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UNION PENSION FUNDS FOR MISSOURI

Robert Davi flanked by Amanda and Ky Pietoso

Robert Davi flanked by Amanda and Ky Pietoso

Union pension funds have provided a $1 billion investment in Missouri projects of which $115 million went for seed money for four buildings: the Laurel; Pet Building Apartments; Majestic Stove Lofts; Forest Park Apartments and the Gatesworth reitrement center.  The St. Louis Labor Tribune reports the total impact of pension fund investments is $2.3 billion, equal to 6.3 Busch Stadiums. . .Our town’s Ky Pietoso of Cafe Napoli fame and his wife, Amanda, were in L.A. to visit syndicated radio star George Noory and actor Robert Davi, who has appeared in almost every movie ever made and also sings Sinatra and he’s itching to do a benefit at the Peabody to benefit Dismas House.  The house was founded by Rev. Charles “Dismas” Clark in 1959.  Father Clark was a Jesuit priest who long had a goal of helping ex-offenders by providing accomodations  to allow them to get on their feet after their release from prison.  In the 1960s, Dean Martin,  Sammy Davis and Sinatra did a benefit at Peabody’s predecessor – the Kiel – to benefit Dismas House. . .Martyl Langsdorf recently died at 96.  The former Martyl Schweig was born in our town, graduated from WashU and became a celebrated artist whose works have been on view in many museums and the Smithsonian.  At the age of 18, she sold a painting to composer George Gershwin.  Martyl was married to Dr.Alexander Langsdorf, Jr., a physicist who had worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.  He was one of 70, who petitioned President Harry Truman NOT to use the bomb.

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