On the Air in Washington, Mo.

Thursday (Sept. 27), I’ll head down I-44 to Washington, Mo. to appear from 8:35 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the Diane Jones Morning Show on KLPW AM 1220. The program streams live on KLPW.com. I wouldn’t be surprised if she quizzed me about the old John B. Busch brewery in Washington, which I write aboutContinue reading “On the Air in Washington, Mo.”

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My Afternoon at Urban Chestnut

I spent the afternoon Saturday (Sept. 22) signing books at the Oktoberfest of the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 3229 Washington Ave. Whenever I spoke to someone, I mentioned that we were a short walk from Olive and Grand, where Germans saved Missouri for the Union in the Camp Jackson Affair on May 10, 1861. (IfContinue reading “My Afternoon at Urban Chestnut”

A Night at the Library

Earlier this week (Monday, Sept. 17) I shared an evening with more than 100 fellow Germanophiles at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. I did about 30 minutes of readings and then took another 30 minutes of questions from people who really knew their stuff. Then it was back to the signing table, where IContinue reading “A Night at the Library”

9/15/2012 10:55 p.m. A pre-release party signing

Got some good comments when I sold and signed a few copies of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans at the German Cultural Society’s Oktoberfest tonight. The real test comes tomorrow, of course, at the release-signing party from 2-5 p.m. at Gretchen’s Inn at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd., St.Continue reading “9/15/2012 10:55 p.m. A pre-release party signing”

09/15/2012 Remembering Von Steuben with one day to go

With just one – one day – left before my release-signing party, my historian friend Bob Mackreth from Lake Superior Country reminded me this is Von Steuben Day. The day celebrates Baron Von Steuben, a German military leader who served without pay in the Revolutionary War from Valley Forge to Yorktown. In New York, theContinue reading “09/15/2012 Remembering Von Steuben with one day to go”

9/14/2012 Just two days to go? Better get ready

a href=”https://stlouisgermans.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/deadline2.jpg”>Just two days until the release-signing party for Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd. I know what that means. Time to stop Verzögerung (delaying). I took off work today so I could practice my readings, buy last-minute decorations andContinue reading “9/14/2012 Just two days to go? Better get ready”

9/12/2012 Listening to Ramona, With Three Days to Go

Today, I’m taking some advice from my coworker Ramona Sanders. She’s alway coming up with good ideas for my posts. Today she told me I should let people know what’s going on at the release-signing party for my book, Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Gretchen’s InnContinue reading “9/12/2012 Listening to Ramona, With Three Days to Go”

9/12/2012 Names and More Names With Four Days to Go

With just four days to go until my release-signing party, it’s good to consider how complicated German names once were in St. Louis. In the 1860s, folks with names like Schwartztrouble, Hequembourg and Feuchtenberner lived in town. As a piece on page 40 of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans notes, many of theContinue reading “9/12/2012 Names and More Names With Four Days to Go”