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One of the most influential women of her time, Alice Westbrook Barnes, has died in Jefferson City.  The 90 year-old became a major force in advertising communities on both coasts and created campaigns that impacted world companies like L’Oreal, S.C. Johnson and Cheesbrough-Ponds. For more than 60 years, she was a marketing master and consummate saleswoman.


Why do they call it “background music” when it’s so intrusive?  Where can you find a hot buttered martini?  You know the small bores: “Of course I never watch TV but last night I happened to see -.”  Remember putting phonograph records back into their jackets?  Where are the people who expect an answer to “what’s new?”  Didn’t the era of tackiness begin when they stopped making those elegant squirt-type seltzer water bottles?


It’s been 25 years since the grand dame Globe-Democrat closed its doors for the last time. So, Tom Pagano felt it’s a great reason to have a party. The reunion will be held from 3-7 p.m., Oct. 29 at Orlando Gardens, 8352 Watson Rd. For an RSVP, go to Frank Absher ( . .Devereux Murpy LLC founding partner, Stephen Murphy, and his wife, Pam, have been hit with lawsuit by Royal Banks of Missouri for a $306k loan they made for the Webster Groves couple. The loan was a renewal of one originally issued to finance the purchase of 1000-1100 South Fourth Street, just east of the Broadway Oyster Bar. Royal Banks allege that Stephen defaulted on the loan in August and Pam guaranteed the loan for which she failed to pay and it’s now in breach of the guarantee. Devereaux Murphy’s client list includes the St. Louis Association of Realtors and Blake & Davis realtors. The matter is headed to the St. Louis County courtroom of Judge Maura McShane.

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