The man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from THE PRESS CLUB OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala. Popular radio broadcaster and former Cardinals player BOB UECKER will be recognized for his many decades behind the booth. He’ll be joining Media Person of the Year honoree RICK HUMMEL, longtime sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and lifetime journalist BOB DUFFY, founder of the St. Louis Beacon. The Jan. 21 event will be held at the Edward Jones headquarters in Des Peres. For more info, visit stlpressclub.org.
Not many people can claim to have discovered a lost Irish medieval fortress, but for Saint Louis University history professor THOMAS FINAN, it’s all in a day’s work. Finan, who oversaw the successful excavations at Kilteasheen from 2004-2009, has discovered another major Gaelic settlement dating to the 12th and 13th centuries. The site, surveyed and studied as part of a research project involving SLU students, was considered a high-status center for the MacDermot lords who ruled over north county Roscommon throughout the Middle Ages. The project, funded by SLU’s College of Arts and Sciences, also involved the National University of Ireland-Galway.
Two Washington University School of Medicine physicians are the recipients of inaugural awards from SCOPE, a St. Louis-based national organization that engages the public on science and technology. DR. NANCY BARTLETT (Founder Award) and DR. ELISA BIRNBAUM (Innovation Award) will be honored for their unique contributions to science and technology, and support of public outreach during an Oct. 2 event at Plush. SCOPE, which stands for Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose & Exploration, works to deliver education, financial aid, internship and job information, and other resources at no cost to the community. For more information, visit scopenation.org.
An architectural bike tour and an interactive photo contest are among the activities in the works for the third annual STL DESIGN WEEK. Created to celebrate the impact of creativity on the community, Design Week kicks off Sept. 23 with a discussion on the relationship between architectural design and art at the Contemporary Art Museum. “Great design has a profound impact on a community,” says STL Design Week chair MARGARET MCDONALD, principal at Arcturis. She says the idea is to broaden people’s definition of design and to encourage participation from designers and enthusiasts from all disciplines. Events taking place across St. Louis include ‘Discovered’ on Sept. 27, an art exhibition and auction of repurposed books at Central Library to benefit the St. Louis Library Foundation; and a Sept. 28 presentation by EAMES DEMETRIOS, the grandson of design icon CHARLES EAMES, at Webster University. For more info, visit stldesignweek.com.
On the shelves: Our city’s beloved landmark is the star of a new children’s book that allows youngsters to tag along with Lewis and Clark and their canine sidekick, Seaman, for a fun look at westward expansion. What’s That Arch? is the first book from lifelong St. Louisan and Jefferson National Parks Association employee SANDRA KREITNER (with illustrations by local artist ALVIN ZAMUDIO).
Retired Rabbi MARK SHOOK is out with his first book, The Ezra Scroll. The compelling, fact-based thriller weaves 2,500 years of Jewish history, both ancient and modern, that centers on the creation of the Torah by the ancestors of the biblical priest Ezra. Shook, who retired after 23 years as senior rabbi at Temple Israel, currently serves as chaplain coordinator for St. Louis County Police and teaches Jewish philosophy as adjunct professor at Saint Louis University.