8/31/2012 What I’ll wear – 16 days to go

 I won’t have to worry about what to wear at the release party for Beer, Brats, and Baseball from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd. I tried on my complete lederhosen outfit today at work. My coworker Ramona took time out from celebrating her 50th birthday toContinue reading “8/31/2012 What I’ll wear – 16 days to go”

8/30/2012 Picked Up Books with Seventeen Days to Go

Lorraine picked up 240 books to sell, plus my own free copies. Now I’ve got to sell the 240 at my release/signing party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Feasting Fox, a presigning from 6-11 p.m. Sept 15 at the German Cultural Society’s Donau-Park at 5020 West Four Ridge Road in House SpringsContinue reading “8/30/2012 Picked Up Books with Seventeen Days to Go”

8/29/2012 Berlin’s Man in St. Louis – 18 Days to Go

If a German dies in St. Louis, Lansing Hecker often is the one called upon to often does paperwork for Germans here. Without that help, they may have to go to the German consul general in Chicago. The fifth-generation German-American often is a ceremonial leader at local German events. He’ll say a few words duringContinue reading “8/29/2012 Berlin’s Man in St. Louis – 18 Days to Go”

8/28/2012 A dining suggestion with 19 days to go

As the new-book smell wafts from the just-delivered copies of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans party-goers may wonder where they should eat on Sunday, Sept. 16, the day of my release/signing party at the Feasting Fox, 4200 S. Grand Blvd. Actually, the Feasting Fox has a succulent Sunday brunch until 2 p.m., whenContinue reading “8/28/2012 A dining suggestion with 19 days to go”

8/27/2012 The Book Arrives – 20 Days to Go

Twenty days before the release/signing party for Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, the first copy of the book arrived in the Reedy Press office. It looks marvelous. Soon you’ll be able to buy one through Amazon or at a bookstore. But you know you don’t want to miss out on the fun ofContinue reading “8/27/2012 The Book Arrives – 20 Days to Go”

8/23/2012 Here’s what you’ll see

… When you walk into my release/signing party. A big two-foot-by-six-foot welcome sign. It’s not too far away. Put it on your calendar. That’s 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Feasting Fox, 4200 S. Grand. You can buy Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans on Amazon, but then you’d miss all the funContinue reading “8/23/2012 Here’s what you’ll see”

Frontier Justice

By bringing about 750 traditionalist Lutherans from Saxony to Missouri in 1838-39, Martin Stephan struck a blow for religious liberty. Those Lutherans would form the basis for what became The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. But Stephan himself soon was accused of sexual immorality, misusing funds, teaching false doctrine, and ignoring fellow leaders. He was expelled fromContinue reading “Frontier Justice”

Gottfried Duden sells Missouri

Gottfried Duden wasn’t exactly like the sharks who passed off Florida swampland as high-class waterfront property. But he did extol the value of Missouri more than perhaps was proper when he wrote to his countrymen back in Germany that  “People in Europe will not and cannot believe how easy and how pleasant it can be to live inContinue reading “Gottfried Duden sells Missouri”

The Biggest Ethnic Group

Census figures for 2000 showed the biggest ethnic group by national ancestry was German. That year, 42.8 million Americans—15.2 percent of the whole—identified their ancestry as German. The 2010 census showed the biggest ethnic group was Hispanics, including Mexican, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Spanish, and others Latinos. However, although the Census Bureau has yet to issueContinue reading “The Biggest Ethnic Group”