POLICE CHIEF SAM DOTSON: DEPUTIZING OF CITY & COUNTY COPS, NEW ENTERTAINMENT VENUE, MARDI GRAS BALL AT CITY HALL
This enchanted city in the middle of the U.S. and a city that lives on dreams. The distant sounds of dance bands in hotel lobbies, the fringed lamps on tables for two at Tony Faust’s, The Hill (acordions and arias, but without self-consciousness), rickety stairways to hidden leafy streets.
It was all there and we had no idea that wrecking crews could be so efficient, or that sentiment had so little sentimental value. The eternal verities – how perishable they turned out to be.
The mysteriousness of cities like St. Louis. For a long time, it seemed to stand still, in a golden glow, unreal and provocative. Its familiar outlines were as fixed as a bee in amber. We’re reminded of the quotation of founding father/fur trader, Pierre Laclede, that adorns a portrait in the office of Mayor Francis Slay: ‘I have found a location where I intend to establish a settlement which may become one of the finest cities in America.”
We eyed that while Friday night when we attended the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson with his g.f. Deana Venker, a MoDot area engineer, said that there will be “a cross deputizing of city and county officers in the regional better together campaign.”
Mayor Slay hinted that an out-of-town impresario is seeking to bring “big name concert acts” to a new venue here. “Mardi Gras has taken on a new meaning for us,” chimed in John Russell, who proposed to Amanda Barton on the City Hall steps. (He’s HR officer at Lumiere; she’s a counselor at SIUE).
FOX2′s news director Audrey Prywitch was bullish on the most recent wow ratings the station received. She was with her hub, Rick Powers, and their pals, Channel 2′s John Pertzborn, Jay and Mary Hill.
KMOX bachelor/chief John Sheehan arrived with his g.f. Rebecca Roberts. Seen on the scene: the mayor’s chief of staff, Jeff Rainford, with his wife, Janet; Public Safety Director Rich Gray and his spouse, Joan; Rachel Rendine with Francis Slay, Jr.; Marcia and Joe Ambrose, prez of First Bank and Leslie and Ted Powers, region director of government affairs at Anheuser-Busch Companies.
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