Friday, June 24, 2011

You're gonna make it after all

Back in the early '70s I was like a lot of young women—single, self-sufficient, working nine-to-five, and enjoying everything a big city has to offer. And I loved my job as an advertising copywriter. I was living the life of my television heroine, Mary Richards.

I loved the Mary Tyler Moore Show! It seemed each of my co-workers reflected a character on the show...and of course I was Mary!

I had a great apartment, although not quite as cool as Mary's attic apartment at 119 North Weatherly Avenue in Minneapolis (a fictional address). Anyone remember the apartment number?

And then of course there was the famous hat-toss, which is still, all these years later, my favorite television moment.

I recently had my own Mary Tyler Moore moment...and was really, really sorry I didn't have a hat with me!

Then again, sometimes it's better to let the perfect metaphor be just that, especially when it's now cast in bronze.

Do you have a favorite fictional heroine? I love to hear about her!

Until next time,


Obe said...

OH MY GOSH.. and haven't we all tossed our hats in the air just once like that! Very cool. Yes dearie you have made it after all. And God bless Betty White for still being around. I think every lady of finer age I write has a bit of Sue Anne Niven in them.

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Obe! And yes, Betty White is a gem!

linda s said...

Throw your hat in the air moments are sooooooo happy. Mary Tyler Moore was so innocent. Betty White is amazing. I also loved Lucille Ball and (I am so old) Gracie Allen.

Lee McKenzie said...

I agree on the happy moment,Linda! And we share the same taste in in old shows!

Laney4 said...

Apartment D! Gawd am I old ... especially since I too appreciate Gracie Allen's (and Lucille Ball's) humor!
Thanks for the memories! (Oops. That was Bob Hope!)

Linda Warren said...

Oh, wow!! I loved that show. Recently Mary was on Hot in Cleveland with Betty White. I had to look twice to recognize her. But I loved seeing her and Betty together again (in jail of all places). LOL

Lee McKenzie said...

Laney! Thank you! I knew someone would remember the apartment number!

Lee McKenzie said...

Linda, I love Hot in Cleveland and thought the episode with Betty and Mary in the jail cell was wonderful!