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So, Rush Limbaugh, advance man for Peter Kinder, has lashed out at the movie, “Dark Knight Rises” on his blabathon.  He said the movie’s villain, “Bane,” is part of the “anti-Romney conspiracy”. . .”A tide of anger has been swelling,” since Mizzou disclosed plans to shutter its publishing house,” reads a report in The New York Times.  It has stoked arguments over the university’s priorities and is fueling an escalating national debate over the necessity of university presses and future in the digital world. . .The Taubman Prestige Outlets Chesterfield will feature a dog-friendly shopping environment and will generate employment of 1,200 people, points out the company’s Steve Kieras.  He reminded us that groundbreaking will take place at 10 a.m., July 25. . .Looking for pain relief at Walgreens?  The company’s 7,900-plus sites will be offering an app that a user can pull up a store’s floor plan and search for a product.  A pin will drop onto the map to show which aisle it’s in.  The project is a result of the chain’s teaming up with our town’s Aisle411. . .The City of Chesterfield has $250k to drop on celebrating its 25th anniversary, raising eyebrows everywhere. . .Everyone seems to be mum on the future – if there’s any – of the status of the Phi Chapter of Sigma Alph Mu fraternity at WashU, which has lost national and local recognition. “An ongoing investigation. . .has been turned over to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office,” says the U. . .With the spate of electrical accidents, that have recently occurred this past month, Brooke Schoene, local owner of the national electrical franchisor Mister Sparky, recommends a number of safety tips available including:  “know where the fuse boxes and circuit breakers are located in your home and how to shut them off in case of emergency” (that’s news to the columnist). . .”London 2012: NBC, Facebook have struck Olympics partnership and will include the occasional use of a “Facebook Talk Meter” on tv to reflect online buzz,” reads a flash. . .Hometowner Brad Schiff, heir to yesteryear news anchor Steve Schiff, has struck gold in his job as director of animation for Leica Entertanment in Portland.  His new movie, “Paranorman,” is set for release next month.


Fabrizio Schenardi (chef), Alper Oztok, Marco Pacelli, Kitty Ratcliffe

Arthur G. Sulzberger, son of The New York Times current chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., and great-great-grandson of the paper’s founder, Adolph Ochs, spent hours in our town, while headquartered at the downtown Hilton researching the background on the untimely death of Adrienne Martin at the August Busch IV mansion.  Young Sulzberger is the Kansas City bureau chief for the Times. He filed the story that included chats with locals on their take.  Developer Pete Rothschild: “Now that the brewery is sold everyone can’t wait to pile on the vitriol.” Arthur’s story is headlined, “After a Retreat From Limelight, A Death and Rekindled Anger”. . .Retired A-B distributor and philanthropist Jerry Clinton will marry his beloved Terri Larkin in March in an out-of-town ceremony to be attended by family members. . .FOX2 execs are mum about the disappearance of top-of-the-shelf personality John Auble and only say he’s out for personal issues. . .Creve Coeur Mayor Harold Dielman is mending from heart surgery. . .Christopher Tritto, a scribe at the St. Louis Business Journal, is telling pals that he is ankling the newspaper “to pursue new writing prospects and open myself to opportunities.”  Meanwhile, is radio talker and former KMOV reporter Jamie Alman now doing investigations for KSDK?. . . Power lunch to end all lunches at Cielo in the Four Seasons Hotel was where the inn’s newly annointed g.m., Alper Oztok was introed to regulars Nancy and Ken Kranzberg and St. Louis Convention & Visitor’s Kitty Ratcliffe. Kitty tipped that the 5,000 members of the Council for Exceptional Children will hold its convention here in April, 2016, which will generate 10,500 hotel room nights. Cielo’s exec chef Fabrizio Schenardi and g.m. Marco Pacelli prepared and orchestrated the meals of which no gastronomic fantasy goes unfulfilled. . .Elton John graces the cover of the Feb. 17 issue of Rolling Stone and says in a lengthy interview that he sold all his personal LP collection in 1989 “for $250,000 to somebody in St. Louis,” while raising funds for the newly-founded AIDS Foundation.  “I really regret it now,” he admits. The composer and crooner calls himself “probably the most famous homosexual in the world” and admits annoying “the other homosexual by doing things like playing Rush Limbaugh‘s wedding.”


Esther Haywood and Ina Boon

Rush Limbaugh gets rich off of stupid white folks,” declared St. Louis County branch of the NAACP prez Esther Haywood, a former state rep and educator. Haywood, who helped integrate the Memphis schools in the 1960s, orchestrated the “Soulful Jazz Brunch”/fundraiser Saturday at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Haywood said she’s on a crusade to add more members to her chapter’s growing youth group.  “If they’d get involved, there would be less crime,” said Haywood.  The columnist couldn’t resist watching the crowd singing and applauding a set that featured “Lift Every

County Police Chief Tim Fitch and Esther Haywood

Voice and Sing” to the beat of jazz. Members of the audience included County Police Chief Tim Fitch, who excused himself. “I have to go to my car to get my checkbook to pay for that painting,” said Fitch, who had bought it at the auction.  Others: Ina Boon, prez emeritus; Adrian and Vernon Bracy, managing partner of RVC Group and honorees – State Sen. Rita Heard, Normandy Mayor Pat Green; Demetrius Hatcher; Andreal Hoosman; Angela Haywood Gaskin; Alvin Miller and Fitch.

Vernon and Adrian Bracey


Erstwhile radio personality J.C. Corcoran picked up on the recent story bout conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s apology of having referred to Chi Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher as a neo-Nazi.  J.C. said, “Now that Glenn Beck has indicated he might be going blind, it sets up the possibility he’ll team up with Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin for the deaf, dumb and blind tour.”


Somewhere in her family, Alexis Tucci had to have inherited the genes of Cecil B. DeMille or David O. Selznick.  Only they and Tucci could produce a spectacular such as the Mayor’s Ball in City Hall t’other eve, crafted by Tucci.  Usually the corridors are as empty as an Elaine Viets book signing, but Friday night they were wall-to-wall, costumed party-goers as well as those in formal attire.  Why not? It was the eve of Mardi Gras festivities around town and the guests partied and jammed beyond belief. The aforementioned Dooley and Hizzoner Francis Slay were hugging and recalling how earlier in the day, Dooley pulled off his best joke yet. While Slay and others were at a Hardee’s launching of Heat Up St. Louis, they looked in vain for Dooley, whose presence was expected. Finally, someone caught a side-splitting Dooley at a drive-up window.

Speaking of attending functions, Guv. Jay Nixon was invited to the ball, but was a no-show much to the anger of some power brokers. “He doesn’t even care about St. Louis”, said one of them.  Another Dem chimed in about county exec hopeful Bill Corrigan and pointed out, “He’s been elected to Pulaski Bank’s board.  You know, the bank that has not yet paid back the TARP funds?”

With his wife, Gienne, at  his side,  Parks & Rec. chief Gary Best tipped that a conservancy is being formed to raise money for the Gateway Mall park. Nearby, St. Louis Sheriff Jim Murphy lamented about his nephew, Judge Joe Murphy, another victim of lung cancer. “It’s treatable – he’s now on chemotherapy,” said Murphy. Affable 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohen enthused over having gotten a grant from the Justice Dept. for his district to cover police and prosecutorial services as well as the neighborhood watch program. Taking it all in were Deb and Cong. Russ Carnahan, who admitted he enjoys listening to Rush Limbaugh whenever possible. Getting admirable stares were the stunning duo of Teresa and broadcaster John Brown, while nearby were Michelle and St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, who expressed comfort about what he described as a “coming together of all factions in the department, but several forces don’t want that.”  A few toasts were raised to Brian Wahby, chairman of the city Democratic Central committee for having pioneered the Mayor’s Ball way back then.


Where was I to go in this town on a weekday night? In the long nights of the old days, I used to make the rounds until 2 a.m. (Imitate Walter Winchell – earn big money!) Ah, that’s when I began plugging away through blurry eyes on the newly-installed computer at the old Globe-Democrat. Most of them are gone now – publisher G. Duncan Bauman, editors Paul Tredway and Ed
– to name a few. Some are still around such as the talented Sue Ann Wood Poor and octogenarian Martin Duggan, whose last stand there was as editor of the editorial page. Duggan, as most of us know, retired and became a television star on KETC, Channel 9’s “Donnybrook.” Before he was to be honored Wednesday night at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, we chatted about his 45-year career at the newspaper and oh, the stories he could tell – and did. Most of all, he said he enjoyed being a news editor, but being editor of the editorial page “was more prestigious.”

“When I was with the feature page, my mentor was (the late columnist) Bob Goddard,” he recalled. “In those days, we had great friends at the Post-Dispatch. We had fun and there was a great deal of rivalry. Every day it was Super Bowl time.” Then, he reminisced about his early stint on “Donnybrook” and the bashing by then Post-Dispatch television critic
Eric Mink. Duggan pointed out, “Mink wrote we’re all an embarrassment to the city of St. Louis and he likened me to (zany appliance pitchman) Steve Mizerany. And, yet, we did win two Emmys.” (I later asked Mink about his critique and he said, “I take it as a compliment that Duggan remembers what I wrote a thousand years ago; I certainly don’t. That said, I love the Mizerany comparison. Didn’t Martin do ‘Donnybrook’ on roller skates a couple of times?”) In his retirement, Duggan won’t be sitting back and listening to Rush Limbaugh on KMOX. “I’m not a fan of his,” said Duggan. Asked if he’ll write his memoirs, Duggan insisted,”Memoirs are pretty boring. But, I might write about snobs, slobs, deadbeats and drunks.”


The columnist has made hundreds of New Year’s resolutions over the years – for himself and on behalf of many of you.  Some have taken: some have not.  For himself, the columnist vows better attention to health; more acceptance of the limits of medicine; greater patience with the pace of healing; and a more heartfelt gratitude to doctors, nurses, billing clerks, insurance companies, and (especially) to well-wishers.  He also vows greater attention to correct spelling, accurate timing, complete quoting, standard punctuation, organized note-taking, credible attribution, flattering photography, and graceful corrections.  Of course, that is an annual resolution, made with little real intention of doing anything about the habits of a lifetime gossipist. On your behalf, the columnist attributes (with no foundation and with relatively little malice) the following fantasy resolutions:

  • From President Barack Obama: I’ll do my Christmas vacation next year with Claire, Joe, and their family in St. Louis, as long as Claire promises not to Tweet about it and Joe pays for the Pi.
  • From Governor Jay Nixon:  I’ll ask Peter Kinder, who practically lives there, to tell Georganne the best places to eat, shop, and stay in St. Louis.
  • From Archbishop Robert Carlson:  I’ll make more good news with Catholic Charities than bad.
  • From SLU president the Rev. Larry Biondi:  I’ll commission a statue of a naked Rick Majerus for Bannister House if the Billikens make the NCAA Tournament.
  • From Sen. Kit Bond:  I’ll use my final year to find jobs for all my staff.
  • From County Executive Charlie Dooley:  I’ll ask the nice Greg Boyce for a couple of lumps of clean coal to put into a certain former staffer’s Christmas stocking.
  • From Mayor Francis Slay:  I’ll give a Key to the City to Lady GaGa.
  • From KMOV GM Alan Cohen:  I’ll do infomercials 24/7.
  • From “Donnybrook” founder Martin Duggan:  I’ll start a blog. What’s a blog?
  • From Emerson CEO David Farr and celebrated attorney Linda Martinez:  We had no idea we were named “man and woman of the year” by the Variety Club until we read it in Berger’s column. We hope he’ll be seated with us at the April 24th dinner.
  • From Congressman Lacy Clay:  I’ll check “finally single”  on my Census form next year.
  • From former GOP consultant Rod Jetton: I’ll use the hot air
  • From the Robin  Carnahan campaign to fill a bouquet of green balloons.
  • From Gateway Foundation donor M. Peter Fischer:  I think I’ll do another two blocks.
  • From Build-A-Bear boss Maxine Clark:  I’ll stuff the first marketing person who suggests a children’s video on national health care reform, immigration, or gun control.
  • From former Engineered Air’s Mike Shanahan:  Since that fancy country club in Naples, Fla., has blackballed me and sent me a check that bounced, I think I’ll remain at Old Warson.
  • From the St. Louis Beacon’s Bob Duffy:  We now have our own space in the KETC-TV offices and hope we’ll open an Illinois bureau in Pontoon Beach.
  • From television reporter Alex Fees:  Maybe I can get Donna Wilkinson to follow Steve Schankman on my “Conversations with. . .” in January on HEC-TV – if her stockings aren’t falling.
  • From Congressman Russ Carnahan:  I’ll use my frequent flier miles to send mouthy Ed Martin on a long trip to country without the Internet.
  • From Blues owner Dave Checketts:  I’ll play Ed Goltermann in goal for home games.
  • From Gerard Craft:  I’ll open a Niche on every corner.
  • From WashU chancellor Mark Wrighton:  I’ll get that Top 10 ranking back.
  • From Chief Tim Fitch:  I’ll find a new badge for Floyd Warmann.
  • From KSDK GM Lynn Beall:  I’ll retire or replace any face viewers might conceivably recognize.
  • From Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom:  I’ll fire the coach if he blows our number one draft choice by actually winning another game.
  • From Bob Baer:  I’ll ride the last Metro bus to Chesterfield if the County tax campaign fails in April.
  • From would-be Rams owner Rush Limbaugh:  I’ll buy the Arch Rival Roller Girls instead.
  • From north St. Louis developer Paul McKee:  I’ll mow all my yards and rake yours too.
  • From entrepreneurs Mike and Steve Roberts: We’ll suggest changing the name of St. Louis City to Roberts St. Louis City.
  • From Symphony music director David Robertson:  I’ll buy KFUO and program it with hip-hop, uh. . .classical music.
  • From Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III:  I’ll change the name of Ballpark Village to Holliday Haven.
  • From the Loop’s Joe Edwards:  I’ll open a successful venue on the actual Moon.
  • From Lee CEO Mary Junck:  I’ll improve morale by signing a good contract with the Newspaper Guild.
  • From AmerenUe officials:  I’ll use the phrase “a warm holiday glow” in our next filing with the Public Service Commission to soften them up on a nuclear power rate increase.
  • From Art Museum honcho Brent Benjamin:  I’ll expand.
  • From AB Inbev boss Carlos Britto: I’ll find out if Clydesdales go better with a little lime.
  • From grocer Greg Dierberg:  I’ll open the most popular grocery in a decade and call it. . .Culinaria Too.
  • From the Caseyville and Collinsville police:  Next time we hope we’ll get it right. (At Teezers Bar in Collinsville, a guy walked in with a silver handgun over the holidays and fired off a few rounds and marched out.  Police began looking for a 70 year-old man known to them and after much searching, they decided that the gunman they really needed to look for had the same name but was just 52.  Then, the Caseyville police gave their Collinsville counterparts an entirely different suspect’s name. The guy, who allegedly committed the explosive act, was none of the above: he had been hiding out all that time at Jessi’s Hideout in Collinsville.)
  • From restaurateur Sam Kacar: I hope to open a third Trattoria Branica in Chesterfield Valley by mid-January and then focus on a fourth in the CWE or Webster Groves.
  • From former airport director Dick Hrabko: I’m going to get those slots installed at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport.
  • From Wind Capital exec Tom Carnahan:  I’ll use the hot air
  • From the Roy Blunt campaign to generate electricity.
  • From uber-flack Joan Quicksilver:  I’ll nominate Jerry Berger as Media Person of the Year.
  • From affable CVC’s Kitty Ratcliffe:  I resolve I’ll ask for another convention center. (The woman has garnered kudos for signing such major confabs as the Church of God in Christ, that brought 40,000 here and has inked its convention for St. Louis in 2011 and 2012 – away From Memphis.
  • From all of this column’s many sources: We’ll not turn a blind eye to any item that might amuse St. Louis in Jerry Berger’s website.

Caveat lector and Happy New Year!


“He (Rush Limbaugh) is sort of a yo-yo,” mugged the popular



broadcaster’s uncle, retired Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. “But, had he been here (with the Rams), the team would stay here.”  Limbaugh, who was nominated for federal judge for the U.S. Dist. of eastern and western Missouri by President Reagan, is now with the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale. The columnist cornered him and his wife Anne at the Fellows of the St. Louis Bar Foundation gala at the Chase-Park Plaza.  Among the familiar faces in the



crowd was Mavis Thompson, prez of the National Bar Association, whose spotlight is on diversity programs and resources in the legal profession. “The numbers are dismal among partners in law firms, associates, court staffs, law clerks and throughout the judiciary,” she said.  “We’ve made no headway with managing partners of those firms. We now have turned to corporations to tell their law firms ‘we will withdraw our business until you have a diverse team of lawyers.”  Thompson mentioned WalMart and AmerenUE as examples of her targets.  Kent D. Syverud, dean of the Law School at WashU



was there with his wife, Dr. Ruth  Chen, a prof at the university.  Judge Richard Teitelman joined our conversation and



gushed about Syverud, “He has a passion for teaching and the students come first.” Syverud, former dean of the law school at Vanderbilt, addressed the trashing of lawyers by some media, “That’s because lawyers speak for the unpopular views. It’s easier to attack the spokespersons than the clients.”  Applications for law school are up 20 percent nationally and Syverud said there are about 1,000 students in the WashU law school. “I teach a full load of 350 students this year.”  Retired Circuit Judge Anna C. Forder got kudos on the 30th anniversary of her appointment.  The 2009 Spirit of Justice Awards were presented for “dedication to the community” to: John R. Barsanti, Jr. Dan Buck; Ruth Ezell; Ryan Hummert; John G. Simon; Mayor Slay; Charles A. Weiss; Ronda F. Williams and Samuel Sung H. You





Herbie’s on Euclid Avenue threw off a wow $4 million in revenue last year, confided bon vivant Aaron Teitelbaum, who is creating an empire of restaurants, beginning with the former Balaban’s and Monarch in Maplewood. “Next, will be a space in Clayton with 80 seats,” he said.  Teitelbaum also tipped that he and Joanna Dettmann, founder of the search engine optimization firm Tsunela, just celebrated their one-year anniversary of bliss. Across the street, on Maryland Avenue, entrepreneur Rex Sinquefield has bought the building at 4652, where it’s



rumored to become an art gallery and a generous

space for the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum.  A perfect fit for Rex, who owns the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center. While sipping coffee, he chatted about how he grew up at St. Vincent’s Orphanage and went on to become successful in co-founding Dimensional Fund Advisors and a think-tank with Crosby Kemper, III,.  He said, “Our biggest issue is replacing the city earnings tax and the Missouri sales tax.”  But, chess was uppermost in Rex’s mind, when he enthused the U.S. Championship will be held here in late April.  He extolled the advantages of chess and how it contributes to mental activity – memorizing, planning and patience. Turning to world issues, Sinquefield opined, ” Iran will get a nuke unless Israel takes out the installations.  They have no choice. I don’t see Obama standing up against them.”  A graduate of St. Louis University and the University of Chicago, Singuefield joshed, “I told my youngest son, Luke, if you don’t finish college, you’ll become a failure like Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh and Bobby Fisher.”


The Railway Exchange Building, home to downtown Macy’s, has reportedly been sold. Macy’s will lease space from the new owners. As part of the deal, Macy’s is “refreshing” (and re-thinking) its offerings in the historic structure. One possible new department:: fashions by local designers. The concept has been a successful one at Macy’s State Street store in ChiTown. . . .A search committee is scouring the nation’s parks and trails to find a successor to departing Dave Fischer at the Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District. Fischer, who took over the new district after holding a similar gig in Minneapolis, will be tough to replace, say his pals. . . Bob Cassilly’s City Museum will shutter its popular new rooftop attractions for the winter on Nov. 1 with a performance by the band, Harry and the Potters. Co-founders Paul and Joe DeGeorge front the Boston group, which an alternative newspaper there described it as “the Pink Floyd of Potterdam. The concert is free, but access to the roof is $5, plus regular museum admission. (Crash the party on your flying broom!). . .With the columnist now firmly esconced in the cyber era, it was inevitable that others should follow. Mayor Francis Slay has announced via Twitter that from now on, all Room 200’s news will be sent out via email and Social Media. (Administering this new policy will be incoming mayoral press secretary Kara E. Bowlin, a new media pro, who will be working at the desk occupied until last month by media fave Ed Rhode, who has hung out his own shingle.) Meanwhile, Slay used his blog – – this week to weigh in on the burgeoning controversy regarding Rush Limbaugh‘s interest in purchasing the St. Louis Rams. “If it were up to me, I would choose someone who wanted to keep the team in St. Louis without demanding a new, publicly-funded football stadium,” penned Slay.

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