CLAYTON SIGHTEMS: it seemed like newly-elected St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts had a difficult time recalling where he parked his car. The new sheriff, with the car replete with his name painted on the side, was in front of 41 South Central Ave. Tuesday morning. Then there was a trio of lovelies looking at a copy of Sports Illustrated (swimsuit edition) at World News. “There is no way she’s a size twelve,” exclaimed one of the blondes as she tossed the magazine back into the news rack. And awaiting commuters at the Metro Garage were Proposition P flyers in support of the ballot measure on their windshields.
HISTORIC 1882: 135 Years ago the Brown Stockings got charter membership in the American Baseball Association. The team was owned by some beer barons including Chris von der Ahe. The Brown Stockings eventually became the St. Louis Cardinals.
MARCH 30: 1943, our town’s Cella family became original investors in the landmark Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!”; 1970, Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” was released; 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinkley, III.
MISSOURI IS ONE OF SIX STATES where the centrist People for the American Way is running a television and digital ad campaign urging viewers to call their senators to block Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. The ad features Jeff Perkins, the father of a student with autism whose lawsuit Gorsuch denied.
IN MEMORIAM: Hometowner Jean Rouverol, dead at 100. She was an actress and playwright who turned out movie epics and then was blacklisted. Upon her return to the U.S. in the 1960s from Mexico, she wrote “Autumn Leaves” and a number of soaps. Her mom, Auriana Rouverol, created the Andy Hardy character.
Donald Robert Hunstein, famed photographer dead at 88 in Manhattan. A WashU grad, he bought a Leica and later became an a major force behind Columbia Records, shooting images of his pal, Bob Dylan and other celebs.
MARCH 26 BIRTHDAYS: 1911, Tennessee Williams; 1940, Nancy Pelosi; 1941, Bob and Barclay Pleger; 1944, Diana Ross; 1973, Marshall Faulk.
MEMORIES: Many can recall the catchline “White on the Bottle, Pink on the Cheeks!” It was used in all marketing of yesteryear’s Pevely Dairy. Now the last vestige of the company will vanish when the dairy’s long dormant building on the southwest corner of Grand at Chouteau will vanish to become part of SLU’s portfolio. Founded by the Kerckhoff family in 1887, the dairy’s mascot was Pinkie Pevely and it was touted all over the old structure and in the media. Bandleader Russ David presented his “Pevely Playhouse Party” from there and was aired on Channel 5. Pevely was but one of the many dairy companies that competed in our town that included Meadow Gold, St. Louis Dairy, Quality Dairy, Esquire, Reed’s, Velvet Freeze and Borden’s.
SPEAKING OF LAMBERT: This made the rounds. It was meal time during a flight. “Would you like dinner,” the attendant asked Mary seated in front. “What are my choices?,” Mary asked. “Yes or no,” shot back the attendant.
Proper Insights & Analytics: Americans spent more than ever to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ($5.8 billion). . . The same research firm pointed to a record low of Americans who will spend their tax refunds this year. . .The U.S. Supreme Court hopeful, Judge Neil Gorsuch’s 10-hour marathon hearing yesterday could have been rendered in shorthand, say some of his critics. . . The largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Bernie Madoff, will be the subject of HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” at 7 p.m., May 20. It stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Madoffs.
The item below reminds some of the link between McCarthy and President Donald Trump. The link is Roy Cohn, who was counsel to the McCarthy Committee, later as NYC lawyer he represented Trump, first in a lawsuit by the federal government alleging racial discrimination. Cohn was a mentor to Trump, and Cohn taught that you always attack, never apologize, and wear opponents down. The lessons seem to have stuck. Cohn was also an investor in our town’s late broadcaster Richard Miller’s radio enterprises.
WINNING STREAK: For the seventh consecutive week, CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert bested Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on NBC by a million viewers.
About 60 years ago, Sen. Joseph McCarthy died at 48 from hepatitis as a result of alcoholism. Backstory: President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order for the screening of all federal and civil service employees to determine their loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. Hearings, helmed by McCarthy, followed by blacklisting of a number of celebrity actors and writers. Mo. Sen. Stuart Symington hinted that some of McCarthy’s staff were subversives. Tagged “the red scare,” results of the hearings were then turned over to the attorney general of any who had membership or supported fascist or communist organizations. McCarthy was later censured.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY has reached a record of 30,464 applicants for the class of 2021, a 4 percent rise from 2016. . .President Donald Trump’s approval/disapproval ratings according to CNN: 37 percent approval; 58 percent disapproval; Fox News: .43 percent to 56 percent.
Hundreds of thousands workers who reject Prez Trump’s hard line immigration policies and “agenda of hate and greed” will walk off their jobs on May 1. Service Employees International (300,000) and 40,000 food chain workers are involved in what has been tagged “International Workers Day.”
The Brewers Association has ranked the top 50 craft beers that don’t include our town’s Schlafly. The trade association also lists the top 50 overall brewing companies that don’t include AB InBev. Now devote the day and night away to a mighty pint of Guiness and Irish stepdances.
DATES: May 7, fundraiser for the Great Rivers Environmental Laws Center at the Busch Family estate at Grant’s Farm; June 5, County Exec Steve Stenger’s very own golf tourney at Crescent Farms Golf Course (go figure).
THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER sent to subscribers contains an impressive glossy brochure touting the 10th anniversary celebration of the additon to KC’s Nelson-Adkins Art Museum known as the Bloch Building, with “newly-enriched galleries that include state of the art technology,” and the museum’s 2015 designation s “the best U.S. museum” by Yelp reviewers. (Brent Benjamin of our town’s museum must be in tears.)
THAT SAME NEW YORKER contains a lengthy piece about bizarre maneuverings in the White House press corps. It features Jim Hoft, a 56 year-old St. Louisan who is “among the country’s most effective right-wing propagandists,” according to journalist Andrew Marantz.