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One happy effect of Mizzou’s move to the Southeastern Conference is linking up with high-powered teams across Dixie whose rabid fans love to travel.  Especially happy are hoteliers in Columbia, where rooms are booking fast for this fall’s football season: Sept. 8 hosting the Georgia Bulldogs, Oct. 6 welcoming Vanderbilt’s Commodores, the Crimson Tide of Alabama rollling in for a big game Oct. 13 and Kentucky playing Oct. 27 as the Tigers’ designated homecoming sacrificial Wildcat. A dozen Columbia hotels are already full booked for homecoming, which is always thickly attended, but excitement is about the new conference action which has lodging filling up for Georgia and Alabama especially. The luckiest travelers are booking the cozy Victorian Taylor House Inn Bed & Breakfast near campus.  The smartest about handy logistics are reserving space at the rustic-decor Stony Creek Inn, an easy fall stroll down Providence Road from Faurot Field.  Across Providence Road from the Stony Creek, the party-minded are already calling about private dining rooms at Grand Cru Restaurant, George and Mariel Liggett’s cozy establishment.  George’s pride is the adjoining Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge, his blue-smoke oasis for the good life in smoke-free Columbia.  Norm Ruebling’s MO-X shuttle vans are familiar sights making the I-70 run between Lambert Airport and Columbia, but Norm’s fleet is now being specially booked for safely transporting SEC football revelers with designated drivers.


To borrow the title from Kevin Horrigan‘s book, “White Rat,”  the Rat’s alive after suffering a fall on his head.  That’d be Whitey Herzog, television pitchman for everything from organized labor to hearing aids and in between. The 80 year-old remains legendary and Hollywood’s casting directors in the palmiest days could not have created a Cardinals manager who looked more like him.


The holiday party for board members of the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame at Miller’s Crossing salutedLee Thomas, the former Beaumont star and Cardinal and Philadelphia g.m., who has just been named to the Baltimore Orioles’ front office staff. Toasting Thomas were Ron Edgar, Jerry and Les Mueller, Larry Donovan, Brian Korbesmeyer, Lee Engert, Ray Cliffe, Pat Sweeney, Brian Richardson, Jay Mason, Nate Crump, Rich Barr, Hank Greifzu and Keith Schildroth.

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