What happened to the KMOV weather person?

News-DemocratJune 30, 2014 

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We watch the news and weather on KMOV-TV. We had been on a seven-week road trip. When we returned, we found that Katie Horner, who did the 5 and 6 p.m. weather, had been replaced by Meghan Danahey. Where did Katie go and where did Meghan come from? -- Dale Crouse, of Swansea, M. Sweeney, of Caseyville, et al.

They say if you don't like the weather in St. Louis, just wait 10 minutes and it will change. Sometimes, apparently, the same almost can be said of the on-air personalities who do the forecasting.

For 17 years, Katie Horner brought the sun, clouds, fog and tornados to the viewers of KCTV in Kansas City. But in the summer of 2011, the Mississippi State University graduate in meteorology announced she was leaving the station and eventually wound up selling real estate with Reece & Nichols Realtors in K.C.

Then, just before Christmas 2012, KMOV announced it had lured Horner to St. Louis, where her parents have lived for the past 25 years. But on May 28, Horner, who has two grade-school-aged girls as well as a daughter in her mid-20s, left this message on her Facebook page:

"Dear St. Louis friends: I have moved back to KC," wrote Horner, who is back at Reece & Nichols, according to her Twitter feed. "My children needed me to be home full time. KMOV was supportive of my need to go home. ... Thank you for your viewership. You're a fantastic city!!"

Her replacement is Meghan Danahey, who has been chief meteorologist at KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas, covered Hurricane Wilma at WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla., and, worked in Dallas and Austin. Most recently, she earned an Emmy for a weather special at WCNC in Charlotte, N.C.

A golf enthusiast, she has served as a volunteer for First Tee as well as the PGA. One of her favorite community partnerships is Women Build, Habitat for Humanity's program for women who want to learn construction skills.

When she's not working or helping, she also loves to hike with her husband, Marcus, and their rescue dogs Remi, Rooster and Roxie, according to her KMOV bio.

I remember a movie on TV a few years ago. Natasha Richardson played the aunt of a young girl who was very poor and abused at home by her mother's boyfriend. I think she played Aunt Ruthie and died in the movie. I can't remember the title. Any ideas? -- Denise Knight

Ready for the ol' good news-bad news routine? First, the good: I found a movie with Natasha Richardson, an abused girl and a Ruthie. The trouble is they don't quite match the plot summary you describe.

The film I'm thinking of is "Nell," a Christmas 1994 release starring Jodie Foster as the very troubled Nell Kellty. Nell was raised in a lonely cabin by a mother who taught her daughter that all men were scum because Mom had been raped by one.

Worse, Nell had watched an identical twin sister die in a fall while the two were playing in the woods. And to top it all off, Nell had learned to speak by mimicking her mother, whose speech had been severely impaired by a stroke.

So when Nell's mother dies, Dr. Jerry Lovell (Liam Neeson) discovers a terrified girl hiding in the rafters of the cabin, speaking what he thinks is unintelligible gibberish -- or "Nellish," as it was called by screenwriter William Nicholson.

Since the case was well beyond Lovell's expertise, he calls in Dr. Paula Olsen (Richardson), an expert on autism. For the rest of the movie, they re-acquaint Nell with civilization, and, without giving away a major plot point, the movie ends with Nell meeting a young girl named Ruthie.

If this is the movie you recall, it's easily found on Amazon and other sites for less than $10. Other than that, Richardson seems to have played only one character actually named Ruth. That was in "Haven," the true story of Ruth Gruber, who helped escort 1,000 Jewish victims of World War II to the United States. But Gruber is still living and will turn 103 on Sept. 30.

As always, I am open to other suggestions from readers so stay tuned.

Today's trivia

How many decks did Noah's ark have?

Answer to Sunday's trivia: If you're like me, hearing "Carnegie Hall" usually generates visions of symphony orchestras and legendary classical soloists. But for the past 60 years, the famed venue has rocked with the best of them. It began May 6, 1955, when Bill Haley and His Comets had the audience rockin' around the clock during a concert that included Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Les Paul and Buddy Rich. Since then, just about any rocker worth his Stratocaster (except Elvis) has lit up Carnegie, including the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, the Moody Blues -- and, of course, the Beatles, who played two 35-minute shows on Feb. 12, 1964. Admission? $5.50. See the tickets at rarebeatles.com/photopg7/cr21264.htm.

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