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Anheuser-Busch has awarded the ad agency BBDO North America with the
creative duties for Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime, Bud Light
Lime-A-Rita, Budweiser Made in America Music Festival. BBDO is a
division of Omnicom Group (also the flagship of FleishmanHillard). FH
once was the key agency for A-B. . .Internet advertising revenue in the
U.S. hit a record $42.8 billion in 2013.


Paula Reed, Philip Slein, Stephanie Tussey

Paula Reed, Philip Slein, Stephanie Tussey

The rambling Monsanto World Headquarters (at last, the world will have a place to call home). . .The mighty Centene building, a stupendous study in sterility. . .Forest Park  Parkway, where the beat-beat-beat of the pile drivers and the sickening crunch of the steel ball slung by Davids in plastic helmets make way for Barnes-Jewish’s new additions that will blossom out of the grave to make way for new eyesores. . . Buildings being built for the ages – veritable Pantheons – disappear overnight to be replaced by things that look like Lawrence Welk’s accordion. . .The people who used to say “nothing ever changes in St. Louis” are gone. The buildings will rise out of nowhere to lean on our most treasured restaurants on and around Euclid Avenue: Pi Pizza; Dressel’s; Scape; Llywellyn’s; Bar Italia; Brasserie by Niche and Herbies’ Vintage ’72. Herbie’s is where I bumped into Susan Sherman, who has just bowed her PR shop, Susan Sherman, Inc. She spoke of her many new clients and non-profits and quipped, “I have the Donna Wilkinson syndrome.”

Stephen Hayes, Susan Barrett, Rick Dildine

Stephen Hayes, Susan Barrett, Rick Dildine

Also on hand were Donna and Pete Rothschild enjoying the good life with manager Sean Gallagher (plugging Herbie’s gala Easter brunch). Much of the conversation about beleaguered banker Shaun Hayes.


The “ARTrageous Gold Ball,” sponsored by Craft Alliance, at the Palladium Saturday night drew 200 guests to the silent auction and the dinner after which it was announced the new name for the organization – Craft Alliance Center of Art & Design. The artists’ coop began in 1964 by 15 artists and since has taught thousands of students craft techniques in its studios.

Herb Smith, Boo McLoughln

Herb Smith, Boo McLoughln

Phyllis Langsdorf and David Diener helmed the evening. Seen there: Stephen Hayes; Susan Barrett; Rick Dildine; Bob McLoughlin (director); Herb Smith; Glenn Scrivner; Duane Reed; Mark Botterman; Paula Reed; Philip Slein; Stephanie Tussey; Judy Glick with Harvard Muhm; Helen and Julie Seeherman; Deann and Michael Rubin; Jon and Kim Fahnestoll; Mary Judge with Gyo Obata; Mark Hale with Jeanne Wolfson; Scott Angus; John Baltrushunas; and Demetrius and Donelle Grooms.
  Look for Wal-Mart to offer 100 organic products from Natural Food distributors. Prices may be 25 percent less than natural brands, say the Bentonville, Ark. bosses.



St. Louis Aldermanic President Lewis Reed is backing a multimillion dollar bond issue to renovate City Hall. Reed throws a few bones as well. . .fixing up firehouses and police stations and buying some new rolling stock.  If memory serves, the city just spent gazillions on fixing up firehouses less than 10 years ago and for new police stations less than 20 years ago. Reed might have some friends in the construction business in need of clients. Meanwhile, some Christians have come down hard on Reed for the timing of three public meetings on the proposal: all the week of April 14, which if he were Christian, he would realize that’s Holy Week, and a time of reflection and prayer for many. Can the timed meetings avoid pubic input?


Cardinals’ opener: A chilly and rainy day. Fog shrouding the bridges, gray fingers creeping over the Illinois side, the city’s towers lost in the mist. Flags around Cardinal Nation waved and I waved back. American tourists partook in the traditional picnics filled with happy frolicking families. An old Saturday Evening Post cover had come to life, and I felt at peace with the world, even if the world, sadly, feels otherwise.
Former news anchor Larry Conners has returned to the tube pushing John Beal Roofing – just in time for the hail damage.  Endless television ads with Clairol’ed Whitey Herzog pushing hearing devices, Joe Emerson for Autohaus appearing like a solemn funeral director. Great pregame coverage by KMOX’s Mark Reardon and Frank Cusumano and accurate weather forecasters – the glammy Cindy Preszler and Chester Lampkin.
State rep Gina Mitten’s consumer newspaper was shot out to residents with “top consumer complaints” helpful consumer info including a list of the “top consumer complaints, according to the Missouri A.G.’s office. Among them: annoying telephone calls, harassment by collection agencies, mortgage foreclosure and loan modification, unwelcome solicitations, phone cramming and billing, debit and credit cards, home repair and remodeling scams, magazine sales, cable/satellite services and auto repair.
You gotta see it! A Q&A in The Ladue News features Fr. Ralph Siefert, head of Chaminade College Prep in which he’s asked: “What sets Chaminade apart?” “What would people be surprised to learn about Chaminade?” “What’s a rewarding experience you’ve had with a student here?”
In a letter to 70,000 families in the New York area, Cardinal Timothy Dolan vented his anger at Albany for not approving tax credits that would’ve boosted funds for parochial schools scholarships.
Dr. Maggie Reagan, heiress of Michelle and Muny topper Dennis Reagan, will marry Padraic “Paddy” Mullen on May 31 at Our Lady of Pillar followed by a pouring at the Palladium. Maggie will graduate from SLU School of Med; Paddy is with Cassidy Turley and a former defense tackle with Notre Dame.




“Late Show” Stephen Colbert will replace host David Letterman. A five-year contract has been signed by Colbert and CBS.


While WashU students did a sit-in for cutting ties with Peabody Energy, the university was opposing a performance by Palestinian-American slam poet
Remi Kamazi. Students claim Peabody is an “evil organization destroying not only indigenous communities but also the environment. The university has landed generous funding from Peabody.


“The Voice 2014 Tour” has booked the Peabody Opera House July 20. Past
favorites from the NBC competition hit-show (aired Mondays and Tuesdays)
will be featured.


A new civil abuse and cover up lawsuit was filed today against Chaminade. The alleged victim, Chris Boisaubin, says he was sexually assaulted by Brother John Woulfe at the west county school. Meanwhile, Barbara Dorris of SNAP says, “There has likely been more child sexual abuse at Chaminade than at any school we know of across Missouri,” citing such accused clerics as Fr. William Christensen, Br. William Mueller, Br. Louis Meinhardt, Fr. Robert
R. Osborne
, Fr. Daniel A. Triulzi, Br. Tony Pistone, all of whom worked there. “And these are just the ones we know about,” she adds.

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