The Lighter Side: I’ve Lived a Lot in My Time

Joe Guilbeau

In writing a column, it’s not easy to resist the temptation of writing too much about yourself.

Joe Guilbeau

But here it goes: “I’ve Lived a Lot in My Time” – a song title by Jim Reeves.

  • My biography is in the Library of Congress.
  • For three years, I served in the U.S. Navy as a fire controlman aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge. I rode the moody oceans of the world about the hazy gray colors of the carrier.
  • I transited the Panama Canal.
  • I’ve driven over the ridge of the Continental Divide.
  • I crossed the International Date Line.
  • I was a grand marshal in a July 4th veterans parde.
  • I shook hands with astronaut Dick Gordon.
  • I saw the moon rocks.
  • I shook hands with a sitting President.
  • I was interviewed by the BBC.
  • I have seen the British royal jewels.
  • I had the opportunity to visit a private salt mine.
  • I attended a Willie Nelson birthday party that included George Jones, Emmalou Harris, Johnny Paycheck and Asleep at the Wheel.
  • I performed on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry (a cappella, of course.)
  • I had an acquaintance with former Governor and country singer Jimmie Davis. His fiddle player, Doc Guidry, was a friend of mine from my home town.
  • I saw the original draft of “You Are My Sunshine.”
  • I play two musical instruments.
  • I am a member of the Cajun French Music Association.
  • I am a charter contributor to the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • I attended a performance of the Louisiana Hayride.
  • I was a contestant in the 1990 International Cajun Storytelling Contest.
  • Last, but certainly not least, I have been married to a goodhearted woman for over 70 years.

Good day, and God Bless.