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Chris McKee

GOP businessmen look for new positions

Nov 19, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 19, 2011 - Within hours after announcing his Republican bid for Missouri governor, Ladue businessman David Spence -- who has never run for office before -- found himself in the midst of his first controversy.

And like fellow corporate executives who've jumped into politics -- notably Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner -- the scrutiny involves past business actions.

(Tom Paule Photography, via Optimus Development)

On May 3, 1991, the musicians of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra played the last notes of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, to bring down the curtain at the Kiel Opera House. For 20 years, the massive structure at the corner of Market and 14th Streets sat vacant, as group after group proposed unsuccessful redevelopment plans.

Tomorrow night, the curtain will rise again as Jay Leno and Aretha Franklin headline the first show on the stage of the venue now known as the Peabody Opera House.