Eero Saarinen’s Dream

Eero Saarinen took 14 years to design the Arch, but died before it was built. He wanted it to last 1,000 years.

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An Interview on KWMU

header-newsthatmatters[1]KWMU afternoon newscaster Joseph Leahy will interview me at the station’s office at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. He wants some comments from me – the writer of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans about the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the anti-German sentiment during the war. We’ll talk about my campaign with the German-American Heritage Society of Saint Louis to have markers noting the city’s six German street names that were Anglicized during the war.

I’ll let you know what we talked about and when the interview will be on.

How is a Pot or Pan Like the Gateway Arch?

233826a67be66a810b23a263230da62e[1] I added some trivia to my talk about The Making of an Icon Thursday at the Buder Branch Library of the St. Louis Public Library. That trivia, specifically, was about the 886 tons of quarter-inch stainless steel plate that graces the exterior of the Gateway Arch.

It’s called Type 304 Stainless Steel, and it’s used in such everyday items as pots and pans, silverware, and sinks, and more unusual things such as milking machines and breweries. To keep the shine and prevent rust, 65 to 74 percent of stainless steel is iron, about 18 percent is chromium and eight percent is nickel. Other ingredients are manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, carbon and nitrogen. It’s a guaranteed formula to make it glisten in the sun.

A Time to Share

microphone[1]I always enjoy the programs I give about my books. They’re a chance to revisit my subjects and to meet the people who care enough to come out and listen. I’m especially looking forward to my program about The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Buder Branch of the St. Louis Public Library, 4401 Hampton Ave. Come out, and learn some amazing things about this wonderful monument.