Charlie Brennan

Did Syrian Immigrants Invent The Ice Cream Cone in St. Louis?

Charlie Brennan
March 06, 2018 - 2:26 pm
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Last week I mentioned a new restaurant operated by Syrian immigrants, Majeed Mediterranean, has opened on Gravois.  An alert reader points out Syrian immigrants are sometimes credited with inventing the ice cream cone in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair.  In her book, “Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World’s Fair,” author Pamela J. Vaccaro says ice cream cones may have originated here thanks to Abe Doumar and/or Nick and Albert Kabbaz, all immigrants from Syria. 

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Guitarist Jimmy Marsala has written “Memories of Chuck,” a compilation of stories from 41 years touring with the Father of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry.  In the book, Marsala recounts how Berry’s band was recording in downtown St. Louis in 1977  when Elvis Presley died.  The news depressed the musicians who continued to record anyway.  Later, the tapes of those sessions were destroyed in a fire.  A book signing is scheduled for April 11, 2018 at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with a concert starting at 8:00 p.m. and a book signing afterwards.  Admission is $10.00

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The March 2018 edition of Delta Airline’s Sky magazine features St. Louis-based Geniecast, a digital platform facilitating live, 2-way videocasts between industry experts and corporate executives.  The brainchild of downtown businessman Keith Alper, Geniecast can book experts for meetings via video at a fraction of the cost of an in-person speaker.  The idea could also be used for philanthropic meetings.  “Imagine booking Wolfgang Puck for an interactive cooking lesson at your next fundraiser,” Alper told Sky.

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This week in 1946, Sir Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri.  Dennis J. Hahn, past president of the St. Charles School Board, says that’s where the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will be unveiling a plaque this Saturday March 10, 2018 at 1 p.m.  The historic marker is being dedicated to SAR Members Churchill and President Harry S Truman.  Churchill’s mother was an American and his SAR ancestor was Lt. Reuben Murray of the 17th Connecticut Regiment and the 7th Albany Regiment, New York Militia.  Truman’s SAR ancestor was Lt. James Holmes of the 2nd Regiment, Virginia Militia.  Hahn is the current president of the SAR.