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SLATE: “I got $13 an-hour to serve Bud Light at $13 each,” complain staffers at Super Bowl 50. Hot dogs were $11.
TECH GIANT APPLE reported profit of $18.4 billion in January. Speculation: The company will go on a buying spree with the $206 billion in reserve. Targets may lie in: Time Warner; Netflix; Twitter; Pandora orTesla.
More than a record $18.9 billion will be spent on this Valentine’s Day
for jewelry, candy, flowers, gift cards, clothing and greeting cards.
The National Retail Federation recognizes that retail spending will drop
off by those 44 or older. Men will spend an average of $190; women – $96.
SEN. MARCO RUBIO: “Will he sign presidential bills in crayon?”
The German armies rested up for the invasion of France. It was the era of big bands like the one led by Bunny Berigan, playing with a pitcher of gin under his chair. Artie Shaw came into Forest Park Highlands with a band that included ten fiddles, a cello and someone on the harpsichord. It was like the Ritz Carlton hired the St. Louis Symphony for tea dancing.
Tear-drenched young wives watched their spouses boarding trains at Union Station. At the station’s Fred Harvey coffee shop bar, “last survivor” bottles grew. The Wabash Station on Delmar Boulevard was teeming with recruits headed for faraway lands via Chicago. Once in the Second City, the courageous and flushed lads dropped into the Loop for a pick-me-upper at Mike Fritzel’s. Lights were going out on their youth and the war was just ahead.
Tap rooms, replete with pool halls, were popular here in those days. Many served bad booze and good patriotic music: “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”; “This is the Army”; “Johnny Got a Zero”; “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Der Fuhrer’s Face.”
A vanished age.
Now we are looking at a very dangerous age, given that North Korea has raised a new threat. That nation has launched a rocket seen as a long-range missile test. That country has defied international warnings about such tests. North Korea’s apparent motivation is to create a rocket that could reach the U.S. mainland. “God Bless America!”
SPRING MAY BE IN THE AIR – the good life (convertibles and beer cans), the lush life (limos double-parked at Busch Stadium), the hard life (see you at the next Rams game.) Kites will speckle over the sky in Forest Park, and there are all those people over-imbibing in Dogtown. The seasons come and go, the tides change, the stars swing in their orbits, but the same people are always standing there in Ballpark Village. Perhaps they were built in a factory.
FORMER ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROF Larry Stukenholtz has passed away. He was suspended in 2007 after SNAP had disclosed he’d been sued for child sex crimes at a Catholic school in Orange County, CA.
TWITTER IS THWARTING TERRORISTS’ TWEETS by having suspended 125,000 Twitter accounts associated with extremism. Currently, there are 320 million monthly active Twitter users.
ON THIS DAY IN
1820, The first organized emigration of blacks back to Africa took place (New York to Sierra Leone); 1926, St. Louis Browns acquired catcher Wally Schlang from the Yankees; 1974, the U.S. House of Reps began determining grounds for President Nixon’s impeachment; 1990, Brett Hull became the first son of NHL 50 goal scorer Bobby Hull to score 50; 1997, O.J. Simpson found liable in the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson.