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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH EVERYDAY G SECTION THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1988 N I JERRY BERGER - JA dlll if . :1s' It's A May Wedding In Florida For May BIG-TIME MERGERS: Lucia May will tie the knot with Joseph L. Davis, a professor of political science and a consultant in simulation studies, on May 20 In St. Petersburg, Fla. The twosome then will honeymoon in China, and later have a reception here. Their nupts will take place at the Hotel Don Cesar. Lucia May is the widow of May Department Stores scion Morton D. May, and the mother of 5-year-old Chelsea May, who, according to Lucia, recently played violin in the International Suzuki Festival in Berlin. The former Lucia Piaskowiak is a violin virtuoso and member of the board at St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts. Davis teaches at Harris-Stowe, UMSL and St. Louis U. SALOON COLUMNIZING: Smoothie Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum bows at the ivories of Frank Bommarito's The Edge on Friday and Saturday nights and at cocktail hour Mondays through Thursdays Jackie Suntrup, a 19-year veteran of piano sing-alongs, moves her piano and song books to Whispers Lounge in the Radis-son. Hotel Clayton, beginning May 6, on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. llNi inlWE Wmh : v . B t f t ft 1 I mm I ' , a-- nit" mmi flmmmm mi iimii mm rr Till inn- ' i I 11 I ' -' " "Peanuts" Whalum: Piano man at The Edge Robert C. Holt Jr.Post-Dispatch Trish Phifer Harwig and Patrick Gregory make a quilt panel for Don Bean, who died this year. By Ellen Futterman Of the Post-Dispatch Staff FOR CARLTON MATHIAS, working on the Names Project quilt was a way of coping. ; Mathias, a frail man of 26, was diagnosed as having AIDS a year and a half ago. Since then, he has , been hospitalized six times, but each time he has managed to fight back. He is hopeful that he will beat the odds and win his battle with AIDS, which so far has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people nationwide. One such person is St. Louisan Edgar Wiseman, whom Mathias calls his soulmate although the two never met. With little information to go on other than "Edgar liked to party," Mathias has created and sewn a quilted panel dedicated to the memory of Wiseman. Eventually, this panel will be linked with others like it to form the Names Project quilt, a national memorial to those who have died of AIDS. When it was first displayed Oct. 11 at the March of Washington, D.C., for Lesbian & Gay Rights, it was about two blocks long. It ' ; was twice that size, with 4,000 panels, when it began its tour across the country earlier this month. It weighs more than three tons. As part of AIDS Awareness Week in St. Louis, some ; 1,300 of the quilted panels, including the 70 or so done for St. Louis victims of AIDS, will be on display this : weekend in the gymnasium at Forest Park Community College. The exhibit kicks off with a $25 benefit Friday from 7 to II p.m., the proceeds of which will go to assist local AIDS patients. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is free. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 5 Sunday. Additional displays are being held all week at places such as Neiman-Marcus in Plaza Frontenac, the Daily Planet in the Central West End and the Red Cross building in midtown. Mathias said that working on the project has helped give his life a sense of importance. "I am trying to look at this illness as an experience rather than as me being a victim," he said. "I was warned by life that I needed to make some healthy changes and I didn't. Now I have the opportunity to make those changes." Mathias, who is on disability leave from his job at Southwestern Bell, spent part of last week working on his panel a pastoral scene featuring billowy clouds and a frog on a lily pad, with Wiseman's name strewn across in an enormous warehouse space at the Globe-Democrat building downtown. Vann Johnson, who was diagnosed last July as having AIDS-related complex, said working on the quilt has given him "a sense of purpose" and helped keep his mind off his problems. "I am learning quite a bit about my own creativity -and have met a lot of friends in the process," said Johnson, 34, a former dancer. He said he got involved . ," with the project because of the death of a close friend ; who had AIDS. The first panel he completed was for that friend. 'JZ Holly Anderson, a waitress at the West End Cafe, said her involvement with the Names Project grew out of her volunteer work for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS, a local " group that helps AIDS sufferers. She and her friend Beth Teck were spending this particular afternoon r" sewing separate panels for young men neither of them ,J knew. But both felt that every person In St. Louis who had died of AIDS deserved his or her own panel. Patrick Leonard, one of the local coordinators of the ' project, said much of the material being used for the , quilt panels had been donated. He also said artists and -J seamstresses had volunteered their time to assist panel makers. "We feel fairly confident that by the time the quilt - goes on display here, all of the names that we received of St. Louisans who have died of AIDS will be remembered with a panel," said Leonard, giving credit to the hard work of volunteers. . . For tickets to the benefit Friday night, or for more information, call 241-1339. Sam LeonePost-Dispatch GO WEST!: Buckland Road is the name of a 14-homesite development being groomed on 30 acres on Mason Road, just south of Clayton Road, by Lester Grotpeter of Grot-peter Construction Co. The luxury manses will start , at $1 million, according to Anita Newport, the Janet , McAfee Inc. cheerleader. . . . Apex Oiler Sam Goldstein has resigned from the board of directors at Centerre Trust At Laventhol & Horwath, veteran bean counter 1 Paul Gallant's post as managing partner will be I assumed by Sheldon Holtzman of Chicago. Gallant k will remain on board as a partner and "will become I involved in community relations, marketing and - general business consulting." . . . It appears that developer Bill Bruce is turning his attention to Breckenridge, Colo., and away from the McDome. Pals say he's cementing a deal for $100 million to buy a ski village in the Western outpost The big question lawyers here are asking is ' whether their colleague John Shepherd will land the post of president of the Professional Golfers' Association tournament at Bellerive Country Club, which will take place In 1992. " MOREOVER: Water bars are a-comin back. I'd open one up at the shuttered Carnegie on Soulard, but I'm afraid that the owners have something better in mind. Besides, do we really need more bars that water down the drinks? Speaking of the Carnegie's owners, Maria and Patrick Woodllng, the twosome are toasting their second wedding anniversary this week. They have taken over the famed produce and veggie store around the corner from the Carnegie and have renamed it Sanfilippo-Woodling's, since Maria's parents, Delores and Joe Sanfilippo, have retired. . . . It was at Wade DeWoskin's Port St. Louis restaurant in Clayton where we bumped into Mobil star award rep John Livingston with his date, Roberta Haggerty. While they swooned over the soft-shell crabs, Livingston gave high marks to DeWoskin (for the April-August rating period) and reminded us of his mom, the late Nadine Livingston, who was chef ; for the Florida estate ruled over by the late Marjor-ie Meriweather Post. Nearby, a group of scientists . awaited the arrival of 1978 Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias for a feast before a symposium at Washington University on Tuesday. Penzias is veep for re ABOVE: Sharon Venable, assistant visual manager for Neiman-Marcus; Angel Wahby, visual staff; and John Deutschmann, Neiman-Marcus general manager. RIGHT: Lee Stark, Neiman-Marcus visual presentation manager. mm- Life h uncertain ecu Jaccfift Jim 4J search at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey Congenial Nick Parotti is off to Chicago for a national hair show. He's setting up a hair-replacement studio in his Dominick's Hair Designs, 1015 Locust Street. LEGAL BRIEF: By tradition, the Red Mass of the Holy Spirit marked the start of the court term In England, says Mary Klos, clerk for Bernhardt C Drum Jr., presiding judge of St. Louis County Circuit Court. But in Clayton, the Mass will be said Friday in observance of Law Day (May 1). Lawyers, judges and other courthouse regulars have been invited to the Mass, at noon in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 106 North Meramec Avenue. Bishop Edward O'Don-nell and Louis F. Meyer will celebrate the Mass. Mars, Hershey And The Smell Of Sweet Succesj I r&i ft BKTfliYniii tffllM'l'iiiTWwi M Dinner. It was a huge hit and was delivered in trucks shaped like chickens. In the '40s, you could still see- - -billboards for "Chicken Dinner 5" in the Adirondacks.Z But then, people still drove Hupmobiles there, too. If you thought about it, you could guess that when the bar was invented times were hard, and a chicken dinner would be something a person could yearn for. - ; IneverdldgettoeataChickenDinnerbar.lt . x sounded outlandish. Actually, it was your basic nut roll; There was a Betsy Ross bar, a Winning Lindy bar for-' Charles Lindbergh, a Dick Tracy bar, an It bar for 'Jt-: Girl" Clara Bow in the 20s, an Amos 'n' Andy bar, a Big Hearted Al bar for Al Smith (it died after the 28 . elections), a Dr. IQ bar named for the '30s radio quiz show, a Red Sails bar after that great 1935 hit song "Red Sails in the Sunset" and, to go with the vitamin mania of the '40s, the Vita Sert, which boasted "a full day's supply it t'i of six essential vitamins in every bar! Not to mention the Reggie bar, honoring Reggie ft ( I By Michael Kernan 1988, Washington Post DID YOU realize that we are in the midst of the 75th anniversary of the Goo Goo Cluster? One of the world's great candy bars and the first combination bar in history (caramel, marshmallow, peanuts, chocolate), the Goo Goo Cluster was born in Nashville, Tenn., home of the Grand Ole Opry (get it?). It is also the news peg for this story. The encyclopedia says vaguely that chocolate in solid edible form first appeared in England in the mid-1800s. But it was hand-made, so we are free to imagine it came in squares, like fudge. There was always fudge. No, there wasn't. Fudge was one of those kitchen accidents, like vulcanized rubber. A pan of caramel that went bad. You should know that. No one remembers who invented the first actual bar-shaped candy, yet it is a fact that Walter M. Lowney was turning them out by hand in Boston by 1880. He exhibited them at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. That was some exposition. It had the world's first Ferris wheel and the first large-scale demonstration of Tom Edison's electric lights and Little Egypt the belly dancer. And a chocolate-making machine from Dresden, Germany. And day after day, you would find the same guy standing in front of that chocolate-making machine, rubbing his chin like an actor in a high school play. His name was Milton S. Hershey. He already had made a fortune with his caramels, but he was only 37, and his vaulting vision ranged beyond caramels. He was going to switch to chocolate. By 1894, the first mass-produced chocolate bars in America were plopping off the assembly line. The Hershey bar was born, and with it a way of life. What is it about a candy bar? Chocolates simply aren't the same. Maybe it's the individual wrapper a little present, just for you. You tear it open with a practiced jerk. The familiar subdued crinkle. The soft, insinuating scent of milk chocolate. The gleaming, ripply surface that looks as if the lovely liquor had only minutes ago hardened in Renyold FergusonPost-Dispatch Sammy is a 7-month-old male collie mix who is neutered, housebroken, good with children and friendly. To adopt: Apply in person at the Humane Society of Missouri, 1210 Macklind Avenue, before noon Saturday. Jackson. Presumably eating it would make you a better ; baseball player. The Baby Ruth bar, by the way, is not ; named for Babe Ruth, but for President Grover """ " Cleveland's daughter Ruth. Babe Ruth was still a pitcher when the bar came out. In fact, the Curtiss company had to sue him years later when he tried to market a bar of his own. -; The Oh Henry! bar is not named for the writer O. ; -; Henry, either. Its inventor, George Williamson, hired 1 some women to help with his booming business. When '. they had to move barrels of corn syrup or other heavy : things, they would call for a young helper who hung out there, name of Henry. ' x Mars, now properly M&MMars, and Hershey are; responsible for five of the 10 top-selling bars in America. Mars' Snickers bar has been No. 1 for years; -: with retail sales recently hovering around $400 million'a year. The chocolate-nougat-nut-caramel bar dates from! 1930 but has been redesigned and improved. ; If you count both plain and peanut M&Ms, those -1 candies sell even more, like about $500 million. PlainX jil&Ms appeared in 1941, the nutty ones in 1954. The : Milky Way ('23) is also from Mars, as is of course the '. See CANDY, Page 81 midswirl. Gradually, you let your teeth close on it, pressing through the chocolate cover, into the caramel, the nougat layer, past a peanut (This happens to be a Snickers.) The sharp sweetness of caramel marries the gentle nougat. And the chocolate whatever it is that chocolate does to the brain, it is doing it now. A few crumbs of chocolate drop onto your shirt, but you pick them off expertly. Now the question is, should I chewitrightdown or let it lie there until it melts? In the end, you sort of do both. Your eyes go out of focus as you swallow. And then it is time for the next bite. You can learn all you need to know about 20th-century America by reading candy-bar names. After World War I, a bar came out called Chicken i ' v s, p f Elaine Viets: Who's the governor of Missouri? A survey says a third of you don't know. PAGE 3 X

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