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Patty Alvarez, Vickey Kearney and Eileen Bishop

Patty Alvarez, Vickey Kearney and Eileen Bishop

On June 6, a train will roar from Chicago into born-again Union Station by the complex co-owner Bob O’Loughlin and railroad devotee Ed Boyce. Union Station was where 22 railroads came and went and during the 1940s 100,000 people were clocked streaming into the treasured station. With the ongoing remodeling of the stataion, O’Loughlin said he’s poised to stage live shows in the Great Hall. Philanthropic as ever O’Loughlin attended Monday’s Assistance League golf tourney and dinner at Meadowbrook C.C. where $150k was raised to support the non-profit agency (that has no salaried

Sandy Johnson, Susie Tendler and Gail Schultz

Sandy Johnson, Susie Tendler and Gail Schultz

employees). President-elect Vicki Kearney got kudos from well-wishers including:  outgoing prez Sandy Johnson;  the event’s chair and  co-chair Susie Tendler and Gail Schultz.  Peter Benoist was credited for organizing the duffers.

Chris O'Neal, Mandy Fritz and Steve Wiswieski

Chris O’Neal, Mandy Fritz and Steve Wiswieski

Marty Tandler, David Sabada and Bob O'Loughlin

Marty Tandler, David Sabada and Bob O’Loughlin

Judy and Steve Toombs

Judy and Steve Toombs

 

Peter Benoist and Suzanne Prapl

Peter Benoist and Suzanne Prapl

“CUBS FANS PAY DOUBLE”, PROMOTIONS AT THE P-D, TODD AKIN’S EARLY LIFE

Our town’s Kevin Kline and former St. Louisan Mary Steenburgen are featured in the CBS Films’ “Last Vegas,” which is set to unspool Dec. 20, 2013. Star billing goes to Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert DeNiro. . .Set for celeb endorsements of President Obama on Thursday night at the DNC are: Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington. . .A vet of 30 years in the sports dept. of the Post-Dispatch, Dave Luecking has logged off his computer.  (Lueking was the Blues’ beat writer in the late 80s-90s.) Roger Hensley has been dubbed sports editor and Don Reed has become Hensley’s assistant. . .Small world of politics dept.: Clayton resident and third congressional district delegate at the DNC, Deb Dubin’s grandad, and later her dad, ran a pharmacy in East Dennis on Cape Cod.  It was that pharmacy whereTodd Akin worked in 1965 and his family still owns the house and land there, says Dubin. . .The hot dog stand outside the Home Depot on Brentwood Boulevard was doing a brisk business over the Labor Day weekend.  And it was generating more than a few chuckles with its sign: “Cubs fans pay double!”

ON THE TOWN

Olivier Leguet

Olivier Leguet

Olivier Leguet, the guy with an idiosyncratic passion for his native French food, hosted the grand opening of his La Bonne Bouchee Bakery & Patisserie adjoining his beloved restaurant – replete with a new lounging area.  While violinist Irena Goren Scheer and cellist Heather Olivier (Olivier’s wife) serenaded the crowd, Olivier’s daughter Isabelle greeted the pomp-free employees who were guests at the catered buffet.  All-in-all, it was a mood-elevating evening. . .Over at the Sheraton Westport, the Italian Golf dinner was in full swing with guests bidding on “priceless” items.  One of them was dinner for eight, catered by Monsignor Vince Bommarito at his St. Ambrose Catholic Church.  One winner, who bought the gift, outbid everyone for $3,000.  Then, someone matched it with another $3,000. ..At Il Bel Lago, a crowd of Edward Jones staffers greeted members of the Kansas City firm, VMl, which is designing a new website for

Brenna and Diangelia Phillips, Selamawit Fisseha and Baiza Engida

Brenna and Diangelia Phillips, Selamawit Fisseha and Baiza Engida

the financial firm. “It (www.edwardjones.com had 21 million hits last year,” boasted marketing chief Brad Iversen. . .Over at Blueberry Hill a gaggle of habitues were caught al dente to honor recent retiree Bill “Big Mule” Hayes.  They sported commemorative t-shirts with the touching sentiment: “BIG MULE HAYES – Forgotten, but not gone.”  It was a trip down St. Louis radio memory lane as they recalled their adventures and Ms. adventures with the likes of Terri Garr, Mort Crowley, Dave Allen, Harry Honig, Thom Lewis and Thed Barbone.  On hand were Robert R. Lynn, Larry Gross, Bill Hayes, Becky “the buxom bartender” and Dick Ulett, topper of Clayton Studios. Witness Protection Program’s and Blueberry Hill raconteur Joe Edwards personally stopped by to throw them out since they had long since lost their thrill.


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