Author Archives: Chris Andoe

A One-Woman March from Hell to Pride

After years of volunteering in other capacities, Jolene Gosha will be running the 2018 St. Louis Pride Parade. The board’s big vote of confidence comes on the heels of many personal and professional triumphs for Gosha in the past year, after reclaiming her life from alcoholism that once felt all-consuming. A One-Woman March A few

Sex, Secrets & Shame: Salam Alhamdy Tells All

Salam Alhamdy hadn’t been in the office more than an hour when he became fixated with setting up a sexual encounter. On that May morning in 2016, the 33-year-old was still living in Kansas City. Business travelers were always on his radar, and one was ready and waiting at an airport hotel. He fired off

Navigating the Weirdness of Alton, Illinois

I consider Alton, Illinois, the undiscovered Sausalito of the Mississippi River. It’s a picturesque town about 22 miles north of the Arch, a place with dramatic topography and grand vistas. It also happens to have mysteries below the surface. And a Historic Museum of Torture Devices. The museum’s proprietor is Janet Kolar, Alton’s hearse-driving (and hearse-racing)

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