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This is the fascinating story of the world-famous Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis and three generations of the Koplar family. It captures the spirit of the "Rat Pack era" in the 1950s and 1960s, when entertainers such as Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra entertained thousands.
At the center of the family was Harold Koplar, whose father, Sam, built the Park Plaza and later bought the adjoining Chase Hotel. Harold—known as "HK" to friends and staff alike—had a talent for discovering stars and developing chic nightclubs. He ushered in the heyday of the Chase Park Plaza and made the Chase "the place" for the country's biggest and brightest stars. A visionary, he also started KPLR Channel 11 and redeveloped the Lodge of the Four Seasons, a resort at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.