The man with me in front of the Coffee Cartel in the Central West End Tuesday afternoon is NPR’s All Things Considered Senior Host Robert Siegel. He and NPR Producer Art Silverman talked to me about Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, and our efforts to get recognition for the six German streets whose names were changed during World War I. They’re gathering information for programs airing in August or September, around the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, on the anti-German hysteria during the war.
And speaking of our campaign, 20th Ward St. Louis Alderman Craig Schmid, who represents the South Side’s Dutchtown neighborhood, will introduce a bill on Friday giving Providence Place the honorary designation of Knapstein Place. That was its name before it was changed in 1918, during the anti-German hysteria.
Hey, one and all. Let that lawn grow longer for a day. Cancel that hot date tonight. You’ve got to get a signed copy of The Making of an Icon. I’ll be at the Fenton Barnes & Noble from 2-4:30 p.m. and at the German Cultural Society’s Sommerfest at 5020 West Four Ridge Road in House Springs from 5-10 p.m. Be there!
Found this great book about the Gateway Arch when we visited the Arch gift shop on Sunday. Oh, of course, it’s my own book, The Making of an Icon. You can buy at the same gift shop, on Amazon, at all kinds of local book stores and two places where I’ll appear on Saturday. I’ll sign books at the Fenton Barnes & Noble from 2-4:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. at the German Cultural Society’s Sommerfest at 5020 West Four Ridge Road in House Springs.
Everybody Up! You can see me talking about The Making of an Icon at 5:30 a.m. Saturday on “City Corner” on Channel 30. The show later will be on stltv.net, local cable outlets and on YouTube. But this way you can see it first and be ready for the day.
St. Charles Countians will have two chances this week to get an autographed copy of The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. At 7 p.m. Thursday, I’ll give a program at the Corporate Parkway Branch of the St. Charles City-County Public Library, 1200 Corporate Parkway, Wentzville. Then from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, I’ll sign books at the Barnes & Noble at 320 Mid Rivers Center in St. Peters.