Thursday, January 26, 2017

We're Going to Make It After All

Since late yesterday afternoon, I've been thinking of this song.

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 have the town, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all...

Mary Tyler Moore is dead at age 80.  I found it interesting that her death was the lead news item on the NBC Nightly News last night (one of our major networks), crowding out the latest activities of our new President.
Mary Tyler Moore started as a dancing elf in a Hotpoint appliance commercial and ended up, as they say, "An American Icon".

She went on to TV fame in several series.  The one I remember the most (because I was already grown) was the Mary Tyler Moore show of the 1970's, a pioneering show where Moore played a young, single career woman trying to make it in Minneapolis.  Moore was an inspiring woman, fighting to be paid equally, and fighting to be treated with equal respect by her male peers.

She was also so funny. Here is a clip from one of the funnier moments of the series.

(If you have the 25 minutes to watch the entire episode, here it is).

Here's an article explaining the importance of The Mary Tyler Moore show.

Mary Tyler Moore took the world on with great courage.  In real life, she suffered most of her life from Type 1 diabetes, and struggled with a drinking problem.  But, despite all that,she made a difference in a lot of lives, inspiring us to bigger and greater things.

Now, it's our turn.  And you know what?  We may just make it after all.

Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore. 

Day 26 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


  1. So many good memories of this show. Wow.

  2. I used to watch her all the time! She was so bright and effervescent - her shows were a reflection of a happier and simpler time.

  3. Yeah, I'm really too young to remember The Dick Van Dyke Show (I've watched it in reruns), and the MTM I remember is from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I loved that show!

  4. I love this. Her comic timing was incredible (and her acting chops in general impressive). She was a HUGE part of my childhood.

  5. I remember so many young women watching her show. It was one of the social moments that made the concepts of "women's lib" and "feminism" less strident for them- and opened their eyes to how it should be their "thing".

  6. Enjoyed watching her. And yes, we may just make it after all. Commenting from The Women of Midlife FB group. Shared on social media :)

  7. Such a great show and inspiring lady. Wonderful tribute, AM!!

  8. Mary Tyler Moore connected with the women of the seventies in such a meaningful way. Her work lives on.

  9. yes, she was a wonderful woman and personality - may she rest in peace now.

  10. So sad. The MTM Show was a family favorite when I was a kid!

    Loved it that she joined the protest after the building she lived in took down the nest of that most famous of all the NYC redtailed hawks, Pale Male.

  11. I remember watching her on Dick Van Dyke when I was a little girl. And the Mary Tyler Moore show was must-see TV. She will be missed!

  12. I was so saddened by this news. I watched The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in reruns when I was in college (in the '90s).

  13. She was great, her shows were family orientating so even children could watch, not like some of the shows now. She was a great actress. RIP Mary!


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