The most obvious legacy bequeathed to St. Louis by the great Martin Duggan, who died yesterday at 93, is Donnybrook -- that show on KETC Channel 9 that looks like a group of old people sitting around a table yelling at each other.
Courtesy of the Nine Network of Public Media Martin Duggan, provocateur.
But if you were a kid growing up in St. Louis in the 23 years that Duggan hosted Donnybrook and tussled with his guests over current events, all you had to do was see their expressions and hear their tone to understand: This stuff matters. It was an implicit civics lesson on what to care about and how to disagree with the moron next to you.
Few disagreed more publicly and often with Duggan than Riverfront Times founder Ray Hartmann, who we caught up with yesterday.
Riverfront Times: Duggan had some vivid personalities to manage over the years: You, Bill McClellan, Mark Vittert, Charlie Brennan, Alvin Reed, Wendy Wiese. How did he steer the ship?More »