Hormones have been raging all over the area, as Hollywood heartthrobs Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn (yes, he is still a heartthrob, too) have been spotted in multiple locales. It has almost become a sport to see if you can find them, especially in Fairhope. And it’s a sport folks around here are apparently pretty darn good at. 

We also have an update to the royal baby nanny news from last week and some tales of catfish houses from a former Auburn coach. 

And it’s all as tasty as Tubby’s fried fish, so go ahead and dig on in. I suggest devouring it with a side of slaw and some fries. Enjoy!

The mania continues

I would be willing to bet Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn are probably getting a little tired of the Alabama fangirl fever that has spread throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties as the two have been here filming a movie called “Arkansas.”

They have been spotted all over the Eastern Shore, especially Hemsworth. Since our last issue, he has been seen at Target and Publix, where I guess his presence gives a whole new meaning to shopping being a pleasure. The Liam-hysteria was on display the most at Sage Lebanese Cuisine and Cafe in Fairhope where tons of folks snapped pictures with him and asked for autographs. 

Vince has been a little more low-key. He has been spotted mostly at The Grand Hotel and then on location along with Hemsworth at Lake Forest Apartments. And he was dining at Sage too. 

I can’t imagine what it must be like to have crazies taking photos of you all the time. No thank you!

Nanny Connie Update

Last issue we told you a British newspaper was reporting that Mobile’s most famous nanny, Connie Simpson, would be the nanny for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, due this spring. Simpson has been a nanny to many star parents, including the Clooneys, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. 

However, a Mobile-based PR firm for Simpson sent Lagniappe a news release last week saying these reports were not true. But she does wish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex the best! 

Tubby’s Catfish?

Football was the theme at the inaugural Passion for Prichard Prep Luncheon on Oct. 23 at The Steeple in LoDa. 

A healthy crowd gathered to enjoy a BBQ lunch and be serenaded by the Prichard Prep preschoolers, and to hear about some of the good work being done at PP. But the other main attraction was a discussion about life and sports featuring former NFL tight end Lawyer Tillman, former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville, the “Voice of Alabama Football” Eli Gold and ESPN play-by-play commentator Taylor Zarzour. 

The discussion was moderated by University of Mobile Director of Athletics Communication and Strategy Susan Shaw. Topics included how each prepares for their work or got started in his profession. One of the questions asked by Shaw dealt with any moments the men may have become frustrated enough to quit, and elicited a pretty surprising response from the “Riverboat Gambler.”

Tuberville recalled how he had become very frustrated at one point in his career that he wasn’t moving up the coaching ladder and he finally got fed up, called his sister and said he was quitting coaching. She tried to talk him out of it, but he was determined to leave. The coach said his next move was to drive to Nashville and open a restaurant called Tubby’s Catfish House, which brought the luncheon’s biggest laugh. 

Eventually Tuberville said he was offered another job coaching, and even though his catfish house was doing well, decided to follow his heart. He said he gave his sister the key to the restaurant and told her it was hers. No word on whether Tubby’s Catfish House floundered after that. Sorry, I couldn’t help it. 

Well kids, that’s all I got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or fabulous, or some plain ol’ Hemsworth-in-Target lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!