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LSU Golden Girls circa 1959

Still golden. The LSU Golden Girls dancing group will have a 50th reunion celebration Oct. 31 when they – including alumnae from as far away as England – will take the field with the Tiger Band.  According to the Web site www.bands.lsu.edu, today’s Golden Girls will be wearing costumes this season that are designed to match the original costumes.  As always, when the Golden Girls give a “high five” salute, they’ll do it with their toes – and in unison!

“A” for Tech.
Louisiana Tech University ranked first in Louisiana public colleges rated in Washington Monthly’s 2009 national university college rankings.  Schools’ ratings are based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

 “Snoozer” not a loser. Tulane University graduate student Kathryn Hobgood, a Bogalusa native, chose as a thesis topic a distant relative, the late jazz guitarist Eddie “Snoozer” Quinn, another Bogalusan, who died in 1949.  Quinn played with Paul Whiteman, Jimmie Davis and Louis Armstrong. “He was one of the very earliest jazz guitarists, and though he is obscure, he is considered to be one of the true greats by jazz-guitar aficionados,” according to Hobgood.

She is currently looking for letters and photos and “most of all, the recordings he did for Victor in 1928 which were never widely released.” Anyone with information on Snoozer can contact Hobgood at khobgood@tulane.edu.

When the thunder rolls. Louisiana High School Athletic Association coaches have had to rely on hearing thunder to start a 30-minute game stoppage for lightning. Each time the official hears thunder, the stop clock is reset for 30 minutes. For the 2009-10 school year, the LHSAA will allow an alternate method, a lightning detector. The small, handheld pager-like device alerts the user to lightning strikes and gives a color-coded distance of the lightning from the field. Officials can then allow the event to continue despite the sound of thunder if the lightning is more than 12 miles away.

Gridiron gals. Starting next spring, St. Landry Parish will be home to Acadiana Zydeco, a new professional women’s full-contact football team. The team is the brainchild of Mia Ben, an Opelousas pediatrician who has been playing women’s football with Baton Rouge teams for the past four years. The new team is part of the Women’s Football Alliance, a full-contact league that will host its inaugural season next year. So far, 36 teams have signed on. Home games in the eight-to-10-game season will be played at the Beau Chene High School Stadium.

They’ll fly away. Bradley Boutte and his wife, Brenda, of Kaplan, as owners of BB Wings of Love, took part in the largest simultaneous white dove release in history this Sept. 11 when they released 50 of their flock in a ceremony at the Kaplan Fire Station. The Bouttes are members of the National White Dove Release Society, online at whitewingsoveramerica.com. The birds are not actually doves; they are all-white homing pigeons called “release doves.”

“They are bred to return back to their home,” Bradley Boutte says. “It is inhumane to turn loose regular white doves, but homing pigeons come back.”

Documenting deaths.
A four-year-long investigation into the unsolved deaths of eight young women in Jeff Davis Parish is now the subject of a Swiss documentary. Filmmakers Paul Nixon and Jon Bjorgvinsson of Kodiak Productions of Switzerland have been interviewing relatives of the victims, local residents and investigators and visiting crime scenes.

Bare scene for teen queen. The former Miss Louisiana Teen USA, who was arrested last year on a marijuana possession charge and for skipping out on the bill at a Bossier City restaurant, is Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for October. Lindsey Evans of Blanchard was interviewed at the pool at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. “Right now, I want to focus on my issue, but I will say that my record is clean, and I haven’t been in any trouble since then.”

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Reader Comments:
Nov 9, 2009 01:46 pm
 Posted by  khobgood

I am delighted you ran this call for Snoozer information. Thank you!

Dec 7, 2009 09:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Go Acadiana Zydeco womens (tackle) football team!

Dec 8, 2009 04:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Acadiana Zydeco
same crappy coach+ same crappy owner+ one-half of the same crappy players=yet ANOTHER losing season

Dec 11, 2009 12:01 am
 Posted by  atlas

Acadiana Zydeco,

Annoymous,

Too bad you don't have the guts to stand behind your comments.

Dec 11, 2009 11:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Shame Shame Shame rejected fule player. Your weak self is just mad the the person who gave alllll the money to the team brought in all the sponsers and footed the bill for people had enough of trying to be a team with only a handfull of talent and the wannabe's that couldnt be coached. You didn't want to play football you wanted a social club. But dont fret...maybe one day when you grow up, you will play for a winning team. Till then do as the old folks say....."if ya cant say anything good...shut the hell up!".

Go Big "Z"!!!

Dec 26, 2009 12:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Ladies, I think that if we give in to the hateful, biased comments made by the offending team that is stationed in Baton Rouge it makes us no better than them. We need to remember that we are a unified group of outsanding, acheivement earning, dedicated, wonderful women. We are truly dedicated to a sport that deserves only the best minded players. We are that. That is why we do have only the best coaching staff. And support from the other college teams and mens teams. Let us remind ourselves that not only are we friends but a tight fit interwoven team that is diversified in many areas. We use all of these gifts to the best of our advantage and do overcome all obstacles. I love my team and my coaches. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Go Big Z!!! L.I.

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