After the Hardware Store Closed

This memory, from page 43 of my book, Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades, is especially to me. Sidney Duerr, the kid in the front, is my uncle. He was born in 1927 and died not long ago at the age of 91. He’s pulling his younger brother, my Uncle Donald Duerr.Continue reading “After the Hardware Store Closed”


First Love With The Fab Four

Like millions in her generation, Linda (Seiferth) Gurney fell in love with the Beatles when she first saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show. Here is her story, from page 95 of Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. I grew up in University City. I’m a professional musician and started learning music very, veryContinue reading “First Love With The Fab Four”

A Terrible Disease

In the 1950s, Margaret (Tinius) Walker (left) was a polio poster child for the St. Louis March of Dimes. This story by Margaret (Tinius) Walker is on Page 76 of Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades by Jim Merkel. To buy a copy, go to I got very sick with polioContinue reading “A Terrible Disease”

Remembering the Feasting Fox

I had special reasons to remember the Feasting Fox Restaurant. Covering St. Louis’ South Side for the old Suburban Journals from about 2001 to 2009, I wrote about Marty and Sue Luepker, owners of the restaurant at Grand Boulevard and Meramec Street. I ate there and came to appreciate the fact that it was oneContinue reading “Remembering the Feasting Fox”

My Life as a Country Boy

For sheer chaos, few places in St. Louis County match Manchester Road at Interstate 270. The West County Center, numerous strip stores, office buildings and a mass of suburban homes in all directions combine to bring more many thousands of vehicles a day to Manchester just east of I-270. Traffic is so great that eastboundContinue reading “My Life as a Country Boy”