From the Creaux’s Nest
MID-DECEMBER IS ALREADY HERE
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. A three day cool front blew in but temperatures will go up Saturday, then here comes another cool front. The worse part is when temperatures are predicted to be around 30-degrees to 33-degrees, it means you can’t take a chance with the tender plants. You bring all of them in and it warms, you take them out again. Year after year you fight hauling those plants. If we had real winters, you would take them in once, turn on the heat and be done with it until spring. I’ve gotten too old and too tired to keep fighting the battle. I’m done hauling. Someone else can do it or the plants can weather the best they can. If they die, they die. *****Congrats to the West Orange-Stark Mustangs on a great season. Navasota is loaded with talent at every position. If anyone beats them they will have to play a perfect game. I don’t see anyone beating them. The Mustangs had a great season to be proud of. *****Congrats also to John Gothia on receiving the Greater Orange Chamber’s “Citizen of the Year” award. He well deserved it. Also to Mary Behnke on receiving the “Athena Award,” and to Shirley Zimmerman, named “Ambassador of the Year.”*****Well, I’ve run a bunch behind and need to move on. Please come along, it won’t do you no harm.
PAPPY’S CHRISTMAS DILEMMA
When son-in-law, Judge David Peck, asked Pappy Ellis what kind of day he had Friday, Pappy told him he drove to Port Arthur in his old car, the same car that the accelerator had stuck on a time or two, for a doctor visit. Anyway, he got to the doctor’s office but while getting out of the car his suspenders broke and with no belt his britches fell all the way down to his ankles, right there in the parking lot. Holding on to his walking stick he managed to get his pants up and by putting his hand in his pocket, he held them up and successfully got into the doctor’s office. Pappy’s favorite breakfast is at Cheddars so being so close; he decided he might as well take advantage of the opportunity. Holding his hand in his pocket to hold his pants up and with his other hand on his cane, he made it in and ate his breakfast. Everything went fine until he got to the cash register. He found it difficult reaching his wallet, holding on to the cane, and one hand in his pocket, holding up his pants. Like an acrobat he tried to maneuver that wallet out of his back pocket. That’s when it happened; he lost his balance and went flying right into the big Christmas tree. Decorations went everywhere, the tree collapsed with Pappy in the middle of it. His britches fell to his feet exposing his candy striped shorts. The women rushed to help him up but Pappy was more interested in someone pulling his pants up. He finally got righted, paid his bill, and with one hand in his pocket holding up his pants and the other on the walking stick, he made it to his car and went on his merry way with a full belly. Inside, the ladies were repairing Christmas. That wasn’t Santa Clause that just left there. Peck says I’m, going to buy that old man a belt for Christmas. Pappy says it was just another day in the life of an old guy. (Editor’s note: Pappy shouldn’t only take David off his Christmas list, he should also write him out of his will for telling on him.)
Aggie Johnny Manziel wins 2012 Heisman Trophy
Two days after he turned 20 years old Manziel was named 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. He became the first freshman to ever receive the award and only the second Texas A&M player. John David Crow, a Louisiana native, won the Heisman for A&M in 1957. The Heisman brotherhood has been dubbed the most exclusive fraternity in the world. It’s also said that a Heisman winner’s life will never again be the same. A lot of pressure and constant attention goes with the honor. “Johnny Football,” the Aggie quarterback is very young. It will be interesting to see how all the hoopla effects him in the future. He will get the attention of a super star. His first test on the playing field comes Jan. 4, when Johnny and the Aggies meet Landry Jones and the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
Many of the former Heisman winners capitalized on the notoriety and became very wealthy. Others, like O.J. Simpson (1968) reached celebrity status and great wealth only to see it all slip away.
My first memory of a Heisman was Davy O’Brien, TCU (1938). I don’t know if it was because of the name Davy, but his popularity lasted into the 1950’s.
John Kimbrough, who led the Aggies to a national championship in 1939, was a sure winner of the Heisman but when the 1940 ballots were all in Tom Harmon, of Michigan won. Going back over the years, several past award winners stand out in my mind. Johnny Lujack, (1947), was a quarterback. I recall high school quarterbacks in the early 1950’s trying to imitate his style by jumping up in the air while running and throwing the ball down field.
One of the most famous was Doak Walker, (1948), from SMU. The most natural runner was Billy Cannon, (1959), LSU. Billy had it all; the award paid off but like O.J., Billy also ended up in prison.
Roger Staubach, (1963), of Navy, is probably one of the smartest of all former winners. He served four years in the Navy and became the franchise player of the Dallas Cowboy and is very, very wealthy. Jim Plunkett, (1970), of Stanford, played in the NFL and was very popular. Archie Griffin, (1974-75), is the only player to have won the award twice. Tony Dorsett, (1976), Pittsburgh became one of the Dallas Cowboys most popular running backs. Earl Campbell, (1977), from Texas, made “Luv You Blue,” Bum Phillips and the Houston Oilers famous. Today, his legs are useless and he’s in a wheel chair. The “Tyler Rose” was the first U of Texas Heisman winner. Tyler Texas is also Johnny Manziel’s hometown but he played at Kerrville. One of my favorites was Marcus Allen, (1984), from Southern Cal. I’ll never forget Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass for Boston College. He was 1984’s award winner. Bo Jackson, (1985), Auburn, was the most natural athlete of them all. He could do it all and worked less at it. Just a God given talent. He played both pro football and major league baseball at the same time. Barry Sanders, from Oklahoma State, received the Heisman in 1988. Charles Woodson, (1997), was one of the few defensive backs to win. He was a standout from Michigan. Running back Ricky Williams, (1998), was the only other Longhorn to win the Heisman. He threw away most of the capital the award brought him. I’m surprised that with all of Texas’ talent, only two, Campbell and Williams won the award. Tim Tebow, (2007), Florida, Sam Bradford, (2008), Oklahoma and Cam Newton, Auburn, (2010), are in a class of their own but none of all of the winners since it began in 1935 holds more promise than Robert Griffin III, (2012), Baylor. R. G. III will make NFL history. The best of the best would be hard to pick.
Paul Horning, (1956) Notre Dame quarterback, is one of the great Irish winners, seven in all. A tough guy was Alan Ameche, (1954), Wisconsin fullback. I don’t remember any ends ever winning the Heisman and also with LSU and Alabama having all those great teams they only have one Heisman each. Cannon and Mark Ingram, (2009), Alabama.
That’s my views and recollections of my many years of following college football and the Heisman award. One story I didn’t tell is meeting John David Crow when he was a junior at A&M and about the time Bear Bryant retrieved him from the police station, turned on the stadium lights and ran him around the track till daylight when he finally dropped.
I wish “Johnny Football” the very best. It’s a great and long awaited award for A&M.
SIDEBAR: Frank Fuller, a junior at A&M and son of Preston and Camille Fuller, longtime WOS teacher and coach, was fortunate to attend the Heisman awards in New York, with three classmates thanks to a generous benefactor who paid for the trip. They returned Sunday night. A trip they will never forget.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
14 Years Ago-1998
Alice Williams makes the country’s best potato salad and sells it for $3 per pound. To order call 735-8093. *****Moon Mullican’s piano, located in Vidor, is handed down through the family. Moon, who was a poor kid, was born in Polk County. He was a rare white boy in a laboring all black community. A young black, Joe Jones, taught Moon how to play the piano. Leaving home at age 16, he became “The King of Hillbilly Piano Players.” He and Hank Williams wrote “Jambalaya” together on that old piano. He made it to the top of the billboards in 1951 and joined the Grand Ole Opry. A few of his hits were, “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone,” “Mona Lisa,” “Goodnight Irene,” “You Don’t Have to be a Baby to Cry,” “Southern Hospitality,” and a big hit, “Cherokee Boogie” to name a few. (Editor’s note: I wonder if that famous piano is still around Vidor. It has been handed down through the Morgan family. Coy Morgan, of Bridge City, is a member of that family.)*****Longtime Bridge City teacher Helen Phillips passed away over the weekend. She and Max had been married many years. (Editor’s note: Max also died a few years ago.)*****State senator elect David Bernsen is preparing to take his seat in January. (Editor’s note: He was the last state senator to serve from our neck of the woods.)*****The Montagne’s move their Economy Insulation office into a new building at Roundbunch and Stewart Street in Bridge City. (Editor’s note: Hard to believe that was 14 years ago.)*****Pattie Hank’s young son, Jimmy Skadowski, is home from Texas Children’s Hospital learning to live with diabetes. (Editor’s note: Four year old Jimmy is 18 now and graduating from a Las Vegas school. It was often difficult but Jimmy learned to live with diabetes. Over those years the treatment has made big advancements.)*****Margaret Mosier was born Nov. 29, 1920, in Vinton and raised in East Orangefield. She married Lionel Louviere and they had two children Mike and Sue. Lionel worked at DuPont until he dropped dead at age 46. Margaret became a widow at age 44. Vickie Parfait wrote her life’s story, “Seventy-eight Years of Memories” which appeared in The Record, Dec. 9, 1998. (Editor’s note: Margaret is a nice lady. She used to send me and Creaux banana nut bread but at age 92, she may no longer bake.)*****All Orange County Football Team is named. Coach of the Year is Randy Theriot of Orangefield. Player of the Year, Beaux Deville, Orangefield. Defensive MVP, Gayron Allen, West Orange-Stark. Offensive Special Teams MVP, Derrick Thibodeaux. Defensive Special Teams MVP Charles Higgingbotham. Newcomer of the Year, Paul Thomas, West Orange Stark. Heart Award, Jason Menard, Bridge City. Punter, Raun Bryant, Bridge City. Kicker Tyler Thibodeaux, West Orange-Stark. Quarterback, Jermaine Feathers, West Orange Stark. (Editor’s note: Just to mention a few and all space will allow.)
34 Years Ago-1978
Rosemary and B.D. Slaton are proud parents of a girl born on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7. *****Mike and Patricia Barry have a new baby girl, Lea, born Dec. 6, the first girl born to a Barry in several generations. *****Debbie Fusilier is expecting some time this summer. *****Lucy Sciarillo and Susan Kazmar have birthdays this week. *****Ten-year-old Stacey Savoy captures the Little Miss Texas title at the Houston pageant. She is the daughter of Judy and Gary Savoy. *****Nina Scales is on the principal’s honor roll at Bridge City; she’s one of 10. Karen Dunn is one of 20 seniors on the regular honor roll.*****The Loading Dock Lounge and Oyster Bar at the Ramada Inn is serving fresh Matagorda Bay oysters on the half shell daily.*****Israel’s prime minister from 1969 to 1974, Golda Meir, died Dec. 8, 1978. She was 80 years old. Born in the Ukraine, she was raised in the U.S. and taught school in Milwaukee. At the age of 23, she moved to Palestine. Shalom, Golda. *****Murray Spector was awarded the coveted Silver Spur Award at the 1978 Orange County 4-H awards banquet. *****Spotted at Cotton’s Cay Saturday night were a few natives. Willie Gregg’s band played while Joan Chumley kept trying to convince Leonard to dance. Andy and Ann Guidry, Hal and Laverne Ridley, Betty and Don Guillory and Shorty and Faye Taylor were among the revelers. Ron Smith took his turn at the mike and serenaded everyone. *****Dennis Duhon, the great Louisiana Tech quarterback, is Louis Dugas’ nephew. Lou said three years ago Dennis would be a good one. *****Hughes Food Mart is a Market Basket store, located at 2015 Texas Ave. in Bridge City. Sale items are sugar, 49 cents/5 lbs.; Maxwell House Coffee, 69 cents/lb.; Jax Beer, 6-pack, 12 oz. cans, 99 cents; whole fryers, 39 cents/lb.; Borden Mellorine, ½ gal., 39 cents.*****The Southeast Texas Historical Association has changed its name, according to James W. Broussard, president. It’s now the Orange County Historical Society. Roy Dunn was appointed to the board of directors at the last meeting. *****Angie Tinsley is the new stylist at Ron’s. Other pretty girls there are Pam, Juanita, Dot, Donna, Debbie and Jean.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Shelby Hebert, Zackery Anderson, Arielle Foster, Joel Fruge, Scott Derouen, Bonnie Albright, Daniel Bates, Melissa Poydence, Hazel Smith, Melinda Swares, Kristy Kidwell, Dennis Lee, Hailey Tally, Jenny Duncan, Keri Michutka, Ronald Escamilla, Kandy Sartin, Tim Fix, Danny Blacksher, Danny Prosperie, Dorothy Jenkins, Doug Harrington, Hannah Carpenter, Ken Pittman, Amanda Webb, Linda Easley, Imogene Bland, Jeff Harrington, Ken Pittman, , Maac Hughes, Melanie Richter, Shirley Roccaforte, Alex Harner, Belinda Broom, Brent Burris, Craig Reynolds, Dale Armand, Kitty Martin, James Brabham, Michelle Gephart, Bobby Adaway, Elizabeth Uzzle, Michael Terry, Natalie Nimitz, Beatrice Cortez, Jeremie Delano, Nathan Applebach, Betty Lou Womack, Brown Claybar, Chris Chambless, Martha Taylor, Mandy Hoffman, Tracey Lynn Broussard, Webster Trahan, Daniel Brocklehurst, Dyann Schiler, Gloria Brown, Jill Vaughn and Julia Alleman.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Congratulations to Commissioners Court for recognizing Dr. Howard Williams for his many years of work with the Historical Commission. Dr. Williams and his late wife Elizabeth gave years of service to recording our heritage.*****Texas speaker of the house Joe Straus is facing a challenge from Tea Party state representative David Simpson, who says Straus isn’t conservative enough. They cut $500 million from the school fund two years ago and Simpson believes it should be cut some more. Education is taking a beating in Texas. Looks like it’s in for some more whippings.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays on 12-12-12, Lucy Hanks, Daniel Bates, and Scott DeRouen.***On Dec. 13, Dennis Lee, Jenny Duncan and Kristy Kidwell celebrate.***On Dec. 14, Danny Blacksher and Danny Prosperie turn another big one. ***Dec. 15, our buddy Doug Harrington celebrates. I believe he reaches 75 on that day. Just the other day it seems the ex-Aggie runner was always on the go. I understand he’s coming along fine since his cancer surgery, but like the rest of us, age has caught up to his running around.***Shirley Roccaforte, who doesn’t ever seem to change, also celebrates on Dec. 15.***Mac Hughes, a talented guy, gets older on Dec. 15.***Also our GOP buddy, Donnie Stanton, turns 45-years-old on Dec. 15.***A great guy, James Brabham, hits number 81 on Dec. 16.***Elizabeth Uzzle is a year older on Dec. 16.***A great friend and lovely lady, Betty Lou Womack, celebrates Dec. 17, as does ex-mayor Brown Claybar.***Celebrating Dec. 18 is Mandy Hoffman, Tracy Lynn Broussard and Julia Alleman. Happy birthday to all. *****Happy anniversary to Betty and Corky Harmon, who celebrate 56 years together on Dec. 14. Corky robbed her from junior high back in 1956. Best wishes. *****Our prayers go out to our friend, West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald, who is scheduled to have surgery at St. E. on Dec. 20. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.*****On a personal note, thanks to Dutch Fox for the nice bag of flounder; to John Heard for the oranges and grapefruit and to Sue and Tommy Semar for the mustang grapes. Neighbor Cox delivered a box of nice, large, tender mustard greens and Coach Les and Wanda Johnson, dropped off 50 pounds of pecans. It’s nice to have great friends. *****Tom Brady and the Patriots put on a clinic while beating the Texans 42-14. However the game was a lot uglier than the score projects. *****Matt Bryant and the Falcons also lost their second game.***Earl Thomas and the Seahawks were the only winners out of the Orange County boys.***The Cowboys won with no time left and the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees had another bad outing.*****The State of Texas has 2,917 people who are over 100 years old. The United States has more centenarians than any other nation, 80 percent are white and female, and few are obese. Men are lean with no history of smoking and handle stress better than the average. Texas is the 40th healthiest state and Louisiana and Mississippi are tied for 49th. The life expectancy in the United States is 78.5 years. *****Con. Jack Brooks, 89, died last week. He had served 42 years in congress when he was defeated by Steve Stockman, who supposedly lived under a bridge at the time. It was the Republican revolution. During his service, Brooks took care of his district and brought many government projects to the area, including the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the Federal Prison Complex, employing many local people. Brooks was praised at his service by many. Something people may have forgotten is how Brooks punished Orange County. He was our representative when Dr. John Greco ran against him as a Republican. The Bridge City resident carried Orange County. Jack got so mad he had us cut out of his district, and then when the MLK Bridge was built in Port Arthur, it wasn’t high enough for ships built in Orange to get under it. The work had to be completed at Gulf Port Shipbuilding in Port Arthur. It was said that was Brooks’ payback for losing Orange County.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Banker Purvis Dartez saw his old friend Clovees Boudreaux, an 80 year old rice and sugar cane farmer. Clovees had lost his wife Agnes about a year ago. Da banker had heard a rumor dat Clovees was marrying a “mail order” bride. He axe him if dat was true. Clovees said, “I sure am, she’ll be 22 nex month.”
Purvis, the wise old banker, could see dat da sexual appetite of such a young woman could not be satisfied by an 80 year old man. Wanting his old friends remaining years to be happy, Purvis tactfully suggested dat Clovees should consider getting a hired hand to help him at da farm, knowing nature would take it’s own course.
Clovees taught dis was a good idea, he would get one. Four months pass and da banker run into his old friend Clovees. “How’s da new wife?” Purvis axe.
Clovees proudly said, “She’s good her, she’s pregnant.”
Da banker was happy dat his advice had worked out. Den he axe, “And how’s the hired hand?”
Without hesitating, Clovis say, “Oh, she’s fine, she’s pregnant too.”
The Wednesday Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Dec. 19, will hold their 20th Christmas gathering. The Bunch will dine at Robert’s Restaurant. A group picture will be taken. Everyone who has ever attended is urged to come or anyone who would like to join in the fellowship is welcome. This week, the Bunch says goodbye to Uncle Jim, at Novrozskys, who is leaving. He’s been a good friend and host. *****It’s disturbing to see what’s going on in Michigan. Busting out unions will have national political consequences. It’s divisive at a time when Republicans said, after the Obama re-election, that the GOP needed to change their image and bring people together. I believe it’s a move that will spread throughout the country. Unions can’t operate without dues and that’s the idea. They won’t have the money to fight for union causes or help elect candidates. Their goal is to also suppress minority votes. *****Hard to believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away. If you get a chance, go down Charles Street, in Bridge City, and see the great job Edger and Paula Overmyer did decorating their place for Christmas.*****The fiscal cliff is still not done but it will be. I’m about to go over my time cliff so thanks for yours. Take care and God bless.