Richard Weiss

Richard Weiss

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It takes a great character to make a good story. That’s what I was once told.

But what makes a great character?

My muses have always told me to find someone who is both extraordinary and ordinary.

Extraordinary in that the individual has lived a life like no one else. Fascinating.

Ordinary in that the individual is imperfect, just like us. He or she shares the same foibles and fears, hopes and aspirations that we have. We can see ourselves in that person. Compelling.

Missouri History Museum

Chances are most St. Louisans will neither notice nor show much appreciation for a 133-year-old gentleman who is returning to our town for a visit on Saturday.

He is the Veiled Prophet from the Kingdom of Khorassan. Insiders call him the Grand Oracle or G.O., for short. He used to be quite well known. Now not so much.

But for many years he was a symbol of St. Louis.

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Scott McClellan's new book is interesting and makes a useful contribution toward documenting what went on at the Bush White House. But that hardly makes him an admirable figure, media critic and Beacon contributing editor Dick Weiss tells McGraw Milhaven on the McGraw Show on KTRS (550-AM).

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Are we bringing everyone together?  

When candidates talk about uniting our country, they frequently mention blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians, Christians and Jews. They almost never mention the nation's 5 million Muslims. What's up with that? Dick Weiss and McGraw Milhaven discuss this on the McGraw Show on KTRS-550 AM.      

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