“I'm the speaker and there was a typo.”
This cryptic e-mail from Joel Whitehead came Thursday, on the heels of the routine announcement of this month's Regional Military Round Table discussion. Wednesday's column had mentioned the popular round table:
“It's June 19, Terrebonne Main Library, with Coast Guard Real Admiral Joel Whitehead, discussing Continental Navy action in the Gulf of Mexico, during the American Revolution.” The language came directly from the museum's standard news release, copied using the magic of electronic word processing.
Whitehead's email continued, explaining, without complaining, the “typo” I had missed when publishing in my column the news release: “Although I am a real admiral, it should be 'Rear' Admiral.”
Really Admirable! Talk about class! Without placing blame or making a fuss, retired Rear Admiral Whitehead addressed a one-letter error that few readers, including me, had even noticed. I appreciate a public figure who can enjoy the accidental humor of a mistake. I urge readers to meet the rear admiral in person, and enjoy his discussion of our nation's Revolutionary navy activity in the Gulf.
In addition to his Coast Guard credentials, Whitehead is president of the Pierre Georges Rousseau Chapter of the Louisiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Captain Rousseau was active in the Continental Navy in the Gulf of Mexico during the American Revolution. As usual, the monthly museum lecture/discussion is free and open to the public at Terrebonne's Main Library at 6 p.m. June 19.
Wet Tuesday Market: There's no way I can predict on Friday what Tuesday's weather will be, but those who brave the heat and possibly thunderstorms can shop for fresh vegetables, good food, sweets, crafts and canned goods. Rain dampened last week's market, 3-5:30 p.m., Main and Naquin streets, Houma, but lots of vegetables were sold.
Consult the market's Facebook page: South Louisiana Seed Market.
HTMPO TAC & SCRSC I/O Meeting: This quasi-governmental bunch meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at the South Central Planning and Development Commission office, 5058 W. Main St., Houma, to address roadway issues. The South Central Regional Transportation Safety Plan is to be considered at 11 a.m.
The general public is welcome to attend these sessions, either to observe or to contribute to the discussions. Agendas will be posted soon at www.htmpo.org. Lunch is provided at noon. Questions? Contact Josh Manning, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cassie Parker, email@example.com.
Houma Independence Celebration: The 2018 event is scheduled for June 30 to take advantage of the weekend before the Fourth at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. Festival grounds open at 3 p.m. with food booths, craft vendors and children's activities.
The veteran's program begins at 6, with guest speaker Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, music by the Houma Terrebonne Community Band, a color guard, wreath laying and 21-gun salute. The Pepper Jelly band will begin immediately following the veterans program. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Sponsored by Terrebonne Patriots, Inc. Admission is free.
Among the local civic groups manning food booths are the Blue Star Mothers and the Terrebonne Retired Teacher Association, still accepting member volunteers and the loan of cooling fans. Call Lynn Ellzey at 876-5638 or 381-4499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got a classy car to show? Consider taking it to Hooters Cruisers Night in the parking lot outside Hooters, 1619 Martin Luther King Blvd., on June 21.
“Bring your hot rod, custom or stock car,” urges organizer Bernie Saunders. “It's strictly to show off their car or just view the other cars. There is no charge to participate or to just look.” Details later.
Still seeking: Local American Legion memorabilia, estimates of the count of idle commercial boats and recollections of the adventures and misadventures of the teenage crowd of the '50s and '60s. Call or write.
Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.