Jody Vance

It won’t be quite the same without MTM. – by Jody

sing it:
Who can turn the world on with her smile? 
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? 
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it 
With each glance and every little movement you show it 

Love is all around, no need to waste it 
You can never tell, why don’t you take it 
You’re gonna make it after all 
You’re gonna make it after all 
How will you make it on your own? 
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone 
But it’s time you started living 
It’s time you let someone else do some giving 
Love is all around, no need to waste it 
You can never tell, why don’t you take it 
You might just make it after all 
You might just make it after all.

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

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