From the desk of longtime St. Louis news anchor (and occasional teacher) Julius Hunter, now you can learn all the funniest and most incredible bits of St. Louis history to fascinate your friends or just for your own enjoyment!
Featuring 309 juicy little "fun facts" about St. Louis history that somehow evaded our history classes, this light read-complete with clever and hilarious artwork by gifted St. Louis illustrator Todd Bauman-will keep the attention of anyone from little tykes to old codgers.
Can YOU answer a single one of these questions?
* What was the speed limit for the 600 automobiles on the city's streets in 1904?
* When did St. Louis' first drugstore open... and where was it located?
* Can you name the former enslaved St. Louis woman who eventually made fancy ball gowns for Mrs. Abe Lincoln AND Mrs. Jefferson Davis?
* How did the communities of Clayton, Kirkwood, and Alton, Illinois get their names?
The author's name, Julius Hunter, is a household word (actually TWO words) in every corner of the Greater St. Louis Metro Area. (On some corners more than others.) Since he was born - and not a day before his unceremonious birth - Hunter has held more jobs than you can shake a stick at. But in the interest of non-violence, let us not do any stick-shaking or saber-rattling. But a bit of jousting and even a bit of horse-play is in order. If we follow the bouncing ball of his colorful career, we can either sight a divinely guided meteoric rise to name recognition... or a personal contest for him to see how many jobs he could rack up in one lifetime. (Note: his maternal Grandma Hattie lived to be 102). So, without further ado before saying adieu... let us just list a sampler of the jobs he has held since he was a nine-year-old cleaning an elderly woman's house. Here goes: busboy; Sunday School teacher; organist; choirmaster; eighth grade teacher; educational radio station announcer/producer; ad agency copywriter; freshmen women's dorm housemaster; TV reporter/anchor; author; genealogist; banquet speaker; newspaper columnist; radio talk show host; philanthropist; cooking instructor; children's advocate; lecturer; adjunct communications instructor; university administrator; police commissioner; Missouri Historical Society, Campbell House Museum, and Backstoppers board member; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra narrator; and choral music composer. And through this variegated (rather than checkered) career, the author managed to collect the following 300+ fascinating facts about St. Louis history he bets you never learned in school.
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