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HISTORIC FEB. 10: 1959, an historic tornado struck our town killing 19 and injuring 265; 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against intervention in Vietnam; 1949, Arthur Miller’s landmark play, “Death of a Salesman,” bowed on Broadway; 1942, Glenn Miller earned his first gold disc from selling a million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”


  • Jean Valjean says:

    That deadly tornado on this date in 1959 not only killed 19 people (mostly) in the Central West End, but also tore apart several city icons:
    — It ripped down the front towers at The Arena on Oakland Avenue;
    — twisted and nearly destroyed the huge KTVI tower whose square teletype board at the top used to blare breaking headlines;
    — tore a gaping hole in The Arena’s roof, which was patched with wood much lighter than the smoke-stained Douglas Fir that was the 1929 original lamella dome;
    — nearly destroyed the 72-lane Arena Bowl;
    — ended Gaslight Square’s dominance of city entertainment and dining.

    Kirkwood architect Gus Kiewitt was enlisted to help patch The Arena’s complex criss-cross wood dome. He was paid for his work THIS time; he was never paid for his original, amazing design of that magnificent roof, as he was stiffed by original Arena owner Ben Brinkmann, who was the Fran Murray (original St. Louis NFL expansion franchise would-be owner) of his day, whose theme song should have been Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “A Loan Again, Naturally”.

    If you can’t picture The Arena’s wonderful lamella roof design (gorgeous from the inside), picture the Houston Astrodome’s dome from inside, and substitute wood for steel, and flat wood slats for the glass panels, and you’ve got it.

  • Brian Ireland says:

    If Rev. Rice runs, I would definitely support him. It’s about time we have a candidate who will fight for the people and against the growing corporate influence on this city.

  • TOWNCAR says:

    Jean’s recollection of the tornado is almost aligned with my remembrance…one Arena tower was destroyed, the other had only minor damage…and what killed Gaslight Square was the onset of drugs available, the suspicious fires that suddenly took damaged buildings into total losses, and charging $7 for a SPLIT of Budweiser.

    Otherwise that was a sad time for the city.

    Rev Rice has the greatest of intentions, if only he could have kept the totally spaced-out and urine-soaked bums from hanging around, the old YMCA bldg was the perfect place to do God’s work. I donated a closet full of old suits and overcoats to NLEC, and the Rev thanked my personally, and at the time I was driving a 1983 Towncar, as I came around to the driver’s side, there was a guy trying to steal a hubcap…I barked like a dog and he ran off.

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