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  • 2006 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published September 21, 2005

    "Alley Cat"

2004 Stories by Mike Seely

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  • Celluloid Dreams

    published July 7, 2004

    Built for Speed: The Coral Court Motel Way before its 1993 closure and subsequent demolition, the Coral Court Motel on Watson... More >>

  • Brilliant!

    published June 30, 2004

    Dennis Buettner gets paid to envision beer-fueled fantasies. "Imagine you just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and you're descending in the middle of... More >>

  • Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League

    published June 30, 2004

    Bobby Bare, Jr. and Friday night go together like Jack Daniel's and ice. But it seems that every time he drops in on the Lou, it's either... More >>

  • Road Rules

    published June 16, 2004

    Due north out of Alton on a sparkling spring Saturday afternoon, Highway 100 all but unlocks the land. Few, if any, roads in the bi-state area... More >>

  • Raggedy Dandies

    published June 2, 2004

    If looks could kill, the softball team yukking it up at the table directly in front of the stage at Lemmons would be dead by now. There should... More >>

  • The Streets

    published May 26, 2004

    The headphone-wearing public was caught by surprise by Mike (The Streets) Skinner's brilliant debut quasi-rap album, Original Pirate... More >>

  • Nags to Riches

    published May 12, 2004

    Out of the gates first for all to behold, Lion Heart galloped to an audaciously impressive lead two Saturdays ago at the 130th running of the... More >>

  • A River Runs Through It

    published May 5, 2004

    Some people identify East St. Louis as the hometown of Miles Davis, but many more associate the city as the cinematic hellhole from National... More >>

  • Mint Julep

    published May 5, 2004

    Life, to this point, has essentially been one long prep race. A beer here, a gin and tonic there -- hell, break out the biggest, baddest drinking... More >>

  • All the Young Punks

    published April 28, 2004

    "The guy who gave me the Tom Waits CDs was my English teacher, Mr. Leftridge," says Tony Krus. "He gave me Velvet Underground CDs too," adds... More >>

  • Abundance of Richies

    published April 28, 2004

    We've got an open slot with Lionel available for you tomorrow at 4:20," said the sweet, accommodating voice on the other end of the line. "Would... More >>

  • Psycho Bikers

    published April 14, 2004

    SAT 4/17 You're driving along I-270 when a motorcyclist passes you at about 100 mph, weaving in and out of traffic. Surprised, you... More >>

  • Trolley Follies

    published April 7, 2004

    Armed with the promise of a $250,000 federal appropriation, U.S. Representative William "Lacy" Clay Jr. confidently strode to the front of a... More >>

  • Tony La Russa's Manhattan Project

    published March 31, 2004

    © 2004 Riverfront Times Bob Horner lets out the clutch of his battered baby-blue Chevy full-size and veers into the passing lane... More >>

  • Passing Gas

    published March 24, 2004

    The intersection of Manchester and McCausland, in the middle of the scruffy southwestern St. Louis enclave of Franz Park, will never be confused... More >>

  • New Edition

    published March 17, 2004

    Underestimate Ralph Tresvant at your peril. Though he was the last member of New Edition to put out a solo album, Tresvant proved himself when his... More >>

  • Land Minds

    published March 10, 2004

    The term "PsyOps," military shorthand for Psychological Operations, sounds downright freaky. Upon hearing it, one is almost certainly prone to... More >>

  • Bouton's Balls

    published March 3, 2004

    THUR 3/4 After several years in the broadcast booth, former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton returns to the printed word with Foul Ball:... More >>

  • Cubic Zirconium

    published March 3, 2004

    Drastic image overhauls rarely, if ever, work in the pop-music realm. Liz Phair has been the subject of much critical derision for slicking up her... More >>

  • Hair of the Dog

    published February 25, 2004

    Nothing works. Liter after liter of water: theoretically replenishing, but acres removed from the instant gratification you seek.... More >>

  • Trillville and Lil Scrappy

    published February 25, 2004

    Trillville is to Ludacris as Black Flag is to Limp Bizkit. Which is to say, the recognizable artists in that quartet have taken what the... More >>

  • Shooting Stars

    published February 18, 2004

    Tommie Liddell is going nowhere fast. Walking the ball up the floor in a packed Belleville West High School gymnasium, the sinewy six-foot,... More >>

  • Barroom Bawl

    published February 18, 2004

    Every day, the "island" of Soulard plays host to a complex social ecosystem of yuppie transplants, gays, politicians, bureaucrats, brewers,... More >>

  • Wanted: Man

    published February 18, 2004

    Will you still love a man out of time? The iconic, ironic troubadour Elvis Costello posed the question in song some years ago, and a sobered-up... More >>

  • Bowling for Columbia

    published February 11, 2004

    Scottish film director Kevin Macdonald once gripped the cold, gold figure of Oscar, tangible recognition for his Academy Award-winning One Day... More >>

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