LAST MONTH, I attended a seminar in Philadelphia at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

As a Catholic, I also made a side trip to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal on Chelten Avenue.

Although I've traveled all over the country and to many areas abroad, it was my first trip to the City of Brotherly Love - and I found it to live up to that name.

In moving about the city, I traveled by train and, not being familiar with the system, made several mistakes in the process.

To a person, from people in the street, to the hotel staff, to the staff at the shrine and everyone affiliated with the seminar, all exhibited the kind of hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness that is more often associated with southern states. Since these things were all in addition to a great seminar, it was a great trip.

Being from a state that prides itself on its cuisine, I would also like to compliment the food I sampled at various eateries. You're right up there with the best.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that I'm an alumnus of LSU, the next national championship team?

Geaux Tigers!

Mike Bourgeois

Baton Rouge, La.