Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis for 1-16-16

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis for 1-16-16

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SMASH BASH * Chances are whatever group you were with Monday to watch the NCAA football championship game, it wasn't as cool as the company kept by former STL rock jock Smash (aka Asher Benrubi).

Benrubi, who has moved to Arizona, attended the game and met up with an old musical buddy John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp and gal pal Christie Brinkley posed for pics and the two Indiana natives swapped stories of their days playing in local bands in central Indiana in the 1970s.

"Back at Indiana U., my band would be playing at one frat party and he'd be at another, and we just got to know each other," Benrubi said. "We're just a couple of Hoosiers."

"I still remember when he came back to Indiana from a trip to New York City and told us he was going by 'Johnny Cougar.' We all thought WTF," Benrubi said.

Benrubi said he was "semi-retired" but spent some time selling real estate and planned to look for radio work later this year. And he said the culture change had been interesting.

"When it's 53 degrees in the winter in St. Louis, people are putting the tops down and wearing shorts," he said. "When it's 53 degrees out here, they put on fur coats."

HOT DISH * STL's own Victoria's Secret model Devon Windsor will compete Monday on "Masterchef Celebrity Showdown," in a two-hour episode at 7 p.m. on KTVI (Channel 2).

Windsor will match culinary skills with fellow supermodel Gigi Hadid to raise money for charities. Windsor chose St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation as her beneficiary.

Windsor, 21 and a graduate of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, is repped by the local West Model & Talent Management.

DAS ROUTE * St. Louis has installed honorary signs to reflect the original German names of two South Side streets.

On Thursday, signs were put up to note that Cecil Place was first Habsburger Avenue, and that Gresham Avenue once was Kaiser Street. …

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