A dozen Pacific personalities enjoyed Andy Warhol’s proverbial 15 minutes of fame by landing on TV last Friday.
Sue Reed, Maria Brennan, Jerry Holloway, Stephen Flannery III, Cindy Klink, Annette Grimm, Susan Jones, Dennis Scoles, Jim McHugh, Amelia Timms, Don Mikesch and Dave Clark were interviewed live for the Fox 2 “In Your Neighborhood” show Nov. 10.
As background music wailed Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere,” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” Fox 2 Anchors Kevin Steincross and Margie Ellisor and a 12-member crew made the rounds of downtown sights.
Local historian Sue Reed had been interviewed two days before the live event on Wednesday morning at the top of the Blackburn Park bluff for a short segment that aired at 7:15 a.m.
Reed was able to set the tone that Pacific is a historic town, noting that it is tied to the railroad, silica sand, the Meramec River and was the site of a Civil War battle.
The first on-air interview on Friday at 5 a.m. featured Maria and Phil Brennan, owners of Little Ireland Coffee Shop. They explained the connection of the rural Pacific area south of the city known as Little Ireland, where Maria’s grandfather was part of a large Irish community that became part of the fabric of Pacific.
When Steincross and Ellisor interviewed Mayor Jeff Palmore they wanted to know about the bluffs and caves along East Osage. The mayor pointed out the 150-plus year history of silica sand mining here, the unique purity of Pacific’s silica deposit.
The mayor also got in a plug for a community of civic boosters who are raising funds to elevate a historic church from floodwaters that have ravaged it three times in recent history.
The anchors moved their cameras from the coffee shop to the American Legion war memorial at Second and Union streets where CWO Brian Cain, Pacific High JROTC commander, gave a plug to the Marine Corps 242nd birthday and the history of JROTC as Cadets Bradley Rigdon and Tyler Niehaus performed an exhibition rifle drill for the camera.
Jerry Holloway, owner/operator of Brown Jerry’s, pulled out all the stops as he hawked support for the Historic First Baptist Church elevation project that was so effective Steincross said Fox 2 would put the fundraising campaign on its webpage.
Holloway and his chef Chris Schwab laid out a display of the eatery’s entire menu that was worthy of a major food show.
Holloway also touted Pacific’s location on Route 66 that brings a continuous stream of visitors who find him on St. Louis Street. To top that, he sang a verse of “I’m Saving All My Love for You,” a cappella.
Stephen Flannery III took advantage of his minutes on camera to plug the Pacific Partnership’s role in promoting downtown Pacific by bringing thousands of patrons to its series of outdoor events, noting that the next big event is Christmas on the Plaza Dec. 9 when Santa Claus comes to town.
Cindy Klink, who operates Klink Music Studio across the street, was asked how she went about teaching someone to play an instrument. She demonstrated by giving Ellisor a two-minute lesson on a drum set, which actually worked as the TV anchor kept a beat with her foot pedal and two drum sticks on separate drums.
Annette Grimm and Susan Jones showed off NettieSuze home decor store.
“We wanted to have a shop in our hometown,” Jones said. “Things you don’t see everywhere is what people expect in little shops like this.”
She added that the store has just unpacked its Christmas items.
Dennis Scoles was able to show how to make the perfect hamburger at his Chris’s Corner eatery.
At 9 a.m. cameras were focused on the Pacific Opera House where Jim McHugh offered history of the building starting with the World’s Fair, opening in 1908, and the role the opera house played in its heyday as the happening place in Pacific.
Amelia Timms, who owns and operates Graze Catering, showed off her green Graze food truck, her family’s corner Hoffman’s ice cream shop and talked about her family history in the food business in Pacific.
Don Mikesch, B&H Market general manager, touted the caves and Big Foot Monster Truck art that fills the mini-cafe at the front of the store, pointing out that the Big Foot headquarters is in Pacific, “right behind the store.”
Dave Clark, owner operator of Dave Clark’s Motorcycles, was able to take one of the anchors for a ride in a sidecar on the shop’s parking lot as he gave the history and scope of motorcycles.
All this can be seen on videos available on the Fox 2 website.