Frankly, I never thought it would get here so soon. Over the hill and downhill all the way. Old enough to know better, but not smart enough. Am too old to die young – nature’s way of saving me from that fate worse than death, a retirement center. The funny thing is, I don’t feel my age, but maybe it’s because I haven’t much experience at it. I don’t look my age either, because I refuse to wear my glasses when I examine myself in the mirror. That way I merely look sort of blurry.
At least 10 lawmakers have been convicted of felonies since 2000, according to federal records. Enter ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert. . .A tip of the cap to SIUE senior LaDerrick Ward, who finished first in the NCAA Division Outdoor Track and Field prelim championship: a jump of 26-feet, 8.5 inches. . .Pew Research Center: The public continues to back U.S. drone attacks with a 58 percent approval of missile strikes from the drones. . .Reportedly, a woman was raped Friday near the University Hall at Mizzou. . .Hometowner/Twitter’s Jack Dorsey should be beaming over the fact that Twitter has become a communications tool for Pope Francis. American Catholics are preparing to welcome him by church leaders encouraging reluctant peers to sign on and get tweets from the Vatican. . .The Ducks’ Patrick Maroon climbs all the way back – offered one final opportunity to play with lifelong friends from St. Louis: Shawn Gawrys and Kyle Kraener.
Almost 500 of his best friends and pols gathered at the Pipefitters Local 562 compound in north county to honor Dick Kellett, former prez and co-founder of the North County Legislative Club to honor him on his years of service. Seen gladhanding with Kellett and his wife, Katherine: Bob and Carole Lowery; Judge Jim Wahl; Jeff and Terry Caputa; Keith Schildroth; Harriet Ojile; Jimmy Michaels; County Exec Steve Stenger; top cop Chris Koster; state reps Joe Adams and Margo McNeil; Mike Prendergast; Pat White; State Sen. Scott Sifton; Tom and Sandy Sansevere; Ed Beck; Dave Jasper; Tom George; Sean Weller, who rejoiced about his new gig as a staffer to Cong. Lacy Clay.
ON THIS DAY
Ninety years ago, Rogers Hornsby replaced Branch Rickey as Cardinals manager. . .1935: Babe Ruth’s final game for the Braves and goes hitless vs Phillies. . .1942: Satchel Paige pitched five innings to defeat Dizzy Dean’s All Stars 8-1.
Husch Blackwell law firm is launching Byte Back, a legal blog on governing information privacy, security and retention. . .Missouri’s famed artist George Caleb Bingham’s painting, “The Jolly Flat Boatmen” (1846) is now on view at the National Gallery of Art in D.C., which acquired it. Its sale to a private collector in 1986 fetched $6 million. . .What was it that died? Class and style. You can’t have one without the other. Our town’s pre-Botox power women, who could’ve sold Jimmy Choos to nuns, had it. Fearless and dedicated they made their mark on our community. Some believed their names should only be in print announcing their births and deaths. However, here goes: Trudy Busch; Nini Barksdale; Joanne Knight; Pitti Brandin; Poodie Calhoun; Jeanette Rand; Gertrude Bernoudy; Sally Shepley; Ellen Conant; Libby Ferguson; Phyllis Maritz; Suni Cabanne; Stevie Werner; Pussy McDonnell; Zoe Lipman; Anne Desloge Werner Bates; Sally Danforth; Mary Lasater; Jane Hunter; Jake Craig; Lilly Busch; Pat Bush; Lulu Pulitzer; Cecile Pulitzer; Liz Lashly; Ellie Schoenberg; Isabel Baer; Sally Bixby Defty; Pat Gross; Margie May; Liz Walker; Louise Heckman; Virginia Culver; Mary Lee Hermann and Mimi Medart. . .Our town’s Mike Jones has penned an interesting essay called “Why I don’t want to be state Board of Education President”:http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/article_e7712ad6-ff60-11e4-96f2-a768de592aaa.html. . .Re. Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s indictment: “When we get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe” – Thomas Jefferson. . .So when will Uber rides be allowed to pick up passengers at Lambert? Presently, at New York’s LaGuardia and JFK airports, Uber drivers can pick them up if licensed by the taxi and limo commish. . .Architect-in-demand David Rockwell, who’s up for two Tonys, has been credited for the re-do of Grand Central Station, Nobu Restaurants and the original Busch’s Grove remake in our town for his pal, Lester Miller.
Today, the MacArthur Foundation is expected to announce that St. Louis county will receive $150k to develop a plan to improve its social justice system. The money is earmarked for rehabilitation of the incarcerated.
Our town’s Jerry Kent has negotiated the sale of his Suddenlink Communications cable and broadband company to European-based Altice SA for $9.1 billion. Suddenlink generated $2.3 billion in revenue. Altice will own 70 percent of the share capital of Suddenlink, the seventh largest cable operator in the U.S. The Kent company serves 1.5 million residences and 90,000 business customers. Altice, with a value of $35 billion, is reportedly in negotiations to buy Time Warner cable.
Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness Clubs may be expanding to our town in 2016-2017. . .Local PGA golf pro Jay Delsing has joined Fox Sports and will be on the national team covering PGA events. (Jay’s dad, Jim Delsing, played for the St. Louis Browns). Jay still occasionally plays on the Champions’ Tour (nee the Senior Tour) and does corporate outings for companies throughout the U.S. . . Marianist Catholic cleric Brother Bernard Hartman is said by church goers that he is living here on a church property where the Marianists are based. He was convicted in Australia of a string of sex offenses and later apologized in writing to a girl he molested. . .One of the country’s earliest specialists in nuclear medicine, Dr. Milton Schloss, who prolonged the lives of many cancer patients, has died. Dr. Schloss met his future wife of 59 years, Jane Duncan, at our town’s then-Jewish Hospital. He founded the Schloss Radiolgy Group in Cape Girardeau. . .Six Flags St. Louis has taken a cue from its sister park in Arlington, Texas of its Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. The park here: a 4-D coaster with magnetic fins that flip riders.