Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Visiting Travel Agents Get Royal Treatment

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Visiting Travel Agents Get Royal Treatment

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MEDIA BLITZ: Our town's inns are putting their best feet forward for this week's convention of the American Society of Travel Agents. After the festive Sunday brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, we found that many delegates were gifted with duffle bags, tropical fruit and a rare dish. Don't know what the visiting fourth-estaters got, but it was mind-blowing how many biggies converged on the Ritz on Sunday.

Expected arrivals included: Janet Robinson, veep of The New York Times; Maggie Simmons, editor-in-chief of Travel magazine; Lynn Heiler, publisher, and Terry Yoffe, travel editor of The New Yorker; John Madden, publisher, and Barbara Fairchild, exec editor of Bon Appetit magazine; Roger Antin, publisher of Brides magazine; and Bernerd Leser, prez of Conde Nast Traveler.

THE PASSING PARADE: More than 100 well-wishers bade farewell to St. Louis Police Capt. Wayne Brocato at a luncheon Thursday at police headquarters. Brocato retired Friday after serving the force for 30 years. . . .

It's all happening on grand South Grand. Opening soon: John Davis' Picadilly Antiques at 3210 South Grand Boulevard, and Fat Tuesday's eatery at Grand and Hartford. Across the street, Salon St. Louis is getting plaudits these days from readers of Allure magazine. In its September issue, a feature dealing with "Face Facts" says the salon's facials are "extraction free. Salon St. Louis' aestheticians simply clean and massage clients' skin with their fingertips."

TRIBUTE: J.C. Corcoran's wife, Laura, tossed a surprise 40th birthday party for the WFXB-FM jock at the couple's Ladue manse. Before the affair for 100, J.C. was taken to a three-hour lunch at Kemoll's. Then Laura asked him to bring home dinner from California Pizza. "The employees were in on the surprise, because I was kept waiting 45 minutes for the carry-out pizza," said J.C.

Addison Clark Corcoran, J.C. and Laura's 4 1/2-month-old daughter, arrived an hour after the party began. Pedro Castillo and his Troubadores serenaded at poolside. Among the gifts was a set of designer golf balls with a likeness of J.C.'s not-so-dear friend Anne Keefe on each one. …

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