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Former Guv of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, has reportedly been named top adviser to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. I hadn’t seen her since she was 12, the daughter of Millie and Richard Cutter, a pharmacist with the Glaser Drug Co. I worked with Richard as a drug clerk at a few Glaser stores while still in high school. Our friendship continued well until he married  Maria, and moved to Los Angeles and then to Hawaii. One day, we had lunch at the Hilton Hawaiian and reminisced over the good old times. He was reminded of when I was young and somewhat innocent. I fielded a phone call from a Dr. Farrell - a frequent customer. He asked me to fill a prescription for several Fallopian tubes that he needed ASAP. Desperately, I ran through the drawers in the pharmacy department to find one labeled “Fallopian tubes.” To no avail. I phoned the doc with an apology. He roared with laughter.
Glaser’s was founded by the late Morris Glaser, whose gutsy, hard-driving personality could’ve compared with that of Gen. George S. Patton. Cutter phoned him one day to explain he had to leave the store because his wife was in labor. “My wife had two children and I didn’t leave my office,” shot back Glaser. Glaser oozed with charm in the 1930s when he summoned Charles Revson, co-founder of Revlon, a new line of cosmetics. To prepare for the meeting, Glaser ordered and served the best corned beef sandwiches around. Revson was pleased and the deal was hatched to begin the sale of Revlon at Glaser’s – the first store here to offer the products.
Cutter opened his own store at the intersection of Delmar and Union Boulevards. It had previously been Flom’s, directly across the street from Katz’s Drug Store (not affiliated with the Katz chain). One popular Katz store was in the Wellston loop.
That was the epicenter of my childhood.


There I was humming “The Blue Pajama Song” (“Why did I wear those blue pajamas before the big affair began?” – (ah, Buddy Moreno.) I put on my best tuckered bib and set out for the legal establishment. According to a reliable source, St. Louis county Circuit Judge Judy Preddy Draper granted a plaintiff’s motion requesting post-judgment interest at five percent a month on a $17.8k judgment. That’s 60 percent per annum. Even the mob never charged that much!. . .Some financial advisers are a bit nervous these days. The U.S. Dept. of Labor is poised to crack down on the commissions from the sales of 401(k)s and IRAs. . .Professor emeritus Stuart Loory at Mizzou School of Journalism has died at 82. . .Social networkers Mary Strauss and Joan Quicksilver recovering from serious illnesses. . .Scott Miller’s New Line Theater Off Line has taken a trashy turn in presenting at its adult cabaret the off-beat “Shootin’ the Sh!t,” bowing on Jan. 31 at the Kranzberg. On the mainstage March 5-28: “Jerry Springer at the Opera.”
ANOTHER WINTER WILL BE DYING as we look forward to the green lawns of summer, tawny as Hemingway’s Africa. That brings to mind Ernest Hemingway and his generous praise of late St. Louisan Josephine Baker: “She’s the most sensational woman anyone ever saw,” he wrote. In the 1920s, Baker sent France and then Broadway afire with a scandalously bare dance act. She devoted her life to fighting racism. Her adopted son, Jean-Claude Baker, was found dead from an apparent suicide at 71 this week at his home in East Hampton, N.Y.


The artists starved well at Little Bohemia and slept well on the landing. Lightning years before, Robert Campbell, Firmin Desloge, Adolphus Busch and William Lemp built the mansions that ended an era. There were the distant sound of dance bands in hotel lobbies. Our town lived on dreams (George Caleb Bingham,  not Picasso) The city was a hodge-podge that grew clumps of accidental beauty. There are halos on streetlights over empty sidewalks that knew the tread of feet long ago. Car lines – City Limits, Delmar, Wellston and Hodiamont – were buried without funerals.There remain venal parking lots where lovely buildings once stood and where the AT&T and General American buildings seem like tombstones.
Have we forgotten prize-winning oyster stew at the Racquet Club, pickled pigs feet at the Garavelli bar, hot fudge sundaes at Velvet Freeze, Spanish bun at Dorr & Zeller, black forest cake at Pfeifer’s Bakery, turtle soup at Pelican’s, barbecue at Ed”s White Front, hot bagels at Pratzel’s Bakery,heavenly hash and molasses puffs at Mavrakos and Busy Bee and joyful glasses of mint juleps at Busch’s Grove, gin fizz, gin rickey’s and pink ladies at area guzzling palaces?
How could they all go so soon?


Phyllis Schlafly to be honored Feb. 25 in the Beltway at the Weyrich Awards. . .A Catholic mom with a theology degree has penned and performs a song on YouTube called “The Radical Feminists Blues” poking fun at Cardinal Raymond Burke over his recent comments on the “feminization” of the church. “Poor Ray, feels the earth falter, whenever he sees a woman on the altar. It makes her hair curl, to even think of an altar girl. . .he says it ain’t okay for women to do stuff ‘cept pay, pray, obey. . .” The complete lyrics are on her blog, Questions From a Ewe.). . .Super Bowl XLIX odds (spread): Seattle Seahawks +2 (105); New England Patriots: -2 (-115). New sponsors ($4.5 million each): BMW (for its i3); Super Glue; Carnival Lines and Skittles. Global ad budget: $2.2 billion. The big game marks the sixth appearance by the two teams since 2002. . .Stand by! Marriott Hotels is mulling over a deal to provide Netflix at its inns.


WashU on Pell Grants: The university is increasing its financial
commitments by $25 million for eligible low-income undergrads. Those are
the students whose families’ income is below $40k.


New Kids on the Block will hit the stage of Scottrade Center May 22 with no less than our town’s Nelly and TLC. The production will have some audience on stage and can converse with the headliners.


Today is Blue Monday, according to a mathematical formula by experts. It’s “the day of depression” about Christmas credit card bills, mounting debt and abandoned New Year resolutions. Worries abound about terrorism, the flu epidemic, economic climate, drones, cyber attacks and global warming. Sixty years ago, slain silver rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. received his doctorate from Boston U. Fifty years ago, there was the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma. Forty-five years ago, the first Gay Pride parade took place in Manhattan. Since than, we have learned that Cardinal Raymond Burke’s clout has vanished and the world has rejoiced over Pope Francis. On this day in 1991, Eastern Airlines shut down operations and Bruce Springsteen recorded “Born in the U.S.A.”
So let’s turn away from depression and raise a glass of Bud or white Bordeaux in a toast to better Mondays.


The Supreme Court of U.S. (SCOTUS) is poised to review bans for solicitation in judges races. Michael Wolff, former Chief Judge of the MO Supreme Court and topper of SLU School of Law: “Judges who get elected know how they got there. . .They know how they can stay there. And, I’m not sure they’re ready for reform.”

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