Don’t Miss Jim Merkel’s Latest Book!

This weekend, you can have the first crack at buying an autographed copy of Jim Merkel’s newest book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. Come to the release party for the book, meet some of the characters featured in the book, and have plenty of fun. It’s from 2-5 p.m Sunday, Oct. 2, at TheContinue reading “Don’t Miss Jim Merkel’s Latest Book!”

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On the Air With Kevin Killeen

KMOX’s Kevin Killeen did his usual great job of interviewing me about my new book for his regular “Whole ‘nother Story” feature, which aired early Friday. Here’s the segment, as broadcast by the Player FM website. Kevin’s interviewed me about all four of my books. I’ve known him since I started covering  City Hall forContinue reading “On the Air With Kevin Killeen”

Don’t Miss This Very Unusual Thing

For months, I’ve thought that this Sunday (two days from today – mark the date), I’d hold a release party for my new book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. I’ve told everybody it’ll be from 2-5 p.m. at The Royale, which is just south of Arsenal, at 3132 South Kingshighway Blvd. Now comes aContinue reading “Don’t Miss This Very Unusual Thing”

He Chose The Unsafe Life

  Some run from violence, but the Rev. Kenneth McKoy walked toward it. Today he spends the late night hours leading groups walking around some of the bloodiest parts of St. Louis. He  would have been safer had he remained as pastor of Blackwell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Webster Groves. But GodContinue reading “He Chose The Unsafe Life”

A Look Back at Don Pietromonaco

For many Baby Boomers who grew up in St. Louis, Don Pietromonaco provided the soundtrack for the late 1960s. He was the second “Johnny Rabbitt” on KXOK Radio, but was the one that most Baby Boomers remember. Writing his profile for The Colorful Characters of St. Louis brought an abundance of memories. Pietromonaco’s child appearancesContinue reading “A Look Back at Don Pietromonaco”

The Colorful Characters Are On The Air!

  I’ll be on the air twice in the next couple of days to talk about The Colorful Characters of St. Louis.  At 12:40 p.m., Tuesday, I’ll talk with John Carney of The Carney Show on KTRS, The Big 550 AM.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t talk about one of the subjects inContinue reading “The Colorful Characters Are On The Air!”