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The speeches will begin, the well-meaning cliches distorted and lost in the rain and wind. The pols will try to get the messages through, promising to reclaim the American dream here in one of the loveliest cities in the country. The cadres will form in Forest Park having swept past the Lindell Boulevard mansions of the excessive wealthy and the gleaming dome of the Cathedral Basilica under which mosaics of deliciously glorious colors abound. There will never be an accurate count of fairgoers since some of today’s newsrooms depend on the V.P. organization failing to rely on the gendarmes.
Some fairgoers will pass yesteryear’s DeBaliviere Strip – wasted by day and deserted by night. In its heyday, pub crawlers visited the Tic Toc, Mural Room, Opera Lounge, ice-skated at the Winter Garden, saw movies at Grace Piccione’s Apollo and guzzled  cherry limeade at Parkmoor. Skirting the park, there was  the Arena, where the late Jack Quinn managed the Blues, while urging television to lure his offspring, Kay Quinn. Harry Ornest was the “prince of puck who clucked muck” as owner of the Blues, which he ran cheaply. The team’s roster was once filled with luminaries Bernie Federko, Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Brian Sutter, Adam Oates and Brendan Shanahan.
We have to remind ourselves that Fair St. Louis is a precious event that has a special reputation throughout the country. Founded by Robert Hyland and Bob Hermann, the fair has progressed beyond all expectations. Ogden Nash: “Progress was a good thing once but it went on too long.”



For perhaps the first time ever in Missouri history, two serious African-American candidates are seeking the same statewide office. Rev. Tommie Pearson of North County is running for Lt. Governor against a KC lawyer Bev Randles, who got a $1 million donation from retired financier Rex Sinquefield.  Pearson’s a former member of the Riverview Gardens school board and former head of the Metropolitan Congregations United. He’s a pastor of Greater St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church. Randles’ husband Bill is a tobacco company lawyer.


This day in 1991, a riot broke out at the end of the Guns ‘N Roses concert at the new Riverport Amphitheater. It was precipitated by the group’s Axel Rose leaping from the stage into the audience to chase a man with a camera. In 1951, Bill Veeck bought the St. Louis Browns from Bill and Charlie DeWitt. In 1937, Amelia Earhart vanished over the Pacific Ocean that triggered comedian Red Buttons to crack with a quote of Earhart: “Don’t save me, save my luggage!”


Independent network Reelz has acquired the rights to air the Miss U.S.A. pageant since NBC yanked the show after controversial remarks by prez hopeful Donald Trump. Miss U.S.A. is a joint venture between Trump and NBCUniversal.


More than 156 million consumers are planning to take part in Saturday’s
Patriotic Holiday, according to Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total
spending on food items will reach $6.6 billion. Moreover: 64 percent
will attend a cookout, barbecue or picnic; 43 percent will watch
fireworks; 12 percent will attend a parade and who knows how many will
pay $20 to park at Fair St. Louis.


The company is working on a TIF from Maryland Heights for its proposed
building and garage on the grounds of Westport Plaza. When completed,
the complex will accomodate 2,000 employees.


Forty-six years ago, the late Neil Armstrong along with fellow astronauts were in the final meetings for their July 20 moon landing. For most of us, it was the longest vigil at a TV set since that bleak 1963 weekend in Dallas, and how ironic that the man who was killed there inspired the drive to put life on the moon. It became the longest late-late show ever seen without commercials. After President Nixon talked to the moon, an overly-ambitious and local radio host placed a person-to-person call to Armstrong at NASA in Houston. The operator deadpanned, “Mr. Armstrong is not taking calls today, he’s on the moon.” On that evening, comedienne Beatrice Arthur starring with Angela Lansbury in the musical “Mame” at the Muny, sang her signature comedic song, “The Man in the Moon is a Lady.”


Record start to presidential fund-raising: Hillary Clinton campaign has raised $45 million since April.

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