April 2024

June 1, 1943, Rip Sewell, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, threw a blooper pitch in a game against the Boston Braves at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. After the game Sewell’s teammate outfielder Maurice Van Robays dubbed it “an eephus pitch.” When asked what “eephus” meant, Robays replied, “Eephus ain’t nothing

March 2024

The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BCE in the religious sanctuary of Olympia in honor of Zeus, the greatest of the Greek Gods. Like his fellow gods and goddesses Zeus lived on ambrosia and nectar, which were delicious and provided both nutrition and immortality. In the second century BCE Rome conquered

February 2024

The birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns has been celebrated at The Schlafly Tap Room every year without interruption since January of 1992. The celebration includes culinary delicacies such as haggis, Scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie and cock-a-leekie soup, washed down with our own Scotch Ale

January 2024

Ever since the opening of The Schlafly Tap Room in 1991 one of the common tropes has been that of David vs. Goliath in telling the story of an upstart microbrewery that opened in the shadow of the world’s largest megabrewery. Thirty-two years later the figurative David now has a literal David at the helm.

December 2023

Most alert readers (ARs) are undoubtedly familiar with the term “Trial of the Century”, which has been used to describe hundreds of legal proceedings over the years, few of which attained more notoriety than the trial of Harry Kendall Thaw in 1907 for the murder of the renowned architect Stanford White.

November 2023

November 2, 2023 is the 75th anniversary of the only election in which a Missourian was elected President of The United States. As some alert readers (ARs) know, Harry S. Truman became President on April 12, 1945 with the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but was not actually elected to the office until three and a half years later.

October 2023

One of the enduring lessons I learned in school back in 1962 was: Tall girls can flirt and other queer things can do. Before any alert readers (ARs) jump to unwarranted conclusions, I need to emphasize that I did not learn this in a sex education class; and the teacher was not perpetuating gender stereotypes of any kind.

September 2023

As most alert readers (ARs) know, 11,500 members of The Writers Guild of America have been on strike against The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers since early May. While the viewing public awaits a resolution of this dispute and a resumed flow of fresh material from Hollywood,

August 2023

I recently attended a presentation on cyber security that addressed some of the risks of using email. In the course of this presentation the presenter, who was less than half my age, mentioned that the “Cc” feature referred to “carbon copies” and the “Bcc” feature referred to “blind carbon copies.”

July 2023

Back in 1780 Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that nothing is certain except death and taxes. With all due respect for the author of Poor Richard’s Almanack and the founder of The Library Company in Philadelphia, I have to quibble. While death is inevitable and certain for everyone who has ever lived, taxes are not.