The Insider: 12.4.19
The stork will be paying a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo’s elephant house soon! Asian elephants Rani (pictured at top) and Raja will welcome a new family member next summer. After a nearly two-year pregnancy, the baby will arrive weighing about 300 pounds. Raja, 26, was the first Asian elephant born at the zoo, and Rani, 23, is part of a three-generation family there. The mom-to-be is getting careful attention to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. Photo: Katie Pilgram Kloppe
St. Louisan Hillary Muscatello is expanding her creative empire by launching a line of handbags under the brand name Tello & Rose—and it’s already gone global! The Martha carryall features leather handles and a washable lining and can be embroidered with an American flag. Her company also provides interior design services, artistic workshops and event planning.
Jay Indovino, founding executive director of Pedal the Cause, recently announced he will step down next year after overseeing nearly a decade of growth for the cycling fundraiser. A search will be conducted for his replacement. Since 2010, Pedal the Cause has raised nearly $30 million for research and programs at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
In March 1946, young history buff Earle Harbison Jr. drove from St. Louis to Westminster College, hoping to hear Winston Churchill’s now-famous Iron Curtain speech. He didn’t have a ticket and was unable to get in, but he did get to see Churchill and President Truman in their motorcade. Nearly three quarters of a century later, the retired business executive, lawyer, philanthropist and former CIA deputy director got to relive those memories during a recent ceremony at The Bogey Club. The Association of Churchill Fellows recognized his commitment to America’s National Churchill Museum, where he serves on the board of governors. During the event, Harbison received a framed ticket from the 1946 speech.