From the Creaux’s Nest
If you are at least 53 years old you probably remember where you were on that dreadful day in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was killed. The government report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, shot and killed the president and wounded Texas Governor John Connally. However that report has been disputed many times. In fact, a recent article in Playboy features FBI special agent Zack Shelton, a resident of Hardin County, now retired and close friend of J.P. elect David Peck. It’s a long, intriguing story about Shelton’s work fighting the Chicago Mafia, “The Outfit” and crime around the country. In 2002, he traveled from his Texas home to reminisce with his old Chicago comrades. Shelton told his friends he believed a small time criminal, locked up in an Illinois prison, may have committed the greatest crime in Dallas. His name is James Files. He once was a driver for “The Outfit’s” most feared hit man. Files had told Shelton both he and the hit man were in Dallas when JFK was assassinated. Files claims to have fired the fatal shot from behind a fence on the infamous grassy knoll. When Shelton told his story to his buddies, he was prepared to be laughed at but actually some of them also had their own revelations about the assassination. “There’s one thing about FBI agents,” says Shelton, “They’re damn good investigators, they don’t operate on the basis of theories. They deal in facts and the facts have never supported the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin.” The evidence, Shelton believes, shows that organized crime orchestrated Kennedy’s murder. Tony Accardo was at the helm of “The Outfit” for five decades. They helped elect JFK and his administration showed little gratitude. Attorney General Robert Kennedy made organized crime his signature issue. The article weaves the entire story of how Files got to Texas and etc. So you see it’s been 47 years come Monday, Nov. 22 and we still don’t know. I will always remember that day when I saw grown men cry. *****Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 16, I watched a moving ceremony. President Obama presented Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor. He is the first live recipient of the Medal since Vietnam, 40 years ago. The battle at Korengal Valley took place in 2007 when Giunta was only 22 years old. His unit had been ambushed by the Taliban and was under extreme gunfire. They were all wounded and two killed. Giunta climbed the hill after them firing everything he had at the top of the hill he saw two insurgents had his best friend. Never breaking stride he ran towards them with bullets flying all around him. He didn’t stop till he killed one and wounded the other and returned his friend and drug him to protection and kept on fighting. He saved not only his friend that day but also two other officers and his outfit. President Obama said, “This is my greatest privilege.” The President read the proclamation and compared him to Audie Murphy, the most decorated World War II veteran. Giunta is only 25 years old and very humble. A real war hero. *****I’ve gotta move on. Please come along, it won’t do you no harm.
Gov. Rick Perry has made the television and radio talk shows, NBC, Today Show, Fox News, the Glenn Beck Show, MSNBC, “Morning Joe,” Laura Ingraham, CNN and even Jon Stewart, pushing his book. Nothing seems to stick however after he leaves. His book is not mentioned again. Ironically, his former boss, George W. Bush, Texas Governor, who Perry succeeded, is upstaging him. President Bush’s memoir “Decision Points,” is flying off the shelf, over 500,000 copies in the first few days. Meanwhile Perry’s book gathers dust. They both released their books at the same time. Perry issued his as a tool to run for national office but if he doesn’t do better than the book, he ain’t going anywhere. We predicted a year ago that national office was his goal, being governor of Texas is just a means of having a base. The state is facing an $18 to $25 billion shortfall under his watch. Now he has complete control in both houses. He can rubberstamp anything he wants, including the all-important re-districting. President Bush doesn’t mention Perry in his book but he has a pointed reference in the book attacking hyper-partisan re-districting that Perry, Tom Delay and Tom Cradock engineered in 2003 to increase Republican representation in the Texas congressional delegation. Bush says, “Our government would be more productive and our politics more civilized, if congressional districts were drawn by panels of non-partisan elders instead of partisan state legislatures.” That has been this writer’s position for many years. I fear if county and city governments don’t step up and be counted and make their voices heard, a partisan governor and legislatures will again screw rural Texas. They will rubberstamp another plan protecting and giving majorities to Republicans and in the process taking all local clout away from rural counties. This will again split counties and give most of the congressional seats to large city areas. Twenty-two out of 32 seats are from areas of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. In the 2010 re-election campaign, President Bush endorsed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison over Perry, who was his lt. governor. That should tell us something. Texas missed the opportunity to elect a governor with a sincere desire to serve the people of Texas with Hutchison or Bill White. I think it’s lucky for both of them because they would be facing the same fate as President Obama, with the state in a mess. That fact has been swept under the rug.
Coach Hooks, Coach Thompson and the gang will load their Mustangs up for a big playoff duel against Brookshire Royal, (8-3), at Wood Forest Stadium Friday night at Shenandoah, near The Woodlands. The ‘Stangs played a warm-up game against Liberty last Friday. WOS came away with a 63-7 playoff win. All of Orange County should support the Mustangs on their trip toward the state title. We’re saddling our horse and heading to that shootout.
12 Years Ago-1998
Banker Fred Charles Gregory, age 64, died Sunday, Nov. 15, at his residence. The Port Arthur native and U.S. Army veteran was a resident of Bridge City for 33 years. Survivors include his wife, June; daughter, Sharon; and son, Michael Darin; mother, Pauline; and sisters, Barbara Broussard and Vickie McKenzie. (Editor’s note: What a great guy he was, It’s been a dozen years but I still think of him regularly. His wife June still lives in Bridge City.)*****Michael Cory St. Clergy, 18, was arrested in connection with Pinehurst murder of Ernest Alford and the robbery of an Orange convenience store. St. Clergy confessed to both crimes. According to Pinehurst Lt. Ronnie Barrett and District attorney investigator K.C. Bresheirs “There is no doubt we have the right person said D.A. John Kimbrough. *****Dr. David Jones, a Bridge City native, comes home to heal his own. He was a four-sport athlete at Bridge City. His stepfather is coach Dan Ray Hooks; his uncle is Dr. Jimmy Jones so he has been around sports and medicine all his life, the reason he chose sports medicine. He is a graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine and LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. He is located in new quarters next to Baptist Orange Hospital. He started practice a little over a year ago. (Editor’s note: Dr. Jones, as far as I know, is in the same location. He’s one of several Bridge City high grads who are in the medical field.)*****Jack and Lynne Green will celebrate their eighth anniversary on Nov. 16. (Editor’s note: This year they celebrate their 20th. She’s one of Ace Amedo’s twins.)*****The Orangefield Bobcats defeated the Hamshire-Fanette Longhorns. The Bobcat defense, led by Roy Fariah, Greg Williams and Vito Agerton held the Longhorns to 94 yards on 27 tries. Bo Daville rushed for 226 yards on 37 totes. Daville gained 1,600 yards and made 19 touchdowns in regular season. Coach Randy Theriot and his Bobcats take on Crockett in Conroe as they move on in the playoffs.*****The Bridge City Lady Cards volley ball team headed to state tournament after winning class 4-A Region III championship. Some of Coach Rosett Wilson’s players are Erin Dillow, Sally Hill, April Belk, Jessie Johnson and Misty Jenkins.*****The Bridge City Christmas parade has been postponed until Dec. 5.*****Chris Farkas, with The Record Newspapers, said his goodbyes this week and left Orange County in his rearview mirror. Chris moved to Jacksonville, Florida. (Editor’s note: We hear from Chris from time to time, he is still in Jacksonville.*****Robert Vail and wife, Betty, celebrated their wedding anniversary.*****Betty Harmon was added to the Board of Directors of County National Bank.*****Joe Burke celebrated his birthday on Nov. 22, as does H.D. Pate.*****The West Orange-Stark Mustangs won 10 games in a row only to lose to the Silsbee Tigers in the Bi-District playoff in Port Arthur.
Neighbor Cox had been home batching while Ms. Ginny visited with their daughter Karen and family in Oklahoma. Cox had planned a trip with grandson Cody for Thanksgiving to bring Ms. Ginny home. Last week however, he got a call that his bride of 62 years had been rushed to the hospital having suffered a heart attack. Neighbor Cox left Bridge City immediately to be by her side. As of this deadline we haven’t heard about her condition. Our prayers are with her. *****On a good note I’m glad to report that our friend Daniel Jacobs, after fighting the cancer fight for many months and coming close to giving up at times, has made a drastic turn-around. He still faces some blood cell problems but he got to come home for a week. He even cooked up a batch of Muscadine jelly and bought Gloria a Lincoln, a small prize for the many days and nights she stayed by Daniel’s side. They will have to put in another month at Houston hospital with hopes of a full recovery.*****Special folks celebrating their special day this week. Our friend Courtney Myers, manager of Exxpress Mart in Bridge City celebrates her special day on Nov. 18.***Allen Dunn, a loyal guy who will do to ride the range with, like his mom. If you don’t like them you wouldn’t like anyone. He celebrates on Nov. 20.*** Joining him on the same day, also a special fellow, who we don’t always see eye to eye with but always respect. Jim Pruter turns a year older.***Also on Nov. 20, Kerry Green, formerly of Bridge City, will celebrate another birthday. We have not heard from Kerrie in several years but always remember his birthday.***Because of Dallas, JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, I always remember attorney H.D. Pate and Lamar’s Butch Campbell’s birthdays. We’ve known Pate since he was 25 years old and Butch, since he was nine. Sometimes I’ve been on opposite sides with both but I’ve respected their stance and hope and believe they have respected mine.***A birthday on the 22nd is also shared by Jason LeLeux and his aunt, Mary Tate. She had a lousy 14th birthday because everyone called about Jason’s birth and no one wished her happy birthday. She held it against him until he turned 16. They are the son and sister of our gal Penny.*** Two great guys with birthdays coming up are Lon Hubbard and Edgar Eschbach. They’re cool and stay above the fray.***Other good folks we know celebrating birthdays are the ever sweet Jackie Roberts, pretty Belinda Thibodeaux and Kenneth Hass is getting older even if wife Phyllis isn’t.*****The Texas A&M Aggies, fresh off a shellacking of the Baylor Bears 42-30, will take on Big 12 North leader Nebraska, Saturday at Kyle Field. The Aggies are tied for second in the Big 12 South, with Oklahoma, who they beat. Both are behind Oklahoma State. The game with the Cornhuskers comes just four days before the annual rival game with the Texas Longhorns on Turkey Day. If Texas beats the Aggies at home in Austin, they will consider it saving the season. Coaches have been fired for losing the Texas-A&M game at both schools. That’s how big the rivalry is. Texas is having its worst season in many years but they will let it all hang out when it comes to beating the Aggies. There is no bigger rivalry.*****The Dallas Cowboys finally showed up to play beating the Giants 33-20. It was Jason Garrett’s first win as head coach. Wade Phillips was fired on Monday and the job given to Jerry Jones’ fair-haired boy. A change is often good for a team that is struggling. Dallas is loaded with talent. Here’s hoping they turn the tables, but don’t bet on it.*****The Houston Texans lost a heart breaker to Jacksonville, 31-24, on a last “Hail Mary” pass slapped by a Texan defender right into the hands of a Jaguar for the winning touchdown.*****Two Orange County youngsters, Sean and Collin Gros, are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day game between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. The brothers will be on the 50-yard line for that game in New Orleans. Sean is a diehard Saints fan, while his brother Collin will be pulling for Earl Thomas and the Seahawks. He even predicts that “Home Boy” will have two picks.*****Congrats to Bridge City Cross Country boys who placed 10th and the Lady Cards who placed 12th in the state meet. Congrats also to Coach Stump, the coaching staff and the Cardinals on their great football season.*****It’s deer hunting time in Texas. Many of the natives have headed to the East Texas woods and to the hill country. Commissioner John Dubose headed out with two bullets; he says that’s all he needs to get his limit. Don’t you guys forget that Creaux and I still like backstrap.*****Pct. 3 Constable Mark Philpott marks 20 years in law enforcement this week. He spent 18.5 years with the Sheriff’s department and the rest as constable. This week Philpott also escorted funeral number 101, a service that’s appreciated by the families.*****We understand that our buddy Jessie Domingue will be retiring from his oil rig job in the Gulf come January. We’re glad for him but we’re sure going to miss getting Robbie’s French bread he brings us from Abbeville.*****Speaking of Louisiana, Anna Belle Rost attended her and Roy’s 57th class reunion in Abbeville. Dunn missed it but there was a good turnout of former Wildcats. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s this week and venture to Tuffy’s next week where the seafood is always good. Everyone is welcome.*****Here’s something I want to let you in on if you’re not already aware of Orange Carpet and Sleep Shop. There is no use to go out of town for flooring or bedding; we hear nothing but compliments about these folks. Quaility merchandise at the best prices. We were there yesterday when a big truck rolled in. If you’re going to buy new carpet for Christmas a large assortment of new styles and designs just arrived. You’ll love the service that Warren, Gayle and the gang gives. The county’s is full of satisfied customers. *****Looking for a great breakfast? No one fixes a better country breakfast than Richard at Peggy’s on the Bayou. To eat the large one, you’d better really, really be hungry. Doug Harrington when in town heads to Peggy’s. He says, “It’s Texas’ best breakfast. Saturday morning is a good time to go, there’s no hurry. *****Boy, wasn’t Michael Vick something Monday night? An 88-yard bomb on the first play of the game. He picked the Redskins apart with four touchdown passes and two rushing. The Eagles were the only ones who would give him a chance after he got out of prison. He lit up the score board in a 59 to 28 win.*****A couple of weeks ago, at the St. Mary Golf Tournament, Judge Thibodeaux had his balls blessed by Father Daleo. The good Father refused to lay hands on him. Ask Judge Pat about it.*****Fifty years ago Clark Gable’s funeral services was held. He died Nov. 16, 1960 shortly after filming “Misfits” with Marilyn Monroe. His most famous movie “Gone With The Wind” is still a classic today.*****The city of Houston turned off it’s red light cameras after the voters voted to do away with them. Citizens felt it violated their civil liberties, expensive to defend and left them with no recourse but to pay even if not guilty. The cameras generated more than $44 million.*****Our friend “Yank” Peveto stopped by for a short visit. He tells us the reason we haven’t seen Judge Pete Runnels much lately is because he stays on the road a lot with his Humana Insurance job. I bet not many people know that “Yank,” Al Granger and Tommy Gunn are all first cousins. That bloodline runs through the Pachar background.*****The West Orange City Council made a great choice in the appointment of Mike Trahan to the City Council to replace Ms. Droddy, who resigns at the end of the month. Mike, a West Orange native is a former airline pilot. He’s level headed and smart. He came home to retire and serve his community anywhere he can. He’s the son of “Crip” Trahan, a West Orange icon, former constable and Jack-of-All-Trades. Another good thing is that Mike’s roots go back to Abbeville and that’s good blood. Congrats Mike.*****I’m starting to feel sorry for doctors. The government keeps cutting them on Medicare. Another 21 percent cut is coming up Dec. 1. The government also is talking about elderly people on Medicare paying a bigger share. Talk out of Austin is getting out of the Medicare program all together. Senior citizens will go without care if their co-pay gets too high and doctors won’t be able to afford the overhead if they face more pay cuts. Cuts always affect the old and the poor.
On Nov. 17, Laura Wilkinson will be 33; Daisy Fuentes, 44; RuPaul, 50; Danny DeVito, 66 and Lauren Hutton, 67.***Nov. 18, Owen Wilson, 42; Elizabeth Perkins, 50; Sinbad, 55; Linda Evans, 68 and Brenda Vaccaro, 71.***Nov. 19, the McCaughey septuplets will be 13; Jodie Foster, 48; Meg Ryan, 49; Ted Turner, 72 and Larry King, 77.***Nov. 20, Josh Turner, 33; Davey Havok, 35; Bo Derek, 54; Joe Biden, 68 and Dick Smothers, 71.***Nov. 21, Troy Aikman, 44; Goldie Hawn, 65; Marlo Thomas, 72 and Bjork, 45.***Nov. 22, Scarlett Johansson, 26; Mariel Hemingway, 49; Jamie Lee Curtis, 52; Billie Jean King, 67 and Robert Vaughn, 78.***Nov. 23, Miley Cyrus, 19; Bruce Hornsby, 56 and Johnny Mandel, 85.***On Nov. 24, Katharine Heigl will be 31.
Laurie Kosh, Nancy Aycock, Patsy Brister, Reba Eddins, Barbara Briggs, Barbara Musser, Chuck Kirby, Katy Taylor, Kenneth Haas, Lyndsie Neie, Melanie Claybar, Mickey Smith, Sam Thomas, Tim Bayliss, Aimee Huckabay, Celeste Hart, James Cornell, Kevin LeCourtere, Jonathan Vogt, Justin McCullough, Stephanie Williams, Bryan Garrett, Leroy Gomez, Kristina Denman, Meagan McGill, Linda Klein, Liz Harris, Patty Burke, Shelly Ford, Trina Stringer, Veronica Smith, Ann Miller, Cecil Allen, D.J. “Ace” Amodeo, Joe Permar, Murray Moreland, Charles Cagle, John Moore, Edgar Eschbach, Whitney Mott, Jim Pruter, Jan Briggs, Jesse Evans, Lon Hubbard, Rose Powell, Hayden Clark, Tabatha Force, Jason LeLeux, Mary Tate, Adam Schisler, David Heyduck, Bart Williams, H.D. Pate, Hazel Spurgeon, Dorothy Mathis, Larry Bridges, Misty Moody, Barbara Trahan, Belinda Thibodeaux, Bobby Tarter, Chris Allen, Jackie Roberts, Brenda Spangle, Carolyn Hagen, Marie McKinley, Butch Campbell, John-Charles Newcomer, Christina Tallant, Haylie Belcher, J.O. McCune, Ernest Swanson, Rodney Petty, Ann Caples and Scott Mackey.
A longtime ago, da Granger brothers start demselves a new airline. It had only one destination, from Orangefield to Lafayette. Dey load up da four passengers and took off on dire first flight. Not long after dey took off, dey experienced motor trouble over Lake Sabine. Wade was da announcer and Thomas da pilot flying da plane him. Wade came over da loud speaker and said, “Me, I’ve been informed by da pilot dat we are experiencing an emergency us. Da motor it went out and we gonna made contact wit da water. Now I want dose dat can swim to stand on da left side and dose dat can’t stand on da right side. Now, dose on da left, wen da plane make contact wit da water, jump out and swim to da shore. Now, dose of you on da right side, well Capt. Granger and I would like to tank you for flying wit Cajun Airlines.”
I haven’t gotten around much lately so I’m missing out on a lot of stuff going on. I’ll be back on the trail soon. By the way, the Leonid Meteor shower peaks this week. The best viewing will be two to three hours before dawn on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. There is always some uncertainty in the number of meteors the Leonid shower will produce. Expect to see at least 20 meteors per hour if we have clear skies. The nearly full moon will set several hours before dawn and will not wash out any meteors in the hours before dawn. For the best view get away from city lights and find a safe, dark site, lie on a blanket or reclining folding chair to get a full-sky view. If you can see all the stars in the Little Dipper you have good dark-adapted vision. It would be quite a show but you’ve got to get up early. *****Well, I got to shut down for another week. Thanks for your time. Please shop the good folks in our advertising family who bring you this paper. Did you know more of you read The Record than all other Orange County publications combined. It’s the best buy in advertising by far, low price, and wide reach. Look us over. Also check our Web site for any breaking news at therecordlive.com. Take care and God bless.