Photos by Paul L. Schuetze
I hadn’t been to Tiger Stadium since I was in grad school in the early 1960s, so when Louisiana Tech grads Russ and Marsha Friedrich invited us to accompany them for a tailgate weekend for the LSU-Louisiana Tech game, I was thrilled.
Husband Paul L. Schuetze and I followed the Friedrich’s RV in their van. LSU fans/close friends Jim and Marilyn Kirkland rode in the RV.
It was a far different trip, down Interstate-49 and Interstate-10 than it was all those years ago on two-lane Highway 1!
But no matter how things have changed, one tradition remains: Lunch at Lea's coming and going.
The ham sandwiches and the pies are still famous and the lunches ... baked turkey, fried chicken, turnip greens, dressing ... delicious. . Among those we chatted with on Sunday: Dale McGinty, Dr. Don and Kathy Smith and Norbert and Martha Johnson. All were headed home.
Down in Baton Rouge, we dined Friday on seafood at Druscilla’s.
Chef Russ prepared the rest of the meals, ranging from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to gumbo and jambalaya for the big tailgate party Saturday. There was beer, wine, Margaritas and lots of water to drink. Chips and dip to snack upon and Syndy Johnson’s (of Fairfield Grocery) famous praline cake to finish off the meal.
The Friedrichs’ daughter Dee Cochran and her husband, Rob, and their children Alex and Colin and Rob’s dad, Bobby Cochran, drove in Saturday.
Russ invited friends from all over the state to drop by for lunch — baked chicken and asparagus — and dinner ... gumbo and jambalaya and salad.
Among those taking him up on it: Kim French, Rodney Reeves, Clayton and Angela Brakeville. Tech grad Patrick Pierce was up from Covington and Tommy and Debbie Albritton, Marsha’s brother and sister-in-law, from Alexandria.
Once on campus, I passed the journalism building en route to the bookstore which was built while I was at LSU. We stopped to see Mike the tiger in his natural habitat enclosure, so different from the bare cage when I was a student..
We never did pass the French House, where grad students were housed — and where we were allowed to stay out as late as we wanted. Believe it or not, that was revolutionary in the early 1960s.
And, the game brought its own set of thoughts. (A good friend gave us his great tickets in the 50-yard line area, so that was certainly different from student seats.)
But it was LSU football in Death Valley on a Saturday night. There we saw Jerry Jones, former U.S. Rep. Jerry Huckaby, Dr. Charles and Catherine Sale and Dr. Mark and Darla Provenza.
The memories ... yesterday's and this night ... don't get much better than this.
It was a weekend adventure that we delighted in.
Thanks Russ and Marsha. Thanks for the memories.