Older guys love them, too: I loved the article [Mike Seely, "Chasing the Young," December 11] but must disagree in one respect. Your article states that [WB11's] target audience is "younger females." I am a 48-year-old conservative male that you typically describe as a major network viewer. Which I was, until I stumbled onto Melanie and Kathryn. Now I am an addict -- I don't miss them if at all possible. In fact, I don't watch much prime-time TV at all. But I come runnin' at 9 p.m. every night just to catch my "TV girlfriends," as my wife calls 'em. On another note: I have a vacation home on Bull Shoals Lake. I only get one channel, KOLR-TV (Channel 10) out of Springfield, where Melanie's twin sister Melissa is the weekend anchor. It's like getting a "Melanie fix" while down there.
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Grant me this wish: If I had my druthers, I'd rather watch a voluptuous young female read the news about a crack addict who shot a liquor-store owner in north St. Louis than [someone in] a bad toupee read the same news. Somehow I get lost in the real news with the subliminal! Thanks, WB11, for bringing Howard Stern's show to the evening news.
Watch the language: Your cover story "Feed the Beast" [Mike Seely, December 4] certainly was a cold blast on the heated topic of college-basketball recruiting from the St. Louis area. Knowing that thousands of high-school students with ready access to your free paper would be reading the piece, was it really necessary for the story to include the unedited version of Mike Seely's writing, including his vision of what losing recruiters end up doing? Just because we now all know what Mike Seely does after a bad day at the office, it doesn't make for appropriate reading by high-school students, much less the general public. Also appalling is reading in the same story the unedited quotes from AAU Gators coach Mike Martin, which include his eloquent words of wisdom "I don't think the guy from SLU [Soderberg] knows his ass from first base" and "Had they signed Blake Ahearn, they'd have sold 100 season tickets. I'm not gonna go down there and watch some fucker from Minnesota who's average." It's just a shame your paper seems more interested in being toilet paper than a newspaper.
Block that vulgarity: Generally I found your article quite interesting. However, while the subject matter may be of great interest to my son, who is on one of the freshman basketball teams at DeSmet, I have no intention of showing it to him because of the gratuitous vulgarity. Needless to say, I would be a fool to think that he is unaware of such terms or that he would be unable to grasp the image which you sought to convey with the Hustler magazine reference. But was all that necessary or even appropriate? I think not. You and your superiors knew, or should have known, that a sizable percentage of your readership of this article would be of high-school age. So was the point just to show how cool you were, that you could use curse words and crude sexual references (as well as some rather indecipherable metaphors) and get away with it? Big deal -- that goes on in the RFT all the time. What's next? A throwaway line about strippers in a review of the children's-theater program in Florissant?
On the button: I couldn't agree more with your review [Dennis Brown, "This Anything Should Go," December 11]. I saw this production [Anything Goes] in New York City at Lincoln Center with Patty LuPone as Reno Sweeney, and it was wonderful. The Rep did this frequently enjoyable, lighthearted entertainment no justice. The singing was a disservice to Cole Porter's lyrics. I was frankly appalled when the performance got a standing ovation. Thanks for an honest review.
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Sick of the love: Enough with the Chuck Jaco love-fest ["Letters," December 18]! The guy came off as a whiny do-gooder who just couldn't hack criticism. He reminded many of the class-president/National Honor Society/male-cheerleader type we could not stand in high school and certainly could not stand every day on the air. He was no doubt the worthy target of every spitball and head-butt that came his way. His getting fired is a blessing for a radio station too long associated with mild-mannered civic boosterism. Say what you will about Rush, at least he does not primp, whine, smirk and condescend the way only Jaco could!
Patrick G. McCarthy
He was just kidding: I was in an interview featured in the "Street Talk" section a few weeks ago ["Why Are You Such a Knucklehead?" November 13], in which I made some false, insulting comments concerning my teachers and my school, St. Louis Priory. I would like to make things right and set the record straight. I respect all of my teachers very much, and they are among the best professionals in their field. Priory is known as one of, if not the most, academically challenging schools in the area, and my comments reflected very poorly on the school, its faculty and its students. To all of these people, and to everyone who was led to think poorly of them by my words, I offer my sincerest apologies.
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Not a stepsister: There's no question that these are tough times for people in the arts, as they are for people in just about every occupation in the United States. But contrary to some of the statements in the "Muse" column of December 11 [Eddie Silva, "No Dancing"], we at Dance St. Louis have found a continuing appetite for contemporary dance among our sophisticated, informed, enthusiastic St. Louis audiences. If Dance St. Louis did not exist, the funding that we now receive from corporations would not go to other dance in St. Louis. It wouldn't happen at all. And St. Louisans would have to travel to Chicago and New York to see nationally and internationally renowned dance companies -- which only a few people in our Fox and Edison Theatre audiences can afford to do. I think it's grand that arts education and community outreach have become a priority with funders. Why would anyone in the arts community complain about this? We've found that this part of the Midwest has wonderful audiences for contemporary art -- and we're not alone. St. Louis has thriving contemporary theater, visual arts and music. A lack of funding or failure of "trickle-down" culture may not be the reason that audiences are not interested in local, contemporary choreography. If there are some ways in which dance is indeed "the neglected stepsister of the arts" in St. Louis, that's puzzling, and I would love to see Eddie Silva apply his considerable intellect to digging deeper into this issue.
Sally Brayley Bliss
Dance St. Louis
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