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Monday, June 25, 2007

Goooo tigers

Paul L. Schuetze/The Times

You think you are a LSU fan.
You should see Suzanne H. Stinson and hubby Bossier-Webster Dist. Judge Ford Stinson's LSU room and bathroom in their Benton home. (Well, Suzanne declares that it is all Stinson's show, but she obviously delights in watching people discover it for the first time.) The area was much the center of conversation Sunday at "Tailgating ‘Justinian Style,’" a gathering to introduce the 2008 Justinian royalty.

They are: King Merritt Chastain and Queen Jan Bookter. Dukes are Marty Johnson and Bossier-Webster Judge Johnny Robinson and duchesses Allison Bushnell and Marti McMichael.

Captain of it all: Steve Glassell, no small LSU fan himself.

But partiers were in and out of the bedroom. The bedspread is a banner that once flew over the LSU gym. There is a helmet from an important game signed by Jerry Stovall. And, yes, Billy Cannon is represented, too. There are framed tickets and a bill of sale from the purchase of tickets to a game that Ford’s dad bought after he got home from World War II. There are even a pair of purple and gold crocodile style shoes! (And, if you are ever invited, don’t forget to check out the sign over the commode in the bathroom. No, we are not telling. You have to read it for yourself.)

Walk around the corner and into the den area, there is a huge display of miniature tigers.

I mean, Ford is the consummate LSU fan! (He wore purple and gold shirts with white pants to meet the party's dress code of purple and gold casual. And, he was happy to show folks around as they marveled at the collection.

Guests also chowed down on tasty boiled shrimp, crawfish corn bread and pistolettes, a sandwich-styled dish, from Benton’s Kajun Tyme Catering at the inside/outside affair.


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