A few nights ago, I walked out in the sunshine – almost 80 degrees – in Ft. Lauderdale – to dine with Ellen Soeteber and her spouse, Dick Martins, on their upcoming 40th wedding anniversary. Soeteber, retired editor of the Post-Dispatch, has jumped into the volunteer mode and gardening tropical flora. They sent their holiday greetings to all their friends in our town. . .U.S. Fed. Dist. Court has “judicially enforced several Internal Revenue Services summonses” for quondam real estater Michael Litz to appear in determining the corporate tax liabilities of his Eighteen Investments, Inc. The IRS, via U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan, has directed Litz to provide books, records, papers and other data that are relevant to the investigation from 2009-2013. . Litz has snubbed the summonses. . .”I’m J.B. Bernstein – I’m a sports agent,” says our town’s Jon Hamm in the new trailer for the movie, “Million Dollar Arm,” in which his character has the “Mad Men”-like confidence. The sports drama movie, which bows May 16, has Hamm as an agent, who is shocked when his client signs with another. . . Nike is poised to outfit U.S. athletes for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with slick silver and fleece. . .Ever wonder who in the U.S. may be among the very first to learn the latest goings-on in the Vatican? It could well be a Ballwin man, Matthew Sherry, who translates scoops and articles by one of Rome’s long-time premiere Vatican observers, Sandro Magister, who writes for the well-respected Chiesa news. . .A Delaware jury has awarded $2.4 million to a man who was sexually assaulted as a child by Marist Brother Damian Galligan, who now lives in a retirement facility in our town and reportedly is quite wealthy, according to news reports. . .Online tracking, a burgeoning technology: Some stores now have software that tracks smartphones and knows when you entered the store, where you went, whether you bought something or if you stopped at another shop. . .