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OUR TOWN IN THE 1960S

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

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY ROBERT McCULLOCH IN N.Y. TIMES VIDEO “SHOULD HAVE STOPPED”

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney McCulloch has been portrayed in a video posted on The New York Times site. Here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000003250783/a-controversial-prosecutor.html?playlistId=1194811622182&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3As%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A5%22%7D

THREE-DOT JOURNALISM

HUD funding of a $2.5 million grant will provide St. Louis a lead remediation to an additional 180 City families.Ninety-nine years ago, writes historian Michael Beschlosss writes a story with the headline “Politics often accompany Presidents in the World Series.” That’s when a sitting president  – Woodrow Wilson - attended a World Series game.  Calvin Coolidge, FDR , Ike, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Busch followed. Hoover saw the Cardinals in Philly in 1939. But the Prohibition-backing prez was razzed by fans shouting “We want beer!”Back in the late sixties, the super group, Cream, (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) did a commercial for Falstaff Beer. Bassist and lead singer Jack Bruce died over the weekend.

 

 

SHAUN HAYES OUT OF JAIL

Reviewing Sandra King’s case against Shaun Hayes, he just paid $30k to get out of jail with two checks drawn on an account of Fordyce Brown Enterprises, LP. The ownership is the nebulous Michael E. Kohn, Esq, a tax lawyer who’s listed as the agent. No partner names are available. Kohn pleaded guilty July 17, 2002 to tax fraud and obstruction of justice. “He was corruptively endeavoring to obstruct IRS laws.”

MICHAEL SAM & SPONSORSHIP

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.

NELLY GOES CABLE

The Viacom-owned cable channel BET has handed out a series starring hometown rapper Nelly with Keyshina Cole. The untitled project picked up six half-hour episodes.

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN & N.Y. MAYOR BILL de BLASIO “UNIFYING THE SPIRIT”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan to host an interfaith gathering of city leaders in the wake of Eric Garner’s July 10 death during a Staten Island arrest. Cardinal Dolan’s message: “Religion and faith are powerful agents to what is good and unifying in the spirit.”

FERGUSON IN HALF-MAST

The long fight for sanity is nowhere near victory. All we can do is hope. The City of Ferguson is in despair following the shooting death of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. Wandering lost in the electronic maze  – radios crackling, TV sets ghost-lighting riots through the long night, incoherent eye-witnesses, the strained voices of broadcasters. As always the case in times of paramount tragedy, the electronic forces were magnificent – especially the team at KMOX. The words of eye-witnesses, “I’m not sure how many shots there were. The echoes, the ricochets – ” It was like the shot that rang out in Memphis, when amid the gloom, lone newsboys who stood on downtown corners and shouted a cry not heard for years, “Extra. . .Extra. . .read all about it. . .”  The good citizens of Dallas in November, 1963, “It could have happened anywhere.” They were right.


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