It's been such a long time since we talked! How are you? I'm doing well. Ratings are over, and we are the number one station at 10:00 p.m. in Saint Louis. Thank you very much for tuning into Newsfour. On a real personal note, it means I still have a mailbox in the newsroom and will start my seventh year at KMOV in January.
Auntie Vickie...that's what Piper, my two year-old niece, calls me unless she's very tired. At that point, I'm just plain ol' Vickie. Tune in Wednesday for the 5:00 p.m. news to see which one I am! Piper is coming to town to help me "flip the switch" on the Christmas Tree at Saint Louis University. I am so excited! She is not familiar with the phrase "flip the switch", but she's quite fluent in "press the but-ten"...translation: open the garage door. My 20 years of live television reporting and anchoring will be tested on Wednesday as my niece makes her debut. My brother...her father...has warned me there could be any number of conversational tidbits uttered during her 15 seconds of fame. The possibilities: "Let's take my animal cards"; "May I have some pasta?"; "Mommie, teletubbies?"; and my all-time favorite: "Aunt Vickie, let's dance!" I mean, a child after my heart! Wait until she says, "Let's shop!"
The tree we're lighting sits on the grounds of the Cupples House, which is designated an historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1890 by Samuel Cupples, a prominent Saint Louis businessman and philanthropist. He served on the Washington University board of trustees and later became involved with Robert Barnes in the founding of Barnes Hospital. In 1946 Saint Louis University purchased the Cupples house to be used for classrooms and a student union. Through the years, the University has renovated the house, and it is now cited by the National Victorian Society as an outstanding example of historic preservation and restoration.
The halls of the house will be decked for the holiday, using plants and decorations native to Missouri. And then there's the Christmas tree out front just waiting to be lit! That's where Piper and Aunt Vickie come in. I hope you'll tune in on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and watch us "flip the switch"...or depending on the mood, "push the but-ten".