North of the Creaux’s Nest
This week we say goodbye to a friend of many years and hopefully, we are ending a long drought. Last Wednesday and Thursday brought a quarter inch of rain each day for a grand total on one inch in three months. Alex the storm promises to bring rain. If so, I can quit talking about the drought and Glenn Earle can quit making the burn ban his lead story. Trees are really stressed and they need a drink. We’re looking at 15 inches below normal in east Bridge City as of Tuesday morning. Now let’s move on. *****Joe Chenella, assistant superintendent at Bridge City ISD after 48 years, tendered his resignation Tuesday. Back in 1962, when Joe came to the district we were all much younger. Many of our children were just starting school many others would follow. I believe the only school buildings were the small high school on Texas Avenue, and Hatton School on Roundbunch. Sims School and every school built after have been built since Joe arrived. Over the years, Joe worked his way through the ranks and on occasion served as an interim superintendent. Our relations with Joe through the years have been excellent. He’s been available whenever we needed school information and always shot straight. He’s been a friend and a loyal employee of the district. There have been times when Joe has been blamed for things he had absolutely nothing to do with. His attitude has always been that it goes with the territory. He stayed honest, fair and did what was in the best interest of the district and never looked back. We appreciate his many years of service in our community and wish him all the best in retirement and any venture he undertakes. *****Come along, it won’t do you no harm.
Once again, like he has done for more than 40 years, Steve Worster, Bridge City’s most famous citizen has brought statewide publicity to the city and Chamber of Commerce. David Campbell’s 2010 Texas Football magazine, now on news stands, features Steve on page 14. It has been 40 years since he was the driving force for the Texas Longhorns, 30 consecutive wins, matching his jersey number, and three SWC titles. Before joining the Longhorns, Steve led his Bridge City Cardinal team to the state finals and a 3-A championship. The All-American at Texas brought national recognition to BC by being featured in various magazines and making the cover of Sports Illustrated. Worster also appeared on many national television shows including the Ed Sullivan Show. He was also photographed with President Richard Nixon for a feature story. He has always been quick to mention that he’s from Bridge City, Texas. Texas Football Magazine reports, “This spring, Worster, 60, was honored by the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce as its 50th anniversary Citizen of the Year. That was a well-deserved recognition and a good decision on the part of the chamber.” Worster’s love of his hometown is obvious throughout the article. Steve says, “The determination my neighbors displayed after Ike reinforced my affection for my hometown. It made me realize how proud I am of this area and the people here.” David Campbell titles the article “The Pride of Bridge City.” The 2010 magazine will be read by more than a million people. The statewide publicity proves the point I’ve made for many years. It’s foolish not to honor the national celebrities, native sons and daughters, who are recognized on the national stage but never here at home. That benefit would be twofold, it’s the right thing to do – plus if you are charged with bringing positive publicity to the community there is no better way. For example, Bum Phillips was born in Orange and will be buried here. He is known and respected around the country yet the powers that be, county, city and civic organizations have never raised the first finger to honor this great man. No parade, never a chamber banquet honoree, no honor on his birthday – and on his next Bum will be 88. No doubt a public street should be named in his honor. He’s the nation’s favorite Bum. That falls on deaf ears right here where he says he’s proud to be from – Orange, Texas. There are many more well-knowns that should get due recognition, including native-born, former local coach and Dallas Cowboy Coach Wade Phillips. Lubbock has named most of their streets after their celebrities, we could at least have a sign on I-10 that says, “Come visit the town that brought the world Bum Phillips.”
An unusual coincidence: Judge Roy Derry Dunn and Roy L. Dunn – both have sons named Mark. Judge Roy’s son is Dr. Mark Dunn, who completed his residency in family medicine Tuesday in Oregon. He and wife Kristi and their four children will live in Sherwood, Ore., where Dr. Dunn will be in practice. Roy L. Dunn’s son Mark, is the father of Dr. Amber Dunn, who completed her internship last week in Cleveland, Ohio, where she will specialize in anesthesiology. Judge Dunn and wife Jane will attend a ceremony for son Mark in Portland. Meanwhile, Dr. Amber Dunn arrived in Bridge City for a quick two-day visit before returning to Cleveland. She hopes to return in six to eight months. Upon arriving she was treated to boiled crawfish, thanks to Peggy’s on the Bayou. Richard has mastered the art of perfect seasoning and boiling of crawfish. I hope you were able to keep up with the above Dunn situation. By the way, Dr. Mark Dunn joins five other grandchildren of our friends King and Eloide Dunn, who are LC-M grads and are also doctors, Ph.Ds or dentists. Dr. Amber is a 1999 BC grad. Congrats to both Dr. Dunns.
30 Years Ago-1980
Orange Community Players present the first annual Edgar awards. “Miracle Worker” captured a series of awards for best production, best direction, best actress and top supporting roles. Louis Dugas received the producer’s award, Charles Ferguson, director award and Diana Hill best actress award for her role as Annie. Mal Smith received the best actor award for his role in “Same Time Next Year.” Best supporting actor went to stage newcomer Gregg Torbert, the son in “Miracle Worker.” Angela Hill took best supporting actress for her portrayal of Helen Keller in “Miracle Worker.” Faye Speer won the Golden HAB prize for her efforts backstage in several productions. Technician trophies went to the man and wife team of Claude and Jean Hamerly. Highlight of the evening was the presentation of a special board award to past OCP president Bob Jones, active in the playhouse for 18 years. Special “Edgar” awards went to Betty and Edgar Brown III for the family’s contributions to OCP.*****Folks celebrating birthdays are Susan Culpepper, Velma Jeter, Louis Boudoin, O’Neal Banks.***On July 5, John Lieby will be 14.***Also celebrating that day are Robert Mann and Dr. Rod Fisette.*****Dr. David Olson was installed as president of the Bridge City Rotary Club at a banquet at the Wayside Inn. Ken Wyatt was named Rotarian of the Year having five years perfect attendance. Orange Mayor Major Inman installed the officers. Other special guests were Jim Stelly and Floyd Austin. C.R. Nash is outgoing president.*****Thirteen-year-old Jimmy Sichko is the youngest boy ever to be accepted into one of Fred Waring’s workshops. He, his mother Marie and sister Therezie will travel to Penn State July 11.*****Happy anniversary to Joe and Gertrude Hawthorne on 50 years and Roy and Ethel Manasco, 19 years.*****Reggie Talmadge, 19, of Bridge City, struck by a car while riding his Moped and is in St. Elizabeth Hospital. Doctors say he could possibly lose a leg. (Editor’s note: I wonder how that came out. Reggie would be 49 years old in 2010.)*****Glenn and Debbie Huckabay are the parents of a baby girl, Courtney Leagh.
A big “Sundown to Sunup” gospel show featuring Wally Fowler, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, at the Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena sponsored by Sheriff’s Posse. Barbara Runnels Waites served as master of ceremonies.*****Shelia Miller Beeson, married to Judge Harold of Rose City, is big and pregnant, baby due July 7.*****Dr. Joe and Mary Majors Florida vacation was cut short by the death of Mary’s father, who lived in Texarkana.*****A surprise birthday party was put together June 25, for ole’ Uncle Gordon by his wife Diane Baxter. Bax’s birthday is on Christmas Day. He usually shares his birthday with Christ, Flo Edgerly and a world full of kids honoring Santa Claus. She assembled a lot of very talented people to celebrate his birthday and a half. They sang up all the songs they knew, Dan Green played his 11-string guitar. Skipper Free, Beeson, artist Frank Gerrietts, the Dunns, Louise Green and a house full of others’ free spirits sang with zest, their voices echoing down Village Creek from Bax’s cabin. *****On July 4th, Keble Free marries pretty Rita Faiday in City Park off MacArthur. The Rev. Jimmy Botner performed the honors with a “free” watermelon party to follow. (Editor’s note: Keble has done stranger things in the years we’ve known him).
A FEW HAPPENINGS
We were sorry to hear about the death of our friend and loyal Record reader and supporter, Dean Grant, age 79. Dean died June 23, service was June 27. He was just a very nice and good man. Condolences to his family and friends. Please see obits.*****We also lost Al Heath, 68, of Bridge City, last week. There was no negative thing ever been said about this kind man. To his wife, Christine and the family, we extend our deepest sympathies.*****On June 23, Sybil Burgess, 80, passed away. We had known this lovely lady more than 50 years. May she rest in peace.*****Congrats to Bridge City grad and now McNeese pitcher Jaden Dillion, given “Honorable Mention” to the Louisiana Sports Writer’s “All Louisiana College Baseball Team.” Jaden, a great youngster, was the Cowboy’s ace pitcher with an 8-0 win record. He appeared in 20 games. I know his dad, sign man Jimmy and family are proud of his accomplishments and also extremely pleased with Jaden’s success. Also proud of Jaden is Coach Sam Moore, who helped develop him into an all-around pitcher who constantly throws over 90 mph. We have watched Jaden work out several times at “The Zone,” Coach Moore’s baseball academy. Expect greater things from the former Bridge City Card.***** Beauties reach ripe old age this week. Olivia DeHavilland, 94; Gina Lollobrigida, 82; Eva Marie Saint, 86. Others, Abigail Van Buren, 92; Gloria Stuart, Titanic Star, will be 100 and Nancy Reagan, 89. Those are all folks I remember from my youth.*****After 54 years television’s oldest daytime drama “As the World Turns” that began Nov. 23, 1963, will come to an end Sept. 17. ABC’s “General Hospital” which premiered April 1963, will inherit the title of oldest soap. Last year after 72 years, “Guiding Light” bit the dust. Everyday life as we have known it is drastically changing. Remember when Judge Sid Caillavet didn’t return to the courthouse until after 1:30 p.m. because he stayed home to watch “As the World Turns?”*****Later this year legendary jockey Randy Romero, the pride of Erath in Vermilion Parish, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. In 25 years he won 4,285 races. His new book, “Randy Romero’s Remarkable Ride” has been released by Pelican Publishing. It’s a great read about the Cajun jockey’s arduous ride to the top. The 1978 movie, “Casey’s Shadow” filmed in Louisiana, is based on Lloyd Romero and his family. Randy’s dad, a state trooper, who was hit by a drunk driver and permanently disabled, turned to horse training to earn a living. The rest is history. Randy will sign books at Evangeline Downs, July 3, 5-to 8 p.m.*****Sleepy Smith won’t be 76 until Aug. 6 but he’s already made plans to celebrate his big day in Alaska. He and Steve Hardy will explore the state and maybe visit Sarah. He and his late wife had planned to visit Alaska but never got to go. They should bring Shockly with them to pick up the tab.***Special birthdays: Over the weekend, our buddy Constable Chris Humble celebrated another one. I’d give anything for his youth.***West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald puts another notch on the yardstick of life.***Always a lady, Elizabeth Williams celebrates her special day this week.***Kee-Kee Dupuis’ lovely wife Nancy celebrates another one and also a good guy, L.J. Brous.***An extra special lady is celebrating a special birthday Friday, July 2. Ollie V. Pitre turns 96. She’s still going strong. Best wishes to all.*****When Rev. Leo was 13 and before he was saved and became a young preacher, he rolled his own Bull Durham cigarettes. He was better than me, my tobacco always fell out the ends. Back then, even a 10-year-old could walk into a store and buy tobacco. I did better with Prince Albert in the can. Next Sunday Anderson will have a special Fourth of July service at 2 p.m., with a big barbecue afterward. Everyone is always welcome at his church. He would love to have you join them anytime.*****Patsy Peck is back in town and things are a little different around the Peck household. Judge-elect David enrolled in boot camp Monday morning at King’s Gym where he began a ridged workout program. He’s also cut calorie intake to 2,500 daily. His goal and aspiration is to be as fit as Judge Mike Shuff, who just does a daily maintenance routine to stay in shape. I’ll reserve my judgment on Peck’s success for at least a couple of weeks. A lot of folks have learned not to bet against Peck.*****Last week, Mark Chesnutt released his new album “Outlaw,” a collection of songs popularized by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker and Hank Williams Jr. It’s a different style of song for Chesnutt but I understand it’s a good selection – not just the top sellers. I’ve got to get me one. One of Chesnutt’s three kids is named Waylon Nelson. That shows his respect for the great artists.*****Gov. Dolph Briscoe, 87, who served as Texas governor from 1972-78 passed away Sunday. He was the first Texas governor to serve a four-year term. He lost to John Hill, who in turn was defeated by Bill Clements, the first Republican governor since Reconstruction.*****Over the weekend, Paul Chagois hit the slots at Delta Downs for $100,000. It took five hours to get his money because of federal red tape.*****We were sorry to hear Walter Toronjo suffered a stroke and is now in Herman Hospital in Houston. Our prayers go out to he and Juanita, who is by his side.*****Fifty-eight percent of Americans back the exit plan and time table of July, 2011, to began withdrawing troops. Thirty-six percent oppose it. Fifty percent polled say Obama is doing a good job handling Afghanistan. On healthcare, stimulus, bailout and what have you, the Republicans are pulling a Groucho Marx, “Whatever it is, I’m against it.”*****Ross Perot, a maker of history, turned 80 on Monday. His life is a great Texas story.*****Sen. Robert Byrd, 92, longest serving member of Congress and a Democratic champion, died Monday.
Chris Huebel, Nancy Wood, Beverly Haggard, Mary Beth McClure, Roy McDonald, Sonya Jarreau, Deanna Shuford, Eula Waters, Frances Osborn, Betty Derrick, Charlie Learned, Dian Arnold, Jeff Eby, Lisa Wilson, Maria Garcia, Brennon Mitchell, Elizabeth Williams, Mary Martell, Nancy Dupuis, Thomas Findlay, Betty Richard, Jeanne Donahey, Kathy Simmons, Ellen Ray, Lillie Mae Henderson, Kathie Wilson, Katy Maloney, Kellie Derouen, Pat McCombs, Shane Hanks, Susie Bickham, Charlotte Pruter, Billy Boehme, Debbie Moreau, Donna Dohmann, L.J. Braus, Lori Winstead, Makayla Peveto, Tom Arnold, Aaron Myers, Alyson Smith, David May and Denise Mumbach.
On July 1, Liv Tyler will be 33; Pamela Anderson, 43; Carl Lewis, 49; Dan Aykroyd, 58 and Jamie Farr, 76.***July 2, Lindsay Lohan, 24; Jose Canseco, 46; Richard Petty, 73 and Michelle Branch, 27.***July 3, Tom Cruise, 48; Montel Williams, 54 and Alan Autry, 58.***July 4, Mailia Obama, 12; Geraldo Rivera, 68; George Steinbrenner, 80 and Abigail Van Buren, 92.***July 5, Huey Lewis will be 59;***July 6, George W. Bush, 64; Sylvester Stallone, 64; Della Reese, 78 and the Dalai Lama, 75.***July 7, Michelle Kwan, 30; Ringo Starr, 70; Doc Severinsen, 83 and Pierre Cardin, 88.
Da Comeaux brothers, Joe and Earl, los dere jobs wen da Tyson poultry processing plant shut down las mon’h in Church Point. Dey were sitting at Fred’s Lounge, in Mamou, drinking a cold one and trying to figure out wat dey was going to do for a living dem. Joe suggest dey probably could get hired to help clean da oil spill.
Earl said, “Mais Let’s go.”
Joe said, “We gotta go to our houses, pick up some clothes and tell our wives we gonna be gone a longtime. Till da cleanup is finished.”
Wen dey got to da employment office in New Orleans Joe said, “We da Comeaux brothers, from Mamou, us and we want a job.”
Dey sent dem to da job site. Da bossman told dem to go to da marshes and help clean da Pelicans.
Earl say, “We can do dat us.”
Dat afternoon, da boss came by an he started screaming and cussing.
Joe and Earl had cleaned, skinned and dressed turty-seven of dem pelicans before dey got fired.
Our friend Van Choate, who owns Catfish Kitchen in Beaumont, is opening a restaurant – the Cajun Eatery in Bryant, Ark. He was able to make a deal on Tuffy’s Eatery that will benefit both parties. He has sold the restaurant to David Claybar and Shane Johns. David is a well-known chef who owns the Old Orange Cafe and really knows the food business, how it should be prepared and taste. It will be a great venture for he and Shane. As of Thursday, they will be in operation with a grand opening planned in August. By the way, this week the Wednesday Lunch Bunch dines at Novrozsky’s and next week will be back at Tuffy’s. Everyone is always welcome.*****I took up way too much space. I thank you for your time. Take care and God bless.