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IN OUR TOWN

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 rattlesnake. So you remember Donn and Marilyn Lipton, Judge John Nangle, Sorkis Webbe, Sr., Circuit Attorney George Peach, John Olin, J.S. McDonnell,  Betty Van Uum, Arthur Holly Compton, Sen. Joe McCarthy (censured by the U.S. Senate for “conduct that tends to bring dishonor and disrepute to the senate), Stan Musial (1948 NL MVP) Gone all of it.

THE A-LIST OF BOLD-FACE NAMES INCLUDED: Rumsey and Rosalie Ewing; George and Ellen Conant; Jackie and Bill Maritz; Joe and Stevie Werner; Isbel and Howard Baer; Max and Zoe Lipman; Anne Desloge Bates; John Olin; Jeanette Rand; Orrin Wightmann; Roland Richards; Claire and John Lashly; Edie and C.C. Johnson Spink; Bill and Eloise Culver; Nini and Cedge Barksdale; Joanne and Chuck Knight; Dr. Neville Grant; Gertrude and Bill Bernoudy; Ethan Shepley; David Lewis; Barbara and Tom Eagleton and descendants of the Bakewells Lacledes, Chouteaus and Cabannes.

On a long December night in the quiet city (just before it stops being late and starts to get early), the ghosts begin dancing again, atop the creaking ferry slips, through the venal parking lots where lovely buildings once stood, across the steel bones of streetcars that were buried without funerals. Bits and pieces remain, the leftover pieces of a jigsaw puzzle we could never quite fit together. For a long time, it seemed to stand still, in a golden glow, unreal and provocative. Its familiar outlines were fixed as a bee in amber.

Then came the developers working madly to gobble up Clayton for Centene’s expansion. Washington University’s monopoly of the Central West End, the Cortex developments. We had no idea that wrecking crews could be so efficient, or that sentiment had so little sentimental value.

Yesteryore, as kids. we watched TV for the latest “Ding-Dong School,” “Texas Bruce” and “Howdy Doody.” Later we played the pinballs, hoola-hoop, bowling at Nelson Burton Lanes, cork ball in the alley, yo-yo, ice skating at the Winter Garden, the soap box derby, dancing the Twist, and worked the hell of our young bodies at George Turner’s Gym. A new blitz in restaurant chains whose fare was Tex-Mex was led by Casa Gallardo. On one visit, founder Ray Gallardo praised the bartenders and whispered, “They’re the best. They steal less than any other bartenders in St. Louis.”

Then came technology that brought us computers, cellphones and the social media. Of the latter, Twitter became the most  popular. Where else could one find a president-elect boast, “We won in a landslide!” (Hello?)

 

 

CAR DEALER INDICTED, FERGUSON DOCUMENTARY AT SUNDANCE, NEWSWEEK’S OOPS

Showtime will end “Masters of Sex” in its upcoming fourth season which concludes with the marriage of hometowners/sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Furthermore, the cable net is awaiting a green light for the final “Shameless” eighth season. . .The Missouri Board of Education has upgraded accreditation status of the Riverview Gardens School Dist. . .Sen. Claire McCaskill is expected to join the Senate Finance Committee. The Missouri Democrat would take the slot left open after incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opted to leave the panel to serve in leadership. . .On the subject of Donald Trump’s alleged conflict of interests, McCaskill told the media, “It’s not a good idea of the president of the United States to be calling a head of state at the same time trying to get a favor for their golf course?”. . .St. Louis County legislator Sam Page says Kansas City is slated to join the St. Louis effort to create a county-by-county PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) that quilts together the entire state.

“WHOSE STREETS,” a documentary on the uprising of the Ferguson aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, will be the opener at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 19-29. The production includes video of the people in Ferguson. . .The hottest item in the eBay auction: The recalled commemorative issue of Newsweek magazine that was set to be released with the cover of “Hillary Clinton: Madam President”. . .In a downtown courtroom, KC barrister (and Southwest Baptist College trustee) Rebecca Randles asked our town’s Judge Moriarty to keep alive Tom Viviano’s civil case against Fr. Charles M. DeGuire and St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson. The suit alleges the priest molested a child and that church officials could have stopped it. DeGuire worked at churches in U. City, Perryville and near Jefferson City.

WILLIAM CAFARELLA, 42, general manager of West County Honda, has been indicted on multiple charges involving his scheme to obtain more than $395k in fraudulent proceeds from the dealership causing the firm a $1.8 million loss.

JIM TALENT INTERESTED IN LEADING A TRUMP PENTAGON

Former Sen. Jim Talent said Wednesday he’s interested in serving President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. “I would be very interested in doing something inside of government,” Talent said. “I have had some discussions with the transition.” The Missouri Republican was considered a top contender to lead the Pentagon had Mitt Romney won the presidency in 2012 and has been mentioned as possible Defense secretary for Trump. Speaking at the Foreign Policy Initiative’s forum, he gave Trump’s plans to build up the military high marks. “I’m going to support the plan inside or outside of government,” Talent said.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PROF PRODUCES A PAGETURNER ON JOHN F. KENNEDY

Steven Watts, prof of history at the University of Missouri, has authored a new book, “JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier” in which he writes, “It was culture as much as politics that pushed him forward.”

NBC “TODAY SHOW” TALKER MATT LAUER will glom $20 million a year via his newly extended contract through 2018.

MARK TWAIN

This day in history, Nov. 30: 1835, author/lecturer Samuel Langhorne Clemens (“Mark Twain”) was born in Florida, Missouri. At age 4, his family moved to Hannibal. He became a pilot on a steamboat along the Mississippi River traveling from St. Louis. Later in life he wrote “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which had become known as “The Great American Novel.”

CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE & “GRAVE SCANDAL”

The head of the Vatican Court is reportedly issuing “an ominous warning” to Cardinal Raymond Burke – formerly of our town – that he may be stripped of his title for allegedly causing “grave scandal.” Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto says Burke and two of his colleagues are creating “a grave disorientation and great confusion” among the faithful over Pope Francis’ recent document about marriage, called “Amoris Laetitia.” If the pontiff won’t address the questions Burke is raising, the controversial cleric has said he and other cardinals may seek an extraordinary measure – a formal act of correction of the pope. (Francis denounces critics of his papal exhortation as fixated on “legalisms.”)

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE AT PEACE BETWEEN ST. LOUIS AND CHICAGO

RIP MO. SUPREME COURT JUDGE RICHARD TEITELMAN

He was the first legally blind and Jewish judge. For 18 years he served as exec director of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. The state’s Appellate Judicial Commission will select three candidates to fill the vacancy and the governor will select one. Teitelman was one of the most gregarious and caring person to serve on on a bench. He had a ravenous appetite and could be seen almost daily at Miss Hulling’s gorging food and sharing a laugh with the lawyers at the round table. Among his fans were Circuit Attorney Brendan Ryan, federal judge Bob Kingsland, Chief of Police Gene Camp, County Exec Buzz Westfall, lawyers Gene Walsh, Charles Mogab, Dick Hughes, Tom and Jim Hullverson and Jerry Raskas.

WILLIAM JOHNSON NAMED AS SLU SCHOOL OF LAW DEAN

St. Louis University law professor William Johnson has been named dean of the School of Law. He succeeds the current dean, Michael Wolff, who was a judge and former general counsel to the late Gov. Mel Carnahan. Wolff got the braids as dean in 2013.

WHY GUNSHOT VICTIMS HAVE REASON TO LIKE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUCH AS KENNETH BERRY SHOT NEAR ST. LOUIS

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/health/obamacare-gunshots-medicaid.html

TODAY IN HISTORY, 1861: The Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputed secession from the Union.

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