Susan Nagarkatti is a librarian. Not a typical librarian, mind you, but a reference librarian. She also is a product of the ‘American Dream.’ You may wonder how it is that a reference librarian—with all the stereotypical images that job conjures up—could possibly be an exemplary product of the American Dream. Surely, all reference librarians wear spectacles on the ends of their noses, keep to themselves and constantly clutch books while saying Shush! to talkative library patrons all day long, right? In reality, no two librarians are exactly the same, just like no two American dreams or stories are alike.
The first time I met Jill Farmer was in 1993, when she came to St. Louis to work for KTVI Channel 2. As a matter of fact, she was brought in as the station’s consumer reporter to replace my wife, Mandy Murphey, who moved to the anchor desk. As Farmer and her family grew, it seemed that she had it all together: After all, she had been an outstanding athlete, graduated summa cum laude from Drake University, and was a top-notch reporter. Her husband was named a partner at Thompson Coburn, and her daughters were just as engaging and charming as their mom.
Five days a week, two hours a day, you can find Dr. Salvatore ‘Sam’ Pagano in the fitness center at The Gatesworth, taking a class or using the elliptical machine. At age 90, he exhibits the energy of a man years younger. “Since he moved in, my dad is in better health and is more active than he has ever been,” says Chris Pagano.
Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis this week kicked off Maryville University’s 2011-2012 St. Louis Speaker Series. A graduate of The College of William and Mary and Yale University, Ellis has written nine books, eight of which focus on America’s founding fathers.
Held in their beautiful English Tudor home on the edge of Forest Park, Susan and Bill Piper welcomed 30 guests last month to an exclusive preview of the St. Louis Symphony’s opening weekend, a Stravinsky celebration.
Like me, there are quite a few St. Louisans who believe that the names of Chuck Berry and Joe Edwards have become indelibly linked in our city’s lore. As we sit at a table inside Blueberry Hill, Edwards and I can look outside and see the newly unveiled statue of the ‘Father of Rock and Roll.’ The figure of a young Berry in a tuxedo looks as though it is just about to swoop down into the famous ‘duck walk.’ Just like most of the other things he has brought to life on The Loop, the statue is much the way Edwards envisioned it.
For young adults and their parents, it might be considered the emotional equivalent of a bungee jump. Heading off to college for the first time can be exhilarating, terrifying, cause for jubilation—and usually a few tears. And the first few weeks or months can mean even more angst. How can this turbulence be navigated smoothly?
Familiar and yet mysterious, he’s as integral to St. Louis history as the 1904 World’s Fair. But have you ever tried to explain to someone just exactly who the Veiled Prophet is? In her fascinating and carefully researched presentation, Beneath the Veil: The Story of the Veiled Prophet, speaker and historian Bev Schuetz brings VP history to life, with details more colorful than a rack of debutante gowns. One of the popular speaker’s most-requested lectures, it will be presented at the Hawken House fall luncheon on Sept. 22 in Webster Groves. It’s not easy to keep up, or catch up, with the energetic and in-demand Schuetz, but when we did, it was easy to understand why her business, History Talks, is such a success.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard: It is an institution that is synonymous with St. Louis. Ask a local to recommend a sweet stop, and they’ll point you in the direction of the Chippewa or South Grand locations. Ladue News caught up with Ted, 83, to ask him about the history and success of his delicious business.
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