Numerologists' dream is born in Des Moines

  • Updated: October 13, 2012 - 5:39 PM

From left, Ryan Fitzgerald, Katie Deremiah, and their son, Jackson pose for a photograph in front of their daughter, Laila, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

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DES MOINES - Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born. She came into the world on Thursday, which, numerically speaking, was 10/11/12. She arrived, militarily speaking, at 1314, which would be 1:14 p.m. for civilians.

So the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-11-12-13-14.

Laila's mother, Katie Deremiah, 26, of Des Moines, said she had a feeling that Thursday would be the day, even though the due date was Oct. 19. Laila's father, Ryan Fitzgerald, told the Des Moines Register that he planned to buy a lottery ticket as soon as he left the hospital.

Actor Gary Collins dies

Gary Collins, an actor, TV show host and former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died Saturday of natural causes in his hometown of Biloxi, Miss.

During the 1980s, he hosted the Miss America pageant and the TV shows "Hour Magazine" -- for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1983 -- and "The Home Show." As an actor, he appeared in numerous movies and was a fixture on TV in the 1960s and 1970s, playing a variety of guest roles in comedies and dramas including "Perry Mason," "The Love Boat" and "Ironside," among others. He also starred in regular series including "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" and "The Iron Horse" in the 1960s and the "The Sixth Sense" in the 1970s. Collins was married to former Miss America and actress Mary Ann Mobley.

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