I still can’t figure out exactly how Michael Henderson did it. It is one of the most incredible pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, never-say-die, never-surrender, life-changing stories I’ve ever heard.
When Jeremy Davenport returns home to St. Louis next month to play at the newly reopened Jazz at the Bistro he’ll have at least three unanswered questions on his mind: (1) How does one indisputably define jazz music? (2) Why there isn’t more jazz being played in his old hometown? and (3) Why is St. Louis—a city he thought was as diverse as they come—now so embroiled by racial division?
As soon as you walk in the door of Ferguson Burger Bar & More, you see a sign that reads: You say I dream too big, I say you think too small. Charles Davis is the person who put that sign up on the wall.
Ask almost anyone who knows Dan Farrell, senior VP of sales and marketing for the Cardinals, to tell you something about him and the first thing they’ll probably say is that he is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in St. Louis.
Gerald Early was born and raised in South Philadelphia's Southwark neighborhood. It was the setting for the story of Rocky Balboa. The movie was fiction but the area was a very real place, and Early is one of its real-life over-comers.
As one of the female pioneers of St. Louis PR, Joan Quicksilver—who is known not only among local PR circles, but throughout the community—has seen women go from being minimalized in the industry to now being dominant influences.
Fran Levine wants to learn a whole lot more about St. Louis History, and she is counting on all of us to be her teachers. In April, Levine takes over as the new president of the Missouri History Museum, leaving a similar post at the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors. She was born a ‘Connecticut Yankee,’ to borrow from Twain, who spent a short time studying at what she calls “a little hippie college” in Maine. But after her dad gave her some sage advice, she knew it was time to move on. “My father came to tell me ‘how the cow ate the cabbage.’ He told me if I was going to do what I wanted to do with my life, then I needed to move West.”
“It’s fun to be a reporter but everything you cover is so inconsequential the day after tomorrow,” says Kevin Killeen, radio personality and novelist. “With fiction, you think, Wouldn’t it be neat if I could write a book that would last for 30 years?”
The start of the football season is still months away, but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t have much time to spare: Right now, it’s free-agency season, followed by college-draft season and then mini-camp, etc. There always is something.
Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
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