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2003 Stories by Tom R. Arterburn

Archives: 2003
  • Don't Balk

    published December 31, 2003

    WED 12/31 2004. It doesn't quite have the ring of "2000," does it? Something about those round numbers just makes you want to party... More >>

  • Fishing With Dynamite

    published December 31, 2003

    Fishing is hip. No, seriously, it is. Witness ESPN's hot new 29-year-old bass-fishing color analyst Ish Monroe, who just happens to be black.... More >>

  • Let's Go to the Hops

    published December 24, 2003

    FRI 12/26 Local beer baron Tom Schlafly is always looking for an excuse to throw a party; it's good for business, obviously, but it's... More >>

  • Piece on Earth

    published December 17, 2003

    Thinking about going postal for the holidays, but don't want to be caught dead with last year's drab camo jacket and old-school .38?How 'bout... More >>

  • A Curious Grace

    published December 17, 2003

    It's the holiday season, and you know what that means -- the NFL playoffs are right around the corner, which, in turn, means more Miller Light... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Bell-Weather

    published December 3, 2003

    SAT 12/6 This time of year, you can't swing a cat without hitting some event or other that exists to please and/or amuse the children.... More >>

  • Gentlemen, Start Your Zambonis

    published October 15, 2003

    SAT 10/18 The long, hot, pointless chunk of the year that happens between hockey seasons is finally over, and new hope is plentiful:... More >>

  • That Ain't Kibble

    published October 1, 2003

    SAT 10/4 If you think this is a Christopher Guest movie, you're barking up the wrong tree. This is the Purina Dog Chow Incredible Dog... More >>

  • Young Girls Dance

    published September 3, 2003

    SAT 9/6 Think about all the entertainment you've seen on the field at Cardinals' games that wasn't baseball -- high-school marching... More >>

  • Die, Cubs, Die

    published August 27, 2003

    Baseball is a game of second chances, so let's just forget all the late-inning blown leads and the appalling dearth of timely hitting the... More >>

  • Playground Renaissance

    published August 20, 2003

    SUN 8/24 St. Louis has its share of unusual sports leagues. Corkball, bottle caps, washers -- they all reflect a particular St. Louis... More >>

  • Palettes to the People

    published August 20, 2003

    SAT 8/23 "You get into a rut, walking around in a circle and chanting 'hey hey, ho ho, something's got to go' over and over," says... More >>

  • Big Top Hip-Hop

    published August 13, 2003

    For all its polish and techno splash, the UniverSoul Circus takes place on the mundane plane of the Northland Shopping Center parking lot (Lucas &... More >>

  • Banzai Sci-Fi

    published August 13, 2003

    SAT 8/16 Anime films can bring to mind the all-too-literal enormity of technological (and biological) advancement of an... More >>

  • Classic Rock Clowns

    published August 6, 2003

    No, it's not Elvis' garage sale. "Cars and Guitars" instead refers to the Casino Queen's first annual two-day party (3 p.m.-midnight August 6-7,... More >>

  • Lap Dance

    published August 6, 2003

    David Letterman once said that when it's done right, it's like a ballet on wheels. It's open-wheel racing and it's coming to St. Louis in the form... More >>

  • We're Nuts for Albinos

    published July 30, 2003

    It's getting pretty late in the summer. You've taken the kids to every theme park, water slide and dog-related event this city has to offer, and... More >>

  • Metal Alchemy

    published July 23, 2003

    THUR 7/24 Alex Skolnick once played lead guitar for Testament, a thrash band that specializes in strange chord progressions and time... More >>

  • Baseball Been Very Bad to Me

    published July 16, 2003

    WED 7/16 Major League Baseball's All-Star Game has been a chronic disappointment for years. To goad blasé superstars into... More >>

  • Sounds, Suds & Sweat

    published July 2, 2003

    When presented with the knowledge that on Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, nearly 20 bands of national and regional fame will perform down at... More >>

  • Burned on the Fourth of July

    published July 2, 2003

    We've all heard the horror stories: Barbie, stripped naked and forced to straddle a cherry bomb. GI Joe sent into orbit with a roman candle. The... More >>

  • It Might Be a City

    published June 25, 2003

    FRI 6/27 Is this the year St. Louis finally turns the corner? Is 2003 the year we will remember as the point when the city... More >>

  • Strip Tease

    published June 25, 2003

    Anxiety-plagued journalist Hunter S. Thompson coined the over quoted phrase, "Faster, faster! Until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of... More >>

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