Marsha R., of Baton Rouge, titles this story, "Just like the South," and I have to agree with her:
Joe Mistretta, of Donaldsonville, says, "Community Coffee has always been part of our road trip kit, and it was present in the trunk of our car when I took the family to Washington, D.C., for a summer vacation in the late '80s.
Our long-running seminar on coffee has concentrated on Louisiana's contribution to the beverage, but it has also brought up horror stories like this one from Ted Hymel:
Dear Smiley: I would guess the traiteurs (Cajun healers) you described in previous columns are representative of similar healers in other cultures, where unconventional treatments were as good as you could get in a remote area, or at a time when d…
Robert Cabes, of Lafayette, says sports stories about the success of the De La Salle Cavaliers basketball team brought to mind this story of a hijacking by the coach at the New Orleans high school:
Alex "Sonny" Chapman, of Ville Platte, says my Wednesday story about the youngster who was surprised about Tony Chachere being a real person, "reminded me of a similar incident (your column does that a lot).
John F. Taylor, a retired Crowley dentist, says he got a kick out of this conversation between his son and his grandson, which illustrates why you have to be careful about how you word your messages to youngsters:
You might have noticed that to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Community Coffee, I've been running a few stories from my readers about their experiences with this iconic Louisiana product. Here's one from Joe Simmons:
Dear Smiley: Many years ago my spouse, Mary Ann, and I signed up for an LSU alumni football game trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is when Saban was on OUR side.
As I watched Michigan State's basketball team roll over LSU in the Sweet Sixteen, I was reminded of Lady Katherine's late Uncle Jack, who taught me that no matter how much we want to believe it, the Tigers do not have a monopoly on die-hard, somew…
Saturday's column idea for a business bringing a portable potty out to stranded motorists in the Baton Rouge-Port Allen area might have inspired Joseph W. Berey, of Covington, to tell of this incident.
Dear Smiley: When I was in New York my ballet teacher screeched at me in broken Russian-accented English. It made me a nervous wreck. So I decided if I learned to knit to soothe my ragged nerves.
Robert Mills, of Shreveport, says an article about "the LSU Assembly Center's concert heyday" by Ed Cullen in the Spring 2019 LSU Alumni Magazine brought back the "glorious years" in the '70s when he was a student worker on the stage crew.