Eighty Colorful Characters! Wow Wee!!! Wow Wee!!!! Wow Wee!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right. My book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, will profile eighty (more or less) absolutely awesome, astonishing, astounding, marvelous, staggering, and eye-opening colorful characters dedicated to keeping St. Louis from being boring.

I’m 99.99 percent finished with the writing stage, but now it’s headed for the editing, proofing, and printing stage. I’ve seen a mock up of the cover, and it’s amazing, along with all awesome the words above. I’ll post it when it’s finished.

How absolutely awesome are The Colorful Characters of St. Louis? Look at the list  of characters below, especially the last one. Some you know about, some you don’t. You’ll  absolutely want to read about all of them when it comes out in mid-September. You’ll definitely want to plan to attend my release party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 2. Besides all the fun and the chance to get one of the first autographed copies, You’ll have a chance to meet some of the people mentioned in the book. Including me! We’ll see you there.


The Colorful Characters of St. Louis

Way Back When: *  Thomas Hart Benton * John Smith T * Bryan Mullanphy * Tony Faust * Chris Von Der Ahe * Will Greenburg * William Reedy * Tom Goabout * Edward Gardner Lewis

Communicators: * Bill Mauldin * Amadee Wohlschlaeger * Robert Hyland * Don “Johnny Rabbitt” Pietromonaco * Jack Carney * Miriam Blue * Father William Barnaby Faherty * Steve Mizerany * Dana Brown * Dave Sinclair * Fred Teutenberg * Elaine Viets * Mike “King of Credit” Stein * Carl Hepp * Pete Parisi * Ray Hartmann * Amanda Doyle

Entertainers: Mickey Carroll * Joe Besser * Harry Fender * Davey Bold * Phyllis Diller * Stan Kann * Marlin Perkins * Charlotte Peters * Redd Foxx * Miles Davis * Slim Cox  * Beatle Bob * Pokey LaFarge *

Sports Guys:  Sam Muchnick * Dizzy Dean * Bob Broeg * Gussie Busch * Bill Veeck * Yogi Berra * Bob Uecker * Mickey Garagiola * Zip Rzeppa * Ernie Hays

Regular Guys Tony Gagliarducci * Bucket Joe * Paul “Father Time” Pagano * George Simon * Raynard Nebbitt

Taking a Stand * Josephine Baker * Dick Gregory * Father Dismas Clark * Percy Green * Larry Rice * Randy Grim * Eric Brende * Daniel Boone Fuller * Cbabi Bayoc * Rev. Kenneth McKoy

Political Types * Red Villa * James Eagan * Bill Bangert * Mickey McTague * Bill Haas

One of a Kind * Hot Rod Moore * Dakin Williams * Owen Dacey * Charles Hoessle * Bob Cassilly * Joe Edwards * Bill Christman * Tom Dunn * Albert Watkins * Steven Fitzpatrick Smith * Epilogue: Jim Merkel



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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