R.G. has inadvertently come up with the name of the ultimate south Louisiana business:

“My husband and I were heading out for a day of shopping and I didn’t want to go to the hardware store with him, so I asked him to drop me off at Bed, Bath and Bayou.”

Staying covered

Anne Johnston adds to our seminar on collegiate dress codes for women:

“When I was a student at LSU in the mid-’50s, we would avoid the no-pants rule by rolling up our blue jeans (or sometimes our pajamas) and wearing a raincoat to the dining hall. This worked especially well if we had been out partying the night before and didn’t feel like getting dressed for breakfast.”

Godless ’70s?

Karen Trautwein, recent transplant from Baltimore, Maryland, to LaPlace, says she was listening to the Christian radio station ‘Life Songs,’ when they ran this promo: ‘God is good all the time since 1979.’

“I’m assuming they mean the radio station. Otherwise it begs the question, where was God before 1979?”

Billy’s book

On Thursday at 6 p.m., on Gordy Rush’s radio show from T.J. Ribs (on sports station 104.5 FM) Billy Cannon and author Charles deGravelles will talk about the biography “Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run.” I’ll be there to recall the days at Istrouma High and LSU when Billy became a football legend, mentioned in my book, “Smiley! A Laughing Matter.”

Charles has invited folks from the old Istrouma neighborhood to come out and pay their respects to Billy and perhaps purchase his book. (Mine too...)

First fair

One of Baton Rouge’s major fall events, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

Anthony V. Noto, who died June 30, played a major role in getting the event off the ground.

In 1965, Anthony was a Jaycee when that group planned a fair. He was also branch manager of the Capital Bank (now Regions) at Bon Marche Mall (now Bon Carre Town Center).

He got the owners and managers of all the businesses in the mall to agree to allow the Jaycees to have their first fair in the parking lot.

Anthony’s widow, Marie Dimaio Noto, says he was always proud of his role in getting the fair started, and appreciative of all those who worked so hard to keep it going.

Marie says she and their son Michael “know that, if Anthony were still here with us, his extra-special thanks would go to J.H. Martin.”

Football without pads

Shlomo Pielstick-Kennedy says the World Cup rugby game between South Africa and New Zealand last Saturday brought back memories of old-time American football:

“Both teams consisted of big, bruiser-looking men, and they played in T-shirts and shorts, with no helmets and no pads.

“They crashed into each other, piled up on each other, and in general, made our American football players look like kindergarten sissies.

“And there was not one incident of self-congratulation or beating of their chests, or trying in any way to attract attention to themselves. In a way, it reminded me of how football used to be in this country years ago, before all the poor sportsmanship and end zone dancing became standard practice.

“Incidentally, New Zealand won the game.”

Speaking of football

Ronnie Stutes says a sports trivia feature presented by an auto dealer in the Sunday Advocate said the two college football teams that have faced each other the most times are Minnesota and Wisconsin, at 124 games.

While this is true for major colleges, he says, two smaller schools in eastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh and Lafayette, “met for the 150th time on Nov. 22, 2014, in Yankee Stadium.”

Special People Dept.

John Eicher celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Shirley and Charles A. Coogan III, of Slidell, celebrate their 54th anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Cutting remark

Ronald Depew, of Prairieville, says, “When traveling in a small town in Georgia, listening to AM radio, I heard on the news of the day a quote from the chief of police stating that he was sending his six-man department to a remedial writing class because he never again wants to read a police report where a person had his foot ‘decapitated.’”

Time on his hands

This story from Richard Guidry, of Zachary, is an old one, but it still made me chuckle:

A man walked out of a clock shop with an antique grandfather clock he had just purchased.

A gentleman stumbling out of the bar next door (after staying there a bit too long) bumped into him, causing him to drop the clock, which shattered into hundreds of pieces.

The man angrily told the drunk guy, “Why don’t you watch where you are walking?”

The drunk replied, “Why don’t you buy a wrist watch like everyone else?”

Contacting Smiley

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.