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MORRIS SHENKER REMEMEMBERED

WHIRLWIND WEEK: Supreme Court hopeful Judge Neil Gorsuch grilled for a 10-hour grill could’ve been rendered in shorthand.  .  .St. Louis’ treasured Chase Park Plaza hotel and residential development sold for $94 million by its Dallas-based owner. If those walls could talk within the 11-story hotel, the tales they could tell that include its pioneer, Sam Koplar, his son-in-law Morris Shenker, the original Tenderloin Room. (Nothing lasts forever!). Who can anyone of a certain age forget “Wrestling at the Chase” in the Khorassan Room? Hold on! There’ll be wrestling at the Casa Loma Ballroom with the first bell at 6 p.m. on Sunday.  .  .News that Lambert Airport is seeking privatization reminds readers of its onetime chief Col. Leonard Griggs, Mayor Vince Schoemehl’s arch enemy, who had been marching in like a dictator for lunch at the MAC-West.
SPEAKING OF LAMBERT: This made the rounds. It was meal time during a flight. “Would you like dinner,” the attendant asked Mary seated in front. “What are my choices?,”  Mary asked. “Yes or no,” shot back the attendant.

“THE WIZARD OF LIES”

Proper Insights & Analytics: Americans spent more than ever to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ($5.8 billion). . . The same research firm pointed to a record low of Americans who will spend their tax refunds this year. . .The U.S. Supreme Court hopeful, Judge Neil Gorsuch’s 10-hour marathon hearing yesterday could have been rendered in shorthand, say some of his critics. . . The largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Bernie Madoff, will be the subject of HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” at 7 p.m., May 20. It stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Madoffs.

SEN. JOSEPH McCARTHY & DONALD TRUMP

The item below reminds some of the link between McCarthy and President Donald Trump. The link is Roy Cohn, who was counsel to the McCarthy Committee, later as NYC lawyer he represented Trump, first in a lawsuit by the federal government alleging racial discrimination. Cohn was a mentor to Trump, and Cohn taught that you always attack, never apologize, and wear opponents down. The lessons seem to have stuck. Cohn was also an investor in our town’s late broadcaster Richard Miller’s radio enterprises.

WINNING STREAK: For the seventh consecutive week, CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert bested Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on NBC by a million viewers.

HOUSE UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

About 60 years ago, Sen. Joseph McCarthy died at 48 from hepatitis as a result of alcoholism. Backstory: President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order for the screening of all federal and civil service employees to determine  their loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. Hearings, helmed by McCarthy,  followed by blacklisting of a number of celebrity actors and writers. Mo. Sen. Stuart Symington hinted that some of McCarthy’s staff were subversives. Tagged “the red scare,” results of the hearings were then turned over to the attorney general of any who had membership or supported fascist  or communist organizations.  McCarthy was later censured.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY has reached a record of 30,464 applicants for the class of 2021, a 4 percent rise from 2016. . .President Donald Trump’s approval/disapproval ratings according to CNN: 37 percent approval; 58 percent disapproval; Fox News: .43 percent to 56 percent.

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MASSIVE STRIKE LOOMING

Hundreds of thousands workers who reject Prez Trump’s hard line immigration policies and “agenda of hate and greed” will walk off their jobs on May 1. Service Employees International (300,000) and 40,000 food chain workers are involved in what has been tagged “International Workers Day.”

ERIN-GO-BURP!

The Brewers Association has ranked the top 50 craft beers that don’t include our town’s Schlafly. The trade association also lists the top 50 overall brewing companies that don’t include AB InBev. Now devote the day and night away to a mighty pint of Guiness and Irish stepdances.

DATES: May 7, fundraiser for the Great Rivers Environmental Laws Center at the Busch Family estate at Grant’s Farm;  June 5, County Exec Steve Stenger’s very own golf tourney at Crescent Farms Golf Course (go figure).

THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER sent to subscribers contains an impressive glossy brochure touting the 10th anniversary celebration of the additon to KC’s Nelson-Adkins Art Museum known as the Bloch Building, with “newly-enriched galleries that include state of the art technology,” and the museum’s 2015 designation s “the best U.S. museum” by Yelp reviewers. (Brent Benjamin of our town’s museum must be in tears.)

THAT SAME NEW YORKER contains a lengthy piece about bizarre maneuverings in the White House press corps. It features Jim Hoft, a 56 year-old St. Louisan who is “among the country’s most effective right-wing propagandists,” according to journalist Andrew Marantz.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES?

MERGER TIPS FOR 2017:  For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected IPOs so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks.  Watch for these consolidations in 2017:

 

  1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R. Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.
  1. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker.
  1. 3M will merge with Goodyear and become: MMMGood.
  1. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.
  1. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.
  1. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild.
  1. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.
  1. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW!

And finally….

  1. Victoria‘s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name: TittyTittyBangBang

BERGER’S BACK! HIP, HIP HOORAY!

Cutting the entire epic down to size, I have returned from a vacation
called hell. Flew to Florida for a few days. Arrived there with double
pneumonia and virus and sent to a hospital in Broward County. Released
and returned to our town. Took my pet for a walk and he lunged away. I
fell into the street and fractured my hip and femur. So if it’s
relevance you’re looking for, pal, it’ll be right here, a smorgasbord of
tidbits, bare and otherwise,

WHERE DID ALL THE JOBS GO?

The Monsanto complex on Olive Street Road is being emptied out as we speak. Preparing for Bare essentials.

AND THE ENVELOPE IS. . . NOT DONALD TRUMP

Will Hollywood meet the Beltway tonight at the Academy Awards ceremony? (7:30 p.m. on ABC.) “There will be some element in it,” predicts host Jimmy Kimmel. Meanwhile, John Legend, who is skedded tonight and is a Clinton supporter, says, “I’ll continue to speak out.”

Sadly, Lake Forest Confectioners is shuttering. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to revive the old Lake Forest Bakery and its paradise cakes? For now, the candy maker has joined the ranks of those we enjoyed and lost through the years such as Mavrakos, Busy Bee, Barbakos and Friliingo’s. Another option was buying candy: Brach’s, Mars; Kit Kat, 5th Avenue, Musketeers, Payday, Milk Shake, Boston Baked Beans and Reed’s. We continue to have Crown Candy Kitchen although most of its candy is provided by National Candy Co. of Milwaukee. There’s also Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate and each time I have bought their products at Dierbergs they’ve been stale.

HISTORIC FEB. 27: 1974, People magazine made its debut; 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Heartbreak Hotel” and in 1922, The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment giving women’s rights to vote.

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