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Gone from the St. Louis-based HBE architectural/building firm for several years, Fred Kummer, III, now calls Pittsburgh his home, where he lives with wife, Jill.  He once served as veep of the company, while it owned the Adam’s Mark Hotel chain, both founded by his dad, Fred Kummer. Since his separation from the company, son has been estranged from his dad and now goes by the name of “Fritz.” “I’ve just read ‘Dethroning the King,’ which is a mirror image of what I’ve gone through,” he said. (The book is a tell-all of the Busch family and the sell-out to InBev.)  “August IV was never given a chance by his father. His dad wasn’t interested in him.  I’m not a carbon copy of my father.  And, he’s part of ‘the trinity’ like Leona Helmsley.”  He insisted, “Our family is dysfunctional like the Busches.”  Reached for comment, his dad said, “I still love him, but it’s not always mutual.  Things don’t always go the way you want them.  He had problems.  I started out with nothing.  He didn’t.  He always feels sorry for himself.”


It will be here forever – this enchanted city in the middle of the country.  It was a hodge-podge that grew in clumps of accidental beauty.  Once there were artists who starved so well, soap-box derbies along the highways, a winning football and baseball team of which no one said, “bad officiating,” flash cards, a VP parade at night in which, sadly,  the only black people involved were those who cleaned the streets following horses, hopscotching kids, jazz on the riverboats, tables on which elegant squirt-type seltzer bottles rested  and the distant sounds of live bands in hotel lobbies. Even the live band is silent in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency where former owner Fred Kummer insisted on live music in the onetime Adam’s Mark. Meantime, the Hyatt was jamming Saturday night when the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club held its Party at the Prom benefit presided over by its prez Flint W. Fowler.  A big man in heart and soul wearing a white jacket, Fowler described the club’s vast Mentor St. Louis, dedicated to the memory of firefighter Capt. Derek D. Martin.  He noted, “We have many character leadership programs.  We help improve student behavior, because most kids come to school without boundaries.” Retired Rockwood School District administrator, the radiant Vivian  Moore, spoke of pre-school children and their need for parents to get back to basics.  “It’s important for them to be taught to give back and to expect less from the government,” she said. “Schools and families must work together making sure that the young people have what they need.”  Moore was with her husband Thomas and near club boosters Jill and Edward L. Dowd, who went from serving as U.S. Attorney to forming the Dowd & Bennett law office with 14 barristers, including his son,  Edward L. Dowd, III.  Partner in the firm is James Bennett, former law clerk to associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Patricia Wente, former KWMU GM was also on hand and guffawed over a letter she received in the mail.   “It was signed by Tim Eby (the GM of the station) and they must be hard-up asking me for money!,”  she giggled. Wente was fired from the radio station and ended up retiring.

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