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The late Tony Peluso managed the Fox Theater for 36 years. As a youngster he was a golf caddy for Harry Arhur, patriarch of Arthur Enterprises. Many of our townfolk worked under Peluso as ushers and concession stand salespersons.  Tony died in 1993 and was survived by his wife and son, Mary and Doug Peluso, who live in University City.  On April 17, Mary turns 100 years-old, cooks daily and remains a homemaker.
THE DEATHS OF TWO LOCAL TITANS have been noted in The New York Times this week. Just-retired Post Dispatch scribe Tim O’Neil reported on Chuck Berry’s memorial service and Sam Roberts wrote an obit about author Patricia McKissack.
JAMES JOSEPH “Jim” Wisniewski, a native of Salem, IL., passed away last month in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, he won the first-ever civil trial against a Belleville predator priest and the church officials who ignored and hid the crimes. Jurors gave Wisniewski $5 million for his suffering. The cleric, Fr. Raymond Kownacki, didn’t attend the trial and has since passed away. Because of reported appeals by Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton, interest on the jury award accumulated and Wisniewski and his attorney, Mike Weilmuenster, were eventually paid $6 million.

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