Thousands Attend Bert St. Romain’s 81st Birthday Party…the rest of the story
On July 19, 2010 a story was posted on www.EvergreenLa.org News about a small family brunch held in celebration of Bert’s 81st birthday. This is the rest of the story…in Bert’s words.
Ed, Thanks for the kind words and birthday wishes. I had a party to beat all parties. Wed, July 21st, 2010 was the biggest party I ever attended. My son Lyle came down from San Antonio and we met at the Cracker Barrel on I-10 and University in Lafayette, then Velma drove us all to the Cajun Dome. 28,000 Cajuns makes a big and fun party. I was excited. The Petroleum Club of Lafayette invited Velma, Lyle and I to join other members in a suite for lunch. It was not Petroleum Club quality food. It was catered. Cold buns, cold cuts and cold slaw. Met a lot of the members there. We exchanged tales of our busted economy, etc. Sammy Kershaw took the stage; his band is quite good. Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his talk; quite impressive. Next Lt. Gov. Angelle took the stage. That Cajun speaks like I think. He certainly won me over. Billy Nungessor (an old friend) from Plaquemines Parish blamed the hard times in the Gulf on Obama and his "sheep". He received a standing ovation. Here I am thinking "where is my birthday cake?"
Up to now, not a single Cajun had shook my hand or said "happy birthday". I assumed that all these big people had been invited by Lyle. He does everything overboard. I kept looking for you and Marilyn with a birthday gift certificate from Don's Specialty Meats, but it's hard to find two Cajuns in a nest of 28,000. There were banners proclaiming "Ban the Moritorium" but none said "Happy Birthday, Paw Paw". I kept thinking that Lyle had managed to crash another party like in his LSU days.
At about 1
PM, Sammy took the stage again and "my party" was over. I
thought that Lyle had gotten his wires crossed. We found Velma's car and
Now you know the rest of the story.
Pax, Bert (81 and counting)