December 2020

12/01/2020
Some alert readers (ARs) who are now collecting Social Security may remember a time long ago when they were old enough to drink beer legally in some states but were not old enough to vote. Such was the status quo ante in much of the United States prior to the ratification of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971....
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November 2020

11/02/2020
The recent death of former Missouri State Senator Wayne Goode was a reminder of something we’ve lost as a society: a spirit of bipartisanship in public life. While Wayne is perhaps best remembered for having sponsored the legislation that led to the establishment of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, it’s important for all alert readers (ARs) of this column to...
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October 2020

10/01/2020
So far the headlines of 2020 have been dominated by what might be called the five C’s:  COVID, Climate, Cops, Crime and  Census, all of which have interacted to some degree.  For example, there’s a widespread concern that the COVID pandemic has inhibited an accurate census count, which in turn would have an impact on what might be considered a...
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September 2020

09/01/2020
I’m proud to be associated with The St. Louis Blues. Like most St. Louisans I was sorry to see their dreams of retaining The Stanley Cup shattered in The Bubble in Edmonton.  I too was incredulous that they lost all six games in which they wore their blue sweaters as the nominal “home” team.  It definitely wasn’t easy to watch ...
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August 2020

08/01/2020
My high school (Priory) adopted The Rebels as the name of its sports teams in 1961. It was an era when teenage rebels featured prominently in American culture. The 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause had made James Dean an icon of adolescent alienation, a status that was cemented by his untimely death in his speeding Porsche the same year....
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July 2020

07/01/2020
As most alert readers (ARs) know, July 14th, aka Bastille Day, is a national holiday in France. This was the day in 1789 when a mob launched the French Revolution by storming the now famous prison in Paris and freeing a grand total of seven prisoners.  The most famous-- or infamous-- of these was the Marquis de Sade, who, if...
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June 2020

06/01/2020
Most alert readers (ARs) will immediately recognize this opening signature line of one of the most famous songs by The Rolling Stones.  Some of you, like me, were probably looking forward to hearing it performed live at The Stones’ concert in St. Louis on June 27.  As we all now know, this concert was canceled because of COVID-19, along with...
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May 2020

05/01/2020
As most alert readers (ARs) know, one of my favorite quotations from Yogi Berra is “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”  This was certainly true for pioneers who took the Boone’s Lick Trail from where Schlafly Bankside is today to the Santa Fe and Oregon trails; and...
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April 2020

04/09/2020
John D. Rockefeller famously said, “A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”  My friendship with Charles Kopman began with a business connection.  It continued after our original business connection ended and led to starting a new business ten years later.  This new business association, like our friendship, continued until Charles died on April 1,...
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March 2020

03/01/2020
Two hundred and fifty-one years ago, in April of 1769, a French-Canadian fur trader named Louis Blanchette established a settlement called Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) on the Missouri River about 30 miles upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi.  The territory was ruled by Spain at the time and the settlement was later named San Carlos, the Spanish...
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