Sunday, February 26

SpeRUNking anyone?

                                                       James Lambert in the cave!

Warson Woods residents did very well at the SandMine Challenge on saturday in Crystal City, MO. Great job by Laura Wunder and Team Payback, Inc... and props to Big River Running for another successful event.

Full results here.

You can find the full article here from the Post Dispatch.

Out of 724 runners, Ed Crites finished 20, James Lambert (yours truly) 58, Annie Crites 59 and Joy Holey 173... way to go Warson Woods!!! 

Did anyone else run it? 

Wednesday, February 15

Warson Woods Couple Reminisce about how they met

Here is a copy/paste of a great article by Nathan Birt from the Webster Groves Patch. What a wonderful well written story by Nate about this couple from Warson Woods. Thanks a lot Nate, well done!

Full Article Here

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Marvin and Sue Young reflect on their first date, the early years and what has resulted in 59 years of wedded bliss.
Sue and Marvin Young of Warson Woods were married Aug. 23, 1952.
Marvin and Sue Young
Age: Marvin is 82, and Sue is 80
Years married: 59
Anniversary: Aug. 23, 1952
From: Warson Woods (Sue still lives there; Marvin lives at Sunrise on Clayton in Richmond Heights)

Marvin and Sue Young of Warson Woods met on a blind date arranged by her suitemate. He was a student at Westminster College, she a student at William Woods College. Both are located in Fulton, MO. Sue said she wasn't thrilled.

"'I don't want to be one of his one-night stands,'" she recalls saying.

They went to the movies, where they saw a sad film. At one point, Sue looked over at her date and saw great big tears coming down his cheeks.

From that point on, she wanted to get to know Marvin better.

"Boys do cry," Sue said.

They began dating. Later, Marvin gave her his beta pin, a sign that they were going steady. He was a senior, and she was in her second year.
Marvin ended up getting a full-ride scholarship to attend the University of Michigan Law School. He was an accomplished student.
The day after graduation from college he received a notice saying he was 1-A for the draft. Marvin wanted to finish his education before serving. He got a deferment for one semester from the draft board. He then joined the ROTC at the University of Michigan. He said it was the best leadership training he ever received.
The two had to be parted during his first year at Michigan. He called Sue and asked her to marry him. They were married that summer. He graduated in June 1954, and they moved to St. Louis, where he had a job at Thompson & Mitchell law firm, now known as Thompson Coburn. They lived in an efficiency apartment with no air-conditioning. Sue remembers people frying eggs on the payment when one day it reached 118 degrees outside.
They then left for Columbia, MO, where they built a house on Longfellow Lane. They lived there for nine years. He worked in a law department.

One day, Marvin got a call from a friend he had known at Thompson & Mitchell. The acquaintance planned to leave his position as general counsel at Peabody Coal and asked Marvin if he wanted the position.

They returned to St. Louis, and Marvin worked as vice president, general counsel and secretary for 17 years at Peabody. He served under four chief executives during his time there.

Afterward, he went into private practice at Clayton's Gallop, Johnson & Neuman. He retired from law when he fell and broke his hip in January 2009.

The couple have two children, a daughter named Victoria and a son named Kendall. Their grandchildren are Marissa, Ellery, Griffin, Kayla and Kory.

Sue said she and her husband have a good relationship that has been highlighted by visiting many countries and going on lots of cruises. Marvin enjoys playing jazz piano. A keyboard stands under sheets of music in his room at Sunrise.

"Patch Media (“Patch”) grants permission to use Content made available by Patch to Company, worldwide in all media, solely in connection with Company’s Feature, provided that Company includes a link to the Patch site if the Content is used on the Internet. Where linking is not technologically possible, the following or similar attribution shall be included adjacent or in close proximity to the Content: Courtesy Nate Birt, In the event Patch asks Company to remove its Content from the Feature, Company agrees to do so reasonably promptly."

Sunday, February 12

The Realtor Corner

Most Notable Listings in Warson Woods

1108 North Drive $650.000

1535 North Woodlawn Drive $489.900

415 Doral Drive $415.000

1501 North Woodlawn $399.900

1419 Andrew Drive $365.000

1100 Timberlane $349.000

450 Medina Drive $344.900

353 Rue Renee $339.900

1476 Dearborn $299.500

724 Jamaica Ct $289.000

840 Edlin $274.900

A Sad Day in St. Louis by Cassie - MUST READ!

I grew up here in St. Louis. There are things growing up here you notice. The one big thing to me is that for some reason St. Louis is a narrow minded community. They are all about “where did you go to high school?” and where you live. It is a label that is horrible and of course narrow minded. But today on Facebook I saw a post from a friend, who was helping a friend spread the word about a specific shop here locally in St. Louis, to be more specific Chesterfield. I want to share with you this friend of a friend wrote:
“I guess I always knew this day would come but I was holding out hope that people were inherently good and compassionate. Today my 4 year old son and I were asked to leave a store because he walks with a walker. He hascerebral palsy and needs the walker to be independent.
Kay Wallace, owner of F O B Designs in Lamp and Lantern Village, does not believe that he should be allowed to shop in her store. Within a minute of our arrival she approached us and told me that her aisles were narrow and he could possibly run into something. I told her that he would be fine and careful. She gave me an incensed look as if to say, “clearly you don’t understand what I am trying to say.” After a few more comments about why he should not be there, she looked me directly in the eyes and said that he would be better served elsewhere.
My heart sank. My temper rose! I looked at Carter’s happy little face and asked if she was discriminating against him because he was disabled. She said he would be better served elsewhere and that she was worried about his safety…her insurance would not cover the costs of any accidents! i told her that as his mom, I was certain that he was perfectly safe. She again told me in a very condescending way that she believed her store was not suitable for him and when I again asked if she was discriminating against him she said that I was just angry and could not be made happy and maybe I should shop elsewhere, too!!
I could not believe that in this day and age of acceptance, inclusion and education that she could be so insensitive and prejudice. People with disabilities have the right to participate fully and equally in all aspects of society, including shopping for furniture! It is essential that we change these barbaric attitudes and perceptions about people living with disabilities. Does she know how much courage, heart and determination it takes for Carter to walk into her store with his head held high and a smile on his face? Does she know how much effort it took him JUST to walk down the street and over the threshold into her store?
On several occasions during our conversation she stated that I was just angry. Of course I was angry…she just told me that my 4 year old son was not welcome in her store! I am also angry that she insinuated that I was angry because my son has a disability. Carter is the most amazing kid I have ever known and I am lucky to be his mom.
Kay Wallace of F O B Design of St. Louis should be ashamed of herself. If you agree that Kay Wallace demonstrated behavior that was unethical and unacceptable please repost and do not shop at her store or the stores of other people sharing her attitude towardpeople with disabilities!! Thanks for all of your support…” Shelly Arnold Reynolds
I was in shock as a mother. I like to think that I am a mother that is teaching my children about acceptance and kindness. It does not matter if the shop owner donates time and money to special causes if they do not train their employees to show that same compassion and concern when a potential client walks through that door. Would it have been different if it were an adult dress in high end clothing using a walker, would they have been asked to leave because of the potential “accidents” that might or might not happen?  So Mrs. Wallace, what do you have to say for your self, for your company. You asked a mother to leave a store because of her son’s disability. A mother that knows better than you what her son is able to do and not do, like walking through the aisles of your shop. You took a horribly narrow minded assumption and snobby attitude making this mother feel like she and her son were not good enough to be in your store. Have you at all thought about what she went through as a mother or what he went through to be a 4 year old boy with no cares in the world other then making sure he gets his favorite juice or watched his favorite cartoon? In any business situation this was indeed “unethical and unacceptable” as Shelly Arnold Reynolds stated. I would love to see Mrs. Wallace right this wrong, but after hurting a mother like that is there really a way for her to redeem herself?
ETA: Here is the link to the Facebook page Shelly Arnold Reynolds has created to protest this action from FOB Design. If you feel strongly about how Mrs. Wallace was wrong please like this page in support!!