Don Corrigan is at it again. He has gone from squirrels to people in this must-have book about one of St. Louis’ most famous suburbs: Webster Groves. Reedy Press just announced the release of its newest local interest book, Amazing Webster Groves, by Don Corrigan. Many don’t realize it, but Harry Caray is from there and actually went to Webster Groves High School. He was even using his voice back then– in the Glee Club.
There are so many fascinating stories about Webster including that Civil rights activist Bennie Gordon fought to open the Webster Groves swimming pool to Blacks in 1953. He also helped integrate the Ozark Theatre in 1961 when Black families stood in line with tickets to see The Shaggy Dog.
Webster Groves, Missouri has been a Time Magazine cover story, the subject of a CBS-TV documentary, and a magnet for pollsters at presidential election time. In Amazing Webster Groves, you’ll discover Old Orchard, where prime real estate was sold out of President Ulysses S. Grant’s log cabin. You’ll find Webster Park, where a governor, a senator, and many of St. Louis business geniuses once lived.
America’s Heartbeat can be found in a St. Louis suburb that’s been a Time Magazine cover story, the subject of a CBS-TV documentary, and a magnet for pollsters at presidential election time. In Amazing Webster Groves, you’ll discover Old Orchard, where prime real estate was sold out of President Ulysses S. Grant’s log cabin. You’ll find Webster Park, where a governor, a senator, and many of St. Louis business geniuses once lived.Read the true tale of the Webster TV housewife who named her hubby “Fang,” the man whose election to be governor was held up when Democrats cried fraud, a zoologist who advocated for “charismatic megafauna,” an atomic age activist who collected 300,000 baby teeth for Strontium 90 detection, a female author who won a Pulitzer at 24. Learn about the town’s remarkable college and a famous seminary where theologians who advised presidents taught beneath its Oxford Tower.
Local author Corrigan, profiles the town he has been proud to cover for four decades as editor of the Webster-Kirkwood Times. A writer and journalism professor at Webster University, he was a teaching colleague of Missouri’s Poet Laureate and “the post-Auschwitz Catholic” professor who took on Holocaust deniers. As a reporter/editor, he interviewed TV and theatre stars like Phyllis Diller, Charlotte Peters, and Martha Mason, the “Goodbye Girl.”
Amazing Webster Groves is available wherever books are sold.
Book Launch– Everyone welcome
Saturday, May 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Webster Groves Bookshop. 27 N Gore Avenue. Webster Groves, MO 63119. 314-968-1185. Free and open to the public
Coffee Chats & Book Signing
May 16 thru May 20, Weekdays TBA – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Webster Garden Café (Outdoor Patio). 117 E. Lockwood Ave. Saint Louis, MO 6311314-475-3490. Coffee encouraged, open to the public
Remarks and Book Signing
Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Novel Neighbor. 7905 Big Bend Blvd. Saint Louis, MO 63119. 314-738-9384. Free and open to the public
Friday, May 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Webster Groves Public Library. 301 E. Lockwood Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63119. 314-961-3784. Free and open to the public
Presentation and Book Signing
Thursday, June 9, from noon to 1 p.m.
Shepherd’s Center. 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63122. 314-395-0988. Free and open to the public
Book Details: Amazing Webster Groves, by Don Corrigan, ISBN: 9781681063720, softcover, 256 pages, $22.50
About the Author
Don Corrigan is an award-winning author who was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2020 for his work as a journalism professor and community newspaper editor. At Webster University, he received a Messing Research Award in 1990, the Kemper Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994, and the Presidential Faculty Scholar Award in 1998. Corrigan has reported for his newspaper group from Russia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam. He won a Gannett Foundation Award and the Lewis C. Green Environmental Service Award for his environmental writing. He is the author of eight books, including Environmental Missouri in 2014 by Reedy Press.
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