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The Sesquipedalian: An Ode to Bill Borst | January 31, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the Borst home,

Bill could be heard muttering,

While writing his new tome.


“Why oh why can’t I figure this out?”

Was Bill’s lament as a paced all about.

When out on the lawn there arose such a din,

Disturbing the peace among the Borst kin.


Bill ran to the window and opened it wide,

And-wow-saw G. K. Chesterton on a sleigh outside!

He was dressed all in red like a rotund Santa Claus

And he puffed on his cigar without taking a pause.


“Now don’t you fret Bill,” he said with a grin,

“I brought you a present, just look in my bin.”

Bill looked in the bin and to his surprise,

Saw a BAG OF BIG WORDS twice his size!


“Bill” he said “these REALLY BIG WORDS

Should last you a year or two.

So you can do away with those

SIMPLE WORDS that just won’t do!”


Then G.K. put his sleigh in drive gear,

And checked the sleigh traffic front and rear,

Away he flew with a hearty cheer,

Bellowing Happy New year and good luck with your career.

By Elaine Middendorf                        January 28, 2014


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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