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To borrow the title from Kevin Horrigan‘s book, “White Rat,”  the Rat’s alive after suffering a fall on his head.  That’d be Whitey Herzog, television pitchman for everything from organized labor to hearing aids and in between. The 80 year-old remains legendary and Hollywood’s casting directors in the palmiest days could not have created a Cardinals manager who looked more like him.


Those who remember Heywood Broun, who co-founded the Newspaper Guild in 1933. In his name, a competition is staged annually among print people to celebrate those who best expose injustice using printers ink. But, Broun’s bugbears, newspaper managers, are still around. Over at the Post-Dispatch, Mike Hammett, the retired human resources guy, went off to roam the country in his and wife, Linda’s, mobile home. He recently underwent a bypass surgery and said he feels great. However, it appears his memory might have been adversely affected. (I’m not a doctor, so what do I know?) The local inkstained wretchs’ union is involved in a federal suit to compel arbitration over a grievance concerning an expired (1994-2004) contract.

At stake is whether members who retired under that contract will be able to receive their medical benefits free-of-charge. Many people were told by Hammett that they would have free healthcare for a lifetime. However, they recently learned that Hammett could no longer remember the conversations. One staffer commented, “We might not be able to restore his memory, but we can all gather with flashlights some evening at the local and go out and help find it”. . . Another P-D note – this one about the late, beloved scribe John McGuire, who was remembered by co-workers at a pouring over at McGurk’s saloon. After some opening remarks from Bill McClellan and lawyer/publician Jim Holloran, a portrait of John was hung in the bar’s main room – a rare honor indicating the esteem in which he is held by the Irish drinkers (too many words?) in our town. On hand were Martin Duggan, Ray Hartman, Wendy Wiese, Joe and Judge Carolyn Whittington, Kevin Horrigan, Joe “Sherpa” Holleman, Joe Pollack and Ann Lemons, John McGuire Jr and chef Josh Roland, a colleague of John McGuire, Jr . The Swing A Way Manufacturing Company on Chippewa, one of the city’s several threatened Mid-Century Modern buildings, will be getting face-lift, instead of demolition. A writer whose period of major significance dates to the same era is glad to report a design compromise that seems to please everyone.

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