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STAN MUSIAL’S 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY

Luncheon diners at the Des Peres Road Missouri Athletic Club joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to Stan Musial, the pride of the Cardinals. Then, surrounded by a bevy of longtime pals, Musial acknowledged the salute as he did the night before, when customer’s at Kreis’ Restaurant gave him a standing ovation as he arrived with family members. There, he proceeded to chow down on his favorite – crab cakes. At the MAC, he was toasted by automobile dealer Bill Suntrup, who said as he turned to Musial, “Your humility never fails to take our breaths away.” Entrepreneur Lester Miller, who will fly Musial, his wife, Lillian, and 30 members of his family to D.C. in January to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, recalled his youth when he worked at Brooklyn’s

Ebbets Field as a turn-style attendant. He said, “I watched Stan hit a ball into Bedford Avenue behind the ballpark.” Miller also told the group about Bill DeWitt, Jr’s early visit to Lester’s in Ladue, where Miller had commissioned the Musial statue in front of the restaurant. Miller said he told DeWitt, “My statue is better than yours and is now worth a lot of money.” Tomato bisque and sliced bananas were served Musial, while his grandson, Brian Schwarze, who once played with the Cardinals’ minor, confided, “All of the grandchildren endearingly call Stan “Poppo.” Asked by Pat Corley, if he was surprised the Yankees were beat, Musial nodded his head. Stan told the columnist, that in his youth, he wanted to play basketball. Dave Edmonds, who is married to Stan’s daughter, Jeanne, said

that he was able to tell Musial, who was in Poland at the time, about the birth of Edmonds’ son and Stan’s ninth grandchild. It seems Musial, who was in Poland at the time, had been informed with the help of former President George H.W. Bush, who worked out of the American Embassy there – all attributed to faulty long distance. “So, the birth of Andrew completed the team,” joked Edmonds.

LESTER MILLER’S TAVERN TO BOW IN THE CWE: ERIC NEWMAN’S BIG DAY

Remarkably generous philanthropist Lester Miller will debut Lester’s Tavern at 4651-4653 Maryland Avenue in four months, said his vibrant companion, Cindy Lieber.  Miller, who lives in the present for the future, was toasted in absentia on the patio at Provisions by Lieber and Judy Blum, both of whom glowed in the sunshine radiance with over the top fashions and Lieber’s 12-carat diamond ring. Miller also owns Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill in Chesterfield and the money machine at Lester’s in Ladue. . .Attorney Peggy Newman tipped that her dad-in-law, Eric Newman, will be feted next May in New York City on his 100th birthday.  Eric is married to Evelyn Newman, 90, and is a universally revered numismatic historian and scholar and established WashU’s Money Museum.  Evelyn is the retired PR pioneer and heiress of the Edison Brothers Co., which plunged under the leadership of their son, Andy Newman. . .St. Louis expatriate Travis Gorline has tapped the power of fashion with his Chicago-based necessaryexTRAVagance salon. Couture designs featured by Gorline include those by  Mary Radcliffe Hametiaux of Webster Groves.  Both Gorline and Hametiaux originally hail from Greenville, IL.,. . .Anna Crosslin of the International Institute of St. Louis and Susanne Evens of AAA Translation have merged their firms to broaden access to high-caliber interpretation and translation services to St. Louis businesses and throughout the world.

LESTER MILLER & STEVE SHANKMAN MAY EXPAND THEIR EMPIRES

According to those, who have seen the blueprints in Lester Miller‘s office, you can bet another Lester’s Bar & Grill will bow at Maryland and Euclid Avenues in the Central West End.  Lester Miller’s current operations have achieved nothing short of sensation with their house-made pastrami,  corned beef and barbecued spareribs. ..Contemporary Productions’ Steve Shankman is in confabs with the Muny’s Denny Reagan to present concerts on the stage of the outdoor theater, according to those in-the-know.

BIZ BUZZ

Centrue Bank has sued Golf Discount of St. Louis, Inc., Martin City Golf Complex, Mid Rivers Golf Complex, Story & Associates, Mesa Golf Center and DSL, alleging the companies have defaulted on a $4.550,000 revolving note, which matured on Jan. 5.  “Despite demand for payment of indebtedness being made, borrowers have failed, neglected and refused to make payment,” the petition reads. Centrue is also seeking judgement on a term note of $7,284,089, interest and attorneys’ fees as provided by law. . .

Founded here and headquartered in Chicago, blockshopper.com is now serving 31 major metropolitan areas.  The company, founded by Brian Timpone and Eddie Weinhaus, has just reached an agreement with the San Francisco Chronicle to manage production of its Sunday real estate section.  The firm offers informational news stories on notable people in a format similiar to news stories. . .

Hometowner Gerald Greenwald “is now selling diesels to China,” said his sis, Suzanne Greenwald, who is an actress.  She’s starring in First Run Theatre’s “And it Shall be Forgiven,” by local author Jason Slavik. Performances at DeSmet Jesuit High are Jan. 17 and 23 and matinees Sundays Jan. 17 and 24 at 2.  Gerald, btw, the yesteryear chief of Chrysler Corp. and UAL, is a founding principal of Greenbriar Equity Group. . .

Iconic businessman Lester Miller just may be on the prowl for another destination dinery, Lester’s.  He has bought two neighboring buildings on the south side of the 11000 block of Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur.  Said Mayor Harold Dielmann, “I suggested to Miller, that the location would be ideal for another Lester’s and he thought it would be perfect and might do it”.

BIZ BITS

Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshops,, and her hub, Bob Fox, will bow their new enterprise – Casa de Salud – at month’s end on the corner of Chouteau at Compton Avenues. Fox explained that the project “will provide health and wellness services for Spanish immigrants and St. Louis University is one of the founding sponsors”. . . While most businesses are suffering these days with a plummeting economy, Roger Keech‘s AdArt on the Left Coast is having a rollicking year for creating visual displays and retail signs. On the town with Lester Miller, Cindy Leber, Keith and Ginny Barket, Keech said his firm’s revenue will beat last year’s. Little wonder. His national clients include the Gap stores, J.C. Penney, Old Navy, Red Bull and Macy’s.

NOTES ON MY CUFF

Lester Miller, owner of Lester’s restaurants and other business interests, bought the first item at the auction of Ponzi schemer Bernard L Madoff’s ill-gotten spoils at the New York Sheraton Hotel.  Miller reportedly spent $100,000 on items and $3,500 for a bracelet. Money raised at the auction will go to the victims’ fund, according to federal marshals.  Miller told The New York Times he spent the money to help victims – some of whom are his friends in Palm Beach, Fla. Miller told the Times, “I think it’s a nice thing, the more you can bid, the better off you are.”. The newspaper further reported, “On a cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico this week, he said he plans to give his daughters and granddaughters (14 in all) the bracelets he bought and present them with a lesson: “If it’s too good to be true, it’s not right”… More than 100 employees  have been pink-slipped at Plaza Motors in the last year and 50 more will be laid off after Thanksgiving,” said, Rick Keeler, with his wife Cathy at Il Bel Lago.  Keeler retired from Plaza after having been one of the original salespersons in 1974.  Nearby, Susan and attorney John Kilo said that his brother, Dr. Charles Kilo, will conduct a symposium over the weekend at the downtown Hyatt Hotel before 400 doctors, nurses and dieticians. Dr. Kilo, an endocrinologist, and will present updates on diabetes and the newest discoveries, according to John Kilo…

INFINITEMS

Bommarito

Bommarito

At the hot spot, Lester’s, Martha and Vince Bommarito confided to boniface Lester Miller t’other day, that their Tony’s Restaurant’s customers are ordering 40 percent seafood. It was eatery day at Lester’s. Nearby were Chris Dorr, bosssman of Paddy O’s, and at another table, Mary and Al Baker of yesteryore’s Al Baker’s… Look for Leon Birnbaum, who has sold his CWE Chez Leon, to move his talents to the 7900 block of Forsyth in Clayton. . .The recession has hit at the 84 year-old Sam Light Loans (and pawn shop), on Jefferson at

Light

Light

Olive. “Some customers are pawning stuff and can’t get the items out, because of unemployment,” offered Ron Light. . . Sam Kacar will bow a third Trattoria Branica restaurant in January at 138 Chesterfield Town Center (off Long Road) with Peppe Prosecar as GM…

A CHAIN OF FRESTA & TUCCI’S PIZZERIA & BAR, CHEAPO DEPOT AND DIERBERGS MAY BE COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU

Sharon and Kim Tucci

Sharon and Kim Tucci

SCOOPLETTES: Re-development of the former Raffie Vending Co. warehouse on the north side of Forest Park Parkway between Spring and Grand – proposed by the St. John-based Sasak Corp. to be a relatively low-end Holiday Inn Express – has hit an important, likely fatal roadblock. St. Louis University prez Larry Biondi, whose views regarding construction around the perimeter of his midtown campus are highly regarded around City Hall, is withholding his figurative “nihil obstat”… Keep your ears open for more corruption indictments, where something is brewing on the ninth floor of the county government center (not Chaz Dooley)… Mike Reap has done such an outstanding job as acting U.S. Attorney seven months into Prez Obama’s term, insiders are wondering if U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill would show her independence by nominating a career prosecutor for the permanent position. . .The Covalence Ethical Ranking attempts to measure the ethical reputations of 541 multinational companies based in 45 different criteria, including labor practices and product social utility.

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Stelli Siteman

Stelli Siteman's role in a touring production, "Unbelievable," about cancer and written by a cancer survivor.

The 2009 rankings were great news for some St. Louis titans, bad news for others. Large St. Louis employers Boeing Co. at number 40 and Anheuser-Busch InBev at number 56 appeared near the top of the reputation list, ahead of Emerson Electric at number 374 and Peabody Energy at number 396. Firmly anchoring the bottom of the list was Creve Coeur-based Monsanto. which finished at 541st… A former St. Louis priest moves up in the church hierarchy in an unusual shake-up of the Scranton, Pa., diocese in which its bishop is suddenly stepping down because a number of controversies. Msgr. Joseph Bambera has been tapped as administrator of the diocese, taking the reins immediately. Who tapped him for the post? Another former St. Louis Catholic cleric, Justin Rigali, who as Philadelphia’s Cardinal is the top church official in Pennsylvania… Fred Teutenberg has been frozen out of the Dirt Cheap stores despite his 25 percent interest in the shops. So, he has turned around to launch another chain – Cheapo Depot – which will bow soon in metro-east… Downtown, some grumblers note that planning details for the revitalization of the Kiel Opera House have slowed to a snail’s pace as its developers re-examine their financing… Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (@jack) rarely travels unnoticed. Like millions of other users of his popular micro-blogging service, the Bishop DuBourg alumn takes the time to tell the world – in 140 characters or less – what he is doing at any given moment. Dorsey, who now lives in San Francisco (but is apartment hunting in Manhattan), has made private trips to St. Louis in the past. Later this month, however, Dorsey will make an even more public visit to his hometown with stops on the pitcher’s mound at Busch Stadium to throw out the first pitch at a Cards/Cubs contest, at a gathering of social media experts at Webster U. – and, reportedly, at City Hall to visit with tweeting Mayor Francis Slay (@mayorslay)…. Some residents in Lake St. Louis are wondering when Dierbergs is going to build a store on the vast plot of land it owns.

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Mitch and Yael AlveyMR. NITELIFE: “We are going to introduce a new concept from our Pasta House Company in St. Charles,” said J. Kim Tucci, “and it will be called Fresta and Tucci’s Pizzeria and Bar.” His partner in the new venture and also in PHC is Joe Fresta. When boniface Vince Bommarito stopped by to laud Tucci and his wife, Sharon, on their wedding anniversary. Kim tipped that he is supporting state rep Rachel Storch (D-64th Dist.) to fill the seat previously held by beleaguered Jeff Smith. Kim is also taxi commissioner for our town and said, “We’ll allow no taxi on the streets more than six years.” Nearby were psychologist Mitch Alvey with his wife, Yael, who also were toasted on their wedding anniversary. Turning to anxieties, Alvey said that “We use cognitive therapy.. “Some people are afraid to get on an airplane; others afraid of crashing. I usually tell them to change their perspective and it changes how they feel.” Making the rounds in the room, many were spotted dining on Tony’s new creation: cold lobster with white peaches, artichokes and citrus vinaigrette. Famed thoracic surgeon Dr. Nick Kouchoukos and his wife, Judy, pulled up steaks, while colon/rectal surgeon Dr. Ira Kodner with his wife, Barbara, were toasted on their special wedding anniversary. Dr. Kodner, also a WashU Med School prof, tipped that he is closing the school’s Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values of which he has been the director. . .Over at Chez Leon, Alvin and Ruth Siteman, benefactors of the Siteman Cancer Center, enthused about their daughter/actress Stelli Siteman’s role in a touring production, “Unbelievable,” about cancer and written by a cancer survivor. The show hits the boards on Oct. 16 at Westport Playhouse.

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Susan Bonano with her boyfriend, Dennis Geoghegan

Susan Bonano with her boyfriend, Dennis Geoghegan

Bossman at Chez Leon, Leon Bierbaum said, “If the sale of the restaurant (to Gerard Craft) is a done-deal, I will scout for a location in Clayton.” And, at Truffles, Peggy and Jerry Ritter lamented that a repeat of the BMW Golf Tournament at Bellerive C.C. is not in the future. “The members don’t want it,” said Jerry. Also seen there were Lenny Landsbaum with his wife and heiress to Moog Industries, Donna Moog Landsbaum, said they commute between Phoenix and their condo in a high-rise on Hanley Road. “Laura Orthwein lives there,” chuckled Donna. “It’s time for creativity,” said Paul Chesterton of his switch from attorney to real estater. With Paul was his glammy wife, Beth. And, other faces in the crowd were those of Susan Bonano with her boyfriend, Dennis Geoghegan, who were waiting for the Dolph Busches.

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THITHER & YAWN:Heartland Banks’ Larry Schiffer is telling friends, that he’s bought a dude ranch in Colorado for his grandchildren and “It was expensive,” declared Shiffer to pals… Memo to mouthy mourners:: If you don’t want to spend $50 for a $20 per-person catered buffet at the visitation, don’t write a check and don’t complain to me, but to Peggy Ross, Barbara Smith or superflack Joan Quicksilver, *whom I’ve known since the Boer War, which she handled. . .How’s this for a paper chase? Left-leaning pundits at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch complain that the charming righty Colleen Carroll Campbell is paid more than twice the column rate of her colleagues. . .Gossips at the paper-less St. Louis Beacon wonder about the disposition of a 5,000-word probe submitted by scribe John McGuire two weeks before he died. Spiked is the word.. .Retired Maritz exec Philip Moses – one l, really – who works for the BBB and his wife, Pat, of the Ladue Galleries are beaming – and nervous. Their offspring are stars, Mark Moses, who has been in “Desperate Housewives” and “Mad Men” for the last two years: Burke Moses was in the original Broadway cast of “Beauty and the Beast” as Gaston. “It’s a scary ‘mom’ thing’ – and they’re always looking for jobs,” said Pat. . .Employees of The Shoe Box in South County Center recently found themselves in a kind of show business. Owner Dave Kaplan confirmed that – yes, a young, blonde woman had a double wardrobe malfunction while leaning over during a shoe fitting and no, he’s not enough of a heel (or has too much sole?) to give up the name of the buxom beauty.

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PLAYING THE NAME GAME: One favorite: the St. Louis telephone directory contains a Hitler (and a bunch of Hittlers), a

Peggy and Jerry Ritter

Peggy and Jerry Ritter

Tojo two Roosevelts, 12 Churchills, nine Trumans.. There are also eight Schmucks and 11 Dierbergs. (That’s not a food fight, not a World War.). . .Cindy Lieber, the better half of entrepreneur Lester Miller’s household, confirmed that Lester “has traded in his Rolls-Royce for two Bentleys,” she said. Lester is owner of the popular Lester’s eateries. . .Expatriates Mary and Allyn Glaub were spotted at Beffa Bros. cafeteria and Mary and Al Baker of yesteryear’s leading  restaurant, Al Baker’s, were doing the Miss Sheri’s thing..

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Over the years, many big egos have trod the boards at the fabulous Fox Theatre – though, for sheer chutzpah, few of them have rivaled the megalomaniacs above the stage in the owners’ box. That box is a little less heavy these nights after co-owner Harvey Harris was unceremoniously dropped from the partnership by Mary Strauss.

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HOUSE PROUD: Triple-murder suspect Christopher Coleman was so closely tied to televangelist Joyce Meyer that he was the only person not named “Meyer” to get a home free of charge from the televangelist’s ministry. It was only after an investigation into the federally-banned setup that paid all living expenses for Coleman, his wife Sheri, and their two sons, that Coleman had to go out and buy his own home . Coleman went to Columbia, Ill., to buy the new home – the scene of the ghastly murder of Coleman’s family. Coleman is alleged to have killed them to avoid being fired for getting a divorce. Joyce Meyer has been known to fire workers who have decided to get divorces. Coleman had hoped to pin the murders on someone who hated Joyce Meyer so badly, that the person would kill his entire family. His plan was to then marry one of Sheri’s friends – a dancer with whom Coleman hung out with while out-of-town at Joyce Meyer’s conferences. In addition, Meyer was the first on the scene of the crime in Columbia, Ill., the morning that police found the strangled bodies of Coleman’s wife and two sons.

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Alvin and Ruth Siteman, benefactors of the Siteman Cancer Center

Alvin and Ruth Siteman, benefactors of the Siteman Cancer Center

JUST SKIP IT?: If it were possible to combine bad timing with worse timing, you’d have to tip your hat to former state senator Maida Coleman for a fund-raising letter arriving in some west St. Louis county mailboxes over the weekend.  Coleman, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last April against St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, is asking for $55, $155 or $255 contributions to help settle a tremendous campaign debt.  The bad timing of the letter – months after her losing campaign – is compounded  by the worse timing missive appearing the same week that former senior Coleman advisor Milton “Skip” Ohlsen made political news.. .And I won’t skip the Sept. 17th fete at the Top of the Met in honor of Jim Cloar’s retirement after eight years atop the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.  Cloar, who arrived in our town from Tampa, is credited with untangling the financial and administrative messes he found at the then Downtown St. Louis Partnership.  He plans to return to the Sunshine State.

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