Two nice guys
Trumpet maestro John Gray has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
I remember when Jerry Leggio was the leading man in just about every theatrical production in Baton Rouge.
"At the desk, the receptionist asked him what time his appointment was for, and he said, 'Hell, I don't know, it's for HER!'
"When the sign-in process was finally completed, I stepped up to sign in myself when I heard, 'Agnes, where the hell are you?'
I'm sure he eventually found her, but I must say this little adventure completely freed me of any stress I had been having about my own appointment. And I'm still smiling at being called 'sonny.' "
After I said "The Toy," a movie shot in Baton Rouge, was one of the worst ever made, I heard from Jerry Leggio , one of our city's favorite thespians:
"For a little more positive perspective on your 'movie you were almost in,' please imagine how bad that film would have been had Jackie Gleason and Richard Pryor NOT been in it."
Jerry Leggio recently met with old friend Dick Holler, former Baton Rougean and composer of the hit song "Abraham, Martin and John."
Says Jerry, "Back in the '50s, Dick and I were part of a WBRZ-TV entertainment show, 'Hit or Miss.'
"The show also featured later-to-be notables Rex Reed, Elizabeth Ashley (Cole back then), Donna Douglas (Dot Bourgeois) and some 10-15 other locals.
"Dick and I would like to see a 'Hit or Miss' reunion.
"If anyone has any information on any of the 'Hit or Miss' gang, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Jerry Leggio warns us of the dangers of plastic squeeze bottles for jelly:
"The other day I took a break from repairing my fence and decided to treat myself to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of milk.
"When I took a bite of the sandwich, I noticed that the taste was a little off.
"My son Mike asked what was wrong and I told him my sandwich tasted strange.
"He looked on the counter and asked, 'What did you use?'
"I showed him the peanut butter jar and the strawberry jelly squeeze bottle.
"He laughed and said, 'Dad, that's not strawberry jelly. It's honey barbecue sauce.'
"Next time I'll have my glasses on"
Jerry Leggio offers this tale: "My son Darrell on occasion asks me to baby-sit my 7-year-old triplet grandkids, Brandon, Tyler and Allissa.
"The other day I was with them and Darrell asked me to pull my car into the driveway from the street.
"Brandon and Tyler asked it they could ride (an exciting trip of some 60 feet). Of course I said OK.
"They got in the car and Brandon began cranking the passenger window up and down, exclaiming, 'Tyler, look, an anytime window.'
"I asked him what he meant, and he said, 'You don't need the key to open the window.'"
Jerry Leggio says former Baton Rouge actor Louis Herthum is producing and starring in an independent film, "Red Ridge," currently in post-production.
Based on true events, it's about women kidnapped on the Texas-Mexico border and forced into slavery.
Louis says a portion of the proceeds from the film will be donated to organizations trying to locate and rescue the women.
His Web site is http://www.redridgethemovie.com.
When cars are stopped at the light, they are covering the left turn arrow.
When the cars begin to move, drivers then see (often too late) that they are in a LEFT TURN ONLY lane.
Heck, if Public Works won't paint an arrow, I might just do it myself early one morning.
It seems he and his friend David, also 3, had been rough-housing too much.
Says Jerry, "The teacher asked that they both say they were sorry. They did. She asked that they both hug. They did. Then she asked that they shake hands.
"They looked at each other, shrugged, then lifted their four little hands over their heads and proceeded to shake them."...
Back in 1989 I was in Winnfield working on the film "Blaze". For my first two or three days up there I had not seen Harold, who I later discovered was working as an extra.
I was on "stand-by" and not required to be on the set. When I was finally called to work, I went to the set to my air-conditioned dressing room. I noticed someone's street clothes hanging in there.
I strolled toward the wardrobe area and heard someone call my name. It was Harold (some expletives deleted):
"Hey Jerry! Hope you don't mind my using your dressing room. They told me I had to change in that @#$% stake-body truck over there with the @#$% tarp on it. I asked if they wanted a sweaty fat guy in that scene. They said 'no,' so I figured you wouldn't mind my using your room."
Naturally I was glad to share it. We're going to really miss you, buddy!