Help My Birthday Cause, Please

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Can you help this poor man? Donate on my birthday. Better yet, buy a book.

Next Tuesday, June 19, is my birthday. I’ve decided to take Facebook’s advice and have all my friends donate to a needy cause. I’ve studied this carefully and decided the poor person pictured with this post has the greatest need. So I’m asking all of you to send the biggest bills possible to the Jim Merkel Benovolence and Improvement Association, LLC.

To make it easy on yourself, come to the launch party for my new book, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch, 2nd Edition on Sunday, June 24 and buy a book. It’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Steven Fitzpatrick Smith’s fantastic bar and restaurant, The Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd.

Remember: a birthday is a terrible thing to waste.

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