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Andy Cohen of Bravo Net and former Claytonian: “I say I’m a fluffer for straight guys, because I get their wives hopped up and then I’m gone in a half hour.” A former Howard Johnson’s on S. Lindbergh Rd. was acquired by Wade DeWoskin and dubbed “Wade’s: A Gathering Place,” but headlined in a searing review by Post-Dispatch’s dining out critic Joe Pollack: “Howie, Please Come Home!” Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.’s arrival at the Muny for the Prof. Higgins role in “My Fair Lady” was greeted by the wellborn here. The half-Jewish actor born and raised in Los Angeles had developed a Brit accent. A young woman who worked at the outdoor theater got involved in an affair with him and vowed the attache he carried contained porn to seduce women. Robert Hyland of KMOX fame fell into a real estate trap on the riverfront and became concerned about having a last will and testament. He summoned then-barrister Michael Lazaroff to his inner sanctum. The lawyer pulled out his pad and pen and asked Hyland which lawyer handled it the first time. “Lawyer? I didn’t need a lawyer,” shot back Hyland. An SSM staffer got reprimanded for using the word “abort” concerning his computer. By day’s end, a memo came from above to the entire workforce to never use that word again. Wonder why the house on Litszinger Rd. owned by the late Gertrude and William Bernoudy had a carport instead of a garage? William studied under Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s and was taught “a car is an outdoor animal.” “Never Trust an Editor” was emblazoned on a t-shirt given to me at the newspaper. It stemmed from the fact that rectangular then-copy editor Gail Pennington created an error by rewriting an item in my column. I had written a correction “due to an editing error,” which she spiked. Strange that the late Whitney Harris reaped more national and international publicity than in his hometown of St. Louis for his work under Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg Trial of Nazi criminals. His wife, Jane Harris, got more publicity for her charitable endeavors. Perhaps because she wore a different orchid in her hair each day. At a Clayton restaurant I introduced the Rev Roy Pfautch, a devoted Republican, to Demo party’s John Temporiti. After Temporiti left to join his party, Roy excused himself saying, “I have to wash my hands after shaking a Democrat’s hand.” Dinner was being prepared at Sally Bixby Defty’s house for her best friends including Emmy and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. While a gaggle of women worked in the kitchen, Joe Pulitzer popped in and asked, “How can I help?”
A TESTIMONIAL DINNER was given in honor of my birthday in the Tenderloin Room. Among the guests was Cardinal Football owner Bill Bidwill, who sprung to his feet and announced, “I was afraid not to come.” Various charities had asked me to offer a dinner or lunch “with Jerry Berger.” One of the prizes was won by an elderly couple from Ladue. During the meal at Faust’s at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, the wife waxed on about her late father and with a tear in her eye: “Mr. Berger, he was so gracious and adventuresome. As a matter of fact he was a captain int he Luftwaffe and bombed the hell out of England.” One of the most interesting characters in his day was Joe Morrissey, pioneer of Gulf Shores Resort in Alabama. It seemed he was running out of money and began pitching financial institutions to bail him out. During a meeting with an S&L board in Dallas, he was refused help and at the end of the confab, he stretched a leg on the table, took off a boot, scratched his foot and asked, “What do you do for athlete’s foot?”  A few board members contributed their own suggestions. One later said, he’s (Morrissey) a “helluva guy and let’s go with an investment.” Savvy as he was, Morrissey continued to lose big bucks until he was no longer involved with the resort.

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