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GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney just may eclipse President Obama’s haul in Holllywood, when he drops into California this week for two fundraisers tossed by some of the state’s GOP high rollers.  Billionaire investor and philanthropistTony Pritzer, the Hyatt Hotels heir, will have a gathering at a dinner for which tickets go for $50k a couple. Charles Bartlett Johnson, the heir to the Templeton Franklin fortune, along with former Secretary of State George Schulz and ex-gov Pete Wilson are expected to attend.  Co-chairs of the northern California event include Seagate’s Steve Luczo, Meg Whitman,Cisco’s Brian Halla, Dick Boyce, Goldman Sachs’ Brad DeFoor and Romney’s one-time Bain Capital partner Vince Tobkin. . .Little Willard MO played host to a debate on Friday by Republican senatorial hopefuls. The gem of the night:  Sarah Steelman admitted that she sponsored the successful bill to permit concealed handguns the year after Missouri citizens voted against it. . .The lead editorial today in the New York Times blasts the Chamber of Commerce for its ads attacking Sen. Claire McCaskill.  (“Call McCaskill.  Tell her Missouri doesn’t need government-run health care.”)  The organization spent $33 million on elections in 2010, almost all of it backing Republicans. . .Over the past few days, more than St. Louis weather has been hot.  Ex-Cards slugger Albert Pujols has hit four homers in his last six games.  He’s had quite a slump:  through the first 30 games of the season, Pujols was hitting only .190 with just one homer. . .It’s official.  Plaintiff’s lawyers are formally trying to recover $35 million for clergy sex abuse victims which they say were fraudulently transferred from parishes by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan on the eve the archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection. . .Next week, historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss his biography of renowned news anchor and Missourian Walter Cronkite at Maryville University thanks to the sponsorship of Left Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio. . .Our town’s Jamala Rogers, columnist with the St. Louis American and long time activist with the Organization for Black Struggle, has been tapped for an Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship by the Center for Social Inclusion.  It comes with a $25k award and a three-month sabbatical for “renewal”.  . .Drinks are on the house courtesy of FOX 2’s Spencer Koch for the station’s 21st sweep in a row of ratings from sign-on to sign-off as market leader among adults 25-54. . .Mo. AG Chris Koster heads to Columbia, MO at the Stony Creek Inn to conduct a conference on protecting against financial fraud. He’ll be joined by O’Fallon, Mo.-based MasterCard’s leading brass. . .And, yes, that was Sammy Hagar enjoying the good life the other night at Annie Gunn’s.


Ohio State’s football coach Urban Meyer’s new pact seems trivial to the Angels’ Albert Pujols’ pay, but it’s a dandy. Meyer’s six-year deal calls for $4 million a-year, $500k if he stays two years, another $1.2 million if he stays six years, performance driven extra $500k and $400k yearly bonus. So, why work on Wall Street?


Media relations wizard Scott Charton of Charton Communications fame: “I’m advising St. Louis clients to make any bad news announcements today – it’ll never get daily media attention amid the Pu-nami of Albert the Angel coverage.” Albert Pujols’ defection to the Angels got a ho-hum reaction from some guests Thursday night at the Covenant House fundraiser in the Khorassan Room of the Chase.  “The Cardinals could get three good players with the money offered to Pujols,” opined City Hall’s Jeff Rainford.  Red Schoendienst: “Don’t know why he left. He won’t get our town’s atmosphere there.” Jeff Aboussie, exec secretary/treasurer Building and Construction Trades Council: “The Cardinals’ should take the money it would have paid Pujols and start Ballpark Village tomorrow, putting to work 1,000 construction workers.” Other voices: “I wouldn’t run for office until 2016,” insisted former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway, partner in the Ashcroft Group law firm. As for the firm’s business, she offered, “It’s too good!” Jack Martorelli, mainstay of Guns ‘n Hoses: “The recent event will bring in more than $300,000 for BackStoppers.”  Rex and Jean Sinquefield hosted the party of which Jean giggled and pointed out, “We’re giving the party and guests have to pay.”

Covenant House's Diane Compardo, Paul Kindl, Sue Wagener

Pay they did for Covenant House of Missouri, whose exec director Sue Wagener said that 5,300 youth were served last year. The non-profit agency empowers homeless, runaway and at -risk youth to become independent and contributing members of the community. With Wagener were board chairman Paul Kindl, finance chief Diane Compado.

Rex Sinquefield was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his promotion of chess.(a sport?) Gillian and James Harris were front and center.

Sharon and Kim Tucci with music maker Al Oxenhandler

Then, it was onward to Tucci & Fresta’s Trattoria & Bar in Clayton, where we found co-owner Kim Tucci coochie-cooing with diners including Barbara and Barry Beracha. former exec with Sara Lee (their son,Brad, owns nearby Araka Restaurant).

Barbara and Barry Beracha





Later, we learned that Lambert Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge is no longer considered as a candidate to succeed Dick Fleming at the RCGA. On another note, St. Louis Ald. and mayoral hopeful Lewis Reed has just bought a new car, raising eyebrows at City Hall.

Ray Wagner and State Rep. Tim Jones

AT&T prez John Sondag and John TemporitiRay Wagner and State Rep. Tim Jones

Bob, Susan and Mike Kelley with Donna Wilkinson




News of Albert Pujols‘ snub to our town’s Cardinals struck the columnist about his Angels’ payday. His more than a quarter billion-dollar paycheck in L.A. is about $70 million more than Arte Moreno paid for the team in 2003. All that money for a player, who will be past his prime while contracted. . .”American Idol” idol Ryan Seacrest is in confabs with NBC to succeed Matt Lauer on “Today”. . .Look for award-winning actress Helen Mirren to play Alma Hitchcock with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the title role of the movie, “Alfred Hitchcock”. . .Investors are lining up to back the stage musical, “Rocky,” based on the Sylvester Stallone 

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

epics. . .The Muny has teamed up with the Webster University dept. of theater arts to develop performers and production staff for careers in musical theater. . .Today marks the anniversary of the 1980 murder of Beatles founder John Lennon. . .Macy’s is reportedly miffed at the proliferation of Martha Stewart-branded  product in the marketplace. . .The Better Business Bureau has cautioned consumers to an “urgent scam alert” about an email purported to be from, which contains a “dangerous link.”  Don’t open it! It’s a fake.





Can you just imagine these headlines in 2050? “Remember when the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011?”  “Baby conceived naturally, Scientists stumped!”
Centene’s Mike Neidorf was pressed tighter than Kim Kardashian’s push-up bra at Tony’s the other night by his glammy wife Neomi, while the couple toasted St. Louis Symph chief Fred Bronstein and 12 others over dinner.  The Symph is the place to be over the weekend when it screens the original “Phantom of the Opera” for a Halloween fest Friday-Saturday and “The Composer’s Dead” concert on Sunday. . .Prominent barrister Jim Gunn was nearby, celebrating with fellow alums of SLU High. . .SLU profs Matt Daniels and Aaron Johnson of the Dept. of Fine & Perf. Arts remain jubilant over their Tavern of Fine Arts in the DeBaliviere nabe. Also at SLU, a new partnership is in the works with Oxford University in a study abroad program. Over at WashU, a committee has been formed to create a new sorority. At Mizzou, Michelle Obama will be paged for a food symposium in March to talk about nutrition. . .Wendi and Norm Pressman caught the Rep. alum Jared Gertner as a standby for a lead in the Broadway production of “Book of Mormon” and he performed that night. Theatergoers remember him well from a standout on the boards at the Rep of “A Funny Thing”. . .Longtime barrister Larry Fleming was put on probation by the Mo. Supreme Court for some unstated ethical violation for at least the second time. . .Elliot Smith, who shuttered his contemporary art gallery on McPherson Avenue, has taken his life. Smith had moved to Ft. Lauderdale and then went to NYC, where he was found dead. .  . .Stephen and Phyllis Suntrup are calling it quits. . .Here’s how to keep Albert Pujols here, according to T.J. Birkenmeir: $10 million a-year for seven years; 9-15 percent ownership interest in the team; Earmark half-1percent of all food concession receipts for duration of his life in a 4-way split to The Pujols Foundation, Cardinal Glennon Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital. . .David Guggenheim, son of the late prolific documentary producer, Charles Guggenheim, is readying his next thriller, “Medalion,” starring Nicholas Cage. Dad Charles was beckoned to our town to become the director of KETC, one of the first public television stations in the U.S.. . ..America Traffic Solutions is applauding the ruling by the Mo. Court of Appeals that red-light safety camera programs don’t conflict with state law.


Politicos from Sen. Claire McCaskill to Missouri state Auditor Tom “Owl Eyes” Schweich to Gov. Jay Nixon battle – with words and lawsuits – over disaster relief funds, perhaps Misourians victimized by the next tornado or flood will get a tad more federal aid if GOP hopeful Michelle Bachman replaces President Obama.  Bachman has a brother, Gary Amble, who lives in KC.  He happens to be a meteorologist for KCTV-5. . . .David Schwartz, the former Webster U. grad student who was terminated from his pusuit of a master’s degree in counseling for “lack of empathy,” will conduct an empathy workshop at the Zoo at noon tomorrow on the site of the polar bear exhibit, sez his mouthpiece and press agent Al Watkins. . .  Cannon Design is taking its signature charitable event, benefiting urban arts and education outreach on the road.  Proceeds will come frtom a three-day auction to support COCA and its urban arts programs.  Contributions have come in from renown architects Norman Foster, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, Helmut Jahn and others. . . A history professor claims that about this date in 1861. a Union general in our town “acting completely on his own and without precedent,” issued the first Emancipation Proclamation “a full year before Abraham Lincoln issued his own.” The fascinating 1,600 word saga involves two Missouri governors (Hamilton Gamble and Frank Blair), a military commander (Gen. David Hunter), a future GOP presidential candidate (John C. Fremont), a prominent abolitionist (Sen. Charles Sumner)and a Missouri First Lady who was the daughter of Thomas Hart Benton.  The academic, Michael Fellman, has authored eight books on the Civil War. . .Greg Marecek’s St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame has partnered with the Missouri Athletic Club to host the “St. Louis Rookies of the Year” Thursday, Sept. 22.  Many of the rookies will be on hand including Roy Sievers of the Browns, Cardinals Albert Pujols, Wally Moon, Vince Coleman and Todd Worrell.  Gridders to be honored are Johnny Roland, Ottis Anderson and Rams qb Sam Bradford. Others: Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman, the Hawks’ Bob Pettit, the St. Louis Stars’ Jim Leeeker and the Steamers’ Don Ebert and Steve Pecher.


Bridget, Olivia and Kyle McClellan

Cardinal pitcher Kyle McClellan, his wife Bridget and their six week-old daughter Olivia, arrived just in time Sunday evening at the Missouri Athletic Club to be welcomed by Martin Mathews’ of the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club at its auction and dinner, billed as “Celebrity Night with the Stars.” The McClellans joined in the celebration honoring the legendary Jack Buck. Before the McClellans joined more than 300 other guests, he spoke of Albert Pujols’ injury and opined, “My guess is that he’ll be back before the end of the season. But, who knows?” Olivia began crying that led Kyle to comment, “It would be great if we could get her to sleep.”  Then, Kennett, Mo. native Bridget recalled her first meeting with Kyle at the Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. while Kyle was attending Hazelwood West High. After they entered the ballroom, they paused at skipper Tony LaRussa’s table that included Carol Buck, her grandson Matt Brooks and Mary Ellen Cremins.Entertainment was provided by another legend – keyboardist Ernie Hays and emcee chores were handled by KMOX Radio pro and sports chief Tom Ackerman, a proud alum of St. Louis Country Day. Before dinner was served, John Sheehan, the classy veep/market manager of KMOX and KEZK and KYKY-FM,  recalled, “Coming here four years ago from Kansas City, my first goal was to bring back Cardinal baseball. My other goal is to grow the stations.” Bryan Cave attorney Ben Clark was on hand with his wife Libby and their daughter Becky. Clark, a barrister with Bryan Cave, is the son of the late Marsh Clark of Time magazine fame. Ameren’s Richard Mark accompanied his family, Melissa, Melinda and Fontez Mark. Spotted chowing down on chef Bart Phillips’ lavish spread was Billiken Hall of Fame cager,  Chris Braun. The MAC has come a long way since its founding 95 years ago. Not only are women granted membership, but the club will hold its first Women of Achievement do at a luncheon on Oct. 1.




Delmar Boulevard in The Loop is a city all its own with its desperate vitality and glorious sightems. It’s there, but nobody knows what to do with it but only Joe Edwards seems to understand what to do with it. Dreamers talk vaguely about a pedestrian mall and islands of shrubbery, but their dreams are destined for the delete file on the Internet.  It is a long, stubborn and unregenerate street, a true brute of a byway. When you stroll the Boulevard, it’s like a small town in some ways. A too-friendly smile from an unfamiliar face can earn a darting glance on the edge of suspicion. Then there’s the abundance of midwestern men and women broad of beam, the latter so much so that pants suits with Jimmy Choo shoes are a stretch – to put it gently. There are always new tenants popping up along the Boulevard the latest of which are Three Kings with a menu of steaks and pub fare and Brad and Deb Fink’s Devil City, a boutique offering designer apparel.  During the columnist’s jaunt along the Boulevard, a stop at Edwards’ Blueberry Hill was a must.  That’s where I encountered our town’s brilliant baseball scribes – Hall of Famer and Pulitzer Prize nominee Rick Hummel and writer/broadcaster Derrick Gould, imparting their wisdom on interns Ben Frederickson and Nathan Hart. On Albert Pujols’ future, Gould opined, “The Cardinals will give him a better offer and he’ll remain here.  The owners trust him and can market off of him.” Server Whitney Hodgkins expressed her joy at working at Blueberry Hill and the Loop. “It’s so safe in the Loop now that at nighttime the street is flooded with police officers.”  From Sgt. Mike King Drive to Skinker Boulevard, the Loop has retained its charm with everything from a tattoo parlor to an art gallery.  “But there are too many little children here,” opined Michelle Gaskin, who sipped coffee at an alfresco cafe with her husband Mike of Maryland Heights.  He added that “it was the youngster who brought down Gaslight Square.” They said they trek twice a week from their house in Maryland Heights to the Loop. Mike harkened back to the nightlife in the inner city, where African-Americans frequented such clubs as the West End Waiters Club, The Silver Palms, Danceland, The Red Rooster, 20th Century, Bird Cage and Howlin’s Wolf.  Mike is the pastor at the Universal Church of Jesus Christ. The weather on Wednesday should’ve been preserved in aspic, bringing outdoors a bevy of imbibers and diners. Among them were Momentum Advertising’s Alana Dugan and Mark Newman. He mused that the ideal slogan for the Loop would be “Bringing back to better times – from pottery to the trolley.” At Vintage Vinyl, staffer and Loop devotee John Hardesty said, “We are a community helping each other.”  He enthused over his job having waited on such celebs as Jack White, Marshall Faulk and Henry Rollins. Past Cheese-ology Restaurant, which vends mac ‘n cheese, there was college student Glynnis Beckwith, who expressed her desire for the Loop to have “more fashion stores.,” after which her friend Benjamin Gandhi-Shepard pointed out, “But, there’s a diversity and energy here and I’d like to see more diversity in food.”
Long may The Loop be preserved, sous cloche or on the rocks!


A galaxy of baseball idols was scattered around the room at the Four Seasons Hotel Thursday night for the Thompson Foundation for Autism Dinner & Auction, which garnered $500 k.. Folk hero Mark McGwire chomped on a stick of Spearmint gum, while he greeted the throngs of fans surrounding him as though he was attending a homecoming at his alma mater, Damian High in LaVerne, CA. Shaking hands, signing baseballs, mugging for the photographers and acknowledging a bevy of swooning onlookers, McGwire was later required a posse to spirit him away to the dinner. Tony LaRussa was in obvious discomfort with what he described as “an infected eye,” while he greeted newly sworn-in Ladue Mayor and wine merchant Tony Bommarito.  More than $500k was raised through the dinner and auction at which Fayette, Missouri’s fourth generation banker, Jay Jacobs,  bought Albert Pujols’ bat.  Skipper Tony LaRussa’s six field box seats were purchased twice for $6,000 each.  A stay at the Three Forks Ranch was purchased for $7,000.  An offer to match a bid of $5,000 for the charity got hands up from four buyers. KMOX’s Charlie Brennan served as a standout host, while Bill Thompson, who founded the Thompson Center Center for Autism & Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders with his wife Nancy, presented Mike Keathley with its 2011 distinguished service award.



Barring any late-breaking news or major news development, Cards slugger Albert Pujols‘ profile will air on CBS’ “60 Minutes” this Sunday.  That’s the word according to KTRS mid-day man J.C. Corcoran as told to him by the show’s correspondent Bob Simon.  Said J.C.: “The piece is expected to show Pujols everywhere from his home here to the Dominican Republic.”  J.C. spoke with Simon recently in Jupiter.

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