Since: Jul 10

Ventress

#1 Jun 25, 2012
What's your fondest memory or antidotal experience in "trops"?
I was thinking mainly of the original building over the water that was desroyed by fire in 1978 but I'm sure there are quite a few " hambone" land based stories as well. Lol!
whatever

Ventress, LA

#2 Jun 25, 2012
Woodsman_1 wrote:
What's your fondest memory or antidotal experience in "trops"?
I was thinking mainly of the original building over the water that was desroyed by fire in 1978 but I'm sure there are quite a few " hambone" land based stories as well. Lol!
going there and having a Damn good time my senior yr and signing the ceiling over the pool table

Since: Jul 10

Ventress

#3 Jun 25, 2012
Cold draft beer and killer burgers!
Drift

United States

#4 Jun 25, 2012
Frozen mugs of draft beer and shooting pool . Till I couldn't see straight! Or shoot !

Since: Jul 10

Ventress

#5 Jun 25, 2012
Drift wrote:
Frozen mugs of draft beer and shooting pool . Till I couldn't see straight! Or shoot !
You didn't have to be drunk.
The floor was so " level" along with the pool tables.
I saw many patrons "chumming" fish at two a.m.
whatever

Ventress, LA

#6 Jun 25, 2012
Woodsman_1 wrote:
<quoted text>You didn't have to be drunk.
The floor was so " level" along with the pool tables.
I saw many patrons "chumming" fish at two a.m.
The good old days
MsFit

Florham Park, NJ

#7 Jun 26, 2012
I remember going there as a really young kid with my parents. Loved that place. My dad had alot of "history" there. I remember watching it burn from the King Theater parking lot, it was really sad to see. I was about 10? So many people were crying.
Babysat for Hambone's kids for a few years in 80's until another fire completely destroyed them & their marriage. They moved away. Wonderul people, loved them. Still seems wierd to see a house built on that land. Bet they found alot of "memories" in the ground when they were prepping foundation.....LOL
Tropsman

New Roads, LA

#8 Jun 26, 2012
25 cents draft and shuffleboard. Gone are the days when you had $5 in your pocket, you could get wasted. Anyone remember "Pappy" Potts who owned the place way back when. Also, Joe Savoy and Itha (prounced Eta).

Since: Jul 10

Ventress

#9 Jun 26, 2012
Times have really changed since those days.
It was a very unique place. You could take your whole family there( over the water ) and the kids could fish, shoot pool or play shuffleboard and get a good meal while parents sipped a cold brew watching their kids carefully. There really wasn't any age requirements.

It was a very socially diverse place.
If you walked into the place after work, it was not unusual to see lawyers and doctors in suits sitting next to barefoot, short wearing, shirtless patrons.

And the nightlife?
.... I have to see if the statute of limitations has expired...

Since: Jul 10

Ventress

#10 Jun 26, 2012
I remember one evening about 9:00 pm, just after dark, two young reporters from wbrz, the anchorman( John Mahaffey ) and the weatherman( Pat Shingleton ) and the camera man stopped in for a few refreshments after reporting on a local story.
Shingleton was hilarious and very quick with wit!

I don't recall how long they stayed, but if they did the 10:00pm newscast they felt no pain.

Mahaffey has long retired. I liked his presentation.
Shingleton's still rolling along.
I think last week or the week before was the 34th aniversery of the fire.
I too, watched as it went up in flames and shed a tear or two. Even as a very young man, I knew nothing could replace it.
pete

Baton Rouge, LA

#11 Jun 29, 2012
Tropsman wrote:
25 cents draft and shuffleboard. Gone are the days when you had $5 in your pocket, you could get wasted. Anyone remember "Pappy" Potts who owned the place way back when. Also, Joe Savoy and Itha (prounced Eta).
And still had a few nickels left to play the pin ball machine.

Since: Jul 10

Ventress

#12 Jun 29, 2012
As a young man I remember many regular patrons, older fellers who never felt any restrictions about passin' on "knowledge" to us. These characters are long gone and mentioning their names would definately get a discussion going. But it might be disrespectful if not done just right.
Home Boy

Ventress, LA

#13 Jun 29, 2012
My fondest memories are of ice cold mugs of beer and the sin twins from across the river.
city girl

Ventress, LA

#14 Jul 5, 2012
Trops and POPs the 2 best bars on false river.... sorry we dont have more like them. Amite river stays hopping cause of places like this. ours is all gone. Pops, Trops, Island Queen, Bueches, Jims... we need them all back for a good river run!!! Brought back some good memories Thanks to who ever started this!

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