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STEVEN JACKSON GETS AWARD

“Personally, I like the small feel to St. Louis,” opined the NFL’s highest-paid running back Steve Jackson, 29, between takes in an interview with Post-Dispatch sports scribe Bryan Burwell Wednesday night at the Ritz Carlton.  Jackson paused and chirped, “I feel like a rookie all over again.” He arrived with his sister, Rhonda, who said she manages affairs between her brother and management.  They live in their native Las Vegas near their parents: mom, a real estate agent and dad, a casino pit boss at Caesars Palace. Steve and Blues owner Tom Stillman received visionary awards at the “Dining in the Dark” dinner benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness at which guests wore masks while dining to simulate blindness.  An auction was held by Blues KMOX  play-by-play announcer Chris Kerber.  The proceeds of the event from more than 250 benefit research and cures for retinal degeneration disease. Sports figures including the Cardinals’ John Mozeliak, a national trustee of the foundation, Kevin Demoff, exec veep of the Rams, and Bruce Affleck, COO of the Blues were on hand as well as a round of medics including Drs. Alan Londe (reconstructive surgeon) and Daniel Jasper (internist), who had just bowed his boutique practice and confided, “It’s about $1,700 a year for each patient and less than daily cups of Starbucks.”

 

SUPER BOWL XLVI: AMERICANS TO SPEND $11 BILLION

More than 173 million Americans are expected to spend $11 billion on party essentials including 3D televisions, team decor, apparel, food and beverages. Of those  expecting to watch the game, almost 63 million are planning to attend a party – up from last year’s 61 million, according to a new survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.  About 5 million have or will buy a new television especially for the day. While commercials are king for the day, there are many companies using more cross-channel methods to draw viewers to their own websites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. . .Meanwhile, American Express has shot out a promotional pitch to card-holders: “Immerse yourself in a truly European experience. . .Costa Concordia is sailing Feb. 25.” Yep. The ship that sunk and lost passengers. . .Then there’s Coronet Travel’s Joan Kiburz:“How about the way the Republicans are burying each other and giving President Obama enough material on them for his campaign?”

CARDINALS ON ANOTHER TOUR – THE CARAVAN

Another storm hit Joplin with the arrival of Jason Motte, Shane Robinson and Mitchell Bogg during the team’s visit there for a Q&A and discussion with students, helmed by KMOX’s Mike Claiborne.


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