The 50th anniversary of when announcers cleared their throats and said the simple words we could scarcely listen to: “John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, is dead.” The networks have jumped on producing documentaries surrounding the assassination – CBS (KMOV) special on Nov. 16; NBC (KSDK) on Nov. 22. “The Star Spangled Banner” will be played and there’ll be thoughts racing in our minds of the unparalleled tragedy. . . CNN has hit its lowest ratings since going against the 2012 Olympics. . .Women’s-interest publisher, Meredith Corp., has launched a print magazine: Allrecipes.com
Among the 48 lawyers honored at Friday’s ceremony by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly at the Chase Starlight Roof were “Mentors”: Mark Leadlove; Madeleine McDonough and Joe Pike, who is with the Mo. Attorney General’s office.
Kate Nolan Proffitt and Bhavik Patel dubbed “Nonprofit Leader” ” and “Law Firm Leader,” respectively. Among the honorees: Matt Kitzi; Nathan Leming; Joel Lander; Corey Kraushaar; Melanie Renkin; Shontaia Riley; Katrina Richards; Jeff Masson; Amelia Lewis; Joshua Craig; Leanne Rakers; Elizabeth Shlesinger; Johnny Wang; Christopher Schmidt; Andrew Scavitto; Abby Risner and Douglas Robinson.
The itsie event drew a number of honorees from both Joplin and Kansas City. SLU Law Dean Michael Wolff regaled a few of the guests with stories about his upcoming, 1950 high school reunion in Rochester, Minnesota. “I’ll give your best to the Mayo Brothers,” he intoned and laughed.
Today the U.S. Conference of Bishops’ administrative committee ends in D.C. (St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is on the panel.) And Cardinal Timothy Dolan will head a news conference about Syria tomorrow afternoon. . .The Lafayette Park Conservancy is restoring the park’s Revolutionary War Gun Monument with the help of two city businesses: Hibdon Hardwood and Marty, Wally and Jacob Hauck’s Zymo Sculpture Studio. It’s the only Revolutionary War monument west of the Mississippi. The work will not be completed, however, in time for the Oct. 6 Civil War re-enactment in the park. . .US News and World Report’s survey of Missouri colleges and universities 2014 rankings based on graduation rate, ratio of quality to price and amount of programs offered: among the top 50 – Webster University; Truman State in Kirksville and Rockhurst in Kansas City. . .One Jefferson City figure who isn’t intimidated by threats of Rex Sinquefield’s minions getting him a primary election opponent is Sen. Majority Leader Ron Richard, Republican of Joplin. He says colleagues should vote their consciences. Columbia Daily Trib’s statehouse bulldog Rudi Keller got what Missouri Scout’s Dave Drebes calls the quote of the week from the impending legislative veto session which starts at noon today. Keller had this pearl from Richard about intimidation tactics by Sinquefield’s well-paid cronies hoping to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253 on taxes: “There’s a lot of that stuff goes on, but when there’s actually efforts going on saying, ‘Vote for this or you’re going to have a primary,’ you know what i would say? Bring it on big boy.’” Rex has showered more than $2.4 million on his allied groups’ efforts to override HB253, an effort that appears to be losing steam despite the abundant rain of Rex shekels.
I have tremendous empathy for youth, but at the same time they anger me. Maybe because in them I see myself a little. Maybe like them, we searched for the truth and found ourselves, but for most of us the ends became the means and very few of us found the freedom to be ourselves. Through packed bodies Saturday in Tower Grove Park during the Festival of Nations, there were so many of the hip and the square. Neat signs pointed to the various booths promoting the foods from Brazil to Ghana. After learning about toxic nanoparticles found in most food and water (according to researchers at Mizzou) I became paranoid. There was the Free English Classes booth where teachers Gayle Jones, Beth Duncan and Donna Logan held sway. Said Donna: “I asked a school bus driver if he knew anyone who needed to learn English and he replied, ‘Everyone I know.’” On hand for the festivities were P.D. skilled reporter Todd Frankel with his wife Steph (a photographer with the daily) and their heirs, Eli, 5 and Asher, 1. Marcelo Sanchez of Chile came there to be with his fiancee, Ranya Iqbal, and her aunt and uncle, Sharon and Matt Zimmermann. Others in the crowd: Greg and Allison Gill; Thea Austin with Ervin Walker; Rosa Jones and Mike Kinder. There were many bands including Autumn’s Child and Choro Guys – a far cry from the music I enjoyed in the old days. Great vocalists in that time with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, the 11-time Grammy Awardee, who recently revealed she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease that left her unable to sing. Her final album in 2006: “Adieu False Heart.” Then it was a drive around the southside, where I discovered such hot spots as The Amsterdam Bar, Three Monkeys, Black Derby and Cookie’s Bar. Finally, a meal at the jam-packed South City Diner, a true treasure as always.
Missouri stands out among all other states that has put up significant obstacles for subsidized insurance. to citizens requiring insurance counselors to get state licenses. “It’s like running an obstacle course every day,” says Herb Kuhn, prez of the Mo. Hospital Association. . . About 78,000 subscribers have defected DISH Network in Q2. . .Beware! Next time you visit a farmers market, remember that some vendors resell plants and produce from auctions or other wholesale providers. Jodye Jackson, Jr. points out in the Columbia Daily Trib that two vendors have been expelled there. . .Our town’s Danny Meyer is marking almost three decades in the restaurant biz in Gotham. He has some of the most enduring restaurants including: Union Square Cafe; Eleven Madison Park (recently sold); Northend Grill; Blue Smoke; Shake Shack. There are a total of 20 Meyer-owned restaurants and he is credited with earning 25 James Beard Awards. Of his collection, The New Yorker hailed, “All about classics.”
SNAP members were outside the Cathedral on Lindell yesterday handing fliers to church-goers that pointed out that six alleged wrongdoers worked there. Five are priests who have been sued for child sex crimes: Fr. James Gummersbach; Fr. James Pavik; Fr. Chester Gaiter; Fr. Bryan Kuchar and Fr. Xiu “Joseph” Jiang (who faces current criminal charges). And one is Bishop Robert Finn, now of Kansas City, who was convicted last year of refusing to report a pedophile priest.Kuchar has completed his jail time and now works at Lumiere Place casino, according to the state sex offender registry.
The chain’s new television spots get five stars from the trade papers. It shows two characters, one of whom with wind-swept locks, the other with quaffed mop of David Soul of “Starsky & Hutch.” The elder sucks up the last of a milk shake to the sizzle of a burger and drowns out his student’s questions about satisfaction.