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“President Obama spoke today in defense of the Affordable Care Act. He said it’s a disaster and he’s sorry he tried.” – Jimmy Kimmel
“When Obama was in Los Angeles, he visited the DreamWorks Studio. Now don’t confuse Dreamworks with the Obamacare website – that was a dream that didn’t work.” – Jay Leno
“According to insiders, the White House hired a consulting firm that told them the Obamacare website wasn’t ready. But the White House went ahead. The White House made this mistake because they don’t know how to open their email.” – David Letterman
Oscar Wilde said, when he laid down four deuces, and raked in the pot with a languid “Two-two-two-TWO divine!” That would best describe Saturday night’s 50th anniversary gala at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Members of the family of J.S. McDonnell, aviation pioneer and founder of the Planetarium, were on hand as was Science Center’s Bert Vescolani with his wife, Danielle. He was all aglow that the gala brought in $500k for the Planetarium.
The acclaimed Boeing Space Station. housed in the building that was designed by Gyo Obata, was lauded by special guests Dennis Mullenburg, ceo of Boeing Defense, and Charlie Bolden, administrator of NASA. Megan Shackelfor was there with her beau, Michael Kelley, who mentioned he had sent his mom and dad, Barb and Bob Kelley, to Hawaii in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. Former Ambassador to Hungary Bert Walker was on hand with his love, Carol, who said they’re spending Christmas “just going to Maine to be with ourselves.” Others seen on the scene: George and Betty Roman; Lauri and Jeff Johnston; BSI’s Joe Shaughnessy and Jack Gronack; Leslie and Darryl Hardt; Kelvin Carter with Debra Patterson; Pat and Dr. Bill Peck; Dr. Tim and Kim Eberlein; Cynthia Skaggs; Patty LaBrodd; Grant and Cailin Mullen.
Chair of the event and most other glittering fundraisers in town: Donna Wilkinson.
Everybody talks about the great restaurants in our town, but the biggest seller is, clearly, the hand-crafted, toasted and yum ravioli turned out by Steve and Jamie Komarek.
Steve: “We tested 3,000 of them in the suites at the Edward Jones Dome and hope to sell them during Rams games next season.” While awaiting the arrival of super bodybuilder Alexandra Ellis and her party of 40 followers of her The Complete Package, we got caught up with news on the south side from appliance guru Hoppy Randazzo and his wife, Mary Joy.