Smiley is a native of Natchez, Miss. His family moved to Baton Rouge when he was a child. He received a bachelor’s in journalism from LSU in 1959 and a masters in journalism from LSU in 1971.
He was oil and gas editor of The Shreveport Times from 1960-62; information director, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, 1962-66, and public relations director, Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, 1966-73. In 1973 he joined The Morning Advocate as its first business reporter, a position he held until starting the column in 1979.
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Smiley’s latest book, “A laughing matter” not only contains funny stories from his columns published between 1991 and 2000, but also an account of his life, from his early days as a spoiled brat in Natchez, Miss., to his high school and college days in Baton Rouge and his journey in journalism that culminated in his award-winning column. Here you’ll find Cajun jokes featuring Boudreaux and Thibodeaux, tales of Louisiana politicians both free and incarcerated and a somewhat less than serious look at the “Gret Stet” of Louisiana and its colorful citizens. It’s as much fun as Mardi Gras, without the hangover.