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.
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.”
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.
THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG/OLD CHARMS
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.
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.
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?”
CARDINAL DOLAN’S ANGER
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.
WHEE, THE PEOPLE!
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.
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.
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.