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Robert Davi flanked by Amanda and Ky Pietoso

Robert Davi flanked by Amanda and Ky Pietoso

Union pension funds have provided a $1 billion investment in Missouri projects of which $115 million went for seed money for four buildings: the Laurel; Pet Building Apartments; Majestic Stove Lofts; Forest Park Apartments and the Gatesworth reitrement center.  The St. Louis Labor Tribune reports the total impact of pension fund investments is $2.3 billion, equal to 6.3 Busch Stadiums. . .Our town’s Ky Pietoso of Cafe Napoli fame and his wife, Amanda, were in L.A. to visit syndicated radio star George Noory and actor Robert Davi, who has appeared in almost every movie ever made and also sings Sinatra and he’s itching to do a benefit at the Peabody to benefit Dismas House.  The house was founded by Rev. Charles “Dismas” Clark in 1959.  Father Clark was a Jesuit priest who long had a goal of helping ex-offenders by providing accomodations  to allow them to get on their feet after their release from prison.  In the 1960s, Dean Martin,  Sammy Davis and Sinatra did a benefit at Peabody’s predecessor – the Kiel – to benefit Dismas House. . .Martyl Langsdorf recently died at 96.  The former Martyl Schweig was born in our town, graduated from WashU and became a celebrated artist whose works have been on view in many museums and the Smithsonian.  At the age of 18, she sold a painting to composer George Gershwin.  Martyl was married to Dr.Alexander Langsdorf, Jr., a physicist who had worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.  He was one of 70, who petitioned President Harry Truman NOT to use the bomb.


Shaun Hayes may have taken down another bank – Excel Bank now Simmons Bank.  Hayes was the largest stockholder and used the bank for himself and Michael Litz.  So goes three banks and counting: Sun Securities; Truman and Excel – you kidding me?. . .Apple has introduced a 7.9-inch iPad Mini tablet. ..Monday’s presidential debate broke all Fox News ratings with 11.5 viewers topping all its cable competition. . .In the DC Comics’ “Superman” (due in comic book stores today), the man of steel’s alter ego, Clark Kent, resigns from the Daily Planet and is speculated to be creating a blog similar to Huffington Post/Drudge Report. . .Yesteryore St. Louis Symph maestro Leonard Slatkin will take to the podiums special guest pianist at 7 p.m., Jan.14 for The Chamber Music Society at the Sheldon. . .Syndicated radio guy George Noory will intro Georgio Tsoukalos at 7 p.m., Sunday at the Sheraton City Center Hotel. Both Georges have worked together on The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens”. . .The Grove remains the most edgy, creative, diverse and inclusive part of town where seven new storefront businesses have blossomed.  Among the newbies: Sameem Afghan Restaurant; Urban Breath Yoga; O’Shay’s Pub; Layla Lebanese; SoHo Restaurant and Lounge; City Boutique and Joyia Tapas.


Look for McDonald’s, which serves about 50 million customers a day, to ramp up sales this fall with a new line of at least 10 different oatmeals, confirmed hometowner Jimmie Williams. Williams and his wife, Janet, happen to be franchisees of the fast food company. Caught up with Jimmie as he put the final touches on his newest eatery in Jennings – his fourth spinoff. Others are in Bellefontaine Neighbors and two in nearby Illinois. Of note, the Williamses are boosters of the United Negro College Fund, which held its gala earlier in the week and where six students were presented scholarships. . .Clayton High alum Mike O’Brien, with his mom, Jenny Ledeen, were espied, while waiting for take-out at Protzel’s Deli. O’Brien’s wife, Teresa and eight year-old heiress, Rose, were at home in Michigan. O’Brien’s dad, Mike Ledeen, is a former WashU prof. Of note, Mike is an exec with BluewaterWind, a New Jersey-based firm, that recovers wind for energy offshore. . .Bellington Realty’s Mike Litz was also there and described how he battles the woes facing the industry and said, “We have to play offense instead of defense. There are still a great deal of opportunities out there”. . . Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco bopped into town to visit with syndicated broadcaster George Noory. . .Foodies would have their lives diminished if they don’t check out the fare at Bici, on the corner of Jackson and Pershing Avenues, south of Delmar Boulevard. That’s where we bumped into WashU prof Kathleen Brickey and a few of her students in Brickey’s classes of corporate and white collar crime. Another regular, Smith Moore veep and financial analyst Juli Niemann, frowned and told the columnist, “There are Ponzi schemes everywhere”. . .Also learned that hometowner Susan Switzer, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., commutes to our town to handle PR for the Society of the Sacred Heart, based here. Her daughter, Sara, is deputy director of PR for Vanity Fair mag. . .Then, it was over to Viviano & Sons on The Hill, where affable consultant Dave Prouhet rolled out a new line of wines, distributed by Viviano, called Sopranos. BTW, Prouhet’s family, owns the popular Prouhet Farms near the St. Louis Mills.


Erstwhile Globe-Democrat editor and AT&T Yellow Pages PR guy, Bill Townsend, has landed a gig as writer of classical music news and reviews for the online newspaper ( . .Nestle S.A. of Switzerland has gifted $280,000 to Meds and Food for Kids to treat malnutrition in Haiti, according to our town’s Dr. Patricia Wolff, who has returned there after a two-week visit seeing her patients at Forest Park Pediatrics.  Dr. Wolff has been spending most of her time in Haiti ever since the earthquake, according to her husband, the learned Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mike Wolff….Hometowner George
is reportedly seeking candidacy for the Oval Office in 2012.  Said Noory, host of Coast-to-Coast AM radio talk-show, “I was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1950, and I would not hesitate to make my birth certificate available to every member of the media.”


The Los Angeles Times has given our town’s broadcaster George Noory an impressive treatment in its Feb. 21 edition with the handle, “George Noory Brings Talk of the Supernatural Back to Earth,” on his “Coast to Coast” show.  Scribed by David Ferrell, the feature describes the show on which “guests and callers can talk about ghosts, Bigfoot and who shot JFK”. . .Steve Taravella has turned out a tome on the late comedic actress and hometowner, Mary Wickes, who appeared in dozens of musicals at The Muny. The title, “Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before,” published by the University Press of Mississippi as part of its “Hollywood Legends” series. . .Cottleville business owner of Denise Pellow is featured in the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens in which she shares tips on how to stay connected with your children using technology to encourage dialogue and family time. . .Plaudits to Rebecca and Patrick Horvath, whose Frank & Helen’s Pizzeria in U.City is marking its 55th anniversary and still turning out about 500 broasted chickens a week and pizza, named by our region’s bible, St. Louis magazine, as one of the best.


Listeners to 101 ESPN are still agog over the broadcasts during “Super Week” in Miami when interviews were aired with the likes of: Adam Sandler; Snoop Dogg; Joe Montana; Kurt Warner; DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association; Archie Manning; Floyd Mayweather; Marshall Faulk; CNN’s James Carville; Chase Daniel and Michael Irvin.  All aired on Bernie Miklasz‘s show and “The Fast Lane”. . .

Look for ABC’s “Nightline” to air a feature segment (within two weeks) on our town’s George Noory, host of “Coast-to -Coast AM.”  The show will highlight America’s craving for unusual talk radio fare.  ABC’s Brian Rooney (son of Andy Rooney) is correspondent.  “Coast-to-Coast” airs on KTRS (550), XM Satellite, streams on the Internet and may be heard on 528 radio stations. . .

Jill Haynes of Isle of Capri Casinos, Jeanne D. Howard of Commerce Bancshares, Bryan Daniels of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Nancy Schnoebelen of the St. Louis county Economic Council comprise the new leadership of the Public Relations Society of America’s local chapter. . .

With savvy on PR and employment, Michael E. Holmes, SLATE exec director, has been elected to the board of trustees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (WDC).  As one of the trustees, Holmes will focus on promoting collaboration among educational, economic and workforce development  and strengthen on-the-job training.

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