Harry Hamm

Joe Pollack, the dean of St. Louis critics, and former sports writer, has died at his home in Clayton. He was 81.

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Joe Pollack was a talented writer and reviewer on the cultural scene in St. Louis. He was uncompromising in his standards and he set the bar for reviewers in St. Louis very high.

After retiring from the Post Dispatch in 1995, Joe and his wife Ann started a blog called St. Louis Eats and Drinks With Joe and Ann Pollack. If you check that blog, you’ll see that Joe’s last entry, a review of the film “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” was posted at 5:09 AM the day he died.

Joe never missed a deadline.

I have to admit that Joe was not always happy with me. He didn’t like the fact that I would sometimes talk about critic’s screenings, and where they were held. We had different tastes in a lot of things. In fact, I always kidded Joe that his greatest fear in life was having to sit through “Annie” again at The Muny.

Don’t worry about it Joe. I’ll cover “Annie” the next time.

Joe Pollack is survived by his wife, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

The arts in St. Louis are better because Joe Pollack helped make them that way.


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