Stan Kann the Vacuum Man

The sight had Johnny Carson and his audience roaring with laughter. Stan Kann nervously fidgeted as he tried to demonstrate his collection of ancient vacuum cleaners. But the more he tried, the more things went wrong. The more he pumped the nineteenth-century machines, the more they left grime on the floor. So began the nationalContinue reading “Stan Kann the Vacuum Man”

My half-hour as a college professor

I spent 30 minutes this morning speaking to students in Josh Ambrose’s newspaper practicum class at McDaniel College in Westminister, Maryland. No, I didn’t travel there, but did it by Skype. I had a fantastic time talking with Hannah, Nicki, Jimmy and Becky (not in the order shown) about their goals in the new eraContinue reading “My half-hour as a college professor”

What I Said

Here is a slightly corrected version of my prepared remarks before the Board of Aldermen’s Streets, Traffic and Refuse Committee on Thursday: Mr. Chairman, members of the Streets, Traffic and Refuse Commitee, Citizens of St. Louis. Allow me to share some history involving your predecessors on this committee. In 1918, Sixth Ward Alderman William Tamme,Continue reading “What I Said”

More Good News for the Campaign

On Thursday night the Princeton Heights Neighborhood Association voted to endorse our efforts to give the honorary designation of Kaiser Street at Gresham Avenue on Kingshighway Boulevard near Gravois Avenue and Cecil Place as Hapsburger Avenue. The vote of confidence came after James Martin, president of the German-American Heritage Society of Saint Louis, gave aContinue reading “More Good News for the Campaign”

The Campaign Moves On

St. Louis is coming closer to what Cincinnati did in 1995. That year, the city placed markers like the one above noting the original German names of 12 streets that were Anglicized during the anti-German hysteria of World War I. On Thursday, the Board of Aldermen’s Streets, Traffic and Refuse Committee approved a bill establishingContinue reading “The Campaign Moves On”