The biggest superheroes of all time in film – “Batman vs.Superman” – grabbed a global record debut over the weekend of $420 million.
WHITEY HERZOG: For $225 a ducat, you can attend an evening on May 16 at Busch Stadium to see and hear Whitey Herzog and his tales of his 11 years as Cardinals’ skipper. Wonder if he’ll tell about the time he and Mike Shannon told the late Globe-Democrat sportscribe Jack Herman he was making a major trade. While on the road, Whitey named names. Herman filed the story and it was published. Herman was duped!
MIZZOU has raised $65 million toward its goal. So far, the university has raised $715 million.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY has added a Korean major to its Asian language dept.
FAMED FORMER W.U. MED. CENTER UROLOGIST DR. WILLIAM CATALONA’S mug is featured in Sunday’s editions of The New York Times as one of the recipients of the National Physician of the Year awards.
“Trump’s attack on Heidi Cruz is the scummy low of a scummy campaign over her mental health,” according to Slate. The scribe harkens back to “the paradigmatic case of Thomas Eagleton, who briefly served as George McGovern’s running mate for president. Word leaked out that Eagleton had been treated for a mental condition at a local hospital. Slate: “A situation in which all politicians’ relatives are subject to a reputational free-for-all – except for Trump’s sledgehammer. “. . .the Voldemort-like power Trump derives from the publicity – even bad publicity – gives him immunity from public shame”
THAT WAS ST. LOUIS NATIVE SARAH WEINER profiled in The New York Times. She is co-founder of a Bay Area sustainable food non-profit. In discussing her shopping habits, she revealed that “one of my greatest finds was an actual Chanel couture dress I found at a second-hand shop called Scholar Shop.”
EX POST-DISPATCH SCRIBE TOM UHLENBROCK has penned “look back” celebrating the 100th anniversary of our state parks in the latest “Missouri Resources” put out by the DNR. The issue also contains a piece by Eva Dee Goss about the Peabody Opera House renovation.
IF YOU’VE LIVED LONG ENOUGH, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER: Dunlop Tires; Tiddly-Wnks, Erector Sets; model airplanes; Ping-Pong; Nehi Orange Drink; Orange Julius; Bubble-Up soda; Velvet pipe tobacco; Oven Off; Royal typewriters; Old Gold, Raleigh and Viceroy cigarettes; Dian Shine shoe polish; Toni’s Home Permanent; Ipana toothpaste; Stimudents; Brylcreem; Fels Naptha soap; Jergen’s Lotion; Nettie’s Flower Garden; Ronson lighters; Enna Jetticks, Red Cross and Threadneedle Street shoes; Sal Heptatica; Tennessee Jed, Ed’s White Front and Tastee Barbecue; Tilt-A-Whirl at the Highlands; the Clardel, Blue Moon, Van Horn’s, Redwood, Pelican’s, Musial & Biggie’s, Shanghai, and Tunnelway restaurants and jawbreakers.
The stage musical of the 1953 movie comedy, “Roman Holiday,” will hit the boards on Broadway in 2017. The show with songs by Cole Porter (“Easy to Love” and “Night & Day” among others) was presented at the Muny in 2001 under the eyes of producer Paul Blake. For the Broadway edition, Blake is co-producer. The movie starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the tale of a bored princess who escapes her handlers and falls in love with an American journalist in Rome. . .Focus group of Republicans and their friends on Tuesday night in our town: “Which campaign song would best capture Donald Trump’s candidacy?” Responses: “Hit Me – Your Best Shot”; “Eye of the Tiger”; “We Are the Champions” “Takin’ Care of Business” “Hells Bells.” Independent stay-at-home mother Gabrielle Ritter, 39: “The people of the U.S. are disillusioned or fed up the way the country is being run.” . . .Boston Children’s Hospital medics have announced an experiment that fixes the problem of anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) that has sidelined many athletes. Dr. Rick Wright, prof of orthopedic surgery at WashU School of Medicine: “The real beauty of it is you are getting native ACL to heal without a graft.”
Nader Jaser Abdullah has pled guilty today before U.S. Dist. Judge Richard Webber for robbing five banks including Lindell Bank on 7/14/15. Sentencing later. . .WashU gets the nod from Forbes as top college in Missouri. . .Look for TiVo to merge with Rovi, one of the largest owners of patents for digital entertainment devices. . .Easter spending this year will top a record of $17.3 billion in the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation.
Telecoms are waiving fees for consumers attempting to reach people in Brussels and Turkey. Among them: AT&T; Verizon; T-Mobile and Sprint.
Fees for texts are also included.
During a campaign stop in Cape Girardeau, Sen. Roy Blunt said he’d support Donald Trump or whoever is the GOP candidate in the November election.
HERE COMES T.G.I. FRIDAY’S radical surgery via a prototype in Texas. It has 10,000 sq. ft., a bar that has stations for juices, coffee and an open deli vending grab&go food. Have no idea when it will be duplicated for the chain’s locations in St. Charles, Creve Coeur and/or downtown St. Louis.
ILLINOIS JOB GROWTH NOT HALF BAD
“The truth about job growth in Illinois,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz: “The state is adding jobs, despite what Trump (and Rauner) say about them moving somewhere else. And it’s doing so at a decent clip. Illinois’ 2.4 percent job growth in 2014 and 2015 is just two-tenths of a percentage point below that of Missouri.””
At 11:50 p.m., March 21, 2006, our town’s Jack Dorsey published the first Twitter message while a student at New York University. In 2013, it had a market capitalization of $32 billion. Now, Twitter has more than 500 million users.
Lifelong prober and defender of biological diversity, Peter Raven, prez emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, has distributed a note to The New York Times of his commentary. placing this year’s “surreally, unpredictable presidential race in the broader context of consequential, environmental and social trends that perpetually seem to hide in plain sight.” Later, he points out that we live in a world that is home to 7.4 billion. Half live in extreme poverty, at less than $2 a day. More than 800 million are malnourished and 100 million are on the verge of starvation. “Oxfam estimated that 62 people own half of the world’s wealth,” Raven wrote.