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  • 10/16/18--18:28: William Burroughs
  • University City, Missouri.
    Born at 1664 Pershing Avenue, William Burroughs attended community school and John Burroughs School. We was a cub reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1935, during World War II. Burroughs met Jack Kerouac and Allen . . .

    (Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • War, World II) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:30: Bob Gibson
  • University City, Missouri.
    Robert Gibson, once a Harlem Globetrotter, pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 until he retired in 1975. Known for his fastball, he struck out 3,117 batters. In his 1968 MVP season, Bob Gibson pitched 28 complete . . .

    (African Americans • Sports) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:31: Betty Grable
  • University City, Missouri.
    Betty Grable was born at 3858 Lafayette Avenue in St. Louis and moved to the Forest Park Hotel in 1920. She entered Clark's Dancing School at age 3 and attended Mary Institute. When only 12 she went to Hollywood and got her . . .

    (Entertainment • War, World II • Women) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:33: Barry Commoner
  • University City, Missouri.
    Barry Commoner joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1947. In 34 years there he explored viral function and led cellular research with implications for cancer diagnosis. Alarmed in the early 1950s by . . .

    (Education • Environment • Science & Medicine) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:35: Harold Ramis
  • University City, Missouri.
    A Chicago native, Harold Ramis attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 1966. Inspired by life in a fraternity house on Forsyth Boulevard, Ramis co-wrote the 1978 collegiate farce "Animal House," the . . .

    (Education • Entertainment) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:38: Elijah Lovejoy
  • University City, Missouri.
    Elijah Parish Lovejoy, a Presbyterian minister and editor of the St. Louis Observer, believed that slavery was a sin. First calling for gradual emancipation, he later became an abolitionist, but in the volient climate of . . .

    (Abolition & Underground RR • Churches & Religion • Communications) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:40: Joe Garagiola
  • University City, Missouri.
    Joseph Henry Garagiola grew up on Elizabeth Street in the St. Louis neighborhood called the Hill. Signed at 16 by Branch Rickey, Garagiola played for the Cardinals in five seasons, including the 1946 championship year. After . . .

    (Communications • Sports) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:41: Yogi Berra
  • University City, Missouri.
    Lawrence Peter Berra grew up on Elizabeth Street in the St. Louis neighborhood called the Hill. After heroic service in World War II, Yogi Berra joined the Yankees late in the 1946 season and hit a home run in his first . . .

    (Sports • War, World II) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:43: Leonard Slatkin
  • University City, Missouri.
    Leonard Slatkin studied violin, viola and piano as a child, and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut at age 22. The leading American conductor of his generation, he was Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra . . .

    (Arts, Letters, Music) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:44: Miles Davis
  • University City, Missouri.
    The year after his birth in Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis moved to East St. Louis. He played trumpet in the jazz band at Lincoln High School and was a member of Eddie Randle's Blues Devils (a.k.a. the Rhumboogie Orchestra). . . .

    (African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:46: Evarts Graham
  • University City, Missouri.
    One of the 20th century's most prominent surgeons, Evarts A. Graham chaired the Department of Surgery at Washington University from 1919 to 1951. Under his direction, it became a world leader in surgical procedures and . . .

    (Education • Science & Medicine) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:48: John Danforth
  • University City, Missouri.
    Already nicknamed "Senator" at Country Day High School, St. Louisan John Danforth was elected Missouri's Attorney General in 1968. He won a U.S. Senate seat in 1976 and for the next 18 years unified the Senate on difficult . . .

    (Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Peace • Politics) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:52: David Sanborn
  • University City, Missouri.
    Saxophonist David Sanborn grew up in Kirkwood and began playing in St. Louis area clubs as a teen. He backed legends like Albert King, Little Milton and Gil Evans, then joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1967, later . . .

    (Arts, Letters, Music • Environment) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:53: Robert McFerrin, Sr.
  • University City, Missouri.
    Baritone Robert McFerrin moved to St. Louis in 1936 and began classical voice training at Sumner High. He sang on Broadway and with the National Negro Opera Company, and in 1955 became the Metropolitan Opera's first . . .

    (African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    Born in Grenoble, France, Rose Philippine Duchesne was drawn to a life of religious service. She led five Religious of the Sacred Heart Nuns to the St. Louis area in 1818, settling in the then frontier town of St. Charles, . . .

    (Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Education • Women) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:57: Doris Roberts
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    Actress Doris Roberts was born in St. Louis, but moved to New York with her mother when she was young. In a career that began in 1951, Roberts performed in several Broadway productions and appeared in over 40 films, but was . . .

    (Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Women) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--18:59: Sally Benson
  • University City, Missouri.
    Sally Benson was born and raised in her house at 5135 Kensington Avenue in St. Louis before her family moved to New York. Benson wrote nearly 100 short stories for "The New Yorker," including a series titled "5135 . . .

    (Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Women) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--19:01: Ridley Pearson
  • University City, Missouri.
    Ridley Pearson's initial success came in crime fiction, with series heroes like Detective Lou Boldt or standalone novels such as "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer," which topped best-seller lists in 2002. After Pearson read . . .

    (Arts, Letters, Music) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--19:02: Gerald Early
  • University City, Missouri.
    An inspiring educator, Gerald Early was appointed the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in English and served as Director of Washington University's Center for the Humanities, the American Culture Studies Program, and . . .

    (African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Education) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/16/18--19:04: Cool Papa Bell
  • University City, Missouri.
    Major League Baseball was closed to Blacks until 1947, relegating some of the game's best players to the Negro Leagues. One of them was James Thomas Bell, who joined the St. Louis Stars in 1922. Nicknamed Cool Papa for his . . .

    (African Americans • Sports) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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