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Out & About00 Fine Food & Entertainment00 Let us know about your event email ptimesevents@gmail.com Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. - Babe Ruth June 10 - Summer Series Brown Bag Luncheon 12:00 noon. Come hear John Bel Edwards, Candidate for Louisiana Gov- ernor. Rotary Hut, Memorial Park. Lunch and beverage provided by the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce. Reservations request- ed. (985) 386-2536. June 11 - Independence Chamber of Commerce will need at 6:00 p.m. at the Bar B Que Station on West Railroad Avenue in Independence. Guest speaker is Chad Thompson, Financial Direc- tor for the LSU Medical Center in Independence. He will speak on the impact the Hospital has on the business community of In- dependence. Dinner orders will be taken and served during the meeting. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 985- 878-6982. June 12 - Chamber after Hours 5:30- 7:00 PM Rosaryville Retreat Center. Join us for a great evening of networking, conver- sation and business. For more information contact the Ponchatou- la Chamber of Commerce office at (985) 386-2536. July 3 - 14th Annual Fireworks Show 5:00 - 9:00 PM Pon- chatoula Recreation Park, 19030 Ponchatoula Park Drive (off Hoover Road). The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the Fireworks Show will begin at dusk. Entertainment will be provided from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and for one hour after the Fireworks Show ends. July 8 - Sunamer Series Brown Bag Luncheon 12:00 noon. Come hear Mayor Bob Zabbia give his "State of the City" Address. Learn more about the workings of your community! Rotary Hut, Memorial Park. Lunch and beverage provided by the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce. Tangipahoa Parish musicians' song in new movie ,Times Report The Music for the upcoming film "Waiting2Die" could not be more fitting. The setting of the film is in Shreveport and Bossier City. Written in the 70's by the father and stepmother of Waiting2Die writer Carlene Altom, Blackgum Tree became one of two of Sharon Sue and Ken "Dudley" Clark's gold records. Dudley was raised in the Ponchatoula swamps and the song depicts growing up and wishing he was back, seeing that breath- taking view that only the Louisiana Swamps can bring. Dudley and Sue live today on the very same land he grew up on southeast of the City of Ponchatoula, and they can be heard all around Louisiana stil!play)ng music in their retirement days! tT:t.,.,, P+.,," ' + .... HOMEMADE PIES For,0000y Occasion CALL 345-7515 Need a Times Reporter or Ad Expert? Want to contribute story or photo ? Einail us at - Editorrponcahtoula .corn /: Rock School comes to Rotary Dr. Joe Burns, an SELU assistant professor of commu- nication and radio star of his own Rock School program that originated at KSLU and has since spread to over 50 ra- dio stations, and growing, gave an energetic talk at Thurs- day's lunchtime meeting of the Ponchatoula Rotary Club on "The British Invasion" that changed music in America and everywhere in the 1960's. He is a member of the Pon- chatoula-based Krewe of Erin. Rotarian and fellow Krewe of Erin member Danny Elstrott (left) invited Burns as his program. Rotary President Angelique Richardson (center) is pictured next to Burns (right) following his presentation. (Times Photo) The Beatles are coming, The Beatles are coming! Times Report Dr. Joe Burns did not meet the Beatles on the shore when they took America by storm as the leading, cutting edge of what would become known as The British Invasion (he was but a wee lad at the time), but he did a superb job of chronicling the excitement when he recently addressed the Ponchatoula Rotary Club. Invited to speak by Rotarian Danny Elstrott, himself an ill- concealed rocker, Burns began his address by setting the scene in London's Heathrow Airport in 1963 when the don of American television Ed Sullivan was nearly trampled by a horde of English youth including a majority of screaming young women, all chasing the just-arrived Fab Four through the terminal. Being not a slow Irishman, Sullivan told his people to book them for his show. Mark that as the starting shot for the British Invasion, as the wash of English bands over America came to be known. The Brit- ish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was in its television infancy, Burns explained to the Rotarians. England had been wowed in 1954 by the Americans in the form of Bill Haley & The Comets, who set offTeddy Boy riots in the Eng- lish concert halls with their "Shake, Rattle & Rolr' hit. The besotted island was then hit again by an American music phenomenon named Elvis. Ah, but then it was the Brits' turn. The Beatles conquered America the night they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, flinging the gates to the USA wide open for oth- ers from their island: Dusty Springfield, Dave Clark 5, Peter & +Gordon, the Zombies, and Herman's Hermits. One would try to remember that the Rolling Stones followed fast on the heels of the lads from Liverpool, but that would be a false memory, according to Burns. "The Stones were here in this country for a year before they exploded," the rock historian and Southeastern PhD communica- tions professor shared with his audience. "Driving it all were the bobby seekers, teenage girls who rolled their socks to the tops of their shoes, whose older sisters were originally hired by Frank Si- natra to go crazy at his concerts." Except The Beatles did not have to hire them. The English musicians kept piling into America. The Who ar- rived in 1965, soon followed by the Yardbirds and by The Kinks. "In the Top 10 all but one of the bands was British Gary Lewis (son of comedian Jerry Lewis) & The Playboys," Burns reported, leaving his Ponchatoula Rotarian audience wanting more when he concluded his history at the end of the lunch hour. A member of the Ponchatoula-based Krewe of Erin, Burns is available to lovers of Rock by tuning-in to his local Rock School show on KSLU (90.9 F.M.), which he has since cookie-cuttered and distributed, to the delight of several other radio stations and their audiences. "The Beer Man" tells Ponchatoula Rotary his story By BRYAN T. McMAHON He fulfilled the dream of probably every guy who stays glued to the tube during pro football Sundays -- Michael "The Beer Man" Lewis gave up his job delivering beer to become a New Orleans Saints legend. Art Gallery & Custom Framing Special Pricing on Festival Posters Framed Art 40 % Off Retail Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or by Appointment 1108 CM FAGAN DR-HAMMOND LA 985.345.4246 He did it! And he did it as an undrafted walk-on with the wild idea of playing profession- al football. The Crescent City native on Thursday shared his amazing story with members of the Pon- chatoula Rotary Club as the in- vited guest of banker Rotarian Mrs. Pam Armstrong. "My dream was to go to training camp and play one NFL game. That was my goal," Lewis told the Rotarians. "I just wanted to play football. When I started playing semi- pro ball I didn't have a trainer. But you know you want to play when you find yourself at the bottom of a pile of heavy men and you weight 160 pounds, and you have six guys on top of you, all of them huge," said Lewis. He played Arena Football on his way to the Saints gridiron. "I am a rarity in that I start- ed at age 29, and I walked away when I was done. The career of a pro player is really just two to three years." Along the way, Lewis was named the 2002 NFL THE TIMES, JUNE 5, 2014 PAGE 3 - Like us on Facebook i Brad Johnson - knife maker Brad Johnson is pictured with Friends of the Art Station President Catherine Holler. His presentation ended the se- ries on The Spoken Word. (Times Photo) A local winner Ponchatoula's Tangipahoa Parish Deputy Sheriff Henry Neihaus (left) is presented with a gift certificate for free hearing protection by Dr. Mary Miller (right) of Premier Hearing and Balance, LLC. Deputy Neihaus won a draw- ing that was held in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month in May. (TPSO Photo) "The,Beer Man" joins Lions Club effort to bail out local Legion Times Report The New Orleans Saints Michael "The Beer Man" Lewis, the 2002 NFL Special Teams Player of the Year and now a full-time goodwill ambassador for the team, was overwhelmed by what he heard about the plight of Ponchatoula's American Legion Post 47, victims of internal thievery that left the Legion in serious debt. Lewis was attending the Ponchatoula Rotary meeting Thursday to speak about his team, but when he heard about the Ponchatoula Lions Club up- coming events to help bail out American Legion Post 47, Lew- is immediately pledged $250 of his own money to help. In this he joined with the Rotary, whose members de- voted all their proceeds from Saturday's City Wide Yard Sale to help the Legion. It was also announced that popular dance band The Domino's are donat- ing their usual performance fee to the cause when they play the 7:30 p.m. June 28 benefit dance for the Legion that is set for The Lions Club. PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 Special Teams Player of the Year, and his popularity was so great that the team offered him a job representing the Saints in its widespread support commu- nity. '5(ou do not have a football team without the community and you do not have a commu- nity without the football team," he said. His job takes him all over the Gulf Coast and north to destinations such as Shreve- port. "I meet people who have been following the Saints since 1967. I am from New Orleans and I know how sad we were back then, with no hope of making the playoffs. Now we go to the playoffs every year." In answer to a Rotarian's question, Lewis said of owner Tom Benson, "He is not an ab- sentee owner. He is there in the forefront of the organiza- tion. I love the way he keeps everything in New Orleans, the Saints and his other teams. He is very community conscious." Lewis early in his address became something of an hon- orary Ponchatoulan by gener- ously stepping up to financially support the cash-strapped lo- cal American Legion post (see related story). He made even more friends when he unpacked signed footballs and other cov- eted articles of Saints memora- bilia he gave away to the lucky Rotarians whose names were drawn at the end of their meet- ing. Rotarian Dave Berwick, The Beer Man, Ponchatoula Rotary Pres. Angelique Richardson EMAIL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -- editor@ponchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE -- www.ponchatoula,com/ptimes