BRENNAN: Foreign Tourists Visit St. Louis for Surgery

From Denmark with love (and hope)

Charlie Brennan
November 06, 2018 - 5:08 pm
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Gitte Moller dropped by our studio to tell everyone how much she has enjoyed being in St. Louis the last month.  She and her family arrived here from Denmark for their daughter Julie to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Julie was born with cerebral palsy and her surgery, performed by Dr. T.S. Park, may allow her to walk someday.  As of Monday, Julie was participating in physical therapy.

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Our state got some love last week when “The Wall Street Journal” decided Missouri is a top 10 destination worth zeroing in on in 2019.  Of St. Louis, the paper declared, “It’s not all pigs and brick. St. Louis, a fast-growing tech hub, is actively expanding its network of greenways that connect rivers and parks, including the revitalized Gateway Arch National Park. And part of the historic garment district’s renaissance, the 142-room Last Hotel, housed in the circa-1909 International Shoe Company headquarters, will open in the spring.

Also betting mentioned: Salta, Argentina; Seattle; Tel Aviv; Kyoto; The Maldives; Nassau; Warsaw; Tunisia and Namibia.

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We lost William H. Gass last December and now Knopf is publishing “The William H. Gass Reader.”  The 910-page book is a collection of essays by Gass, who taught at Washington University from 1969 to 1999.  Sam Sacks, writing in “The Wall Street journal,’ calls the “book is a banquet, nonetheless, and for all of Gass’s poses of curmudgeonliness and the darkness of his fixations, it’s a surprisingly joyous one.”

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The late architect Philip Johnson is profiled in a new biography by Mark Lamster, “The Man in the Glass House.”  Johnson is probably best known for the Crystal Cathedral in California and the Sony Building in New York City, but he did design one building in St. Louis: the Spire Headquarters on Market Street, formerly the General American Life building.