Early Arrival Affords Opportunity to See St. Louis Before Tackling AEJMC Business

A visit to Saint Louis University and the Gateway Arch were just two of things I had a chance to do before moving into the most intensive part of the week for the AEJMC 2011 conference.

SAINT LOUIS– The last time I was here in St. Louis in November 2008 it was cold and except for a very quick visit to St. Louis Post-Dispatch and one off-site dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse, I was focused on the business of  participating with the Journalism Education Association Fall Convention.

Fast-forward tw0-and-half years and I now have a fuller view of this historic city– the Gateway to the West.

Immediately upon checking into my hotel, I headed straight for the Gateway Arch, where I had a chance to take the camcorder and shoot a little video.

I learned today that my route from the Arch back to the hotel took me to a spot where a little news was made on Monday.

The Arch-Laclede Landing MetroLink station was closed after a bomb scare Monday involving an unattended suitcase.  The situation lasted about 90 minutes.

Hours later, I was able to catch a shot of one of MetroLink light rail cars arriving.

It’s funny how riding the local rail or train system has been an important part of coming to the AEJMC Conference.

Two summers ago, I took the “silver Line” on “The T” from the Logan International Airport in Boston where AEJMC was held.

The last year, I rode the RTD Light Rail out to the University of Denver where the Cable Center is located.

So, all of these experiences gave me a chance to see the cities in which we were meeting.

Then, today (Tuesday),  the shuttle ride over to Saint Louis University, the oldest university West of the Mississippi River was a chance to see more of the city.    The campus is nice too.    It was the first of two universities I’ll see this week.