Robert W. Duffy

Robert Duffy, campaign director with St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, began his career in the news business in 1955 when he took a job delivering the Arkansas Gazette in his hometown, Little Rock. He joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1973 and worked there, with one brief interruption, for 32 years. He served as a reporter, critic, columnist, editorial writer and editor there, working in every department of the newsroom except sports. In addition to the Post-Dispatch, articles by him have appeared in national magazines such as U.S. News and World Report, Smithsonian and Modernism, and he has contributed essays or chapters to several books on architectural and urban-design subjects. Bob is a member of the faculties of University College and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and is a 1967 graduate of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

St. Louis Symphony
9:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Reflection: Robertson's Contract Reinforces The Infrastructure Of St. Louis

David Robertson
Credit Dan Dreyfus | St. Louis Symphony

In writing about the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary American cities, the word infrastructure frequently issues forth from the keyboard. Sometimes it is paired with the words “challenges” or “failures.” In a more neutral context, it often is a corollary to nitty-gritty utility systems that keep the metropolis heated, moving, cooled and lighted, or on another scale, buildings that provide shelter for commerce and living.

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9:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Reflection: Maryville Exhibit Showcases Mid-Century Modern Pioneers

Credit May Gallery At Maryville University

It’s not as if everyone were oblivious to the architecture of the middle of the 20th century in St. Louis before current interest in it took hold. Prominent mid-century landmarks that are, or were, part of our regional consciousness: the Saarinen Arch, certainly; Samuel Marx’s Clayton Famous-Barr building on Forsyth Boulevard; the Teamster’s complex on Grand Boulevard, with the space-agey former Phillips 66 station enjoying new life as a Starbucks and Chipotle restaurant, and until recently, Edward Durell Stone’s mid-1960s Busch Stadium.

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Classical Music
10:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Bassoon Brigade To Honor The Memory Of One Young Player And, Perhaps, Inspire Another

Christine Brewer
Credit Christian Steiner

A St. Louis bassoon brigade is heading from Grand Center to Marissa, Ill., on Tuesday. Well, it was heading there on Feb. 4, but a forecast of snow and freezing rain put the planned trip off until Feb. 18.

Once in Marissa, the brigade will address a musical situation that began playing out in November following a St. Louis Symphony rehearsal of Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Peter Grimes.”

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St. Louis Media
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Reflection: Look Back At Media Hall Of Famers Fox, Graczak, Weil And Defty

Credit Wikipedia

When word came that four former Post-Dispatch people were being inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, we asked our own Robert W. Duffy to reflect on those he had worked with.

I finally plowed my way into the newsroom of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1972 not as a registered, pedigreed member “Of the Post-Dispatch Staff” but as what’s called a stringer in the business, otherwise known as a free-lancer or correspondent.

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10:15 am
Mon December 23, 2013

In New Book, Eugene Mackey III Honors His Father And Gives Glimpse Of Architectural Inspiration

Eugene Mackey Jr. - July 3, 1958 - Le Pont Du Gard
Provided by Gene Mackey III

Eugene Mackey III was a college sophomore in 1958, pursuing a degree in English at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., when all of a sudden his architect father, the late Eugene J. Mackey Jr., asked him if he’d like to make a father-son six-weeks tour of Europe. The college boy said sure. Who wouldn’t?

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