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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:49 AM

Book buff Al DeSimone a boon to Parkway School District

Creve Coeur (MO) resident Al DeSimone remembers when the pages started turning on a love of history books that would, decades later, benefit the Parkway School District.

"It first began when one of a couple of uncles I had in the service during World War II came home and gave me a couple of books, one of Bill Mauldin's cartoons and another a compilation of various stories, poems and other items from the Stars & Stripes (military newspaper's) Mediterranean edition," said DeSimone, who will turn 77 on Jan. 18.

Later, when he attended Soldan-Blewett High School in St. Louis, a world history teacher and an American history teacher piqued his curiosity.

But DeSimone's interest really geared up when he started attending University City High School.

More about his donation of about 1000 history books to the school at


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