Today in My History

2001: Smile, Tho Your Heart is Breaking
2002: The Concert of Your Life
2003: Time for a Rant
2004: Russian Roulette
2005: We Aim to Please
2006: 2001
2007: Guardians of History
2008: Comparing Years
2009: I Love Facebook, but...
2010: XXX
2011: A Mash-Up
2012: Bonding Pains
2013: Take My Heart--Please
2014: 2013 in Books
2015: The Kenya 7
2016: Best Day of the Year
2017: Normal
2018: 2017 in Books
2019: Starting with a Bang
2020: I Found Out Why

2021: Sunday Stealing

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 Updated 10/29
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3 January 2022

I wrote this about Betty White in 2013...

I've been fascinated by Betty White for a long time. Betty White is the history of Television.  Seriously.  I remember reading that she was actually on the very first television broadcast.  She was working at a station that was going to send an experimental program in-house to the people in the building.  Betty White was in front of the camera.

She sang songs on an experimental station in 1939.  1939!   How many people can say they were on television in 1939?  I'm 70 years old and I wasn't born in 1939...or for 3 years later!

Ten years later she was co-host on a daily variety show and took over as solo host in 1952, when she was live on air five hours a day six days a week!  She also starred in a sit com called Life with Elizabeth, which I remember watching in my first years as a TV watcher.

We all know the big shows she has starred in, like her appearances on Password, where she met husband the late Alan Ludden, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and now Hot in Cleveland, with lots and lots and lots and lots of appearances on lots and lots and lots and lots of shows, including Saturday Night Live.  She keeps describing herself in every interview I've seen with her since she turned 90 (she's now 91) as "the luckiest broad in show business."

But as my brain floated into the stratosphere thinking of Betty White, I wasn't thinking of any of her television appearances.  I realize that if I had the chance to interview Betty White, there is one very important first question I would ask her:

What was it like to visit with KoKo?

I am fascinated  with Koko the sign-language signing gorilla.   I have seen videos of a few celebrities visiting her, including Robin Williams (that was hilarious) and Mr. Rogers.  But Betty White, long-term animal activist, had the opportunity to visit with Koko...and as the photo shows, they obviously got along well together.

I would love to sit and listen to Betty reminisce about the experience.  How long was she there?  What was it like to kiss as gorilla?   Did the two of them talk together (did Koko sign for her)?

I think Betty and I would get along well, since we are both such big animal lovers.  And she seems to have made out with quite a few...

She was obviously my kinda gal.


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