The St. Louis Browns played their first night game 75 years ago tonight at the old Sportsman’s Park – Grand at Dodier – and was edged by the the Cleveland Indians 3-2. The crowd of 24,827 was the largest attendance since 1922. . .”I have been called the ‘first Jewish president,” said President Obama at Adas Israel Congregation in D.C. He further stated, “I’ve had seven seders in the White House and have been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff”. . .They’re going fast! Dead at 95, Victor Salvi, who played and made harps and toured as a soloist with the St. Louis Sinfonietta, a chamber ensemble; Bruce Lundvall, 80, died this week. He was yesteryear regional manager of Columbia Records, who was based in our town, and hired a young Gene Denonovich of St. Louis as a PR’er. Lundvall had most recently been prez and CEO of the Blue Note label and credited with signing such artists as Stan Getz, Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Anita Baker and Herbie Hancock.
SENATOR AYOTTE has been criticized for her former (prosecutorial) office’s failure to investigate charges against a mortgage investment firm accused of orchestrating a $80-$100 million Ponzi scheme.
Fox notes that the minimum contribution is $1,000 and maximum is $10,800 per couple. Co-hosts: Ginny and August Busch, III; Rachel and Jack Oliver; Cong. Ann Wagner and Ray Wagner; Lelia and David Farr among others.
THE NATION’S FLAGS WILL BE AT HALF-MAST ON MONDAY to observe Memorial Day (nee Decoration Day), which marks the date when soldiers’ graves are to be decorated. Albeit a solemn day to pay tribute to those who’ve fallen, Memorial Day events will abound including parties, picnics, parades and family getaways. It’s a time when spring nears a close to usher in summer on June 21. On Memorial Day, the Cardinals come back to Busch to play a three-day series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Some private club room fans will even get “taken by booze” with terrible and laudable dignity. Many will reminisce about years gone by. Ah, nostalgia.
THOSE OF A CERTAIN AGE can recall playing pick-up-cards, pin the tale on the donkey, cork ball, alleys, Yo-Yo, erector sets, model trains and planes, Jacks, grab-bag, Tinker Toy, Flip Cards, Foos Ball, volleyball, ping-pong, ice-skating a the Arena, bowling at Nelson Burton and hopscotch. Comic books: Archie, Nancy, Dick Tracy, Henry, Toots & Casper and Smilin’ Jack. Candy: Babe Ruth, Mounds, Almond Joy, Whiz and Tootsie Roll. Some watched on television “Stop the Music,” “The $64 Question” which morphed into $64k, Howdy-Doody, Ding-Dong School, Mr. Rogers, Capt. Kangaroo, John Cameron Swayze, Walter Cronkite, Dave Garraway or Edward R. Murrow.
HIT SONGS OF THE DAY were by Dusty Springfield, Chubby Checker, the Drifters, the Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Beachboys, Little Eva, the Vandellas, Tiny Tim, Peter/Paul/Mary, Herman’s Hermits and Bob Dylan.
My age: a bleak and chilly number. Seeking solace, I went to my doctor who said, “You’re only as old as you feel.” (For this he gets $130.)
If we’re talking about creativity, let’s turn to the other night’s Dada Ball & Bash to benefit the Contemporary Art Museum at the south side’s Koken Art Gallery. Guests were invited to enjoy “libations, seated sustenance and daring deeds.” Honorary chairman was the French, naturalized painter Marcel Duchamp (1889-1968). More than 300 lounge lizards and reveled at the event as lensed by Terry Baer/Blacktie Missouri: