July 2024

Alert readers (ARs) of a certain age who are also fans of country music may recall a song recorded in 1971 by Steve Goodman titled, “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.” It was more famously recorded by David Allan Coe in 1975 and is perhaps best remembered its list of subjects that must be included in the

June 2024

Most alert readers surely know that in 1904 St. Louis hosted The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commonly known as The World’s Fair; and in the same year we hosted the first Olympic Games ever held outside Europe. I suspect fewer ARs know that in that same year the Democratic National Convention

May 2024

This column is going to press during Passover, which ran from the evening of April 22nd until sunset on April 29th (inside Israel) or April 30th (outside Israel). As most alert readers (ARs) already know, for thousands of years this has commemorated the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

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.