Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

I’m genuinely surprised when I see a restaurant that offers non-Heinz ketchup, but the other night I was even more surprised when we ate in a place that had Red Gold ketchup — but Heinz mustard! The latter is terrible, on the same level with French’s...
Who Is “Jeopardy Goat”?

Who Is “Jeopardy Goat”?

I wish my mother was still alive to see this. She was a four-day champion on the original 1960s version with Art Fleming/Don Pardo. I wrote about her experience (and mine) with “Jeopardy!” here. My wife and I continue the family obsession with the game by...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

I agree 100% with my friend Nolan Dalla, who explains why he’s done defending Colin Kaepernick after this weekend’s “workout,” which will lead to no NFL team ever adding him to their roster: My main takeaway from this mess is that we can and...
“Stomp” Again

“Stomp” Again

Martha and I first enjoyed “Stomp” more than 20 years ago, so when its touring version announced a return to St. Louis, I suggested we go see it again. I’m glad we did, because we had a great time Saturday afternoon at the Fabulous Fox. So did...
Movie Review: “Clemency”

Movie Review: “Clemency”

When your job is executing death row prisoners, it’s best not to have a guilty conscience. But after ending the lives of eleven men — the last in a botched procedure — the job has been getting to warden Bernadine Williams. Now, as she has to oversee...
Movie Review: “The Good Liar”

Movie Review: “The Good Liar”

Before walking into the theater, I knew seeing acting legends Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan together would be fun — and it is. In “The Good Liar,” McKellan plays con man Roy Courtnay, who meets lonely widows via online dating and then scams them out...