This week’s ‘Off to the Races’ special section salutes one of sports’ most revered events. We recently headed to Louisville (pronounced ‘LOU-uh-vull’ by the locals, who call themselves ‘Louisvillians’) to see for ourselves what the fuss surrounding the Kentucky Derby is all about.
While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
News is a 24-hour-a-day business. Correction: It’s a 60-minute-an-hour, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week…you get the idea. Furthermore, the news simply is not a nicely groomed anchor reading today’s top stories before handing the ball off to 'Storm,' the weather guy, or 'Champ' for sports. A news channel has an anchor reciting the news. It also has a crawl along the bottom explaining, in brief, top stories. There also is a picture-in-picture of some breaking event. And, in case you were curious, there is a list of bullet points of what’s up next. It’s like staring at a strobe light. Breaking news: The cable news channel is giving me a seizure.
On the heels of the Winter Olympics, we’re seeing an abundance of athletic-inspired clothing for spring. Mesh details, color-blocking and chic sneakers are key elements that add a sporty look to your everyday uniform. Even dressed-up track pants are showing up everywhere! So step up your fashion game!
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.
On Trend: Spring Sport
As Earth Day approaches, we’re all hopefully thinking of ways we can decrease our carbon footprint. Two effective ways to reduce the amount of fossil fuel we use in our cars are to drive less and to increase the fuel economy of the vehicles we drive.
A father makes a comment about a celebrity looking too plump in her evening gown. A mom remarks that she feels fat after eating a big meal. An older sister makes a funny observation about somebody in her class who is a ‘giant.’ While these are meant to be harmless comments, children personalize these statements and can develop a negative body image because they hear loved ones innocently criticize themselves and others.
Parents on the sidelines cringe whenever a young athlete takes a blow to the head. Most schools are proactive in informing parents and athletes of the potential dangers associated with concussions, a common type of traumatic brain injury in which symptoms, including dizziness, confusion and memory loss, may not be apparent for days—or even weeks—after the initial injury.
It’s been a long time coming, and in a few days, Cardinal Nation will finally get to christen Ballpark Village, the 10-acre master-planned development designed around Busch Stadium.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Next week, legendary newsman Dan Rather will appear at Powell Hall as part of Maryville University’s St. Louis Speakers Series. The former CBS anchor and current host of Dan Rather Reports once said, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a reporter. Indeed, from the Kennedy assassination, the 1968 Democratic National Convention and Watergate to the Challenger disaster and the invasion of Iraq, Rather has been bringing us the news for more than 60 years. We can’t imagine a time when he wasn’t a reporter.
Passion drives Tony Thompson. Whether he’s leading a board meeting, mentoring students or creating music, Thompson—the Kwame Building Group, Inc. board chairman—adds his intense enthusiasm to each undertaking.
St. Louis sports fans may remember the name Jack Snow. A star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams in the ‘60s and ‘70s, he later became the team’s broadcaster and followed the Rams when they moved to St. Louis in 1995. He passed away in 2006, but his name—and certainly, his legacy—lives on: On p. 22, you’ll find out more about The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation. Since 2010, it has been funding research on Wolfram syndrome, a rare form of diabetes diagnosed in young children. And the prognosis for patients is dire, as they are not expected to live past their 30th birthday.
Of all the people playing professional sports in our town, Trevor Rosenthal may be the most gifted. And by the end of this season, he may be the best closer in baseball. LN contributor Frank Cusumano caught up with him in Jupiter.
Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
Good things come in small packages. Automotively, small cars can be a great solution for people who don’t regularly have to haul around lots of people or cargo. Small cars can offer a smaller purchase price, good fuel economy and a lot of driving fun.
Everybody has a cell phone, and almost everybody texts. Texting is easy, cheap, fun, mildly illicit, and it makes you feel cool—it’s kind of like the 21st-century’s version of smoking. And not unlike smoking, it can be offensive at certain times. The good news is, after a solid decade of text capability, certain rules of order have been established; an E-tiquette, if you will. Now before you decide to forward this to the closest teenager you can find, know that I have seen as many—if not more—offenses committed by an older demographic. Texting, like chewing gum, done anywhere but in the privacy of your own room, runs the risk of offense, so here are some basic parameters.
After decades of challenging themselves through workouts and sports, these local seniors are still going strong. Here, they share stories of endurance that led them to health and happiness in their golden years.
Story: The Wyeths share their surname with a family of famous artists who counted celebrities among their friends and admirers. So it is with Lyman Wyeth, a retired actor who gave up success on the silver screen for patronage roles with the Grand Old Party, which was led by his friend and fellow former actor Ronald Reagan. Lyman was good as a leading man in the pictures and just as polished as a genial Republican ambassador.
When you think of preventive health, you may think of smoking cessation, screening tests and annual physicals. But one of the most important preventive health practices available involves nothing more than lacing up your sneakers and getting active.
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.”
Expectations have followed him everywhere. Whether as the second pick in the NHL draft in 1993 or when he was traded for a popular All-Star like Brendan Shanahan, Chris Pronger knew he had to perform. Some cave under the pressure, but Pronger thrived. All he did was make six All-Star games, win two gold medals at the Olympics, a Stanley Cup, a Norris Trophy for being the top defenseman, and a Hart Trophy for being the Most Valuable Player.