Colorful Characters on the Way

When Mike Stein wanted to sell more furniture, he went on TV and yelled like a hyena about credit. When civil rights crusader  Percy Green wanted to draw attention to the lack of jobs for African-Americans in the construction of the Gateway Arch, he and another activist climbed a ladder 125 feet up the side of the partially-built monument. In the 1880s and 1890s, the heavily-German accented owner of the local ball team brought in customers with a scantily-clad all-girl band, horse racing, a shoot-the-shoot, a beer garden, and a Wild West Show with cowboys, cowgirls, and Indians.

Randy Grim, dog rescuer

Its all in my upcoming book,  The Colorful Characters of St. Louis,  and now we have a publication date. It’s set for publication around September 15. The star-studded release party will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 2 at The Royale,  3132 South Kingshighway Boulevard on the South Side. It’s a great place to eat, drink, meet with some of the folks in the book, and have me personally autograph a copy for you.

Copy of  RedVilla2
Red Villa, politician

And what a book it’ll be, with the stories of dozens of characters who worked overtime to ensure that St. Louis never would be boring. Herein are the stories of the dancing traffic cop and the Irish-as-they-come St. Louis County mayor who raised the ire of veterans by painting a World War II era tank a bright kelly green. The tales are enough to convince anybody that St. Louis has a higher CCPC (colorful characters per capita) count than anywhere else in the country.

charlotte - Copy
Charlotte Peters, 1960s local TV star



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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: