Sometimes stories rise from odd and unusual circumstances…
Take the latest on fading fast, KCTV weather wonk Katie Horner. I was recently asked to profile her for a local magazine. Nothing controversial, mind you, quite the opposite as a matter of fact. So I made several attempts to contact her at Channel 5 and at what I believed to be her home phone number.
After not hearing back for more than a week, I thought the better of it and given the rumors that KCTV was not renewing her contract, left her a couple messages assuring her that there was no connection whatsoever to her leaving. That the story I wanted to write would be a little lively, but in no way a "Katie Is Getting Fired" affair.
So on I moved where the profile was concerned, but my curiostity was piqued; why wouldn’t Katie call me back?
A little digging was warranted. So I poked around. Hmmm, there’s a "Save Katie Horner" page on Facebook. To go with all the Katie Horner scares me and fire Katie Horner pages. Only 31 fans, though.
Sounds about right.
"The people who complain about her are the same people who get sucked out of their house because they werent paying attention," offered Horner fan Arthur Floyd. "Katie is a goddess trying to keep us mere mortals safe."
Then it happened, I struck gold.
I stumbled onto Horner’s unprotected, personal Facebook page. A page that not only revealed that the two-time wife and mommy was divorced and single again, but was maybe in full scale party mode.
Horner must have protected the page as I couldn’t scare it up for the liefe of me yesterday. Until I found a link on KMBC weather wonk Bryan Busby’s page this morning.
I can pass along a flashback regarding the now-former Mr. Horner from my column of October 5, 2003:
"About KCTV weather wonder woman Katie Horner’s bambino-to-be with new hubby, Frank Armato. Here’s a scoop for you, Horner hollers. His dad is delivering the baby. "I just figured you couldn’t get a doctor to care more for a baby than his own grandfather," Horner told me. That would be North Kansas City Hospital ob-gyn David Myers."
I remember a number of women at the time being creeped out by the thought of a father-in-law delivering his son’s wife’s kid, but what the heck. It’s a brave new world out there – even in 2003!