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The Insider: 10.16.19

The Saint Louis Zoo has something to trumpet about! It recently earned reaccreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Accreditation Commission. The recognition is granted to attractions that demonstrate high standards of animal care, species conservation, public awareness, safe operations and more. They must undergo a rigorous renewal process every five years to remain a member. Pictured at top: Rani, an Asian elephant

If you tuned in to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Sept. 23, you likely spotted a familiar face on-screen. Former St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin appeared on the show to talk about a glaring gaffe at this year’s Emmy Awards, which drew almost 7 million viewers. At the awards, organizers projected a slide honoring the late conductor and composer Andre Previn, but they mistakenly paired it with a photo of Slatkin. He joined Kimmel’s show by video feed to assure the public that he is still very much alive. The maestro quipped that Previn, who died in February, would have gotten a good laugh from the mishap.

Local entrepreneurs looking to jump-start new companies can learn about available funding resources, events, educational opportunities and coworking space during the inaugural St. Louis StartUp Week Nov. 1 through 9. It includes the Arch Grants Gala Nov. 1, a free kickoff event Nov. 4, the Startup Connection venture capital conference Nov. 6, and several other happenings at various locations throughout the week. According to the St. Louis Regional Chamber, area startups received $378 million in venture funding last year.

To celebrate five decades of sporting success, members of the Chaminade High School class of ’69 presented their alma mater with a victory bell during  a special halftime ceremony on the football field. They held the dedication at the 50-yard line in honor of their class anniversary. Chaminade won the evening’s game against Vianney—an instant opportunity to break in the new bell.