This is me at 3, doing my first job in 1967.
By the time I was 14 I’d done 455 episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Forever Fernwood, dozens of print ads and calendars, more than 50 commercials, and I’d skipped a grade. At 15 I started a dual enrollment in high school and college.
I’d been writing since I was a small child, and I took my first formal writing class at age 16. Oliver Hailey taught the class at the Debbie Reynold’s studio, where Bret Sommers and Charles Nelson Riley were 2 of the other 5 students. (would you like me to pick up all of those names I dropped?)
I did stand-up comedy in front of brick walls for a few years in my 20s (didn’t everybody?), before becoming a radio Talk Show Host, and then finally finding my true passion in News.
In my 30s and 40s I filed thousands of news stories and the crew I worked with at KGO Radio won numerous Edward R. Morrow and Associated Press Mark Twain awards for our outstanding work.
I left ABC Radio News in 2011 when standards slipped and I refused to put my name next to the sheer volume of glurge and fluff that my News Director tried to pass off as news.
In this blog you’ll find political and social pieces alongside memories of being a child actor, and what I saw on the set of a controversial hit cult show. There are #MeToo stories from my time in radio and simply being a woman, and dramady pieces about my narcissistic and destructive stage mother who, along with my gambling addict father, stole an actual fortune from me by lying about my earnings to the IRS. It’s been quite a ride.
Through it all there has been – and continues to be – a deep need to tell a good story.
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoy the view from where I’m sitting.
Now – Let me tell you This About That…