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Friday, December 6, 2013
New St. Louis Walk of Fame Book Released
Book Signing Event December 10 at the Moonrise Hotel
St. Louis -- A new, four-color book titled, "St. Louis Walk
of Fame: 140 Great St. Louisans," is being released in time for the 2013
176-page, hard-cover publication spotlights 140 great people who have
made significant contributions in shaping the culture of St. Louis, the
nation and, in many cases, the world. These individuals have been
honored with a star and biographic plaque on the non-profit St. Louis
Walk of Fame, which is located on the sidewalks along Delmar Boulevard
in St. Louis' Loop neighborhood.
author, Joe Edwards, will host the first book-signing event for the new
publication on December 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. The signing will be in the
Satellite Room of the Moonrise Hotel in the Loop, 6177 Delmar Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63112. Books will be available for purchase on site.
The new book includes
honorees from fifteen fields of endeavor including acting and
entertainment, broadcasting, statesmanship, aviation, civil rights,
exploration, politics, journalism, literature, music, science and
education, city founders, disability rights, military and even the U.S.
presidency. To be considered for the Walk of Fame, inductees must have
been born in the St. Louis region or spent their formative or creative
years in the metropolitan area. Their accomplishments must have had a
national impact on our country's cultural heritage.
St. Louis Walk of Fame is donating copies to all junior high and high
school libraries throughout the greater St. Louis region in Missouri and
Illinois, in keeping with its mission of promoting knowledge,
education, career inspiration and community pride.
figures whose images and biographies appear in the publication include a
diverse group of individuals, including musician Chuck Berry, aviator
Charles Lindbergh, freedom-seekers Dred and Harriet Scott, President
Ulysses S. Grant, athlete Jackie Joyner- Kersee, poet Maya Angelou,
researchers Masters & Johnson, and actress Betty
The book project was
spearheaded by the non-profit St. Louis Walk of Fame organization, which
is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. The group's mission is to
encourage pride in the community, career inspiration in individuals, and
knowledge and awareness of the contributions St. Louisans have made to
our national culture. A book about the Walk of Fame was last published
in 2001 with information on just 90 inductees available at that time.
"This book lets people know what an amazing influence St. Louis has had
our national culture - possibly more than just about any other city in
America," said Joe Edwards, founder of the St. Louis Walk of Fame. "It's
clear that America's two great migrations - from south to north and
east to west - collided right here in an explosion of creativity unlike
any other national crossroads."
The new book explains the St. Louis Walk of Fame nomination and selection processes and showcases fascinating full-color
photographs of the induction ceremonies over the past 25 years. Tables
of information list the Walk of Fame honorees by field of achievement,
birth date, location of Walk of Fame stars in the sidewalk by both
street number and inductee name, and the dates of ceremonies with
acceptors. Full-color regional and street maps offer a helpful guide to
the The Loop's Walk of Fame area.
"St. Louis Walk of Fame: 140 Great St. Louisans" is
available in The Loop at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar; the Moonrise
Hotel gift shop, 6177 Delmar; and Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar. The
book is also stocked in bookstores and gift shops throughout St. Louis,
including Barnes & Noble locations, the Missouri History Museum book
store, Christopher's in Kirkwood, Nagel's in North St. Louis County,
Webster Books in Webster Groves, World News in Clayton, Best of St.
Louis in South St. Louis County and the book store at Washington
University. The book is available online at www.StLouisWalkOfFame.org and www.BlueberryHill.com.
"St. Louis Walk of Fame: 140 Great St. Louisans" is $25 per copy with proceeds going to the non-profit St. Louis Walk of Fame organization.