Know a home more patriotic than this?

Broadmoor Bureau Chief

I’ve never seen a home more patriotic than the one just a few blocks west of our house in Gulfport.

I call it “Merica.” Sun Herald writer Paul Hampton calls it “Home of the Brave.”

That name is far better than mine.

The red, white and blue house is on 13th Avenue south of the Gulfport Little Theatre, which is south of Pass Road, and it looks this way year-round.

It has an All-American driveway, signage, star and stripes and decorated statues with inspirational slogans.  The mailbox and trash can are  also red, white and blue. I’m surprised the grass isn’t red, white and blue.

Every day there looks like a celebration of America’s birthday.





I think you have to be brave to even consider knocking on the door of the house. Maybe the owners are private people and would consider a friendly stranger a nuisance.

If the owners are sociable folks, it would be a great idea for them to charge admission and give people a tour of the exterior as well as the interior.

Perhaps they have a red, white and blue TV that plays 24-7 and 365  a colorized version of the 1942 James Cagney film “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” I would pay admission to find out.








I miss Andy Devine

As we celebrate Independence Day, I miss Andy Devine and other great Americans.
I grew up watching these Americans in Westerns on TV and in the movies during innocent times. We had no worries except for fears the Commies might bomb us because the nuns at our Catholic elementary school in Biloxi told us so.
This was around 1962. Thank God we had “The Alamo,” “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “How The West Was Won, “4 for Texas,”  ” Sergeants 3″ and “McLintock!”
Who else do I miss?
  • I miss Nick Adams
  • I miss James Arness
  • I miss Gene Autry
  • I miss Gene Barry
  • I miss Dan Blocker
  • I miss Ward Bond
  • I miss Richard Boone
  • I miss Walter Brennan
  • I miss Edgar Buchanan
  • I miss Spring Byington
  • I Miss Henry Calvin
  • I miss Harry Carey Jr.
  • I miss Chuck Connors
  • I miss Gary Cooper
  • I miss Gail Davis
  • I miss Jack Elam
  • I miss Gabby Hayes
  • I miss Hugh O’Brian
  • I miss Guy Madison
  • I miss Dean Martin
  • I miss Doug McClure
  • I miss Clayton Moore
  • I miss Audie Murphy
  • I miss Ricky Nelson
  • I miss Steve McQueen
  • I miss Maureen O’Hara
  • I miss Jane Russell
  • I miss Fess Parker
  • I miss Harry “Tonto” Smith (born in Canada, but America loved him)
  • I miss Claire Trevor
  • I miss Forrest Tucker
  • I miss John Wayne
  • I miss Guy Williams
  • I miss Chill Wills
  • I miss Roy Rogers
  • I miss Dale Evans
  • I miss Pat Brady
  • I miss Nellybelle

As I finish writing this, I’m thinking of one my favorite songs when I was a kid:  “Western Movies” by The Olympics. It represents the popularity of the genre back in the 1950s.

And the photograph with this post is a free download that represents the tradition of Westerns.

Do you miss Andy Devine or are you from a generation that never heard of the raspy-voiced character actor who appeared in more than 400 films? Shoot me an email at [email protected] Before you do, you might enjoy watching this August 1952 episode of the TV show “What’s My Line?”

July the Fourth Be With You


July the Fourth Be With You.

That’s my wish to you in case I forget to tell you on Tuesday, the holiday.

“Star Wars” celebrations don’t have to be limited to May the Fourth, when fans of the movie series unite to observe a play on words.

Enjoy the red, white and blue and all you do on Independence Day, which is not to be confused with the Will Smith movie that has been called the 1990s “Star Wars.”

When you take a break from your patriotic activities, channel your Luke Skywalker and do a green lightsaber dance just like wbb in the picture with this post.

Perhaps someday I will teach wbb the connection between “Star Wars” and the Fourth of July. I guess this is what you do in retirement.

The memes are plentiful. Here are a few examples:

  • Happy Force of July:  Star Wars has SO much to do with America’s independence
  • The Darth Vader American flag head
  • The George Washington Revolutionary War lightsaber battle
  • The Lady Liberty Wookie
  • Stormtrooper fireworks display

Tilly has no interest in “Star Wars,” but she went to a meme generator to put together this photo that strives to be in the spirit of the Fourth.





What’s going on with Louie & The Redhead?


What’s going on with Louie & The Redhead Lady?

This question about the Cajun and Creole restaurant is nothing new.

The restaurant originated in Mandeville, Louisiana, on the New Orleans Northshore, where it operated for a few years,  before moving to Bay St. Louis in 2015. It stayed there for about a year, then opened in Gulfport earlier this year.

So what’s going on with Louie and The Redhead Lady now?

I’m certain that was asked before the owners made their moves from Mandeville to Bay St. Louis to Gulfport.

Their Gulfport location on 30th Avenue near downtown has handwritten “closed” signs posted at its two entrances.

I hope it’s not closed for good. I’ve never been to the restaurant in any of its incarnations, but was looking forward to trying one of its egg dishes or one of its Creole lunch specials until I saw the “closed” signs. Now I’ve given up.

The last Yelp  review was posted June 12 and I’ve had no luck getting to the restaurant’s website.

Who has been to Louie & the Redhead? Anybody have any clues about the fate of this restaurant?

Shoot me an email at [email protected] and I’ll post your answers if you are OK with that.

Snickers candy bars satisfy hunger for words

Who collects Snickers candy bars?

I do. With all the free time I have in four months of retirement so far, I’ll go through boxes of Snickers at the grocery store in search of just one thing that will satisfy me: A strong descriptive word.

I like candy, though I’m more of an M&M’s and Nestle Crunch fan. I like words, too, and Snickers bars have words I really like. I also like the wrappers’ font, typography and blue letters with a white background.

The words appear on the wrappers in an ongoing ploy to get customers to buy more of the candy bars.

I was going to say chew on that with your sweet tooth, but I might have to edit that out before I publish this.

I’m not interested in eating the candy. I’m interested in collecting the wrappers, and here are my favorite words so far.


Some of these words describe me. The other words might describe you, and I think I know you.

All I’m missing is  IRASCIBLE to complete my collection.

What is your favorite word on the wrapper of a Snickers candy bar? What word would you like to see on a  wrapper? Shoot me an email at [email protected]






Who is oldest player in BIG3 League?


The oldest player in the new BIG3 League scored just 8 points in his team’s first game Sunday, but he hit two big shots down the stretch in a victory at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is the oldest player and his team, the 3-Headed Monsters, beat the Ghost Ballers 62-60. The screen grab above shows the game’s scoring timeline.

Abdul-Rauf was a spectacular outside shooting point guard known as Chris Jackson when he starred at Gulfport High School in Mississippi and at LSU. He grew up in the Soria City neighborhood of Gulfport, just west of my neighborhood, and would shoot playground hoops at Second Street Park.

As a sportswriter, I just might have covered one or two or three of his high school games.

Some people thought he would become the next Isiah Thomas in the NBA, though he was more like Stephen Curry long before anyone knew Dell Curry had any children.

Abdul-Rauf played nine seasons in the NBA, most of them with the Denver Nuggets, who made him the third pick overall in the 1990 NBA draft. He changed his name to Abdul-Rauf in 1993 after converting to Islam in 1991.

On Sunday, he stood with his teammates and prayed during the national anthem, a practice going back to the 1995-96 season with the Nuggets, when he was suspended one game for sitting out the anthem because of his belief the American flag is a symbol of oppression.

Abdul-Rauf was 29 then and is 48 now, part of a traveling 3-on-3 pro basketball show that will tour the country this summer.

This is the eighth pro league for Abdul-Rauf, a global traveler who played in six countries (the last in Japan in 2011) after his NBA career.

The BIG3 League has eight teams featuring such former NBA players as Abdul-Rauf, Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Bonzi Wells and Kenyon Martin. Xavier Silas, 29, is the youngest player in the league and Jerome Williams, 44, is the second-oldest.

Four Sunday games are scheduled at each stop and they are aired on FS1 on Mondays. If you watch the telecasts, you might even see 4-point shots, one of the league’s innovations.

Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Lexington, Kentucky, are among the other tour stops and Las Vegas will host the championship Aug. 26.

Abdul-Rauf’s coach in the BIG3 League is Gary Payton, also 48 years old and like Abdul-Rauf a member of the 1990 NBA draft class.

And where was Payton selected? The Seattle SuperSonics made Payton the second pick overall, one spot ahead of Abdul-Rauf.




It’s time to play the game Tilly or not Tilly?

It’s time to play the popular Facebook game known as Tilly or not Tilly?

Is that Tilly in the photo?  The picture was taken Sunday, June 25, at 4 p.m. Or is that a big old girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee? Chattanooga is close to the town where Tilly was born in 2013.

Email me with your answer and I’ll see what happens.


Proof it’s too hot for playground hoops

The ruins of this basketball are proof it’s too hot for playground hoops.

Actually, it’s too hot for anything. Just stay inside, sit under the air conditioner and have a two big slices of your mama’s pecan pie or cobia cobbler with three tall glasses of high-fat chocolate milk.

The problem with the heat on Sunday, June 25, is that summer just started and it’s already feeling like August. It was 92 degrees at 7 p.m.

What will August feel like when it arrives?

Perhaps it will feel like that basketball looks.

Did the ball explode because of the heat?

Did it have too much air?

Did a truck run over it?

Did the truck run over it while scraping the Coast?

My suspicion is that a Scrapin the Coast truck hit the ball on Highway 90 in West Biloxi and dragged it all the way to the Walgreens parking lot at Highway 49 and Pass Road in Gulfport, where I found it at 7 p.m. Sunday.




Wasting time trying to buy ‘Elbowing the Seducer’

Broadmoor Bureau Chief

I wasted two days trying to buy the out-of-print 1984 novel “Elbowing the Seducer” after reading about it on The New York Times website.

Times critic Dwight Garner wrote about the novel in his “American Beauties” column June 16 and this led me to an obsessive search of online stores because the book sounds intriguing and I would like to buy a copy to read this summer.

Garner hooked me with these two paragraphs:

The tangiest literary-world roman à clef to emerge from the ’80s — it is almost certainly the best of the past four decades — is “Elbowing the Seducer” (1984), the first novel from a writer named T. (for Trudy) Gertler.

It’s awful that this novel is out of print. It’s more awful that Gertler, who is still with us, has not written a second book. She has a high style, a feel for social comedy and a deadly eye for detail.

I enjoyed the column, which is “about undersung American books of the past 75 years,”  and I was on my way seeking a used copy of “Elbowing the Seducer” for under $10.

Hardback. Paperback. It didn’t matter to me as long as it was in good condition.

Right to Amazon

I looked at a lot of sites, Amazon being my go-to, but one seller there wanted $157.71 and $3.99 shipping for a used paperback in good condition. That sounded money-hungry.

Then I ran into two Amazon third-party sellers seeking ungodly amounts of money: $999 plus $3.95 shipping for a used “Elbowing the Seducer”  hardback copy in good condition and $2,360.10 plus $3.99 shipping for a used hardback in good condition.

Greedy guts!

You might say, “Why not go to the library in your town?” I did. “Elbowing the Seducer” was not in the library database. Instead, it was suggested I search for “Plumbing the Elmer” and “Skidding the Row.” That’s what the titles looked like to me. Maybe the type was fuzzy.

Maybe at eBay

Not long after that, I found four offers for under $10 from an eBay seller and I’ve included a screen shot of three of the offers.

I eliminated two offers after learning the condition of  both copies was merely acceptable. One didn’t have a dust jacket.

The best copies from this seller were a used paperback in good condition for $4.47 and free shipping and a used hardback in good condition for $7.64 and free shipping.

I was all set to use my PayPal on the paperback or the hardback until neither one showed up in my shopping cart. I couldn’t contact the seller so I talked to an eBay customer customer service rep, and after 45 minutes on the phone with him, he told me the seller probably had not updated their settings and that the copies probably had been sold.

If I am able to buy two good copies of “Elbowing the Seducer” somewhere else for under $10 each, one will be for me and the other I will give to you. You won’t even need a cart.




Beatles fans in their own write


Going back to the biography Hunter Davies wrote in 1968, when I was 16 years old, I have at least 20 books about the Beatles.

Did I really need to read another one? Yes, I did.

The latest is In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs.”

The collection of essays is really a book of stories that are deep, meaningful and emotional.

A Beatles obsessive will go in with a lot of knowledge and will learn even more.

The stories are personal, familial, analytical and opinionated.

They offer fresh takes. There are twists and turns.

All of this makes me happy, just like a Beatles record makes me happy.

Baby and the basset

Tilly is our 4-year-old basset hound, and since her name is in the title of this blog, I’m required to have something related to Tilly to help me get clicks.

One of the ways I hope Tilly will get me clicks is the game I play on my Facebook page: Tilly or not Tilly?

On Facebook, I post a photo or video of a basset who looks like Tilly and ask, “Tilly or not Tilly?”

This blog’s first Tilly or not Tilly? is inspired by a video I saw on “Inside Edition” on Tuesday. Don’t ask me why I was watching “Inside Edition.” I will just tell you. I was stranded in the house until 5:30 p.m. because of rain from Tropical Storm Cindy.

You can see the video here. Tilly or not Tilly?