Farewell Katie!

Friday was Katie’s last day at KRTV – very sad that she is leaving, she has been such a huge part of the KRTV family for more than five years. But she’s leaving for the best possible reason: love! She and her husband-to-be are headed to Nebraska, where he will be attending grad school, and Katie will be back on the air at a TV station.

From the day I arrived at KRTV, Katie has been a friend and a mentor; I will miss seeing her smiling face at work.

Two videos at KRTV to mark her departure – one is kind of fun and silly, showing some of the more light-hearted moments of her on-air reports; and the other is her “official” farewell during the Friday newscast.

And here is my favorite video of Katie – shot in the newsroom, showing her and Brian suffering from an outbreak of “Bieber fever!”

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Robin Returns

Finally – after 30+ years, Robin Williams is returning to series television. I worried about him when “Mork & Mindy” was canceled back in 1982, and then hearing nothing about him for decades, but at long last, he is scheduled to be back on TV where he belongs. It’s a sitcom called “The Crazy Ones,” and sadly it’s not a Mork & Mindy reunion show, but maybe it will capture some of that “lightning in a bottle” magic for Williams once again.

To celebrate the return of Robin Williams to TV after his 30 years of exile into a cultural black hole, during which I often wondered whatever became of such a promising young and funny actor, K picked up something very cool at an estate sale a few days ago:

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(needs “Church Lady” reference)

Part of my job involves monitoring the comments on the KRTV Facebook page – the vast majority are fine, just folks expressing their opinion, etc – an occasional few cross the line and have to be removed – and then there are some that just…well, take a look:

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So I did a “little research” and could find zero evidence that Lavey has ever been to Great Falls, let alone written his infamous “bible” here in Great Falls.

I did turn up a couple of websites that make the same assertion, but absolutely no evidence that it’s true. Bob Bignold wrote:

While we were in Great Falls I was told that Anton LaVey, the man who wrote the Satanic Bible had lived in Great Falls at the time that he wrote it. Another local man told me that LaVey had been an employee at Maelstrom Air Force Base. A quick check of Anton LaVey on Wikipedia, however, did not confirm either of these claims. LaVey was a controversial character who is credited with the writing of the Satanic Bible, but LaVey spent most of the years in which the satanic bible was written in the State of California.