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Nancy Schnoebelen and Joe Imbs

At Tuesday night’s Cardinals/Bank of America salute to the 2011 National League World Series, a brewery source divulged that AB iNBEV “is pissed off at Mayor Francis Slay for his friendly wager of Schlafly Beer over AB products with Arlington, TX Mayor Robert Chuck.” However, Slay’s chief of staff Jeff Rainford said, “It will be fixed.” Furthermore, the brewery source said the matter “has gone all the way up to top officials and some of them are vowing to withdraw all support of the city.” Rainford, with his daughter, Claire, a soph at Nerinx Hall, jammered with Husch Blackwell partner and real estate guru Gregory Smith. Across the buffet, RCGA’s

Colleen and Kurt Reinlein

outgoing chief Dick Fleming said when he steps down in December, he will turn to “the philanthropic sector.” His and wife, Sarah’s, heiress, Caitlin, is an intern at the White House. Brian Wahby, chairman of the St. Louis Democratic Central Committee, confided he will run for St. Louis Treasurer in the upcoming election. With Wahby were: his wife, Robbyn; J.C. Corcoran; John Ulett. Then, we learned from a City Hall tipster, that a new animal care facility will open in a building on West Florissant Avenue to replace the one on Gasconade Avene, that was built during World War II. Chef

Dr. Hashim Raza and Ken Reitz

extraordinaire Lisa Slay, who delights patrons at Remy’s, popped that her brother and sister-in-law David and Gail Slay of L.A., are bursting with pride that son, David Slay, Jr., is studying sports management at Bond University in Australia. U.S. Banks’ Joe Imbs introed Nancy Schnoebelen, “My significant other for three years,” he cooed. A trio of U.S. Marine recruiters got an earful about our town from Caseyville, Illinois’ Sgt. Matthew Tucker. Creve Coeur Camera’s Steve Weiss was on hand to snap pics with his ever-lovin’ gal pal, Jenny Cosby. Lodging Hospitality & Management’s Bob O’Loughlinsaid he’s awaiting word on Brownfields tax incentives

Dick Fleming and Mike Owens

and credits “and then we’ll decide what to do about restaurants,” at the Cheshire, he offered. Former Cardinal outfielder and Cardinals Care’s Ted Savage was the center of attraction in one area, while nearby geriatric specialist Dr. Hashim Raza ruminated with Ken Reitz, known as “The Zamboni” during his run with the Cardinals (1972-1975 and 1977-1980). Tom Villa was greeted and solaced on his bout with soil bacteria in his arm for which he’s undergone eight surgeries. Villa ran in the election for mayor, which was won by Freeman Bosley, Jr. Ald. Bosley, Sr.was spotted at the bar munching on dinner and stopped to say his

Ald. Freeman Bosley, Sr.

proposed $500 million development in the Salisbury strip in Hyde Park was uppermost in his mind. On hand at the gala were: Laninya Cason with KMOX sportscaster Mike Claiborne; Board of Aldermen’s Kacie Starr Triplett, Sam Moore with his wife, Linda; Marlene Davis; License Collector Mike McMillan and Laura and AON’s Kurt Reinlein. Colleen and Ron Watermon, Cards’ savvy PR and civic affairs exec, made the rounds to insure that all 2,500 guests were pleased with the buffet prepared by chefs from Baltimore, Cincy and elsewhere, the Cadence Drum Troop, the Clydesdale and Budweiser Beer Wagon, live painting by Kyle Lucks and Steve Shankman’s musical troupes.



U.S. Marine Sgt. Matthew Tucker flanked by Sgts. Alvaro Aro and Luis Pagan

Linda and Sam Moore, Kacie Starr Triplett, Mike McMillan and Marlene Davis









J.C. Corcoran, John Ulett, Brian and Robbyn Wahby

Steve Weiss and Jenny Cosby

Jeff and Claire Rainford and Gregory Smith

Laninya Cason with Mike Claiborne


The most lavish holiday event is, arguably, the Veiled Prophet Ball on Dec. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  People mingled well the other day in front of the hotel, that is unlike another nearby inn where it’s suspicious.  The Gideon Bibles are on chains. One person came from a hometown that doesn’t have a town idiot.  The people take turns.  The
classified phone book had one page.  Another came from a poor town, where the doctor’s stethoscope has a party line.  They chatted and eyeballed the planners streaming in and out for the ball.   One of the ball’s yesteryear matrons of honor, who dropped by for a peek,  is so fancy, friends joke she has Perrier on the knee. Some wealthy VP Order members made money the old-fashioned way – they inherited it.  But, the columnist hardly ever knocks the rich. I never got a job from a poor person. In the old days, it was fashionable for some to knock the VP.  Not today, because of its goodwill to our town.  With almost 2,000 members, who each pay an annual membership fee of $1,000, much of the money goes to help support: the St. Louis Public Schools; Habitat for Humanity; the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club; Operation Brightside and housing.  The young women who make their debuts at the ball are required to serve three years of community service before they take their bows this year in the direction of Veiled Prophet Joe Imbs.


“You cannot take photos or interview members of the site committee,” demanded Brian Wahby, a force behind the St. Louis host committee to lure the convention to St. Louis.  (Sorry, Brian, by the time you said that, the columnist, a dutiful news gatherer, had already covered the group). The site team, that will make their recommendations to the deciders to hold the 2012 convention here, might have already pored through the 1,000-page proposal, that had been submitted. (St. Louis is one of four cities being considered, including Minneapolis, Charlotte and Cleveland).  A tension-filled, bipartisan gaggle of our town’s leading citizens romanced the committee over cocktails at the Hilton Ballpark Hotel before a concert was to begin in Kiener Plaza. On hand were: Kitty Ratcliff of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commish, who had just returned from Vancouver, where she took the show on the road at a trade show; County Exec Charlie Dooley on the Immigration Bill – “No one should have to carry an ID”; former mayor Vince Schoemehl with his wife, Lois – “It would be a celebration of the renaissance of downtown. It would be guaranteed to carry Missouri in 2012”; Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel – “It would be on a Super Bowl level”;  Martin Casas, president of the Young Democrats, with his wife, Katie – “It would be a new identity, a fresh outlook and perception of St. Louis”; GOPer Ray Wagner – “It’s all about showcasing St. Louis to the world, but I cannot further comment. I’m here for Enterprise (Rent-A -Car)”;  State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones – “It would stop St. Louis from being a midwestern, sleepy town”; site committee member Steve Kerrigan, sipping a Bud Select, to former Mo.Lt. Guv Joe Maxwell – “You have an amazing city”; Jerry Feldhaus, exec sect’y. and treasurer of the St. Louis Building Trades Council, turned to the woes of unemployment and moaned, “There is about 30 percent unemployment – across the board”; St. Louis Police Capt. Sam Dotson on the convention – “It’s ours to lose”;  East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks, with his wife, Jo Ann – “It would help boost the economy of East St. Louis through the spillover. We have gambling and entertainment.” . . . It’s a mystery why his Mysterious Majesty of Khorassan  (read that as the Veiled Prophet) banker Joe Imbs was a no-show.

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