Cover story, Riverfront Times, June 27, 2013 This was my first cover story for the RFT, and it was pretty much an accident. I had pitched the editor-in-chief and music editor on writing a lead music section feature about air guitar's St. Louis invasion. Halfway through writing that, the EIC called to say that an upcoming cover story had tanked and he had a new hole in the schedule. Did I have time to expand my story by about 1500-2000 words within the next six days? Well, wit
Digital story, Riverfront Times, June 28, 2017 A St. Louis Designer Created Your Dream Wedding Dress — Out of Toilet Paper By Allison Babka Photo courtesy of Ashley Ulicni Many fashion designers create wedding dresses from silk, satin or organza, but it takes a special talent to craft a beautiful garment from toilet paper. St. Louis designer Ashley Ulicni has done just that. The 32-year-old Ballwin resident created an ornate, full-sized wedding dress from rolls and rolls of t
Cover story for Universitas magazine, Saint Louis University, Fall 2009 World Class For six international students, Saint Louis University is now home. By Allison Babka Cover photo by Jay Fram Do you remember your first day at a new school? Perhaps you were nervous about wearing the right clothes. Afraid to say the wrong thing. Scared about walking into the wrong classroom. Now imagine doing it in another country. That’s the case for more than 800 undergraduate and graduate s
I'd posted the following to Facebook in the wee hours of December 26, 2016, shortly after hearing that Wham! vocalist George Michael had died. My love for George Michael came from my mother, thanks to her adoration of "I Want Your Sex." If she were on Facebook to see me say this, she'd be mortified and say "Oh, Allison," but she wouldn't be able to deny it.
Sure, I'd loved Wham! as a kid, but I paid a lot more attention to music and to videos around the time he went solo,
I'd posted the following to Facebook on April 21, 2016, after hearing that the extraordinary musician Prince had died. In elementary school, I had the "Purple Rain" 45. I can't remember who gave it to me or how it came into my possession, but this record was seriously the most beautiful thing I'd ever owned in my entire young life. My brain just couldn't process that a record could be purple! It was a gorgeous electric violet disc that had a dark purple textless label with ra