by Kevin Allman
Winn-Dixie announced on Tuesday it plans to close 30 of its "underperforming" supermarkets, and today we found out that Louisiana was largely spared the axe -- except for the Winn-Dixie in Marrero on Lapalco Boulevard. And, of course, the first thing I thought of was: Johnny Fasullo!
OK, it's not terribly logical, but the late great WWOZ-FM DJ with the accent that made Buddy D and Ernie K-Doe sound like Queen Elizabeth was always name-checking "da Winn-Dixie on Lapalco" on his Sunday morning Cajun music show. In between spinning old Cajun 45s, Johnny kept up a steady stream of patter, and I always loved it when he would get to the inevitable "Dis one goes out to Miss [whomever], one of da checkers at da Winn-Dixie in Marrero!" (Does ANYONE else remember this?)
Johnny died in November 2005 at the age of 63 at his home in (where else?) Marrero. To all the checkers at the soon-to-be-shuttered Winn-Dixie -- sorry about your jobs. I know Johnny would've had a song for you this Sunday.