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Best Newspaper Columnist St. Louis 2003 - Bill McClellan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Readers' Choice: Bill McClellan
Most days he looks like he just rolled out of bed after an all-night bender. The bags under his eyes are bigger than the ones Stanley packed on his search for Livingston. After twenty years of columnizing, Bill McClellan looks as tired as his adopted hometown. But make no mistake: McClellan is still St. Louis' best-read and best-liked columnist. McClellan rarely surprises. You know he's going to have a soft spot for veterans and cops. You know he's got a problem with plaintiffs' lawyers, especially those who file class-action lawsuits (and most especially those who sue him). You know he has a populist streak: He's a soft touch for a sob story and he loves to tweak big-shot CEOs with bloated bankrolls and bloated politicians with big-ass Lincolns. You know as long as Hillary keeps breathing, he'll use that "Hello, Sailor" shtick again. McClellan's like an old shoe: reliable and comfortable. And yet the old shoe still has kick. Earlier this year, after the murder of KMOX morning personality Nan Wyatt, McClellan scored a controversial interview with Wyatt's husband -- her alleged killer. He also could take credit for bumping ex-American Airlines chairman Donald Carty as commencement speaker at St. Louis University: After McClellan ripped Carty for seeking employee concessions at the same time airline execs were to receive bonuses, SLU president Larry Biondi asked the columnist to take Carty's place, enraging conservative Catholics who decried McClellan's pro-choice views. McClellan, naturally, shrugged it off. He's too tired to get riled.
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Mary(Molly)McClintock
Mary(Molly)McClintock

The roughness around the edges is part of Bill's charm. I have read his books and his columns for years, even clipped some for my scrap book. He tells it like it is, better than most, with compassion and empathy, and also stands up for the little-guy. Thank you for years of great reading and keep up the great work!Molly McClintockPS. Don't worry about learning to dress, now. That's also part of your charm!

Larry Olson
Larry Olson

HE DOES LOOK ALITLE BEAT UP AROUND THE EDGES, SOMETIMES HE LOOKED LIKE THAT WHEN WE WERE LITTLE KIDS PLAYING ON MORGAN STREET-ONLY SAW HIM BRIEFLY WHEN WE WERE MARINES, IWAKUNI, JAPAN, HE WAS LEAVING AND I JUST GOT THERE, HEY OLD FRIEND, GLAD YOU HAVE A LIFE THAT MATTERS AND A WAY TO MAKE YOURSELF HEARD, YOUR NAME EVEN CAME UP ON A SCUBA DIVING BOAT WITH SOME OF YOUR READERS, GRAND CAYMAN I THINK, MANY OF THE THINGS WE DID GROWING UP WOULD BE APPROPRIATE NOWADAYS, SEMPER FI, OLY

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