Meghan Christina Blase and Charles Brian Flynn
He played against the greats of the game. He is one of the greats of the game. Last month, it was all confirmed in Canton. Aeneas Williams was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It surprised no one. When you go to eight Pro Bowls, make the 1990s All-Decade team, and intercept 55 passes and score nine touchdowns, you are worthy.
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.
I recently called around to a few local golf courses, and opened up the conversation by asking, “I’m looking to do a story on the oldest golfer in the area, do you have anybody who might qualify?” The responses were usually that they used to have a really old guy, but he passed away or just stopped playing because of his health. Then, at Westwood Country Club, the head professional, Daryl Hartig told me without hesitation, “Oh, do I have the right guy for you!”
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.
So, this was the scene: In the spring of 1986, Pattonville was hosting De Smet in the district final. De Smet led 2-1 in the sixth. There was a man on second and two outs. DeSmet elected to pitch to Scott Cooper, who had homered earlier in the game. Bad idea. Cooper hit the ball 400 feet on the track by the football field. Pattonville won 3-2.
If I’m being incredibly optimistic, I would say studios are opting for quality, not quantity, this summer. We shall see. Here’s what’s coming to theaters in July and August...
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
The Kirkwood Farmer's Market Advisory Committee is putting on A Tasteful Evening at Kirkwood Farmer's Market on Friday, June 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will feature a variety of farm-to-table selections from local chefs like EDDIE NEILL, STEVE GONTRAM and more, utilizing ingredients from the best local purveyors. Tickets are $45 per person, with proceeds benefiting improvements to the market. Call 822-0084 or go to downtownkirkwood.com for more info.
You see their names and faces everywhere—on ‘SOLD’ signs in front yards, in the pages of Ladue News and maybe even around your neighborhood. But how much do you really know them? Here, some of the area’s top realtors share how they got into the business, advice for home buyers and sellers, and a tidbit or two about their favorite way to spend a weekend.
If you were wheelchair-bound, chances are, you would not expect to ever be able to play golf again. But with its ‘care beyond the bedside’ model of care, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital is helping kids do just that, as well as participate in many of their other passions.
When working with brides- and grooms-to-be, Kate Turner, founder of Kate & Company, says her first priority is to give each couple a wedding that reflects their taste and personality. “The places that we work out of are often quintessential hotels, but we don’t want the guests to walk in and say, This is really pretty…but it’s just like the last time I was here,” she says. “We want it to be reflective of who they are.”
When school’s out for summer, these local students have big plans for their vacation. Join in the fun as they tell LN the sports, camps, trips and more they'll be enjoying in their free time.
As the nation’s youngest chair of the Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner, John Gaskin III has led the St. Louis County NAACP event to a sellout crowd two years in a row. This spring, the Ladue High School grad and Benedictine College student will go for a hat-trick. “My grandmother, Esther Haywood, is president of the organization in St. Louis,” he says, proudly. “The NAACP is in my bloodline.”
The long wait is over, and Ballpark Village finally is reality. And this is just the first phase of development—stay tuned for office, hotel and residential plans to expand the project in upcoming years.
Kids today are spoiled. When I was growing up, the Cardinals went without a post season from 1969 ‘til 1982. The Cardinals have been to the post season ten times since the year 2000. Kids expect it. They think if the Cardinals are not playing in October, there must be something wrong.
Let me start off by saying that I don't like ranking films. First of all, it’s an open invitation for people to tell you what an idiot you are: How could you possibly think Animal House is funnier than Young Frankenstein, you moron? Secondly, my list is constantly in flux. Depending on the day, the weather or the couch, I may decide Forrest Gump is a better film than Silence of the Lambs. OK, that’s a lie, I would never decide that, but you see my point.
After working at the school for 46 years, De Smet Jesuit High School biology and physical education teacher and varsity soccer and baseball coach Greg Vitello announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Throughout his years at the school, Vitello has coached swimming, football, track and field, baseball and soccer. He coached two Major League Baseball players and five United States National Soccer Teams players. He also is a member of several halls of fame, including the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Benedict College Hall of Fame.
A young baseball player with a broken thumb. A college soccer player with a spinal stress fracture. An 89-year-old swimmer with a strained leg muscle.
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory greets visitors with the world's biggest baseball bat.
During the third annual kickoff of their home run pledge program, Homers for Health, St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday and Allen Craig were interrupted by two teammates making an announcement of their own: Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright announced the launch of K’s for Kids, a new twist on the charitable program. This season, fans will have the chance to pledge for every home run hit by a Cardinal hitter, or every strikeout thrown by a Cardinal pitcher. Homers for Health has raised more than $1 million. Pictured: Allen Craig, Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Jason Motte
Frank Viverito is trying to bring back another Final Four to St. Louis. But the stakes have changed: The event transcends sports. The city of Dallas estimates that they will have an economic impact of $276 million at its Final Four this year.
Just weeks before his third birthday, Braydon Nugent was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “I had no idea what leukemia was,” says Braydon’s mother, Emily. But through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society—which focuses on finding a cure for blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease—the Nugent family was able to acquire all the information they needed for Braydon’s battle with leukemia.