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News Notes – August 6

A first for the first – She was the most famous baby in America after her birth in 1981 following in vitro fertilization. Yesterday, Elizabeth Comeau gave birth to a baby of her own. She shares her story.
By Elizabeth Comeau Globe Staff / August 6, 2010

People have followed my life all my life. I mean, ALL my life.

BS cameras taped my birth, and I attended my first press conference at 3 days old — I yawned through the entire thing. My baby face appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and stories appeared in many newspapers worldwide, including The Boston Globe, where I now work on its website.

I don’t have a baby book — I have five volumes of newspaper headlines and VHS tapes from television announcements worldwide.

Now, nearly 29 years from my birth as the first test-tube baby in the United States, I have my own baby.

When the phones started ringing a few weeks ago, I knew I had a choice: Either write about it myself — though I’ve been uncomfortable about my celebrity — or have someone else do it.


But I’ve never been able to shake the follow-up stories. Not at 10 years old, nor when graduating from high school, nor Simmons College.

1991Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.  More anniversaries.


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