North of the Creaux’s Nest
REMEMBER DAD, SUNDAY AND EVERYDAY
Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you’re fortunate enough to have one, this is the day to let him know that even if you don’t express it very often, you do really care and appreciate him. Some of us never had one around so we never had the opportunity to celebrate the day or enjoy an outing with Dad. Most of us, who never had a father as an example, went into fatherhood blind-folded. Our best grade as a Dad was probably around C+, with lots of F’s and maybe an A or so. My hat goes off to all dads. If you have taken care of your responsibilities you have shared a pretty big load. That never stops because from birth to death you always care. Happy Father’s Day.*****Like we warned you last week, the heat has come. We really need rain but it looks like it will be eight to ten days before significant rain. By then, if you don’t pour the water, a lot of your stuff will burn up. Several spots around the state have rationed the use of water. No watering the plants, yards or washing of cars. If caught that’s a $1,000 fine. I believe if we can hold on for 10 days, we will be okay for a awhile. It will be a tough, hot summer. The good thing is as long as that high stays over us, we don’t have to worry about hurricanes. In fact, I strongly believe that storms will be scarce this year. Storms, like pecan trees, don’t produce every year. If you can stand the heat it will be a good summer.***** I’ve got to move on, hop on and come along; I promise it won’t do you no harm.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
50 Years Ago-1959
Eight candidates compete for the crown of Miss Orange. Ollie Mendoza, pageant chairman, said they are Patricia Corder, Ellyn Jirouch, Diana Ketchell, Mary Frances Blessitt, Nora Eileen Paul, Mary Louise Kemble, Ellen Jane Leister and Carol Ann Foster. (Editor’s note: If these beauties are still around they are fast approaching 70 years of age. Some might even be great-grandmothers. Some might still be active while others have folded their tents and are content with all the memories they made back yonder.) By the way, Miss Blessitt was crowned “Miss Orange.” First runner up was Miss Ketchell. She is now Diana Hill and has been for many years. I believe Miss Lister placed third. *****Tony Dal Sasso has announced a new subdivision in Bridge City. They will call it Schofield Place in honor of Dr. E.C. Schofield. *****The corner stone for the new St. Mark Lutheran Church of Bridge City was laid Sunday, June 14. The Rev. E.A. Biedermann is pastor. *****Henry Bland Jr. is the new Orange Jaycee president. (Editor’s note: What a great guy. For years Henry ran the Capistrano, the most fun place in town.
35 Years Ago-1974
Paintings of one of Orange’s great artist, Gloria Molley, can be viewed at J&J Sporting Goods, a store owned by her son. She also does portraits and can be commissioned to do any type of art.*****The Buzzy Gunn family have made their annual Florida trip and are baking in the sun.*****Pam Romero is the bride elect of Stephen Smith.*****The Orange County Bass Club wins the “Top Ten Tournament.” A glitch however, knocked them down to second despite catching 193 pounds. The Lake Charles club caught only 180 pounds and gained first place. The Orange County fishing team members are Troy Woodall, Richard Corder, Willie Hayes, Durwood Shull, Bill Gregory, Gary Glende, Gerald Thibodeaux, Bob Zavada, Jim Taylor and Tommy Humphrey. (Editor’s note: I bet coach Woodall remembers that incident when the winner came in second.)*****National Little League team winners are Sam Moore, Paul Romaro, Gary Stephens, Willie Brown, Jebbie Romano, Shedrich Logan, Duke Cotton, Kenny Smith, Allen Townsend, Lewis Moore, Henry Cotton, Randy Boon and Kevin Newton. Team coaches are Billy Jean Smith and Carl Evans. (Editor’s note: I wonder if “Bucket” remembers those years as a youngster.)
30 Years Ago-1979
This week Andre Robertson signed a baseball contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He is assigned to Dunhedin, of the Class A Florida State League. Andre had always dreamed of being a pro, now his dream is to make it to the Big Leagues. (Editor’s note: His dream came true. He made it all the way to the New York Yankees as a starter. Andre now makes his home in Orange.)*****Bubba Busceme hasn’t fought professionally in three years but he’s trying a comeback. Next week, he will fight Robert Tijerino, of Dallas, at the Beaumont Civic Center. *****Local entertainer Pam Folsom, the “Guitar Lady” is playing at The Fisherman’s Reef Seafood House on I-10 in Orange. *****A few CB’ers from the Bon Ami Club are Tugboat Mama, Whiskey Runner, Lady Hugo, Window Buster, Lil Bambi and Lil Scrapper. 10-4 good buddy. *****United States President Jimmy Carter and Soviet Leonid Brezanev sign the “Salt II Treaty” this week. It limits the nuclear arsenal of the U.S. and the Soviet Union. *****Bob Jones and wife Doris just returned from a Chevrolet-sponsored trip to Mexico City. Bob is a salesman at Harmon Chevrolet.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
CIA director Leon Panetta says former vice president Dick Cheney’s criticism of the Obama administration’s approach to terrorism almost suggests, “He’s wishing that this country would be attacked again in order to make his point.” He added, “Its almost a little bit like gallows politics.” I believe, in my lifetime, Cheney running our government for eight years is possibly the worse thing that’s happened, both abroad and domestically.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
On Thursday, Danny’s, on Western Ave, serves fresh calf’s liver and onions on his famous buffet. Spotted licking their chops were Sharon Bearden, son, Jim Sharon, Joe Alford and a couple others in their party. Also Roy Dunn and Corky Harmon. I believe Corky was buying. Also seen loading up was Butch Campbell. A regular at Danny’s, David Richard, had a plate loaded like he was getting ready to do some longshoring. If work alone makes you rich, David would be a multi-millionaire. Not a lazy bone in that Cajun. On Friday, Danny serves gumbo for $3.95. That brings a packed house.*****Speaking of rich, Carlos Vasek and Glenn Oliver were riding together last week. Someone commented that the president and vice president don’t fly together and those holding all the money shouldn’t either. Two great guys, but they should let me hold the money if they face this traffic together. If something happened we would need another stimulus package. *****The Family Pharmacy in Bridge City, formerly Harrington’s and King’s, is now open in their nice, newly remolded building with drive-up window and all. By the way, Doug and Jerry, your friendly pharmacists are still around. You will like doing business with this independent drug store. They are the only independents left in the Bridge City/Orangefield market. Once there was Nick’s, King’s and Harrington’s. Everyone knows an independent pharmacy is best. They care about you and you don’t have to wait. Personal service on the spot.*****Amber Dunn left Bridge City last week for Cleveland, Ohio where she reported to work at Chase Hospital Monday. She spent one night in route with Glenda and Paul Dyer on their 350-acre farm outside of Nashville. Amber was quite impressed with the farm that has been in the Dyer family over 200 years. She said the Dyer’s are great folks and very good hosts. Glenda is a former medical student before having a long life in the newspaper business. The Doctor, raised in the newspaper business and Glenda have much in common. Paul and Glenda took Amber to the top of the hill where she shot pictures of next-door-neighbor Trace Atkins’ farm and lake. Amber said when she hit Ohio, gasoline was $3 a gallon.*****Celebrity birthdays: Barry Manilow will be 63 on June 17. Newt Gingrich will be 66 on the same day. *****The Beatles’ Paul McCartney will be 67 on June 18. ***** Paula Abdul turns 47 and Phylicia Rashad turns 60, on the 19. ***** Had they lived Lou Gehrig would be 106 and Guy Lombardo, 107 on June 19. *****Pretty Nicole Kidman will be 42, John Goodman, 57, Lionel Richie, 60 and Anne Murry, 64, all on June 20. *****On this day Chet Atkins would be 84, Audie Murphy also 84 on this day. *****Kris Allen, American Idol winner, turns 24 on June 21. Jane Russell is all of 88. *****Kurt Warner, 38, Cyndi Lauper, 56, Meryl Streep, 60, Kris Kristofferson, 72, all on June 22. *****On June 23, Allen Truning (mathematician) who devised the test of artificial intelligence) will be 97. On this day also, the late June Carter Cash would be 80. Johannes Gutenberg would be 609 years old. *****Special birthdays: Hurricane Ike stole my birthday calendar and robbed me of the opportunity to send best wishes to many friends. A very special friend, a great gal and a nice lady Mary Alice Cole Hartfield celebrates her special day this week, June 17. *****We also extend very best of wishes for a happy birthday to Charlene and Sissy Braus, both celebrating this week. ***** Commissioner David Dubose, Andrew Riedel and longtime friend John Cooper also celebrate another one.*****Constable Mark Philpott is now traveling around Pct. 3 in his new Dodge Challenger. It’s a sharply painted police car. I understand all the other constables have new Chargers. I reckon John Ford’s popular Camaro has been retired.*****We were sorry to hear about the death of Doris Jernigan, 87, who passed away June 14. Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Claybar in Orange. Service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Shelby County. We remember way back when Ms. Doris and her family operated Jernigan’s Drive Inn and when her son Rocky died in the early 1970’s. She was a good lady. May she rest in peace.*****Our deepest sympathy to Debby Schamber on the death of her 21 year old daughter, Jessica. The world doesn’t know anything more painful then losing a child.*****Belated birthday wish to our longtime buddy, David Harmon who celebrated on June 15. He’s one of Corky and Betty’s boys.*****Big changes coming to the former Acapulco Restaurant. The restaurant will be known as La Cantina. The place is being completely remodeled, new coolers, etc. Also large air conditioning units are being installed on the roof.*****On June 14, 1954, 55 years ago, the words “Under God”were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.*****That good looking couple on page 12A is Moe and Helena Litton, Micky’s parents. Congrats to those great folks on their 61st wedding anniversary. Moe took that beautiful gal on one heck of a ride. Never boring, always interesting, never knowing what to expect. It’s been our pleasure to know these special people for 40 odd years. It’s not a record but 61 years is a damn good average. Best of wishes.*****A&M wins a national championship in both men and ladies track and field. Coach Henry, in his fifth season at A&M, repeated what he did at LSU when he won both national championships. He has won 27 NCAA men and ladies championships.*****LSU is on a roll and headed towards a national baseball championship. Anytime an athlete with the talent of Johnny Dishon gets red-shirted, you know they must be loaded with talent. *****Congrats to the Orange County Special Service Unit who received special recognition and award from the Galveston DEA for their outstanding work.*****McDonalds in Bridge City will tear down their building and a new, modern one will go up in August.***** The election in Iran was called before the tally of votes was done. The disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has led to rioting in Tehran. There is evidence that the election was rigged. The good thing is that now there is a good chance of a backlash against the cocky Ahmadinejad. Maybe he might even get in the way of a bullet.*****Reports say that iced coffee may be the summer’s hottest beverage. Iced coffee will beat ice tea at restaurants. I’ve been drinking iced coffee for years. Put a glass of coffee in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, add one cube of ice and milk and sugar if you desire.*****George Obama, President Obama’s half brother, will publish a memoir. The Kenyan resident, age 27, and Barack did not grow up together. He will tell how he overcame poverty to become a community organizer and advocate for the poor. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? I bet he will be running for office before long. *****In a humorous new book on fatherhood, dad of three, Michael Lewis describes men who have had vasectomies as “gelded” and “neutered.” He says of his vasectomy, “I’m a hero to my wife and a traitor to my sex.”*****Forty years ago this week, “Hee-Haw” premiered on CBS television. I hate to admit I remember it. *****The Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant won the NBA championship in five games against the Orlando Magic. It’s the fourth championship for Bryant, tenth for coach Phil Jackson and 15th for the Lakers.*****A couple of guys I know didn’t make any points last week. Sprad forgot wife Margaret’s birthday. He was a day late when his “Old Timers” snapped into realization. Too late, harm done. I have another friend who, on that same day, forgot it was their anniversary. I won’t mention his name, he’s been punished enough. Cut off for a month.*****A week ago in “30 Years Ago,” we ran that Cindy Boone was the poster child for Muscular Dystrophy. We asked what had become of her. Her aunt called to say that Cindy died in 1986 at the age of 11. *****You can have a fun time and pick up on great items, vegetables, etc., at Farmer’s Market each Saturday morning in Lion’s Park. We loaded down on some nice plants Ms. Betty Patten was selling. Fire sale she called it. Tired of watering.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE NATIVES
I swear Jimmy Dillion and Cal Broussard have 24 lives. Dillion, the sign man, is back on the street after having major surgery. Back in 2003, they gave the guy up to die, but folks who believed that didn’t know this old warrior. This latest surgery put a cross on his chest and belly that runs from top to bottom, side to side. It’s a fascinating medical marvel and surviving is only by the will of God. Example, his spleen was 23 inches long and weighed four pounds, normal is 6 inches long and half-pound in weight. There’s more, much more. We wish him continued progress. On the good side, his son Jaden, a freshman at McNeese, has had a great year pitching for the Cowboys. Jimmy and his wife are planning a trip to Greeley, Colo., where he is playing baseball in a summer league. *****As for Cal, after 14 surgeries, no food or drink for seven months, he was on a miraculous recovery when doctors decided to start chemo and radiation just to be on the safe side. That was a bad move. It knocked him down to ground zero. They stopped the procedures and now his strength is coming back. What’s next? Who knows, but I do know, he’s the toughest Cajun I know. He also has a great, sexy, caregiver, Betty Lou, who has been a Godsend in that boy’s life. I’ll give odds that Cal will soon rebound. *****Our longtime buddy, Vivian Dorman, checked out clean. She defeated her previous cancer but had developed two brain tumors and had surgery three weeks ago. That’s one tuff gal who is improving every day. She is still undergoing treatments however. Daughter, Donna Scales and the family have been with her every step of the way. Vivian lost two brothers to cancer, Louis Dugas and A.J. Broussard, but I bet she will beat hers.*****We ran into Chester and Iva Holts girls, Nova Dee and Wanda. Last year, while at their farms in Iowa, Wanda had a massive heart attack. The family gathered in Iowa to say their goodbyes, but she fooled them. Heart problems are a Holt hand-down, dad Chester and brother Morgan, died of heart problems. Nova has had bypass surgery in the past. A few weeks ago, back in Iowa, Wanda suffered what in my layman’s way I call a stroke. She has all the symptoms. She needs therapy but according to sister Nova, is hard headed about doing it. Hopefully, her good judgment will kick in. We pray for her recovery.*****Screwing up big time was Tommy Wayne Jones. He beat his wife, ran off and then the Lord took hold of his wheel. Tommy lost control of the truck and ran through a house. He escaped but only temporarily. Anyone who would beat a woman needs a good ass whipping himself.*****That kind of action usually leads to things like the following item. Martin Edward Fox, 43, ambushed and killed his wife Candy, 40, and her friend Christina Adams, age 27, at their home in Vidor. The cause was believed to be jealousy and rage. Shooting his wife wasn’t enough, he then cut her throat and bashed in her face with his boots. I heard that he was on a hunger strike. That I suspect is a bluff. He had every opportunity to kill himself, but had no guts. He could have saved a lot of trouble it he had. It will be interesting to see if the district attorney’s office seeks the death penalty. In my lifetime, I only remember one death penalty given in Orange County and it was commuted. Orange County juries just don’t give death. This will be a great test case and should be an interesting trial. What a week. Some fight to live; others live to kill. You go figure
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Andrew Riedel, Chris Humble, Belinda Welch, Brandy Slaughter, Janice Rabin, Nancy Haworth, Shelby Turbeville, Vern Campbell, Amber King, Kyna White, Mary Alice Hartfield, Mary Stewart, Shelby Permenter, Chelsie Moerbe, Cortnie Moerbe, Marianne Choate, Myrtle Howell, Debbie Johansson, Gregory Darbonne, Loretta Beck, Lynda Phillips, Sarah Claybar, Sharon Wright, Wesley Darbonne, Dan Dumas, David Dubose, John Cooper, Melanie Broussard, Caitlin Wells, Charlene Braus, Nora Anne Minor, Phyllis Nimitz, Roberta Overstreet, Sissy Braus, Betty Merchant, Jeania Craus, Kim Turbeville and Jaden Trahan.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
David’s wife Patrice her, arranged tours. She scheduled a bus tour to Wisconsin for a bunch of Cajun senior citizens. Da group from Sou’t Lousisana were traveling by tour bus through Wisconsin. As dey stopped at a cheese farm, a young, pretty lady guide led dem through da process of cheese making, explaining her, dat goat’s milk was used.
Den she showed da old gentlemans a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing dem. “Dese,” she explained, “Are da older goats put out to pasture wen dey no longer produce.”
She den axe, “Wat do you do in Louisana wit your old goats?”
A spray old guy Clovis Dartez say him, “Well sha, dey send us on bus tours.”
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer’s research.
A reminder, “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.”*****I know some book-smart folks who have sure made a mess of their lives and some folks with successful, happy lives who have little educated knowledge but are extremely wise, with a load of common sense. *****On the eve of Father’s Day, I remember all the good friends I walked with and that are so special to me every day. On Sunday I will also be thinking about Neighbor Cox, the best friend a fatherless guy can have. *****Finally, we received a call from David Peck Tuesday and he and Patsy were in California due to his job. He left Ms. Patsy at the beach hotel while he traveled into the city. His GPS misled him and took him through the Ghetto. He was dodging folks break dancing in the street. He saw at least two gangs, blue headbands and red headbands. The only people wearing thongs were pretty boys. Not a girl in the bunch. He said, “I can’t wait to get out of here. They can have California. If you lived here you would have to carry two pistols.” *****Well folks, that’s it for me. Thanks for your time. Take care and God bless.