They were discussing seafood.

“Two of them had never had any. The third said he had eaten tuna (canned) once, and he didn’t like it.

“End of conversation.”

Honoring Junior

Glen Stripling, of Pearl, Miss., says, “It might interest Jeff Pederson (who told of his ‘Hee Haw’ memories) to know that BR549, Junior Samples’ car lot number, was also the name of a band.”

A country band, I assume.

Highway hero

Patty Rounds says she was driving from Baton Rouge on U.S. 190 to her home on False River “with a car full of food, an ice chest and my 6-year-old Pomeranian” when she had a flat tire.

“My husband and I were traveling in separate vehicles, so I figured it wouldn’t be too long before he would pass and see me on the side of the road.

“When I called him, he said he’d decided to take a different route to show our three grandsons the new Audubon Bridge.

“So I turned on my emergency flashers and waited.

“Luckily, 10 minutes later West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Zathan Boutan pulled up behind me and offered to change my tire.”

She says he had to unload the food and ice chest to get to the spare tire. He placed her dog, in a travel kennel, in his patrol car so the pup could keep cool.

“This young man was just incredible. Thank you, Deputy Boutan. I’ll never forget your professionalism and kindness.

“West Baton Rouge Parish, you’ve got a real gem. …”

Legendary lady

Maria Placer, retired anchor/news director at KLFY in Lafayette, will be inducted into the Acadian Museum of Erath’s “Order of Living Legends” at a fundraiser for the museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Acadian Museum Annex No. 1 on Lake Pegnieur south of Lafayette.

Warren Perrin says she was the first female news anchor in southwest Louisiana and first female TV news director on the Gulf Coast. She is active in child advocacy and tributes to veterans.

Contact event chairman Jean Frigault at (337) 262-5810 or, or ticket chairman Elwood Leblanc at (333) 658-3078. Tickets are $10.

Looking for a home

Carole Whitesell says a host family is needed for a teenage French boy who will be visiting here with a group of French teens for three weeks, July 9-31. Email

Changing times

With the popularity of answering machines and voice mail, the chances of actually reaching a person by phone on the first try are becoming increasingly remote.

Bob Hernandez, of Watson, likes this answering machine message:

“Hello, I’m not available right now. Please leave your name and number.

“I am in the process of making some changes in my life.

“If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”

Secret of success

Gene Duke says, “As a young husband and new apprentice at Exxon, I was always interested in advice from senior operators.

“One such operator voiced the following wisdom to young husbands:

“ ‘You need to remember to romance your wife.’

“I asked him to give an example of what he considered romance.

“Without hesitation he said, ‘You need to put the garbage out before she asks.’ ”