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, some ARs might be interested in revisiting some older stories that were around long before the advent of movies or TV.

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. As is well known, there are some individuals and entities that pay more in taxes than others; and some that are totally exempt from taxation.

June 2023

Alert readers (ARs) who follow politics will be aware that the 118th Congress of the United States convened in January of this year. What most ARs may not recall is that one of the first priorities of the new Congress was the availability of tickets for concerts on Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.

May 2023

As some alert readers (ARs) know, I’ve served on the board of The St. Louis Public Library longer than I’ve been in the beer business. When The Schlafly Tap Room opened in 1991, I had already been on the library board nearly seven years, having been first appointed by Mayor Vincent Schoemehl in December of 1984. At the time John Robert “Jay” Ashcroft was still in elementary school.

April 2023

Like lots of alert readers (ARs) I’m preparing to send a check to the Internal Revenue Service on or before April 18th. And, perhaps like some ARs, I often wonder what happens to the trillions of dollars we collectively send to the federal government every year. We have been told, for example, that none of the $1.2 trillion that was pumped into the economy under The Inflation Reduction Act came from individual taxpayers.

5 reasons to savor the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival

Every year, Schlafly has 80,000 oysters flown in overnight from both coasts, brings in 20 seasoned pros to shuck them all weekend, and brews new stouts exclusively for the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival. Here’s why this beloved annual event, happening March 24 and 25, is such a feast for the senses.

March 2023

Like me, most alert readers (ARs) have probably heard of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that some college students are using to write papers. Before any ARs even ask the question, I want to say for the record that every word in every column I’ve ever written has been my own. I’ve never used ChatGPT for anything and have no intention of doing so. As long as we’re on the subject, I should add that, unlike the 19-year old grandmaster Hans Niemann, I have never used AI to cheat at chess nor been accused of doing so. I have also never sought romance or friendship through Replika or any other AI chatbot mobile app.