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APRIL 29 IN HISTORY

1981, Lefty pitcher Steve Carlton, formerly with the Cardinals (1965-1971), struck out 3,000 batters while with the Phillies; 1927, the Spirit of St. Louis was completed; 1429, Joan of Arc led Orleans, France to victory over the English.

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN BEING DISSED

In a 173-109 vote, employees of Bon Appetit, WashU’s services partner, voted to be repped by Union Food Workers (UFCW) to establish a new workplace contract.
Kerry Turman, bassist with The Temptations, has died at 59 in Cape Girardeau.
University of Missouri Med School is in danger of losing its accreditation next year due to so few minority students and faculty.
Students of St. Thomas University of Montrose are protesting the choice of Cardinal Tim Dolan to speak at the May commencement ceremony for the university to re-consider.
Double grad of University of MIssouri School of Journalism Alee Quick named digital editor of the Southern Illinoisan.

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW T-SHIRT: “COMMANDER IN TWEET”

“CLIMATE OF HOPE: CITIZENS CAN SAVE THE PLANET, (St. Martin’s Press)” is the title of former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s new tome, that notes: “Factors will force the poor to choose between safety or food on the table.”

THERE WAS THE TIME WHEN. . .

In Casa Gallardo, there was a Ray Gallardo who expanded it into a chain and ran it for a number of years. Before he sold it, he opened one in Clayton. That’s where we imbibed. I commended him for the speedy mixologists and he commented, “Yes, they steal more than any other bartenders in St. Louis.”
At the Chase Club in the hotel, there was manager Henry “Hack” Ulrich. Hack enjoyed regaling guests with a reminiscence of Frank Sinatra’s no-show for his engagement. It seemed that Sinatra cancelled the morning following a spat with his gf Ava Gardner, who beat him with a shoe. Upon hearing that, Hack phoned Morris Shenker, who in turn, called his client Jimmy Hoffa. After a conversation with Hoffa, Sinatra agreed to return to complete the engagement, which he did.
The original Tony’s on Broadway was where you could count on gingham tablecloths and chianti wine bottles. Nearby was Al Barone’s Al’s steakhouse. At the Rahtskellar in the original Lenox Hotel on Washington Avenue, steaks were prepared before your eyes. Also, owner Gordon Heiss created the Mayfair salad dressing – still in use today.  Port St. Louis (seafood house) in Clayton was where servers vowed that they were to employ used seafood shells over and over.
AH, MEMORIES of other dineries that would make present eateries pale in comparison. Such was Ruggeri’s on the Hill where organist Stan Kann entertained; Kotabuki, Myron Levy’s outpost on Gaslight Square that purveyed Japanese specialities he learned while serving in Jimmy Doolittle’s Flying Tigers in World War II; Teutenberg’s marvelous bakery goods and sandwiches; Fio’s La Forquette at West County Mall; Minna Evans’ Gold Fried Chicken Loaf; Mrs. Yoest’s Hitching Post and Sam Zwibleman’s Sam the Watermelon Man.
 

SHAUN HAYES

Ex-banker Shaun Hayes, out on parole, has been arrested for violation of the pre-trial release conditions. He was originally indicted for bank fraud in April, 2016 by the office of the U.S. Attorney of Eastern Dist. of Missouri.

MO. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH HAWLEY

MO ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH HAWLEY has recused himself and his office from the Trinity Lutheran case since he has performed work as a private attorney
supporting Trinity Lutheran.

JEFF SESSIONS

U.S. DIST. JUDGE CATHERINE D. PERRY has sentenced St. Louisans Charles Johnson and Shayne Kier to 141 months each for their involvement in the April 16 armed robbery of a Dunbar Armored Truck.
APPARENTLY IMPERVIOUS TO HISTORY, on the 25th anniversary of the infamous Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Donald Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions seeks to roll back many Justice Department consent decrees with troubled police departments. Sessions, meanwhile admits he hasn’t read the agreement between the DOJ and Ferguson police.

FAKE NEWS

While the Metro brass is trying to find a way to secure riders, how about some housekeeping for the elevator in Clayton’s Shaw Garage? On a recent day, you could hear a telemarketer over the speaker offering trips to Florida from the emergency phone, still on the hook and inside the control panel on the elevator.
MISSOURI DEPT. OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Unemployment rate decreased to 3.9 percent in March – lowest since September, 2000.
THE GLORY DAYS OF PRINT MEDIA MAY BE OVER IN THE AGE OF “FAKE NEWS.” Now media brands have turned to advertising.  The New York Times: “TRUTH. It’s more important now more than ever.”

KEVIN KLINE

President Trump took a shot at the Dems on twitter today touting a book titled, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats,” which contains 250 blank pages. . .rue21 fashion stores is closing shops in Maplewood, Fenton, Creve Coeur and Washington, MO. . .American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken billboards in English, Spanish and Arabic: “We The People,” referring to the Constitution protection of every individual’s right to freedom of speech and religion “no matter what Trump says”. . .Clayton native son and actor Kevin Kline has gotten rave reviews for his Broadway starring role in Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter.” New York Times: “Let us give thanks for Kevin Kline. Combining the calculated haplessness of Charlie Chaplin and the swashbuckling brio of Douglas Fairbanks, Kevin Kline reminds us once more what a physical comedian he is in this bouncy and boisterous new revival.” The Hollywood Reporter: “Kevin Kline brings down the house.” The Wall Street Journal: “Kevin Kline’s performance is a comedic triumph.”

OUR TOWN

HOW COME WE DON’T HAVE CHARACTERS around anymore? Well, we probably do, and I hope we don’t forget them. Gave them plenty of ink, and they soaked it up. But the more you knew about them the more pathetic they became – making millionaires laugh – and then, after they had their laugh, being shoved to the last table in the place to eat alone. They were sad enough to break your heart. There were Gus Torregrosso, Steve Mizerany, Harry Fender and Charlotte Peters.  There were Fannie Fishman,  Andy Singer and Sherlock Feldman who operated gambling dens on Delmar Boulevard. They were the last of the City-wide characters, and they worked hard at it. We wrote them off and could tell at a glance whether their complex was Napoleonic, Narcissistic, Oedipal, edible or soluble in straight whiskey.
SEEKING THE CITY WITH A MAGNIFICENT PAST.  There was a sense of belonging that permeated the city. We had pioneers in their respective fields who created for the ages. Among them: banker I.E. Long,  J.S. McDonnell and David Lewis (aircraft); Arthur Compton (atomic research); George Capps (developer/automotive); John Olin (munitions); Fannie Hurst and T.S. Eliot (literature); Sister Rose Duchesne (education); Charles Grigg (Seven-Up); Jim Howe (Tums) and John Meyenberg (Pet Co.) Class and style sans pinky rings and flashy clothes.
APRIL 16 IN HISTORY:  1724, Easter first observed; 1978, Cards’ Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies 5-0; 1987, August Wilson’s “Fences” won the Pulitzer Prize; 1991, St. Louis Blues became the 8th NHL team in play-off to come back from 3-1 deficit as the team beat the Detroit  Red Wings 3-2 in game 7.


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