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16 July 2017
Since this is the first Sunday Stealing that
I've written myself, I decided to answer first so I can see if everything is
Like most people, my first job was babysitting for two kids who lived around
the corner from us in San Francisco.
First Real Job:
I had an after-school job washing test tubes for a medical laboratory
(considering that I spent 30 years in doctors' offices as medical
transcriptionist, this was prophetic). The first full-time job I had
was as secretary for three professors in the Physics Department at U.C.
Berkeley. That's still my favorite job (I left it when our first child
First Favorite Politician:
Adlai Stevenson. I didn't really know why, but my parents were voting
for him. I was the only kid in my school who didn't wear an "I Like
I've never had my own car.
I had lots of 78s and 45s, but the first album I remember buying, after my father went out and bought one of
those brand new hi fi record players was the sound track to the movie
First Sport Played:
I've never been a sports player, but I vaguely remember playing
volleyball in high school. I was terrible at it.
I went to see Judy Garland 3 times when she brought her Palace show through
San Francisco in the 1950s. In 1961, I saw her Carnegie Hall show and
got to meet her when she checked into the Fairmont Hotel.
First Foreign Country Visited:
Walt and I went to Canada on our honeymoon. A Big Deal for me and I
thought that I'd probably never have the chance to visit another foreign
country, but, in fact, I have now been to 25 different countries.
First Favorite TV Show:
That was so long ago (1953) that I can't remember, but I know as a family we
watched Ed Sullivan every Sunday and as a kid I looked forward to the
afternoon and watching Winky Dink and You. When the Mickey
Mouse Club started, we only had a b/w TV set and I remember we always
looked at the opening of the NBC peacock and said "that must be beautiful in
color." (I didn't have a color TV until after Walt and I were
First Favorite Actor:
Oddly enough Claude Rains. I always had a father-figure thing when
choosing favorite actors!
First Favorite Actress:
Judy Garland, of course.
I started dating Bill when I was 13 and we dated for 3 years until he went
into the seminary. He's still a Jesuit brother.
First Encounter with a Famous Person:
The aforementioned meeting Judy Garland. I sat in the lobby of the
Fairmont Hotel for 2 days waiting for her to arrive. As she was
checking in, I went up to her, asked if I could take her photo and also got
her autograph. I was trembling the whole time.
First Brush With Death:
I think I nearly drowned in a lake one summer, but I was rescued by a
lifeguard. I was a little kid at the time.
First House/Condo Owned:
We bought our first house in 1968, when I was pregnant with Paul. It
was a wonderful house in Oakland and I still miss it (though it was much
too small for a family of five kids)
First Film Seen:
I'm sure I must have seen films before, but the first one I remember was
Showboat, which I saw with my grandmother.
First Favorite Recording Artist:
Judy Garland, of course.
First Favorite Radio Station:
We were addicted to KSFO in San Francisco, primarily Don Sherwood ("the
world's greatest disc jockey). Later I got hooked on KKHI, San
Francisco's classical radio station.
First Book I Remember Reading:
Since my mother was a big reader, I'm sure I read lots of books before I was
10, but the first book that made an impact on me was "The Black Stallion,"
which my friend Stephen loaned me. I devoured all of Walter Farley's books
after reading that one.
First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:
Good Lord, I haven't a clue. I've been doing this for so long and have
answered so many memes!