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Giovanni Gabrielle, Thomas Lakin, Kristopher Lakin

Giovanni Gabrielle, Thomas Lakin, Kristopher Lakin

That’d be former E. Alton, IL lawyer and major Demo fundraiser, Thomas Lakin, making the rounds with his son and budding political pollster Kristopher Lakin. They dined at their favorite restaurant, Giovanni’s on The Hill.


“Family man” and GOP State Rep Charles “Chuck” Gatschenberger has been sued for divorce by his wife, Donnette Lynn Gatschenberger. isn’t he the one who compared car shopping to getting an abortion?. . .Prominent letter to editor of The New York Times by Tobias Winright, assoc. prof of theological ethics and health care ethics, about SLU’s associate degree for prison inmates and life termers who lack access to quality education. . .Jon Hamm at the New York International Auto Show, where he helped unveil the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMC coupe. Hamm, who does the voiceover for the car’s television campaign,  was widely quoted as saying, “I finally got to do one of these unveils.”


Happy anniversary to hometown boy made good.  Five years ago today, the one-time Father Timothy Dolan and Bishop Timothy Dolan of St. Louis became head of the New York archdiocese.


As many readers settle down to sleep tonight, it was on this evening in 1912 that the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg off Newfoundland causing the deaths of 1,500 people. Hard days for nostalgia. If you dare to talk about the past – and St. Louis had a glorious one – the icy stares at you as if you were some kind of addlehead. So you remember once there were giants here whose achievements were solid. To name a few: Leif Sverdrup; Frankie Muse Freeman; Oscar Rexford; Ed Schnuck; Buzz Westfall; Cong. Lenore Sullivan; Larry Roos; Robert Hyland; Charlie Claggett; Jack Minton; Raymond Tucker; Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.; T.S. Eliot; Arthur Holly Compton; Dizzy Dean; Edgar Queeny; Harry Caray; Fannie Hurst; Henry Armstrong; Wiliam Burroughs; Harriett Woods; Barry Commoner; Daniel Boone; Scott Joplin; Miles Davis; Katharine Dunham; Eugene Field; Elston Howard; Irma Brombauer; Marlin Perkins; Dred and Harriett Scott; James Symington; Kay Thompson and Helen Traubel. Some couldn’t care less about who lived here – and who have no time to remember who Tennessee Williams was.


Gov. Jay Nixon has inked the Parsons Brinckerhoff consulting firm – with offices in our town – to serve as lead designer for the rebuilding at Fulton State Mental Hospital. It will begin without necessary delays, said Nixon.


Anheuser-Busch has awarded the ad agency BBDO North America with the
creative duties for Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime, Bud Light
Lime-A-Rita, Budweiser Made in America Music Festival. BBDO is a
division of Omnicom Group (also the flagship of FleishmanHillard). FH
once was the key agency for A-B. . .Internet advertising revenue in the
U.S. hit a record $42.8 billion in 2013.


Paula Reed, Philip Slein, Stephanie Tussey

Paula Reed, Philip Slein, Stephanie Tussey

The rambling Monsanto World Headquarters (at last, the world will have a place to call home). . .The mighty Centene building, a stupendous study in sterility. . .Forest Park  Parkway, where the beat-beat-beat of the pile drivers and the sickening crunch of the steel ball slung by Davids in plastic helmets make way for Barnes-Jewish’s new additions that will blossom out of the grave to make way for new eyesores. . . Buildings being built for the ages – veritable Pantheons – disappear overnight to be replaced by things that look like Lawrence Welk’s accordion. . .The people who used to say “nothing ever changes in St. Louis” are gone. The buildings will rise out of nowhere to lean on our most treasured restaurants on and around Euclid Avenue: Pi Pizza; Dressel’s; Scape; Llywellyn’s; Bar Italia; Brasserie by Niche and Herbies’ Vintage ’72. Herbie’s is where I bumped into Susan Sherman, who has just bowed her PR shop, Susan Sherman, Inc. She spoke of her many new clients and non-profits and quipped, “I have the Donna Wilkinson syndrome.”

Stephen Hayes, Susan Barrett, Rick Dildine

Stephen Hayes, Susan Barrett, Rick Dildine

Also on hand were Donna and Pete Rothschild enjoying the good life with manager Sean Gallagher (plugging Herbie’s gala Easter brunch). Much of the conversation about beleaguered banker Shaun Hayes.


The “ARTrageous Gold Ball,” sponsored by Craft Alliance, at the Palladium Saturday night drew 200 guests to the silent auction and the dinner after which it was announced the new name for the organization – Craft Alliance Center of Art & Design. The artists’ coop began in 1964 by 15 artists and since has taught thousands of students craft techniques in its studios.

Herb Smith, Boo McLoughln

Herb Smith, Boo McLoughln

Phyllis Langsdorf and David Diener helmed the evening. Seen there: Stephen Hayes; Susan Barrett; Rick Dildine; Bob McLoughlin (director); Herb Smith; Glenn Scrivner; Duane Reed; Mark Botterman; Paula Reed; Philip Slein; Stephanie Tussey; Judy Glick with Harvard Muhm; Helen and Julie Seeherman; Deann and Michael Rubin; Jon and Kim Fahnestoll; Mary Judge with Gyo Obata; Mark Hale with Jeanne Wolfson; Scott Angus; John Baltrushunas; and Demetrius and Donelle Grooms.
  Look for Wal-Mart to offer 100 organic products from Natural Food distributors. Prices may be 25 percent less than natural brands, say the Bentonville, Ark. bosses.



St. Louis Aldermanic President Lewis Reed is backing a multimillion dollar bond issue to renovate City Hall. Reed throws a few bones as well. . .fixing up firehouses and police stations and buying some new rolling stock.  If memory serves, the city just spent gazillions on fixing up firehouses less than 10 years ago and for new police stations less than 20 years ago. Reed might have some friends in the construction business in need of clients. Meanwhile, some Christians have come down hard on Reed for the timing of three public meetings on the proposal: all the week of April 14, which if he were Christian, he would realize that’s Holy Week, and a time of reflection and prayer for many. Can the timed meetings avoid pubic input?

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