It was on December 29, 1936 that one of American television’s biggest stars was born, one Mary Tyler Moore. After getting her start dancing on top of washing machines in an elf costume as Happy Hotpoint in late 50’s commercials for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Moore would co-star with Dick Van Dyke in his titular show of the 60’s. That set the stage for stardom in the 70’s where she played TV news producer Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. A single, female working professional starring in her own show was quite a thing fifty years ago…. but even putting its cultural significance aside, it was a damn good show, and one I enjoyed watching reruns of on Nick at Nite in the 90’s. The show had spunk!
One of my favorite bits of trivia I only learned of recently, and which is unconfirmed but would be really cool if it was true, is that a very early career MTM is believed to be one of two dancers who appear as background extras in the Three Stooges short “Sappy Bull Fighters,” which was the last new Stooges live action short ever released in 1959. Though neither actress was credited, ThreeStooges.net is convinced enough to credit her in the short’s cast. Who’d have ever dreamed of Mary Tyler Moore and the Stooges ever working together?
And now with the first year of my seven year This Day in History project in the books, let’s get on with feature presentation I’ve attached the series to, Share Your World! Questions, as always, by Di…
If you have been given a variety of gifts, do you have a clear out of older stuff to make room for it?
Lucky for me, I haven’t been given a variety of gifts. But if I had, it would probably just pile up on top of all of the other variety of gifts I’ve gotten over the years…. many unused.
Do you overindulge with food for special occasions and then come to regret it with either weight gain, guilt or severe indigestion?
If by “special occasions” you mean “every day,” then yes, I do on all counts….
What is your favorite part for any celebration?
The quiet part that comes when the celebration is over. Better to just stay away from things like that….
Are you looking forward to getting bargains in the January Sales?
I work in the wrong sector of retail for this. The only bargains are all of the Christmas stuff that didn’t sell, and if you wait until January, it will all be gone. I did snatch up a few bags of 50% off red and green M&M’s so that I can continue the tradition outlined in question two…
Gratitude: Every day is a gift and a chance to make memories.