Downtown is the city in all its desperate vitality and glorious vulgarity. Market Street is a wide, long, stubborn and unregenerate brute of a street. A dead end with a life of its own. There are pockets of respectability and ugly realities. The moribund General American Bldg.turns its back on it and the Equitable Bldg. faces up to it. Gone are such buildings as Ely Walker; Rice Stix, Ambassador, International Shoe (rehabbed); Schneider and Bee Hats and Ostertag Opticals. Long gone companies: Green Lea Ice Cream; Teutenberg’s Bakery; Tober Saifer and Weiss Shoes; Katz, Rexall and Liggett drug stores; the Orient, Tunnelway, Miss Hullings’ and Carl’s Rio Room restaurants. There were first-run theaters and worst-run fleabags where bizarre rites are said to take place in the seats down front. There were dirty magazines with their pages Scotch-taped so you couldn’t get a free peek. Downtown and beyond there were first class and honky-tonk hotels named Statler; Mayfair; Lennox; Edison; DeSoto; York, Congress, Bel Aire, McKinley; Mark Twain; Coronado; Melbourne; Kingsway and Clarion; There was a flower stand off Sixth Street making an explosion of color, bankers having their dry martinis at the MAC, and Skid Rogues at their sweet muscatel. Millions are spent to restore buildings that made more sense as ruins. You don’t have to like all of it. It couldn’t care less about you.
A Central West End institution, New City School’s Tom Hoerr, has announced that this year, his 34th as principal, will be his last. Patricia Nuernberger will be interim head of the school.
THE BISHOPS ARE COMING HERE
Our town’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be coming home this summer, joining hundreds of Catholic bishops, who are meeting June 10-13 here for their annual confab.
Meanwhile, Dolan, head of the New York archdiocese, is having a tough week. He’s being taken to task over his secrecy surrounding potential parish closures and his negotiations with parochial school teachers, who are to receive no raises for the next two years.
Happiness is a third vodka martini on an empty stomach – a frequently used phrase in the sixties. There were transparent plastic furniture, white walls slashed with bright stripes and bumper strips reading, “I like Elvis.” There was trouble on the oiled waters, three graceful men fell to the assassins, hair grew longer,skirts shorter of which Cecil Beaton commented, “Never in the history of fashion has too little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.” We went on trying to save Vietnam while destroying it; we discovered we were destroying ourselves and the graffito of the decade may well have been “Pragmatism doesn’t work. In the 1960s, we had: Kresge’s; Southtown Famous-Barr; Jules Blattner & The Teenagers; Prom magazine, “Hello, Dolly!” at The Muny; Ronnie’s Drive-In; Phil, the gorilla at the Zoo; Wrestling at the Chase; Sportsman’s Park; Avalon Theater; Velvet Freeze; F.W. Woolworth; Nettie’s Flowers; Teen Town; Red Bird Lanes; Luigi’s; Coral Court Motel and the wonderful Casa Loma, that continues to operate. In fact,on Dec. 20, Casa Loma will feature amateur boxing in six bouts. An era all lost except for memories
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney McCulloch has been portrayed in a video posted on The New York Times site. Here’s the link:
His only sponsorship deal so far is with Visa. However, SocialScience’s tool, Networked Insights & Affinity Ranks and chose Adidas topping the list of brands that would benefit most from pursuing the openly-gay Rams player. Among them: Coach; Nike and Netflix.