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Hand-in–hand, gotbucks Harris Frank and activist Barbara Eagleton arrived for the St. Louis Beacon’s gala evening

Harris Frank and Barbara Eagleton

built around a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Widow    of the beloved and former Sen. Tom Eagleton, Barbara tipped  that she has inked for a February date The New York Times op-ed    scribe Joe Nocera for her Women’s Democratic Forum. The topic of his Sunday piece was “the high cost of football teams.” Last year, The Beacon presented H.M.S. Pinafore with a super-star    cast that included Christine Brewer, David Robertson, Tim O’Leary and Hugh Russell, with Chicago Lyric associate conductor Craig Terry at the piano. Terry and Russell were back this year, for the Beacon’s “Mikado” but the 2012 cast was made up  of talented young men and women from our region, including  Keith Boyer as Nanki Poo, Heather Patterson as Yum Yum, Russell as KoKo, Mark Freiman as the Mikado and  Debbie Lennon as Katisha. “It’s the Opera Theatre model,” quipped Beacon associate editor Bob Duffy. “Find the best young talent around and help them build great careers.” Champagne was poured before the show in the Sheldon Concert Hall, and afterward gala-goers moved upstairs to a transformed banquet room, the Cabaret

Shirley Bynum Smith and Ed Wallace

Katishs, for a cabaret starring the inimitable Brewer, who started  off with Great American Songbook tunes. Craig Terry accompanied her, and good guy Ernie Clark spelled him at the grand. Among the    VIPs in attendance was longtime organist and chorus master at St. Michael & St. George Episcopal Church, Ed Wallace, who thrilled to a reunion with Shirley Bynum Smith, who once sang in his choir. The Beacon’s major benefactor Emmy Pulitzer arrived    minutes before the concert with her escort Roy Pfautch.

Emmy Pulitzer with Roy Pfautch


Some Republicans don’t realize that the Ten Commandments aren’t multiple-choice. Arguably, that doesn’t apply to Sen. Richard Lugar of  Indiana, the third most senior senator and one who has notched up 98 percent attendance.  He is a hero to many, having called for a reversal of the Obama Administration’s de facto prohibition on new oil drills. Lugar will be in our town at a fundraiser for his reelection on March 20 at the Carrswold palazzo of Marilyn and Sam Fox.  Hosts: Roy Pfautch (if he’s not lobbying in Japan or China}; Lelia and David Farr; Don and Betsy Musick and Carol and Bert Walker.


Lindsay Lohan Photo Credit: Creative Commons / The Cinema Source

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

Justin Bieber photo: Creative Commons / Daniel Ogren

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.

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