Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Ship Has Come in, Literally, at Restaurant

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Ship Has Come in, Literally, at Restaurant

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NAVIGATING HAMPTON: On the heels of recent news stories about cars crashing through restaurants and supermarkets, here's one about a mariner who got his navigation charts mixed up. His fishing vessel went through the dining room of Hunan Szechuan, on Hampton Avenue at Watson Road. According to owner Tommy Hsu, the craft tore loose from its trailer and careened through a wall into the dining room. The boat's bough is where the luncheon buffet stood. "When I got there in the morning, I first thought we had been burglarized," explained Hsu at his Hunan Star on Manchester Road. (Hunan Szechuan is closed.) Asked by Truman Bancorp chairman Richard Miller if he had maritime insurance, Hsu replied, "We have insurance against all risks."

MAC WOES: The battle lines have been drawn by the "save the MAC committee," which is campaigning to scotch plans for the Missouri Athletic Club's proposed acquisition of the Town and Country Racquet Club. "Our president is acting like we are getting a new facility at no risk to the membership, but some of us who have been around the club for a long time know better," wrote "the chairman" of the committee. The proposal is detailed in a brochure, recently mailed to members. In it, MAC prez Gary Wideman explains "the MAC's membership size situation":

In 1988 - 5,253 members

In 1994 - 3,167 members.

Wideman and his board hope to reverse the trend with the West County location. Completion of the annexation is subject to MAC members' approval at a formal vote April 20.

The "save the MAC committee" has circulated a flyer with a lengthy poem. Here's an extract:

"Apparently, a small group of West County turks

Has become so very local

And acts as if they want the MAC

To become their own club local.

They want to join a West County golf course

And buy a tennis club, too

But the single most outrageous part is

They want them paid for by me and you."

The MAC has also signed an agreement that will allow members complete use of The Bluffs golf course.

Countered Wideman, "There's more risk if we don't make this acquisition than if we do. …

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