The Gateway Chess Set

Today I had coffee with my wife and brother in the Central West End, not far from the World Chess Hall of Fame. It got me thinking about what would have happened if Gateway Arch designer Eero Saarinen had been a chess enthusiast. Maybe instead of a 630-foot-high croquet wicket, we might have had a 630-foot chess piece on the riverfront. Maybe even a complete board of 630-foot chess pieces. Who’s to say Thomas Jefferson didn’t play chess. Instead of The Making of an Icon, my book might have been called The Making of a Giant Chess Board.giant-chess-set-mixed1500

Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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