Just 5 days to go

imagesCA96L4N0 Five days before the release/signing party for The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch, some trivia. About a million people ride the trams to the top every year. They make about 150 trips to the top on a busy day, which amounts to 5,600 to 5,800 people. It is thirty miles from the top of the Arch to the horizon. The surface of the Arch covers 155,000 square feet,
or more than three football fields. A baseball dropped from the top of the Arch would take 7.5 seconds to reach the ground, or 90 miles per hour. But this is no trivial matter: you’ll have lots of fun and can buy an autographed copy of the book, at the party from 2-5 p.m. this Saturday at the Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave. in the Central West End.

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Just 7 days left

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Thirty-two years elapsed from the time Luther Ely Smith proposed a riverfront memorial to Thomas Jefferson on the riverfront to the topping-out of the Gateway Arch on Oct. 28, 1965. Thirty-two years! Fortunately, we have only seven days to wait until the release-signing party for the my new book The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. Come to the party from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave. in the Central West End.

8 days to go

imagesCA6O5E41eight[1]With eight days to go before the release/signing party for my new book, I was running around like crazy dropping off copies to TV, radio and newspaper types. I started in St. Louis Hills, hightailed it downtown, then sprinted to Webster and South County and came back downtown to hand out more copies. I’m beat. You’ll have any easier job to get your hands on The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. Just come to my release party from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Avenue in the Central West End.

9 Days to Go

IMG_20201549406_337696653040017_947000064_n[1]Yes, nine days before the release party for The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch, the books arrived. You know how cars have that new-car smell? This has a new-book smell. You can get one, personally autographed and smelling all new, at the release party, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave., in the Central West End.

Limited editions available

impressive-gold-limited-edition-seal[1]The printer will ship copies of my book on the Gateway Arch on March 26, a mere week away. Reedy Press should get them March 27 or 28. So here’s a way to get a first-out-of-the-box limited autographed edition of “The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats who built the Gateway Arch.” Mail a check for $24 (including taxes and postage) made out to Jim Merkel (me) to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, Mo. 63116. I’ll number the limited editions in the order I get the checks and mail it back. Say you’ll pick numbered copies up at my release/signing party, and you can make the check for $21.50. The party is from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Avenue.