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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 WON’T ALLOW THE WORLD TO INTRUDE ON OUR PARADISE
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.”
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.