Robert Wadlow – The Alton Giant

On this date (July 19) in 1940 Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in recorded history, was laid to rest in Upper Alton Cemetery. Alton is just across the river and north of the St. Louis area.  The “Gentle Giant” was buried in a coffin specially built by the Grand Traverse Casket Company. It was […]

Just call me Speedy

I’ve notice better internet speeds lately so I did a speed test for my internet service.  I’ve attached three earlier tests for comparison.


March 2011  (DSL)

January 2013  (Cable Internet)

January 2014   (Cable Internet)


July 2014   (Cable Internet)  Charter Spectrum Internet

The results are interesting and confusing.  In January of 2013 […]

St. Louis Cops Go After Scorchers

1904 In response to complaints from citizens about the “automobile menace,” the St. Louis Police Department became one of the first in the nation to use automobiles to go after the “scorchers,” as speeders were known at the time.

The car was a high speed “St. Louis” Model made by George Preston Dorris […]

Here Is St. Louis – Summer Edition

A small taste of summer in St. Louis.

Here is St. Louis from Grain Inc. on Vimeo.

Places visited: Bogart’s Smoke House, Carlos’ Hot Dogs, Cathedral Basilica, Cherokee Street Bikes, City Garden, City Museum, City of St. Louis, Climb So Ill, Drumline of St. Louis, Drummer Terry Wicks, Firecracker Press, Fire Dept. Ice Cream, […]

The weather is here… Wish you were beautiful

… or something like that.  I have no idea what we did to deserve this but I’m not gonna ask around because I don’t want to know.  It’s been in the mid to upper 90’s for the last week or so.  The 4th  of July is notoriously hot and usually stormy in St. […]

Charlotte’s Bath

We took our motorcycles out for a breakfast ride this morning.  I think this is the second or third time out this year.  With spring allergies and moving there hasn’t been much bike time yet.  They were getting a little dusty sitting in the garage so we took then to the car wash. Though […]

Swimming in the rain

Yesterday we had some very weird weather in the St. Louis area.  One of my grandsons had his high school graduation party and it would be sunny and then 30–40 minutes later it would rain like crazy for about 20 minutes.  Then the sky would clear and it would be sunny.  Then 20–30 […]

St. Louis Has It All From A to Z

An ad promo for the City of St. Louis from the 1970s.



Tatis’ Twin Grand Slams 15 years ago

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis hit two grand slam home runs off the same pitcher in the same inning 15 years ago this week.  I remember watching that game and thinking that will probably never happen again.



Time-lapse video of Stan Musial Bridge at St. Louis

Here are two time-lapse videos of the construction of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, St. Louis.  Construction of the bridge which crosses the Mississippi River just north of downtown took several years to complete.  The Stan Span as it’s called locally, opened earlier this year. More about the bridge can be found here.


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