It’s just great weather; cool nights, warm days and the daytime humidity fair. It’s quiet here at the Creaux’s Nest this morning. Roy went out of town this weekend to attend the 105th birthday celebration of his only surviving aunt, Eve Lemaire, who he says is still very sharp. It is said that when elderly people die it’s like a library burning down but when Eve goes it will be like a great archive, going back to 1903, being destroyed. She came along before the automobile, telephone or even the Spanish-American War. Her son Hubert, who would be 86, the same age as Cedric Stout, was seriously injured at Pearl Harbor but ironically died of a farming accident after returning from war. She has seen life from the most primitive, no roads just trails, to a space station hanging high over the earth, from telegraphs to cell phones and computers reaching around the world in seconds. Maybe Roy will tell us about his trip. The event he said is getting a lot of media attention. He is due back Tuesday so I’ll go it alone. He usually keeps up with the Cajun stories that have already run so I might be repeating one. If I did, it might be one you missed. Gotta move on. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.

Albin J. ‘A.J.’ Judice, Jr. dies at age 80, Sunday, April 6. He was a legend in these parts. His face was so famous that even little children knew who he was. He and his mom ‘Maw Maw’ Judice and dad ‘Tabin’ introduced Cajun food and transported Louisiana Cajun customs to Texas. Today his offspring continue what was started so many years ago. Roy writes about his lifetime friend in his ‘Down Life’s Highway’ column. Our condolences to Ms. Lois and the family of the greatest little Cajun we have even known. Whenever I hear the song ‘Blue Bayou,’ A.J. always comes to mind. It was his favorite song and over the years Gary often played it for him on KOGT. He will be missed. Please see obit.

Sheriff Mike White, the second longest serving sheriff in Orange County History when his term ends Jan. 1, was soundly defeated by challenger Constable Keith Merritt. The two lawmen put on a spirited contest. From the time Merritt announced on Jan. 2, his campaign never looked back. His wife, Marlene, managed the details, advertising, ect. and their son, Robert handled the field operation, yard signs, ect. It was a well run campaign. They left no stones unturned. 7,783 votes were cast. Merritt garnered 4,648 to Whites 2,129. Merritt is a class guy, with some positive changes in store for the department. We understand that Sheriff White was leaving Houston at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday on a trip to China that had previously been planned.
Yank Peveto, led the six man race for constable in the primary, but was defeated by Sheriff’s Department Lt. Rob Strause in the runoff. Strause, a professional longtime peace officer put up a good come from behind race. 2,429 votes were cast. Strause received 1,313 votes for a 54 percent win.
Chris Humble was the winner over Sarah Jefferson Simons in the Precinct 1 Constables race to replace constable Merritt. Humble received 1,466 votes to 776 for Simons.

30 Years Ago-1978
Word is out that Lake Charles native Alvin Dark was fired as manager of the San Diego Padres because team owner Ray Kroc, the MacDonald’s magnate, saw Alvin eating at a Burger Chef. ***** Elvis impersonator Bobby Freeman, who also expertly does Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Rod Stewart, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Waylon and Willie, The Platters, Don Williams, and Neil Diamond, will perform in the Orange House Ballroom. No one in the country is better than Bobby at imitating voices, over 200 voices in all. Bobby brought his 1976 Cadillac limousine, which Elvis bought for him after ‘The King’ watched Bobby impersonate him at one of his shows. (Editor’s note: I attended some of the shows in Orange and was amazed at his talent. I wonder whatever became of him.)*****Elected to the Bridge City Water District were Howard Matthews, G.A. ‘Ham’ Laughlin and W.W. ‘Bill’ Hutto.****** C.E. ‘Curney’ Lormand and Robert Pruitt were re-elected to the school board.*****In B.C. City Council elections, Don Cole took the place vacated by Billy Wright, Bill Cagle and John Banken were re-elected.*****A gumbo dinner honoring Judge Burgess was held at the Old Timers Pavilion on Tulane Road in Orange. Free food and drinks. Don is seeking election to the 260th. District Court that he was appointed to.*****A few of the real characters around town are J.K. ‘Jimmy’ Conn, Ed Bacon, Joe leBleu, Joe Blanda, Judge Sid Caillavet, J.B. Arrington, Red Garrett, Butch Lusignan, Homer Flanigan and Inez Hearn.*****Flo and Gene Edgerly mark their 19th wedding anniversary.*****Mark Dunn has joined in the spirit of the Orange Historical Preservation District. He has been working to repair and paint his 19th Century house on Cherry Street. The house was one of only four houses that withstood the 1865 storm and was moved to the current location.*****Office Hound tee shirts go on sale. Kresge’s received a large shipment in all sizes Monday. Two styles, in two colors. One has a caricature of the Office Hound holding a cake with the inscription, “I sent my cake to the Office Hound.” The other has a prancing caricature with the slogan, “I’m an Office Hound fan.” Opportunity Valley News employees Debbie Fusilier and Sandi Mobley modeled the shirts. Paul Wise, Kresge’s manager, said the shirts were flying off the shelves. The tee shirts will be available at several locations next week. (Editor’s note: Amazingly some of those tee shirts are still around.)

Last word we had our buddy Don Stanton was back in the hospital and having to under go the same surgery again. Best wishes.*****Sharing April 12 birthdays are super stars Vince Gill, 51, David Letterman, 61 and our own local star, Cal Broussard, 71. Betty Lou will help make it a great day and so will the Lunch Bunch when they use their great voices in song to wish him a happy day. The Wednesday Lunch Bunch gathering will be at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s, 12 noon. Around 25 great folks dined at Robert’s last week. Judge Thibodeaux made it back. He tells a couple of terrible stories about his flights to and from Lubbock. He says after 11 years, he is no longer going to Lubbock for the annual meet. Ask him about it.*****I believe Parker ‘P.T.’ Thompson’s birthday would have been coming up on either April 14th or 16th.*****Our buddy Doug Harrington took the hunting trip of his life last weekend compliments of son Doug, Jr. A private jet flew them to the Patio Ranch in Kerrville where they were treated royally. Doug was the only one to hunt. He bagged an Axes buck and a black antelope, both shot with a 300 Magnum at 170-200 yards. Doug took Junior on many hunting and fishing trips as a boy and the son wanted to do something special for his dad and he really did a great job. Doug, who doesn’t impress easily, was elated about the trip.*****On a serious note, over the last couple of weeks we have heard from a couple of our youngsters in Iraq. They say things have gotten worse and are really hairy in Sadr City. A military base was attacked Sunday and three U.S. soldiers were killed, 31 wounded, some seriously. Sixteen Iraqi citizens were killed and 100 wounded in the Green Zone. Two United States troops were killed and 17 wounded near the U.S. Embassy. Another U.S. soldier was killed in a roadside bombing. Our Orange County boys said they had never before been this concerned and regardless of what we are hearing in the states, things are worse over there. *****Our longtime buddy Ray Cotton, at the Longhorn Entertainment Complex, is really going all out to put rodeoing on the map. He just put in a 4,000 seat outdoor arena for professional and amateur rodeo cowboys and girls. Ray and Coleman Peveto together will put on an attraction like no other. Also once at month, it will become the largest flea market on the Gulf Coast. You never know what Cotton will do next. Now with Coleman hanging around with him, there is no telling what those two will do.*****Annie’s Monograms and Design, 696 Roundbunch in Bridge City, opened Monday. Stop in this week and pay them a visit. They love people and you will enjoy your visit. *****A family clinic is now open in Grace Plaza, in Bridge City. Dr. Vincent Patel is on duty.*****Also open in B.C. is a Quick Cash, 2890 Texas Ave. They offer budget phone service with unlimited long-distance, bill-paying service and payroll check cashing. Call Debra at 697-3212 for more info.*****Going unnoticed Monday, April 7, was Bobby Bare’s birthday. I join H.D. in saying ‘God bless Bobby Bare and may he continue to sing his songs.”*****A big sale is going on this week at Orange’s Harmon Chevrolet and also David Self Ford. They are going all out to keep business at home. You can’t beat local service. Before you go out of town, let them figure you a deal. Don’t go out of town and get suckered without checking at home first.*****Happy birthday to pretty Barbara Brumley, our buddy at the Exxpress Mart who turns all of 25 years old on April 12th. It’s a great age, don’t waste it.*****All along I had predicted that Memphis would win the NCAA Championship. With less than a minute left in regulation, and Kansas six points behind I was ready to spend my winnings. Kansas tied it with two 3 pointers and went on to win 75-68 in overtime. We had also predicted the number one seeds would end up in San Antonio’s final four. We got that one.*****We are sorry to hear that Ms. Olivia Mobley is in critical condition and in her last hours. Our prayers go out to Pam, Sandy Huckabay and her family.

Birthdays this Week
Liz White, Bob Todd, Melissa Pittman, Terri Brent, Tonya Burch, Wayne Currie, Adam Prosperie, Barbara Allen, Barbara Goins, Ed Cox, Elliot Purcell, Jamye Martin, Jayme Martin, Johnnie Nicks, K’Lynn Ess, Katie Olson, Matt Day, Nancy Hood, Alivia Duhon, Austin Brent, Bob Arnold, David Thacker, Edyth Ramsey, Jackie Schell, Patsy Evans, Travis Miller, Travis Reed, Cortland Savage, Howard Nelson, Jill Lemoine, Leslie Staudenmier, Roy Mazzagate III, Shellie Holmes, Zackary Busby, Abby Noah, Ann Glover, Betty Stark, Dawn Mason, Gene Bellard,, Kaylin Abshire, Ken Armstrong, Margene Bellard, Virginia Fox, David Miller, Jo Ann Collins, Joy Learned, Kasie Moerbe, Kevin Huckeba, Larry McClure, Phillip Elmore, PT Thompson, Randy Renfrow, Reatha Bradberry, Robbie Bethea, Sam Carpenter Jr. , Tiffani Thompson, April Stone, Christy Swanson, John Langlinais, Linda Claybar and Shani Lawson.

Clotile and Sostan Chauvin were marking dere 30th wedding anniversary. Dey made a trip to da Houston Fats Stock Show and Rodeo. Dey stopped at da first exhibit, da breeding bulls. Da first pen had a sign wat said, “THIS BULL MATED 50 TIMES LAST YEAR.” Clotile nudged Sostan, smiled and said, “He mated 50 times last year.”
Den dey walk to da second pen. “THIS BULL MATED 150 TIMES LAST YEAR.” Clotile gave Sostan a healthy jab and said, “Keeyaw! Dat’s more dan twice a week Sostan, you could learn a lot from him.”
At da nex pen da sign read, “ THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR.” Clotile her, was so excited her elbow nearly broke Sostan’s ribs. She almost shouted, “Babe, dat’s once a day. You could really learn sumting from dis one.”
Sostan looked at Clotile and in a stern voice said, “G over dere you and axe him if it was wit da same old cow.”

Editor’s note: Sostan is recovering from a black eye. Da anniversary celebration is canceled.

I find it somewhat ironic that Charlton Heston, 84, and A.J. both died on the same day. In his long movie career Heston had many modes of travel. In Ben Hur he rode in a cart. Judice also had many different types of transportation going back to high school he rode a motorcycle, and then had the only red convertible in town. He was the first owner of a Ford Victoria in Port Arthur. Thirty years ago he ran around in an MG. Name a brand of autos and he probably owned one, even a Jeep. In later years he ran around on a red scooter. I often wondered when he went over the Rainbow Bridge, if he would make it back. He would travel to nursing homes or to his and ‘Maw Maw’ Judice’s food class at Lamar where they taught Cajun-cooking classes. Wherever he went his triangle went with him. He called it playing his ‘Ding-a-ling.’ He often sat in with local bands. We will never see the likes of A.J. or ‘Maw Maw’ again. *****Seventy-five years ago this week, April 7, President FDR signed the Cullen-Harrison Act ending Prohibition. Some eight months before the amendment could be repealed, thus ending bootlegging. *****The Hillary Clinton bashing continues. First they insisted on Bill releasing papers from the Clinton Library, and then they wanted their tax returns released. They tried to put a negative spin on their earnings. The Clinton’s paid $33 million in taxes. Experts say they didn’t take all the deductions they could have. They donated $10 million to charity. When they couldn’t find anything wrong, they questioned the $500 million donated to Bill’s Library. It was never told that his foundation spent over $300 million helping to fight Aids in Africa and another $100 million to help with floods and other disasters around the world. The 24-hour news media are fighting Hillary because of gender. They will do or say anything to defeat her. She can still win. She leads by far with the Electoral College. If she can come close in the popular vote, she can sell it to the delegates in Denver at the convention. Attorney Pate says he will never again watch Chris Matthews, the chauvinist. Hillary broke it off in him on Ellen’s show Monday.*****Our newspaper will be out Wednesday because of elections but back to Tuesday next week. Thanks for your time. Take care and God bless.