Our stories of Americans abroad brought this recollection from T-Bob Taylor, of Panama City Beach, Florida:
With the disheartening news about so many folks in the U.S. (and especially Louisiana) still in denial about the dangers of COVID-19 and its variants, it's a welcome change to read about people who are doing better, even if they're in another country.
"Speaking of accents," says John LaCarna, of Baton Rouge, "I can remember that back in the '40s and '50s, editorial writers and other omniscient beings predicted the influence of radio and television would water down and finally wash away all regi…
“The Thursday story about Edwin Edwards on the white horse," says Michael J. DeFelice, "reminded me of seeing him at Baton Rouge's Kleinpeter Stables, where he boarded a horse.
The deaths of former Govs. Buddy Roemer and Edwin Edwards have been reminding Baton Rouge folks of encounters with them and other governors who stayed around the capital city after their terms ended.
John Currier says, "You know you are from Louisiana when you are watching the Virgin Galactic space launch and all you can think about is how big a pot of crawfish you could cook with that rocket."
Dear Smiley: Speaking of "five-and-dime" stores, the popular Benjamin Franklin five-and-dime was our favorite store when we were kids growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, during the ’50s.
My Wednesday mention of the late Anthony Bourdain — chef, TV star, writer, world traveler — reminded me of his memorable encounter with a Waffle House during a visit to Charleston, South Carolina.
Nancy Stich says, "I got quite a chuckle Friday morning reading in your column about the origin of the nickname ‘32,’ referring to the time a gentleman entered a watering hole at 9:32 p.m.
Paul Major, of Livonia, says, "In Sunday's financial column in The Advocate, Chuck Jaffe quotes legendary economist Paul Samuelson as saying that proper investing is 'more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow.'
Rhetta Sellers says, "When my oldest daughter was expecting my first grandchild, my friends and I went out to dinner to specifically decide on our grandmother names.
Jim Carruth, of Lafayette, says the North Baton Rouge Neighborhoods Reunion (July 8, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., old Sherwood Forest Country Club) is the place to hear stories from folks who grew up in the shadow of "the plants." Here's his:
Dear Smiley: While I have a couple of nicknames I answer to (other stories), my father, Henry, had a whistle for each of his five kids — one whistle for the oldest, two for the next, etc.
There's been a noble effort to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but some of my readers have a suggestion for making the vaccination drive even more effective, by eliminating pictures of the process:
Lynette Lococo, of Baton Rouge, says her mom, Leona Diez Henderson, "had a post/column on her kitchen counter. Often, she would Scotch tape (Post-Its were not yet invented) notes to herself of things to remember.