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NATION’S 237th BIRTHDAY

Sacred Ladue, Town & Country and Clayton, where the movers and shakers live, and are they moving and shaking?  Do they roll up their windows and lock the doors when they drive downtown for the VP Fair festivities?  Have they ever driven around north St. Louis?  Have they visited Crown Candy Kitchen? West county, a state of mindlessness, where happiness is just a thing called dough, and don’t knock it, pal, we all knead it, rye or otherwise. Civic Progress types – most of whom live in the sacred state – will skip the joy of standing on sidewalks to cheer the Veiled Prophet Parade and will rise above unlatched doors in sterilized elevators to the high-rise rooftop balconies to look down on the excitement.  Unhinged, they’ll see the tiny trees, the incomplete Stan Musial Veterans Bridge, the rising Ballpark Village and the still questionable construction of I-64. (Why?)  They can peer southward where the name Busch meant nothing more than brew. Some will point out where the finest families of old St. Louis used to live where now they dream of vagrant dreams in grainy documentaries.  Boosters will say the city has never been in better shape. Maybe they mean Springfield or Bonne Terre, but I doubt it. Hotels are filling up, bars and restaurants have stocked up (like the one where the sirloins aren’t bad, once the gravy has been tenderized). Politicians will be on hand and will approach every question with an open mouth. The courthouses will be closed tomorrow, where your fate is in the hands of people who aren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.  The post offices will also be closed and not one letter or package moves. Some clerks practice all year. And now, one of America’s biggest birthday parties is upon us – Fair St. Louis – a three-day celebration, and the 136th Veiled Prophet Parade. Happy Fourth to all!!

WikiLeaks APPROVED AS POLITICAL PARTY

The Australian Election Commission has formally approved the party and is currently on the hunt for candidates.  Although WL founder Julian Assange is holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he has said he’d like to run for senate.

Single Black Female

This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have been listed in a Georgia newspaper.

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I’m a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I’ll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me…. Call (404) xxx-xxx0 and ask for Annie, I’ll be waiting…..

ILLINOIS A.G. LISA MADIGAN, MARTHA STEWART, LADY GAGA

Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan criticizes an oil company owned by an appointee of Gov. Pat Quinn and calls it “the worst polluter in the field of Illinois oil production”. . . Seventy-one year old homemaking mogul Martha Stewart on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live”: “I feel sorry for Paula Deen.” Stewart also admitted “maybe” she had a threesome. . .Lady Gaga moving into a $22k-a-month penthouse in Gotham’s 40 Central Park South.

BERGERS, AUGUST BUSCH, IV, ST. LOUIS BROWNS

On Saturday night, toasts to Meghan and Ande Pietoso were in order at his Napolii2 on their recent nupts at The Shrine of St. Joseph and an upcoming honeymoon in Santa Lucia. A crowd of Bergers (no kin) were on hand dining and wining on the spectacular victuals turned out by exec chef John Berger. Doran Berger, a founder of St. Louis Bread-turned-Panera franchisee, was there with family and friends: Steve and Andrea Rosenblum;  Barbara, Brett, Craig, Christine and Alison Berger. . Jimmy John’s franchisee Chris Sedak just purchased 15 North Meramec and the historic building which formerly housed the mid-county magistrate court and was recently occupied by the Barrister’s Bar, remains the home of a few trial lawyers: Vanessa Antoniou; William Green; Stephen Koenig and realtor Dan Slavin. . .The eighteen-eighties were a pivotal time for the national pastime and the St. Louis Browns won, 7-5 and took three or four from the Metropolitans and surged into a tie for first place in an eight-team league.  In Edward Achorn’s newly-published history, “The Summer of Beer and Whiskey,” he writes extensively about the Browns and its owner Chris Von der Ahe, a German immigrant.  “In 1881, a newspaper editor referred to baseball as ‘a dead crow,'” writes Achorn. . Just released: Pamela Hansen’s tome. “Billions of Illusions: The Sequel,” to her first book about experiences working for August Busch, IV. . .According to new government data, the rate of Caesarean deliveries fell about five percent, which was hailed by Dr. George Macones, chairman of obstetrics and gyn. at WashU.  He told the NY Times, “This is great . . .This will be the third year of real flattening of the C-section rate over all”. . .What do Charles Lindbergh, Ted Williams, Thomas Jefferson and Estee Lauder have in common?  Their traumatic childhood experiences helped propel them each to greatness, according to John Kendall’s new book, “America’s Obessives: The Compulsive Energy that Built a Nation.”  Our town is on Kendall’s upcoming book tour.

Ande Pietoso, Chef John Berger and Doron Berger

Ande Pietoso, Chef John Berger and Doron Berger

Front row Andrea Rosenblum, Barbara, Doron, Alison and Brett Berger Back Row Steve Rosenblum. Craig and Christine Berger

Front row
Andrea Rosenblum, Barbara, Doron, Alison and Brett Berger
Back Row
Steve Rosenblum. Craig and Christine Berger

J.C. CORCORAN LEAVING OUR TOWN FOR HOUSTON

Beginning March 21, J.C . Corcoran will host the new morning show on Houston’s 93.7 The Arrow KKRW classic rock station.  He will host weekday mornings 5:30-10 a.m.  Also, Corcoran will be a contributor to Clear Channel’s Media & Entertainment Houston’s talk stations KTRH and KPRC.  He has spent the last 29 years in our town at stations KSHE, KSD, KHIT and KMOX.  He also served as an entertainment editor and commentator at NBC, CBS and Fox television stations.  Previously, he did stops at DC101 in the Beltway, 97Rock in Buffalo, N.Y. and The Loop in Chicago.  “People started trying to run me out of town two weeks after I got here, so I consider it a moral victory that it took 29 years to do it,” wrote Corcoran.  Through the years, Corcoran raised money for scores of charities.  He will continue to perform swing duty on WGN Radio in his hometown of Chicago.

TIM JONES IN THE RACE?, DEVELOPMENTS IN CREVE COEUR

Fans of Mo. Speaker of the House Tim Jones are tossing a “Scotch & Cigars” evening at 6 p.m., March 14 at the Ritz-Carlton.  Tix range from $150-$5,000 (major event sponsors).  Insiders believe the fundraiser is being held to position Jones to run for a statewide office in 2016. . .The vacant, massive Borders store on Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur is prepping to accomodate an Aldi, say insiders. Aldi is a global discount supermarket based in Germany . . .Also, a few blocks away, the dormant Walgreens will become a Red Rack thrift shop operated by the DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

JUSTICE FOR ALL BALL

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) held its annual ball Saturday night at the Chase Park Plaza, which included a silent auction, dinner, dancing and an after party party.  The funds raised “help advance LSEM’s mission of providing high quality legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people,” according to the organization’s exec director and general counsel Daniel Glazier.  LSEM has helped 45,000 people through referrals to other resources, community legal education, outreach and distribution of publications.  Motto: “In most cases, we change lives and in some cases, we save them.”The event co-chairs: Brenda Glick and Judy Gorin and honorary chairs were Norman Pressman and Wendi Alper-Pressman. AFTER PARTY PARTY, hosted by the young friends of LSEM and helmed by Drew Taeger, Cristina Spice and Tim O’Connell, offered tickets for a chance to win a basket of “bar essentials” worth $500.

ON THE TOWN

Bill,  “The Voice” McDermott m.c.’d  a SRO celebration at the Immacolata gymnasium in Richmond Heights.  Highlighting the evening’s festivities were dual honor’s earned in the last twelve months by Imac 6th grader Nicholas Shelton, who won the City/County track meet in record time, and spearheaded his 5th Grade classmates to the City/County Baseball crown striking out 31 batters in twelve innings!  Hoisting the Championship banner with Nick were teammates Colin Dunne, George Hibbard, Jack Peterson, Jim O’Flynn, Liam Gallagher, Jack Wall, Luke Sansone, Michael Hibbard, Dale Chesson, Will Browdy and Peter Hannon along with head coach Michael Shelton and assistant coaches Dave Hanon and Cory Gallagher. BMac brought down the house with his announcement  that the Imac gym was being rechristened as The Mattingly Center in recognition of Imac basketball director Steve Mattingly and wife Mary’s nine yearts of tireless efforts spearheading  the “Imac” basketball program. Assistant basketball director Pat Cantwell and his wife Kathleen were also honored with a bronze plaque designating their usual seats in the front row of the balcony as “Cantwells’ Corner”. Also spotted in “Cantwells’ Corner” enjoying  “coffee” were Connie McDermott,  Dr. Bill and Janet Droege, Mike and Carrie Campbell, Dave and Mel Hibbard, Chris and Joelle Hibbard with her pop Ray Webbe, Steve and Angie Potter, Tim and Susan Sansone, Dr. Jason and MeaganBrowdy, Liz Gallagher, Molly Shelton, Kim Hannon, Bart and Kelly Wall, Chris and Susan Peterson, Beth O’Flynn and other fans of the champs.

ROSS GENTILE DEAD AT 60

Musician, record promoter, disc jockey and master of everything jazz,  Glen Carbon-based Ross  Gentile, died last night at the Anderson Hospital in Metro East.  For years, Gentile helmed shows on WSIE and other radio stations.  He sustained lasting friendships over the years with the likes of Tony Bennett, Marilyn May and Ella Fitzgerald.  For several years, he underwent dialysis and recently he was given hope for a kidney transplant. He died of a massive heart attack, according to family members.


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