Jim Merkel


Jim Merkel grew up in Des Peres and Webster Groves and has been a journalist in the St. Louis area for three decades. His previous books for Reedy Press were Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch; and The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. He lives in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of St. Louis with his wife, Lorraine.


Remember the year school was canceled, vacations were postponed and birthday parties consisted of drive-by parades? Young St. Louisans will have vivid coronavirus tales to tell to their own kids and grandkids.

Even though he feels just fine, the coronavirus has not been kind to STL author Jim Merkel.

There’s a Webster-Kirkwood Times bias in Jim Merkel’s new book, “Growing Up in St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades.” The bias is evident in the number of people from the Times’ area that he chooses as sources.

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