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Play: The Mousetrap
One of these days, Laura Dierberg-Padousis vows she’s going to find the time to learn how to cook. For now, her only ‘specialty’ is macaroni and cheese. You see, even though she’s a member of one of the prestigious grocery family names in St. Louis, she’s been a little busy since she graduated from Villa Duchesne in ’93.
This month, we bring you the story of Tom Schlafly. It was 22 years ago that Schlafly had the audacity to think that he could start a microbrewery in the hometown of the King of Beers.
You went out to dinner and, to put it mildly, you did not have a good experience. What do you do? If you’re of a certain generation, your next move is probably to write a scathing review on Facebook or Twitter.
She had just one fork in her kitchen. In her early days as St. Louis’ top prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce was so consumed by crime and punishment that just one fork was all she needed.
Jack Straub and his son, Trip, are looking at the old snapshots that hang on the walls inside the Straub’s Markets office in Clayton. One picture shows a long row of telephone operators taking calls for home delivery service: All are wearing bulky black headsets with thick cords fitted over coiffed hairdos, their legs are crossed and they’re flashing big 1940s smiles.
Tim Schoen is the CEO of a company called Brew Hub, which he expects to play a significant role in the expansion of the craft beer industry in the United States. His wife, Diane, is the GM; and both were execs at the ‘old’ Anheuser-Busch.
Jack Jackson just can’t wait to get back up in the sky. Jackson’s always ready for a mission: He started flying airplanes in July of 1967; and since then, he has logged more than 16,000 take-offs and landings.
Story: The stage manager welcomes the audience to the fictional village of Grover’s Corners, New Hamsphire, and introduces us to various residents who make up the community. The play he presents is divided into three acts, titled Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity.
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day live longer than those who don‘t. Dr. John Morley, a SLUCare geriatrician, is not surprised, and says the study only adds to the increasing amount of data supporting the value of fresh, whole foods as the basis of a healthy diet.
The success behind The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery in Kimmswick is a story of blood, sweat and tears. Walking inside the charming, homespun eatery in the historic Mississippi River town is like going to Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner, where you’ll find of the best home-cooked, country-style meals around. And you can’t leave without the famous Levee High Caramel Pecan Apple Pie (trademark-registered).
Michael McMillan piled up a large sum of leadership roles after he became the youngest person ever elected to the St. Louis Board of Alderman; and seven years ago, his clout multiplied tenfold when he was voted in as the license collector for the City of St. Louis.
Most of us could only dream about this kind of father-son business relationship; the DeWitts are living it. Bill DeWitt Jr. is the majority owner of the Cardinals; his son, Bill DeWitt lll, is team president. It’s one of the most successful family business connections in town and, as all St. Louisans know from the moment we learn to read the sports page, the Cards are one of the most fabled teams in the long, glorious history of America’s pastime.
As president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter Wyse Jackson is one of the world’s foremost botanists and conservationists and the steward of an institution that is recognized around the globe as a leader in plant research.
Janet Brown, Paul Reuter
On any given Sunday, people gather inside to hear the message of the pastor. Standing at the pulpit with their undivided attention is the Rev. Terri Swan, the first woman to be the senior pastor in Salem in Ladue United Methodist Church's 172-year history.
Story: Lear, the elderly king of Britain, has decided to retire and to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Goneril, the eldest, and middle daughter Regan are overly effusive in expressing their love for Lear, but young Cordelia simply says that she dutifully loves him as a daughter should love a father. Angered by Cordelia’s low-key approach, Lear disinherits her. When his faithful lord Kent tries to reason with him, Lear banishes Kent from the kingdom.
Orlando’s has grown to be one of the biggest catering operations in St. Louis, and through the generations, the one thing that hasn't changed is family.
Some of you have noticed that in the last several months, we’ve debuted a couple of new columns in our Business Connection section: It’s All Relative and Talking Points.
Steve Scorfina, antique 'picker,' was once the lead guitarist for legendary rock band REO Speedwagon, and later, the iconic ‘70s St. Louis band, Pavlov’s Dog.
Paul and Pam Brown
Imagine this life if you will: You are a senior in high school. You can throw a fastball 90-plus miles per hour. You are a starter on a very good basketball team. And you also happen to be one of the better quarterbacks in the Midwest.
Story: The time is December 4, 1956 and the place is Sun Records in Memphis. The tiny, unremarkable building once housed an auto parts store, as owner and producer Samuel Cornelius Phillips reminds himself and visitors, before Sam turned it into a tiny recording studio a couple of years earlier.
“I’ve got a story to tell.” Kristina Blank Makansi and her daughter, Amira, hear those words a lot when people find out they publish books. Their publishing company, Blank Slate Press, was founded in 2010, and is steadily building a list of novels that it has brought to market.
“At 91 my mom is sweet, unassuming, loves the Lord and is still as pretty as ever! She still remembers when horse-drawn wagons delivered the milk and when the ‘Laclede Gas Man’ lit the streetlights each night. She is as inquisitive as a child and always makes sure to point out a perfectly blue sky, and then wonder what makes it so blue.”