When I was traveling last Wednesday - and saw that friends were posting pics of Mary Tyler Moore - my heart sank a bit. (Because people only post celebrity pictures when the news is not good.)
Not surprisingly, working in television, I meet a lot of women who were inspired by "Mary Richards." Some watched her when the "Mary Tyler Moore" show ran in the 1970s - others much later on "Nick at Nite" or streaming video - but there is no she doubt influenced several generations of women.
A friend recently noted that while there may not have been a lot of imagination that went into naming TV shows in the 70s ("The Carol Burnett Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," etc.) - all of the brilliance went into the shows themselves. I haven't seen all of the episodes, but here are a few of the things I loved about "Mary Tyler Moore":
- TV news was always intriguing to me, and this was the first place I saw it portrayed on a sitcom.
- She lived in a big city. To a little girl in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Minneapolis certainly seemed like a big city.
- That apartment! Loved her apartment. And I always wanted a wall hanging of my initial - just like Mary.
- Sleeping on a sofabed looked very glamorous to my eight-year-old self - something I got to experience during a couple of years in a studio apartment after graduating from college.
- That shag carpet! My childhood bedroom had purple shag carpet, but not the two steps leading up the door that seemed oh-so-sophisticated.
- Looking out that apartment window, it always seemed to be snowing. And I love snow.
- Did I mention that I loved that apartment?
I never actually saw the full series. So some evening soon, perhaps on a snowy night, I can queue up a few episodes to watch - with the lights of the big city twinkling just outside my window. Just like Mary.