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2003 Stories by John Goddard

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  • Two Elvises

    published December 31, 2003

    WED 12/31 Every red-blooded American loves an Elvis imitator -- the rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, the sideburns and Foster Grant... More >>

  • '03, Oh My!

    published December 31, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. As 2003 dies out, the year isn't suggesting any easy... More >>

  • You Go, Girl

    published December 24, 2003

    Face it -- the human race is downright voyeuristic. We people-watch and stare at the TV as if we lack lives of our own. And when it comes to... More >>

  • Hockey 101

    published December 24, 2003

    FRI 12/26 Hockey is one of the most expensive sports your kid can choose to pursue (preceded only by polo, which requires a horse or... More >>

  • Bibo-what?

    published December 24, 2003

    When writing descriptive prose about a particular kind of music, it's generally not a good practice to reference other music as a means of... More >>

  • Chopping Spree

    published December 17, 2003

    Paper shortage? Spotted owl displacement? C'mon! Christmas only comes around once a year. Do you really think depriving yourself of the thrill of... More >>

  • Saric, Stone and McClain with Bhob Rainey

    published December 17, 2003

    Supergroups are created when larger-than-life members of various existing bands join forces to rock your ass off. More often than not, it's a... More >>

  • City Circus Cabaret

    published December 10, 2003

    Those of you who weren't around before 1932 might not know too much about vaudeville. No, it's not a shantytown in Iowa where French people are... More >>

  • Ooh, That Smell

    published December 3, 2003

    MON 12/8 It's hard to imagine that Lynyrd Skynyrd, in its original incarnation, was around for such a brief period. In just four years... More >>

  • Tried and True

    published December 3, 2003

    On a cool Indian-summer night out on the rolling plains of Missouri about thirty miles west of the Mississippi, four women sat in a circle of... More >>

  • Turkey With Plum Sauce

    published November 26, 2003

    If this is your first Thanksgiving in St. Louis, you'll probably experience a little culture shock when you learn how we celebrate the holiday.... More >>

  • Cheese Ball

    published November 26, 2003

    SAT 11/29 In some cultures royalty is hereditary. For the first annual Cheesefest, though, royalty is chosen by meritocracy. Prove... More >>

  • Camping in a Winter Wonderland

    published November 26, 2003

    Your mind is as clear as the black sky upon which the saga of man's origin is acted out nightly by the cyclical parade of the beasts and demigods... More >>

  • Literary Heroes

    published November 26, 2003

    The toy market has changed drastically in recent years. Whereas toys were once marketed only to kids, these days toy manufacturers are aware of --... More >>

  • We Lost It at the World's Fair

    published November 19, 2003

    SUN 11/23 You know the legend about the 1904 World's Fair giant Ferris wheel -- that the 70-ton axle, too massive to be removed, was... More >>

  • On the Road

    published November 19, 2003

    As punk rock nears its thirtieth birthday, signs of its maturity as a bona fide musical style are cropping up all over the place. Never mind that... More >>

  • Speak Now

    published November 12, 2003

    Scottish pop singer Edwyn Collins once lamented that there were "too many protest singers, not enough protest songs." Of course, his song was then... More >>

  • A Diamond in the Industrial Court

    published November 12, 2003

    Part petting zoo, part museum, the St. Louis Children's Aquarium sits hidden among dismal factories and wholesalers in Hanley Industrial Court.... More >>

  • Sports Trivia Saved Our Town

    published November 5, 2003

    FRI 11/7 St. Louis has taken an excessive number of cheap shots lately. Our city is too polluted or too dangerous or too close to the... More >>

  • The Bright Side of Life

    published November 5, 2003

    FRI 11/7 And now for something halfway different. Not three years after Monty Python alum Eric Idle circuited the country with his... More >>

  • Oh, Wolfy

    published October 29, 2003

    FRI 10/31 Are you afraid of the big, bad wolf? Your fear is largely unfounded and is likely a product of the myth and ignorance which... More >>

  • No Más! No Más!

    published October 29, 2003

    It's like Tron as conceived by Joel Schumacher, Bob Mackie and Carmen Miranda. It's like HR Giger, flying on PCP and armed with a glitter... More >>

  • Stranger Than Fiction

    published October 29, 2003

    In 1975 Willie Nelson released Red Headed Stranger, a concept album he developed with his wife, Connie, during a long drive from Colorado... More >>

  • Alloy Me Low

    published October 22, 2003

    Joseph "Buster" Keaton was a tough cookie from the get-go. Born in 1895 to medicine-show performers Joseph and Myra Keaton, the silent film star's... More >>

  • Irony Attracts

    published October 15, 2003

    SAT 10/18 Randy Newman earned his reputation with darkly ironic songs like "Rednecks" and "Sail Away" long before becoming the beloved... More >>

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