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BEN AFFLECK & “GONE GIRL”

The trailer is out for the Ben Affleck starrer “Gone Girl,” much of which was shot in Cape Girardeau. . .The DNC has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) to 15 cities for the Demo convention site and are due back by June 6. Chicago was listed, but not our town. . .Jamba Juice bossman Jerry Ansler reports that he will have 30 stores after cinching those at Lambert and Ballpark Village. . .Among the dozens of lawyers who will be honored here this week by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly is Sarah A. Brown of K.C. “From Cub Scout leader to seasonal park ranger, Brown has had an eclectic range of experiences,” writes the publication. She and her partner, Rebecca Randles handle almost all of the K.C. area clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits.

ESPN NETWORK TO AIR NFL PLAYOFF GAME

Cable network ESPN will air the first NFL playoff game match up. The
network had already signed an eight-year deal for Monday Night Football,
that gave the NFL the option to air a wild card game on ESPN.

HUGH JACKMAN TWEET

Tweet from Hugh Jackman: “Psyched to comet to #RAW in St. Louis to promote ‘Xmen’ next Monday (April 28). Remember the last time?” RAW at Scottrade Center.  

DR. WILLIAM MASTERS’ LOOKALIKE

William Wycliffe Masters, who has lived with wife Lucille in Town & Country since the ’70s, was told how much he resembled the late sex researcher, Dr.
William Masters of Masters & Johnson fame. Our town’s Masters recalled the late night he received a phone call from a woman who pleaded, “Doctor, I need your help!”

CITIGROUP’S MICHAEL CORBETT IN O’FALLON, MO.

Michael Corbett, 54, CEO of behemoth CitiGroup, was espied roaming the hallways Monday at the company’s O’Fallon, MO outpost. On Tuesday, the onetime bond peddler in Atlanta, will helm the annual Citi shareholders meeting at the downtown Renaissance Grand Hotel.

EASTER WEEKEND

Tom and Nancy Greenman

Tom and Nancy Greenman

World Series weather without the World Series – yet. When natives say, “it’s like a sunny weekend,” he means no frigid temps, snow or hail. Poise, wit, charm, chic are the words that can best describe the crowds on the town during Easter weekend. During the traditional Easter brunch at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Convention Commission’s prez Kitty Ratcliffe glowed over the prospects of hosting the National Catholic Education Association’s convention here in April, 2017. She was surrounded by Saks Fifth Avenue wardrobe stylist Eric Luebbert, Kim and Sharon Tucci.

Barrye and Karen Sher

Barrye and Karen Sher

Sharon said she’s strategizing a beachhead in China of her Talent Plus Entertainment, which now nationally covers here casinos and U.S. Army posts. Kim is polishing up his gavel for the auction-dinner to benefit Rainbow Village Friday night at the Four Seasons where Muny chief Dennis Reagan will be honored. Then we toasted the skilled GM of the Ritz, Douglas Chang.


ZOE ROBINSON did a Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce” at her swelegant two restaurants on Wydown Boulevard. Directly across the street from each other, both Les Freres and I Fratelli were standing room only.

Nick Calandro

Nick Calandro

At the former, radiologist Dr. John Niemeyer hosted his wife, Maureen, and their children – Dr. Katy Niemeyer and Matthew Niemeyer, a resident medic at Mallinckrodt Radiology BJC  Across the street at I Fratelli, attorney Darold Crotzer and his wife, Jeri, filled the columnist’s ears with their and others’ comings and goings. At Il Bel Lago, retired quality chief of Monsanto Tom Greenman and his wife, Nancy, continued to cheer the Blues win. Nearby: Dr. Virginia Weldon and her hub, Francis Austin. Also there were Karen and Barrye Sher. The crowd dining alfresco was treated to the voice of troubador Nick Calandro.

Zoe Robinson

Zoe Robinson

Douglas Chang

Douglas Chang

Kitty Ratcliffe, Sharon Tucci, Eric Luebbert, Kim Tucci

Kitty Ratcliffe, Sharon Tucci, Eric Luebbert, Kim Tucci


Darold and Jeri Crotzer

Darold and Jeri Crotzer

Dr. John and Maureen Niemeyer, Dr. Katy and Matthew Niemeyer

Dr. John and Maureen Niemeyer, Dr. Katy and Matthew Niemeyer

OOPS!

A sandwich blocking a St. Louis highway? On the 6 p.m. KMOV newscast anchor Sharon Reed said part of I-64 would be shut down this weekend so that MoDOT workers could set up “grinders.” She quickly corrected herself and said they’d be putting up “girders.”

WALMART GETS LOW GRADES ON SURVEY

Consumer Reports: A survey of 27,208 readers rank Walmart at the bottom of the food chain and “you don’t have to settle for limp produce, helpless help and long checkout lanes”. . .Rush Limbaugh (KMOX) headed for another cochlear implant. . .Tomorrow, Cardinal Timothy Dolan on CBS’ “Face the Nation”. . . “The Changing Role of the Daily Newspaper in Today’s Opt Out Society” is the topic Wednesday at an SIU-Carbondale confab. . .Forty-five percent see Hillary Clinton unfavorably, according to a new Fox News poll. . .The Goo Goo Dolls heading June 29 to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
 


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