The Ancient Order of Hibernians of St. Louis raised the profile of MO. Attorney Gen. Chris Koster, who was honored as “Civic Leader” of the year. The annual fete at the southside HQ of the Electrical Workers Union drew hundreds of police and firefighters, labor union chiefs and politicians who dined on a buffet and guzzled beer and wine to celebrate the occasion. Also honored were County firefighter Vincent Shramm, county police officer Sgt. Andrew Hale, labor leader Mike Mahler and city police officer Sgt. Joe Hill. The male-bonding conclave drew a few wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Irish Lives Matter.”
On hand were: U.S. Attorney Eastern Dist. of Missouri Richard Callahan (now in his sixth year on that bench; MO Dept. of Public Safety’s chief, Jerry Lee; Frank Jacobs, business manager of IBEW; and honor guard consisting of Joe McGettigan, Josh Pogue and Jim Mohan.
ONWARD for dinner at Peppe’s Apt. 2, the cubicle-size restaurant on the horse-and- buggy street known as S. Geyer Rd. in Kirkwood where diners wear everything from Sam Cavato to the Rams jackets, and fashionable women who appear like they soaked themselves in a shower of Dial (that’s laid spelled backwards). There, real estate zoning lawyer John King and his wife, Gloria, cornered Floyd Warmann. Then, a feedbag of Peppe Profetta’s unbelievably caloric cream cannolis. Finally, passed the alleys where kids usually play. I knew i was in love with Pepe’s 2nd floor and the entire neighborhood.