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WASHU ATHLETICS DIRECTOR ANTHONY AZAMA

WASHU has hired Anthony Azama as director of athletics after serving as senior associate athletics director at Columbia University. . .About 32 Democrats are poised to snub Neil Gorsuch as President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. Former veep hopeful Tim Kaine has also announced he will ditto. Gorsuch has pencilled in a visit to our town. . .U.S. Dist. Judge Henry E. Autrey has sentenced Daniele Keith Steele to seven years in prison. Steele of Rolla had pleaded guilty of a fraud scheme involving trading in foreign currencies and soliciting more than $2 million from 20 investors. . .Activist Frankie Muse Freeman has gotten the nod for Honorary Doctor of Letters from the SIUE commencement exercise committee. . .
CLAYTON SIGHTEMS:
it seemed like newly-elected St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts had a difficult time recalling where he parked his car. The new sheriff, with the car replete with his name painted on the side, was in front of 41 South Central Ave. Tuesday morning.  Then there was a trio of lovelies looking at a copy of Sports Illustrated (swimsuit edition) at World News. “There is no way she’s a size twelve,” exclaimed one of the blondes as she tossed the magazine back into the news rack. And awaiting commuters at the Metro Garage were Proposition P flyers in support of the ballot measure on their windshields.
 HISTORIC 1882: 135 Years ago the Brown Stockings got charter membership in the American Baseball Association. The team was owned by some beer barons including Chris von der Ahe. The Brown Stockings eventually became the St. Louis Cardinals.
MARCH 30: 1943, our town’s Cella family  became original investors in the landmark Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!”; 1970, Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” was released; 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinkley, III.

HEALTH CARE DEFEAT

The GOP’s embarrassing health care defeat in Washington wasn’t just a setback for Donald Trump and House Republicans. It’s also a black eye for Missouri’s  Eric Greitens who was one of ten governors who threw their weight behind the unpopular measure in the waning days of the debate.
MISSOURI IS ONE OF SIX STATES where the centrist People for the American Way is running a television and digital ad campaign urging viewers to call their senators to block Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. The ad features Jeff Perkins, the father of a student with autism whose lawsuit Gorsuch denied.
IN MEMORIAM: Hometowner Jean Rouverol, dead at 100. She was an actress and playwright who turned out movie epics and then was blacklisted. Upon her return to the U.S. in the 1960s from Mexico, she wrote “Autumn Leaves” and a number of soaps. Her mom, Auriana Rouverol, created the Andy Hardy character.
Donald Robert Hunstein, famed photographer dead at 88 in Manhattan. A WashU grad, he bought a Leica and later became an a major force behind Columbia Records, shooting images of his pal, Bob Dylan and other celebs.

LAS VEGAS APPROVED FOR HOME OF THE OAKLAND RAIDERS BY NFL OWNERS IN ADDITION TO BECOME HOME OF THE NHL’s GOLDEN KNIGHTS

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, PEVELY DAIRY, CHELSEA CLINTON

BOYCOTTING YouTube: Walmart, PepsiCo and Starbucks have pulled their ads from YouTube based on “repugnant videos.” Others have previously spiked ads are Johnson “& Johnson, Volkwagen and AT&T. . .MULTIPLE DRUG STORES IN YOUR NABE? Little wonder because there are 67,000 in the U.S., more than the number of McDonald’s, Taco Bells, KFC’s, Wendy’s or Dunkin Donuts. . .PAGING THE AUTHORS: 7 p.m., April 3, John Farrell of “Richard Nixon” will be at the County Library on S. Lindbergh; 5:30 p.m., April 7, Chelsea Clinton (“It’s Your World”) Left Bank Books; 7 p.m., April 19, Rick Ankiel (“The Phenomenon”) Left Bank Books; May 23, Scott Turow (“Testimony”) at Maryville.
MARCH 26 BIRTHDAYS:
1911, Tennessee Williams; 1940, Nancy Pelosi; 1941, Bob and Barclay Pleger; 1944, Diana Ross; 1973, Marshall Faulk.
MEMORIES:
Many can recall the catchline “White on the Bottle, Pink on the Cheeks!” It was used in all marketing of yesteryear’s Pevely Dairy. Now the last vestige of the company will vanish when the dairy’s long dormant building on the southwest corner of Grand at Chouteau will vanish to become part of SLU’s portfolio. Founded by the Kerckhoff family in 1887, the dairy’s mascot was Pinkie Pevely and it was touted all over the old structure and in the media. Bandleader Russ David presented his “Pevely Playhouse Party” from there and was aired on Channel 5. Pevely was but one of the many dairy companies that competed in our town that included Meadow Gold, St. Louis Dairy, Quality Dairy, Esquire, Reed’s, Velvet Freeze and Borden’s.

MORRIS SHENKER REMEMEMBERED

WHIRLWIND WEEK: Supreme Court hopeful Judge Neil Gorsuch grilled for a 10-hour grill could’ve been rendered in shorthand.  .  .St. Louis’ treasured Chase Park Plaza hotel and residential development sold for $94 million by its Dallas-based owner. If those walls could talk within the 11-story hotel, the tales they could tell that include its pioneer, Sam Koplar, his son-in-law Morris Shenker, the original Tenderloin Room. (Nothing lasts forever!). Who can anyone of a certain age forget “Wrestling at the Chase” in the Khorassan Room? Hold on! There’ll be wrestling at the Casa Loma Ballroom with the first bell at 6 p.m. on Sunday.  .  .News that Lambert Airport is seeking privatization reminds readers of its onetime chief Col. Leonard Griggs, Mayor Vince Schoemehl’s arch enemy, who had been marching in like a dictator for lunch at the MAC-West.
SPEAKING OF LAMBERT: This made the rounds. It was meal time during a flight. “Would you like dinner,” the attendant asked Mary seated in front. “What are my choices?,”  Mary asked. “Yes or no,” shot back the attendant.

“THE WIZARD OF LIES”

Proper Insights & Analytics: Americans spent more than ever to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ($5.8 billion). . . The same research firm pointed to a record low of Americans who will spend their tax refunds this year. . .The U.S. Supreme Court hopeful, Judge Neil Gorsuch’s 10-hour marathon hearing yesterday could have been rendered in shorthand, say some of his critics. . . The largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Bernie Madoff, will be the subject of HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” at 7 p.m., May 20. It stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Madoffs.

SEN. JOSEPH McCARTHY & DONALD TRUMP

The item below reminds some of the link between McCarthy and President Donald Trump. The link is Roy Cohn, who was counsel to the McCarthy Committee, later as NYC lawyer he represented Trump, first in a lawsuit by the federal government alleging racial discrimination. Cohn was a mentor to Trump, and Cohn taught that you always attack, never apologize, and wear opponents down. The lessons seem to have stuck. Cohn was also an investor in our town’s late broadcaster Richard Miller’s radio enterprises.

WINNING STREAK: For the seventh consecutive week, CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert bested Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on NBC by a million viewers.

HOUSE UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

About 60 years ago, Sen. Joseph McCarthy died at 48 from hepatitis as a result of alcoholism. Backstory: President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order for the screening of all federal and civil service employees to determine  their loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. Hearings, helmed by McCarthy,  followed by blacklisting of a number of celebrity actors and writers. Mo. Sen. Stuart Symington hinted that some of McCarthy’s staff were subversives. Tagged “the red scare,” results of the hearings were then turned over to the attorney general of any who had membership or supported fascist  or communist organizations.  McCarthy was later censured.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY has reached a record of 30,464 applicants for the class of 2021, a 4 percent rise from 2016. . .President Donald Trump’s approval/disapproval ratings according to CNN: 37 percent approval; 58 percent disapproval; Fox News: .43 percent to 56 percent.

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MASSIVE STRIKE LOOMING

Hundreds of thousands workers who reject Prez Trump’s hard line immigration policies and “agenda of hate and greed” will walk off their jobs on May 1. Service Employees International (300,000) and 40,000 food chain workers are involved in what has been tagged “International Workers Day.”

ERIN-GO-BURP!

The Brewers Association has ranked the top 50 craft beers that don’t include our town’s Schlafly. The trade association also lists the top 50 overall brewing companies that don’t include AB InBev. Now devote the day and night away to a mighty pint of Guiness and Irish stepdances.

DATES: May 7, fundraiser for the Great Rivers Environmental Laws Center at the Busch Family estate at Grant’s Farm;  June 5, County Exec Steve Stenger’s very own golf tourney at Crescent Farms Golf Course (go figure).

THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER sent to subscribers contains an impressive glossy brochure touting the 10th anniversary celebration of the additon to KC’s Nelson-Adkins Art Museum known as the Bloch Building, with “newly-enriched galleries that include state of the art technology,” and the museum’s 2015 designation s “the best U.S. museum” by Yelp reviewers. (Brent Benjamin of our town’s museum must be in tears.)

THAT SAME NEW YORKER contains a lengthy piece about bizarre maneuverings in the White House press corps. It features Jim Hoft, a 56 year-old St. Louisan who is “among the country’s most effective right-wing propagandists,” according to journalist Andrew Marantz.


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