If you love Mary Tyler-Moore, like I love MTM, you need to listen to this.
Last summer, while power walking the dogs, I stumbled upon this Marc Maron WTF podcast (I listen to Marc Maron, Alec Baldwin and Tim Ferriss A LOT while walking) and it was a perspective on one of my heroes.
This podcast is special. MTM show creator James L. Brookes doesn’t talk much……and is often guarded, when he does. Maron gets him talking, because Brookes is a FAN of WTF. (not for kids, fyi)
It’s so good.
It is a glimpse into the strength, and power, of Mary. It tells tales of how she was so worthy of our admiration, for decades — and, now, beyond.
Today, as I was headed for my daily turn through the big trees of Pacific Spirit Park — I heard the “breaking news”. The 80 year old Mary Tyler-Moore had died.
It was one of “those” moments.
Prince hurt, Bowie hurt, Ali hurt …2016 hurt, but Mary…. Mary was my family. Through a “broken home” and a single Mom making her way, then blended family, Mary was my constant. My inspiration.
She wore pants when “the establishment” said that women aren’t allowed to wear pants on TV. She was a single 30-something working in the broadcast world — gasp — not worried about her biological clock. Unapologetically Mary. MTM was the woman we marched for.
On a far smaller scale, personally, Mary was me. I aspired to be Mary. I believed I could “make it” to the sports department, as a woman who loves and knows sports, because of Mary.
I planned my life based on this theme song.
The show was the ONE program that my Mom would let me stay up for. I lived for my time with MTM. I balled when she said goodbye to us, and I still watch the show to this day.
Show those old episodes to your girls, I’m showing them to my boy. We can all learn a lot from Mary. (and Rhoda, and Lou, and Murray …. and yes, even Ted.)
It’s always so tough when we spend yesterday not celebrating those we adore, and then they shock us with their passing and we miss them viscerally.
It is a sad day…..a day where Mary isn’t my “leader” here on earth. Rest well, I will see you in the newsroom when it’s my time. xo