Q: Is Claire Kellett returning to KMOV-TV Channel 4 after her maternity leave?
J.L., of Swansea
A: Yes, after going through her own labor in late May, Claire will return to the KMOV anchor desk Sept. 5 — the day after Labor Day — after a three-month maternity leave.
The Webster Groves, Missouri native, who joined KMOV in June 2010, had a bouncing baby boy on May 31, and both mother and son are doing well, Scott Diener, the station’s news director, told me Tuesday.
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“She came in last week with Connor to introduce him to everyone,” Diener said. “A great kid — perfect little boy — and Claire is excited to come back on the air. You know, it’s always mixed feelings. As a first-time mom, she’s going to miss her little boy when she’s here, but she also misses the newsroom a little bit, I think.”
It all probably plays into her favorite saying from author Robert Collier that she put on her Facebook page: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Name the two brothers who were nominated for president at the 1884 Republican National Convention.
Answer to Wednesday’s trivia: Today even relatively cheap personal computers come with hard drives that can hold at least a terabyte (one trillion bytes) of data. But that certainly wasn’t the case in 1956 when IBM shipped the world’s very first hard drive for its RAMAC 305 system. As large as two refrigerators, it used 50 24-inch platters and cost $50,000. And how much data could it hold? A puny five megabytes. But even that was a major advance over ENIAC, which many regard as the world’s first electronic computer completed in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania. With a price tag of nearly a half-million dollars ($7 million today), it weighed 27 tons (including 1,700 vacuum tubes), covered some 1,800 square feet and devoured 150,000 watts of electricity. Fortunately, computing has taken quantum leaps since then. In 1980, IBM introduced the first gigabyte hard drive, although the 550-pound behemoth was still the size of a refrigerator and cost $40,000. The first terabyte drive came along in 2007 from Hitachi followed by the 10-terabyte drive in 2015 and a 12-terabyte helium-based drive last spring from Western Digital, which promised a 14-TB drive by the end of the year.