I would like an update on Deanne Lane, the former KSDK-TV Channel 5 newswoman. What is she doing now and why did she leave? While you're at it, what's Karen Foss up to? -- A.R., of Fairview Heights
Hope this doesn't make you feel as old as it did me: Karen Foss celebrated her 70th birthday two months ago.
For those of a younger generation, Karen Colleen Graham was born Feb. 2, 1944, in Kansas City and joined the KSDK anchor desk in 1979. There she earned six Emmys -- including two for best anchor -- along with the highest Q rating, a common measure of TV audience popularity.
In 2005 she was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 years of journalism excellence. The very next year, however, she announced she was leaving KSDK, and Mayor Francis Slay proclaimed her final day -- Dec. 28 -- as Karen Foss Day in St. Louis.
But, just 62, she wasn't retiring. She wound up at Ameren, where, in 2007, she appeared in an infomercial to repair public relations after the company's disastrous Taum Sauk dam failure. Finally, in early 2011, she announced she was retiring from her post as senior vice president of communications and brand management.
As for Lane, she has found equal success in the corporate world but did not receive a similar celebratory sendoff. Five years ago this month, Lane simply disappeared from the KSDK airwaves after 25 years. The station gave no explanation, and Lane denied rumors that she had rejected a new contract that contained a substantial pay cut.
She wasn't out of a job long. After reportedly turning down offers at both KMOV and KTVI, Lane became senior director of media affairs at Centene Corporation, where she is still listed on press releases. She also joined the board of Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities (CHAMP) Assistance Dogs Inc., a cause she has championed since doing a story on the program in 2003.
Lane, 53, has a 20-year-old son, Griffin, but Gregory Goodrich, her husband of 23 years, died suddenly in August 2010. He was just 50.
Recently, there was a man on Jimmy Swaggart saying that his dad was an admiral and his grandfather was president. Who are these people? -- Elizabeth Mathes, of Waterloo
You didn't mention which, but you apparently saw one of the three sons of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., who, in turn, was the son of the nation's 32nd president.
Franklin Jr. was born Aug. 17, 1914, the fifth of his parents' six children. (A brother of the same name had died in infancy five years before.)
As a young man, he developed a life-threatening case of strep throat, but reportedly avoided surgery after being treated with Prontosil, the first commercially available antibacterial drug. The press hailed it as the start of the antibacterial chemotherapy era.
He graduated from Harvard in 1937 and the University of Virginia School of Law in June 1940. Early on, however, he had several publicized brushes with the law, including a 1934 injury accident, for which the president paid a $4,500 judgment.
He distinguished himself as a naval officer in World War II and was decorated for bravery in the battle of Casablanca. James Roosevelt later wrote this about his brother, who received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and 12 battle stars:
"Franklin served on a destroyer that dodged torpedoes... He became executive officer of the destroyer Mayrant, which was bombed at Palermo in the Sicilian invasion.
"The famed war correspondent Quentin Reynolds went out of his way to write mother how bravely Franklin performed in that bloody ordeal, in which he won the Silver Star for exposing himself under fire to carry a critically wounded sailor to safety. Known as 'Big Moose,' he did a tremendous job."
Afterward, he settled down to his law practice in New York, but later served as a U.S. representative from 1949-1955 and as Undersecretary of Commerce under JFK when Robert McNamara reportedly vetoed his appointment as secretary of the Navy.
Later, he would lead the family denunciation of brother Elliott, when Elliott published "An Untold Story," a tell-all book about his parents. Franklin Jr. himself was married five times and had five children, including three sons -- Franklin III, Christopher and John. He died of lung cancer on his 74th birthday in 1988.
By the way, David Eisenhower had a father in the military and a presidential grandfather, but John Eisenhower was an Army general.
In which theatrical movie did author Truman Capote receive his only screen acting credit?
Answer to Wednesday's trivia: If you flinch at the price of a new set of tires now, imagine owning one of Milton Reeves' SextoAutos in 1912. It had six wheels -- and that was pared down from his 20-foot-long OctoAuto of 1911, which had eight. Neither caught the public's fancy -- especially with a price tag of more than $100,000 in today's dollars. See pictures of these curiosities at www.american-automobiles.com/Reeves-Sexto-Octo.html.
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