1st Quarter/2000 No.21
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Glory Days
Sh-boom performs for alma mater

Our high school principal welcomed the incoming freshman class of 19*# with,  "Your high school days will be the best four years of your life".  It was, in fact, at Lindbergh High where several of the students who would later comprise Sh-boom first met.  Sh-boom supports their alma mater with two upcoming dances.

The Lindbergh Football Boosters will hold a dance at "Two Hearts Banquet Center" on Friday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m.  A silent auction includes memorabilia from Tiger Woods, Michail Jordan, and Mark McGwire.   Coach Beauchamp says, "adults only, seating is limited, and Miller, take the bench".  For tickets call (314)843-5345.

The year 2000 marks Lindbergh School Districts 50th anniversary with a celebration in style.  Sh-boom will perform for a 50th Anniversary "Nostalgia Night" in the Student Commons area near Gym #3 at LHS on Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m.  For tickets call (314)849-0936.

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Lets Twist Again
Like we did last summer

Vacation with Sh-boom at the exclusive Iberostar Tucan Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  The trip is being planned for April 28th through May 5, 2001.  For one all-inclusive price you'll enjoy a round-trip airfare, beach front rooms, unlimited meals, unlimited bar, entertainment by Sh-boom and more.

More than 120 fans joined Sh-boom in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in April 1998.  We anticipate even more will be coming along on this one.

For information on this trip and highlights of the 1998 trip click here.  Or you can book your interest in this trip by calling Meritek Travel at 1-888-447-9227 and pressing 2 for Sh-boom.

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The Greatest Love of All   
Upcoming Sh-Benifit Dances for Kids in St. Louis

Good Shepherd School forChildren's "Sweetheart Dance"

On Saturday, February 5th, Shake-Rattle and Roll down to the Kirkwood Community Center for a benefit for "Good Shepherd School for Children".   One price includes food, beer, and contests.  Proceeds benefit Good Shepherd School for Children which has been helping children with special needs for over 32 years.   For tickets call (314)469-0606

Childrens Miracle Network's "Night of Miracles"

The 3rd Sh-boom dinner/dance for C.M.N. has quickly become an annual favorite.  The first two dances raised over $41,000 for Cardinal Glennon and St. Louis Children's Hospitals.  On Saturday, March 25th, the Marriott Pavilion Hotel hosts the event in downtown St. Louis.  Tickets include dinner, beer, wine soda and a silent auction.  For individual tickets or corporate sponsorships call (314)434-6880.

Open door Art Studio's "Recovery Through the Arts Dance"

"The Gargoyle" at Washington University hosts this dance for the Open Door Art Studio on Friday, March 31st at 8:00 p.m.  The Gargoyle Room is on the lower level of the Edison Theater on WashU campus.  The O.D.A.S. strives to make the arts accessible to people living with mental illness by promoting recovery and increased self-esteem through expression.  For tickets call (314)781-6754.

Joining Sh-boom at these events gives you the opportunity to help the less fortunate in St. Louis

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Sh-bits and Sh-blunders
Sh-boom gossip and gab

Sh-boom brushed elbows with the Otters pro hockey team at the home opener where Sh-boom sang the National Anthem.  That is, if you call four guys in pink socks being body checked into the  boards "brushing elbows".

Sh-boom recently entertained guests of Randi Costas, wife of broadcaster, Bob Costas, at the Magic House' 20th Anniversary gala in Kirkwood.

"Lil" Ricky Johnson rejoined the original quartet of Sh-boom vocalist as the group paid tribute to our friend Ralph Stille who passed away in November.

Sh-boom can boast a record sell-out for the New Years Eve extravaganza.  While other venues overestimated public response to their Y2K celebrations, Sh-boom's party was sold out in September.

Gil Engler of the Childrens Miracle Network led Sh-boom on a December tour of Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital where the strolling band performed their own style of Christmas carols.  Stress levels dropped, crying babies were soothed, and furrowed brows turned to bright-eyed smiles as the roving rockers proved the power of music.

Nancy Caito hosted a surprise 40th birthday celebration for her hubby, Dyno' Dave at their home.  Dave was genuinely surprised as he walked in the front door to the sight of friends and family.  Leslie Lackey, later that same evening, was genuinely surprised as she walked "through" the door of the house to the chagrin of the crowd (You see the screen door was closed when Leslie walked through it!) Even later that night the new band "The Screen Doors" was put together comprising Leslie and friends.

Which Sh-boomer is next to hit the big four-0?  Find out in the next edition of Sh-Bits 'n' Sh-Blunders;  Tell Leslie that its time to close the door on this one!

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So Proudly We Hail
Sh-boom National Anthem Watch

Look for the Sh-boom vocalists to perform the National Anthem at the following sporting events:

Friday January 14th
St. Louis Swarm Basketball

St. Louis Swarm basketball game and "50's Night" at the Family Arena in St. Charles.  THe singers will also perform at halftime.  Get tickets at Sh-boom performances or by calling Pat Schappert at (314)216-2026

Wednesday March 1st
St. Louis Billikens Basketball

St. Louis University Billikens basketball game at the Kiel Center.  Call (314)997-3182 for tickets.

Wednesday August 23rd
St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium

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Rock & Roll Heaven

Ralph Stille 1921-1999

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Long time Sh-boom friend, Ralph Stille, succumbed to cancer on November 20th.  Mr. Stille began working for Chuck-A-Burger in 1957, later becoming owner of the popular north county restaurant. His son Ron now runs Chuck-A-Burger at its original location on St. Charles Rock Rd. in St. John.

Chuck-A-Burger, a St. Louis institution and a slice of Americana, still offers its vintage decor, great food, "cruise nights", and even waitresses in poodle skirts.

When Sh-boom was formed in 1983, Ralph was one of the first to hire the band.  Sh-boom has performed for "Cruise Nights" and Chuck-A-Burger functions some 20 times over the years.  In 1993 , Chuck-A-Burger co-sponsored Sh-boom's first Caribbean cruise.

Sh-boom was privileged to sing a hymn at Mr. Stille's funeral.   Ralph is survived by his wife Charlotte, 4 children, and 9 grandchildren.   Memorials can be sent to Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Bridgeton, MO.

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