The lists are fairly uncontroversial this year. I said fairly. Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, there are three films on the list that I have not yet seen. I just feel that confident. So, without further ado...
I love a good serial killer movie—Silence of the Lambs, Se7en—if it’s smart and suspenseful, I am there. On the other hand, there really is nothing worse than a bad serial killer movie that is predictable—or worse—absurd. On that note, I’m sure you can imagine my frustration. I have given six hours of my life to James Patterson’s Alex Cross trilogy: Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls and now the wildly originally titled, Alex Cross—six hours that I will never get back.
Alex Groesch has fleet feet and nimble fingers. A sprinter for the St. Louis University High track and field team, Groesch is an accomplished cellist. He somehow finds the time to balance his athletic, musical and academic endeavors while performing at a high level in each (he’s carrying a 4.1 grade point average). “I stay up super late,” Groesch, 17, says. “I stay up as late as it takes.”
Story: It’s sometime in the early 1960s, and Las Vegas already is a happening place. Down on the Strip, the Sands Hotel has become the playground for Hollywood luminaries Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., who lead an oddly assembled group known as The Rat Pack that includes Joey Bishop and President John F. Kennedy’s brother-in-law, Peter Lawford.
Play: “The Real McCoy”
Front: Jill McDonnell, Jasmine Cross, Alex Johnson and Jessica Motz. Back: Bob and Cindy Maessen, Ken and Cathy Gabel, Becky Trigg and Rich Finneran.
When…Jasmine Cross, Alex Johnson and Jessica Motz were awarded the first inaugural Class of 2002 Memorial Scholarships at Lafayette High School Senior Awards Night? The scholarships are in honor of three class of 2002 members who have passed away in the last six years. Pictured, in front: Jill McDonnell, Jasmine Cross, Alex Johnson and Jessica Motz. In back: Bob and Cindy Maessen, Ken and Cathy Gabel, Becky Trigg and Rich Finneran.
The Wright stuff…Joanne Kohn, chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park, has been elected to the board of the Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international historic preservation organization.