Don Corrigan is back. He went from squirrels to people in this must-have book about one of St. Louis’ most famous suburbs: Webster Groves. Reedy Press has just announced the release of its latest book of local interest, Incredible 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 even used his voice back then – in Glee Club.
There are so many fascinating stories about Webster, including that civil rights activist Bennie Gordon fought to open the pool at Webster Groves to blacks in 1953. He also helped bring the Ozark Theater into the fold in 1961 when black families lined up with tickets to see The shaggy dog.
Webster Groves, Missouri, made the cover of Time magazine, was the subject of a CBS-TV documentary, and caught the pollsters around the time of the presidential election. In Incredible Webster Groves, you’ll discover Old Orchard, where prime real estate was sold in the log cabin of President Ulysses S. Grant. You’ll find Webster Park, where a St. Louis governor, senator, and many business geniuses once lived.
America’s Heartbeat is set in a St. Louis suburb that’s been the cover of Time Magazine, the subject of a CBS-TV documentary, and a magnet for pollsters around the time of the presidential elections. In Incredible Webster Groves, you’ll discover Old Orchard, where prime real estate was sold in the log cabin of President Ulysses S. Grant. You’ll find Webster Park, where a St. Louis governor, senator, and many business geniuses once lived. Read the true story of the Webster TV housewife who named her husband ‘Fang’, the man whose gubernatorial election was held up when Democrats cried fraud, a zoologist who pleaded for “charismatic megafauna,” an atomic-age activist who collected 300,000 baby teeth for strontium-90 detection, a Pulitzer-winning author at age 24. See the city’s remarkable college and famous seminary where theologians who advised presidents taught under its Oxford tower.
Local author Corrigan profiles the city he’s proudly covered for four decades as editor of the Webster-Kirkwood Times. A writer and professor of journalism 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 theater stars like Phyllis Diller, Charlotte Peters and Martha Mason, the “Goodbye Girl”.
Incredible Webster Groves is available wherever books are sold.
Events to come:
Book Launch – Everyone Welcome
Saturday May 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Webster Groves Bookstore. 27 N Gore Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119. 314-968-1185. Free and open to the public
Coffee talks and book signing
May 16 to May 20, weekdays TBA – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Webster Garden Café (outdoor terrace). 117 E. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 6311314-475-3490. Café encouraged, open to the public
Notes and book signing
Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The neighboring novel. 7905 Big Bend Blvd. St. 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. St. Louis, MO 63119. 314-961-3784. Free and open to the public
Presentation and dedication
Thursday, June 9, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Shepherd’s Center. 1320 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122. 314-395-0988. Free and open to the public
Book details: Incredible 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 teacher 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 press group from Russia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland North 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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