Posts Tagged ‘Nelly’
“AMERICAN IDOL” PRODUCER’S IPO, SCOTT ROSENBLUM HELPS EXTINGUISH A FIRE, PHYLLIS SCHAFLY & THE BREWERY, ROSE JONAS’ NEW WORK, AL WATKINS TO BETTY WHITE’S ROAST
European media giant Bertelsmann is poised to issue an IPO. The conglomerate controls broadcaster RTL Group, Random House and FreemantleMedia, producer of “American Idol” and “The X Factor”. . .Rose “The Job Doctor” Jonas is penning an e-book with her son, David Finkelstein, titled, “How to Figure Out What You Want to Do Next,” which is being edited by Dick Weiss and is due out April 15 at cyber-book stores. Jonas’ previous effort was a 10,000-word paper, “Living on Stress Mountain: Strategies For Doing Well When Your Life Sucks.” “Clients have told me what works for them,” she said. “This is a compendium of their advice. Take what you like from it, what you think will work for you. May it help you feel less precariously perched here in this thin mountainous air” and she quotes Henry Kissinger: “There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full”. . .Barrister Al Watkins and his wife, Paige, will head to Gotham for the Betty White roast at the Friars Club. Not only that, they will visit with former Ritz St. Louis’ food & bev guy Angus Bright, who now lives in South Carolina serving as GM of a golf pro signature country club/plantation. Watkin’s bro, attorney John Watkins is a member of the Friars. Their mom, Nancy, was a pal of White, when they both lived in Chappaqua, NY. . .Our town’s renowned criminal defense attorney Scott Rosenblum was spotted celebrating his recruitment of up-and-coming attorney Katie Hummel at Bob O’Laughlin’s hotspot 360. Between trading war stories with former Rosenblum protege Vanessa Antoniou, the barristers congratulated U. City’s own Cornell Haynes, II on the wrap of his next album and its first single, which Nelly expects to be released in April. Later, Rosenblum and Antoniou dined at Herbie’s ’72, pitching in between courses to extinguish a three-alarm fire in the kitchen. . .Many local companies trade on having familiar family names. But sometimes, a well-known last name is problematic for a business owner. Take Schlafly’s brewery. On its website’s FAQ’s it includes this: “Does Phyllis orAndrew Schlafly have anything to do with the brewery?” Phyllis Schlafly is brewery owner Tom Schlafly’s aunt by marriage. Andrew is Phyllis’ son and Tom Schlafly’s cousin. Neither Phyllis, nor Andrew Schlafly are involved with Schlafly Beer in any way. Why does this matter? Because Phyllis and Andy are conservative lawyers and activists whose political efforts are likely anethema to a big chunk of the brewery’s patron.
Parkway Central High grad Luis Benitez has the distinction of having climbed Mt. Everest five times. “A number of affluent people have hired hm to take them for a climb there,” offered his rep Daniel Friedman, an attorney who specializes in entertainment and sports. Among Friedman’s other clients are Jeremiah, Ludo, Mick Schultz and Nelly producer Jimmy Hargrove. Over lunch at St. Louis Rotisserie with famed oral and plastic surgeon Dr. Ken Rotskoff, medical director of Renees Cosmetic Spa in Clayton. Friedman discussed monetary rewards for clients. He said, “A band needs to sell 500,000 albums to make money; if a book has pop culture appeal, it does really well. However, book sales have dwindled except those online.”
IRA DeWITT’S CLIENT GINUWINE, TROY VINCENT’S CONFAB, FONTBONNE U’s NEW CURICULUM & NELLY’S DISAPPOINTMENT
It was one of those clear days you can see forever, if not from the windows of Eric Heckman‘s Tani Sushi and Area 14 in Clayton. Where else do you see people driving around in Mercedes with their tops down and heaters on, wearing sunglasses with their overcoats and shivering? Heckman said, that he is working with a group of New York investors to
create a franchise operation of a combination of lounge, restaurant and club with a technical take on tables, where diners will be able to send messages to others. He added he’s on the prowl for another space in Clayton for a “vibe big-city style sports bar where women can feel comfortable.” On the way to the Ritz Carlton, the columnist concluded that Clayton has become the DMZ for urban dropouts. Over at the Restaurant at the Ritz, there was a celebration for the birthday of the Rev. Delix Michel of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Alton. A native of Haiti, he explained, “I founded a school for poor children, attended by 283, and located 12 miles from Cap Haitien. It is called Ecole du Sacre Coeur.” The good priest was accompanied at lunch by volunteer Dorothy Boos. In the cigar bar the columnist learned that former Dolphins defensive back Troy Vincent was expected in town for confabs with Martin Mathews about taking as a model, Reach Out for Kids at the Mathews-Dickey
Boys & Girls Club to other cities. At a large table, Dr. Gregory Taylor, exec veep of Fontbonne University held court with colleagues: Gary Zack; Randy Wilson; Greg Taylor and Joyce Johnson, veep of academic affairs. She said that Fontbonne is now offering a course in social media as a marketing technique and will soon offer a masters program in non-profit management. Special guest of honor was educator John Baworowsky of Athens, Greece. Alleged party-giver Amit Dhawan‘s name was thrown up by a few diners, while word flashed that Nelly‘s most recent project was abandoned by Universal Records. The word in cyberspace is that it happened on the heels of his rant on Twitter, that the label didn’t back his work. In less than a week only about 46,000 were sold. Conversely, the hottest music record producer and promoter in our town has become Ira DeWitt, ceo of Notifi Records on Brentwood Boulevard. The wife of
Bill DeWitt, III, Ira’s roster of artists include multi-Platinum winner Ginuwine. For a long time, Clayton seemed to stand still, in a golden glow, unreal and provocative. But, it will always be there forever, this enchanted city.
So what if my invitation to Roy Pfautch‘s Dec. 18 holiday party at St. Louis C.C, got misplaced? Hanging out with society types hasn’t been all that bad with their conversations that rarely include immigration, two wars over there, the war on drugs, same-sex marriages, the treaty with Russia, Bernie Madoff, Lindsay Lohan, Nelly. Justin Bieber and the Pepper Lounge. I mused euphorically. At least at their parties you can drink and eat well, where hired butlers pass around creamed Alpo. Some of the A-listees are rather decent sensing that African-Americans and other minorities deserve a break. The columnist also missed the V.P. Ball, where Mary Catherine McDonald sang her heart out to the National Anthem before the well-heeled. What makes the V.P. tradition tolerable is the never-ending joy of being a St. Louisan, one of the few remaining titles we can take pride in while the world goes bonkers. What is this mysterious amalgam that keeps on working? Perhaps because we have a few world-renown medical centers and researchers, two outstanding universities, the second oldest symphony orchestra in the country, Crown Candy Kitchen, Bob’s Seafood where live lobster is king and some of the best lawyers in America. One of them is Kevin O’Malley, the go-to barrister who is repping another lawyer, Howard Wittner. O’Malley is a pal of President
Obama and his friendships reach out to prosecutors. Then, there’s former FBI agent Art Margulis whom the Busch family hired to represent August A. Busch, IV, in his most recent saga. Leading the pack is uber-attorney Martin Green, who has filed a class-action lawsuit against ALPA for its alleged failure to exercise good faith to protect TWA pilots in the course of the merger. Trial is docketed for April in a Camden, N.J. courtroom, where Green’s suit asks for in excess of $500 million. In another lawsuit, Green’s client, Zoltek, alleges patent infringement by the U.S. government on products the company manufactured and used on the B-2 Stealth Bomber and the F-22 fighter plane. The Court of Appeals in D.C. will decide whether the case can go to trial.
Doing a slow burn over your personal property tax? Take a looksee at this: Deidre and Jose A. Pujols paid more than $16k which covers 10 vehicles including a Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and four motorcycles; Cornell Haynes (Nelly) paid $13k for 14 vehicles including a Rolls Royce, Bentley, a truck and a motorcycle.