As far as our stretch of the Gulf Coast was concerned, Gordon last week turned out to be my kind of hurricane, threatening as much damage to my brother-in-law in Indiana as to the Bayou Cane area.

We watched the television images as Gordon marched across lower Florida, seemingly aiming directly for lower Lafourche, before wobbling a bit to the east and drowning Pensacola, Florida, Mobile, Alabama, and Pascagoula, Mississippi, in heavy rainfall instead.

The storm recalled in Wednesday's column, from September 1948, was likewise innocuous, but the then Courier publisher and other coastal residents had none of the satellite imagery nor radar, nor computer models to inform them of what might be happening. Their no-show storm did not even have a name. The practice of giving hurricanes ladies' names came later. Storms were tracked, but only by using reports of barometric and wind readings from buoys, land stations or ships that happened to be in the area. Otherwise, coastal residents just guessed at what might be coming from observations of clouds, wind directions or even the behavior of wildlife.

More in store? Gordon is gone, but at least three more potential killers are westbound, and we may be in reach of each of them. I intend to stay ready to “evaporate” immediately, if so directed.

Le Petit: The goings on at those Las Vegas quickie wedding chapels may be more extreme than you imagined. See for yourself at a performance of “Four Weddings and an Elvis,” opening Wednesday and running irregularly through Sept. 23. Hope Theriot, Kate Eddleman, Michael Gros, Austin Bush, Pattie Loupe, James Stewart, Delvin Foret, Ben Vedros, Liz Folse, Terrance Bonvillain and George Beaudry, under the direction of Doug Holloway, bring the sometimes outrageous romances to life. Seat reservations are essential at or 876-4278.

Christmas rescue? You likely know her from Le Petit Theatre, where she has acted and directed for years or from her work as a speech teacher in Terrebonne schools. Now, Pat Crochet has authored a book suitable for very young readers.

“Randolph Saves Christmas,” a hardcover picture book, for K-3 readers, is published by Pelican Publishing in Gretna.

“Randolph,” the story of a young south Louisiana coon hound, whose bark is much bigger than he is, is just out and available at Bent Pages, the Terrebonne General Medical Center gift shop the and South Louisiana Wetlands Center. Readings and signings are coming. Contact:

Another Rougarouer? Jonathan Foret last week announced another local business sponsor of the coming October Rougarou Festival, Chip Gautreaux and Bayou Office Machines. Contact Foret at

Back to the '90s: Another adults-only, after-hours party is scheduled at the Terrebonne Main Library in Houma at 6 p.m. Friday.

"Back to the '90s" will celebrate the nostalgia of the decade with retro Nintendo games, a screening of the movie "Clueless," puff paint and a scrunchie-making craft station. The program is also set to include a dance-off, '90s-themed snacks and a retro photo booth with '90s props. Attendees are encouraged dress in '90s costumes or attire.

The event is free, but registration is required. Call Brigid Laborie, 876-5861, opt. 2, or Jessi Suire, 850-5301.

Roadway Infrastructure. Observe or participate in a discussion of road and transportation issues in Terrebonne, Lafourche and surrounding parishes, at 10 a.m. Thursday at the joint meeting of the Houma-Thibodaux Metropolitan Area Technical Advisory Committee and South Central Regional Transportation Safety Plan Infrastructure and Operations Subcommittee.

The quarterly event is much more friendly than it sounds. Local officials and planners from multiple agencies meet at South Central Planning and Development Commission, 5058 W. Main St., Houma, to discuss roadway, transit and safety projects in the South Central Region. According to planner Joshua Manning, lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. Visit for information.

Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256,, or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.