Donnybrook Gives a Thumbs Up


The fine folks at Donnybrook, the superb current events round table discussion on local public TV  Channel 9, had some nice things to say about The Colorful Characters of St. Louis in their program last Thursday, Dec. 15.  I was out giving a speech that night and didn’t know about it until a couple of people mentioned it to me on Monday. Provocateur Charlie Brennan urged viewers to consider the book in their holiday shopping and noted that Donnybrook panelist Ray Hartmann is one of the characters. The mention starts about a minute into the show, right here.

In my mind, this is the nicest plug I’ve received so far about my book. Donnybrook has one of the best ratings of local PBS stations in the country. Its panelists  are among the best journalists in St. Louis. I can’t remember them ever recommending another book. Their endorsement is humbling.


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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