A Brief One from Doug Draper, a life-long MTM fan
Posted January 25th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
“Who can turn the world on with a smile,” was the first lyric to the theme song from one of television’s all-time greatest sit-coms, and man, does the world ever need that smile now!
The answer to the question in that song, of course, was Mary Tyler Moore, who died this January 25th – I’m still saying; ‘Oh know, not Mary!’ – at age 80. It would be sad news any time, but especially so, breaking in as it did as a Trump was busy outlining his plans to build his wall along the entire U.S./Mexican border and move forward, as soon as possible, with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to oil refineries in Texas.
Those of us who are old enough to remember, first met Mary Tyler Moore when she played Laurie Petrie opposite Dick Van Dyke’s Rob in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early 1960s – TV’s first ‘modern couple’, as was noted at the time, mirroring America’s first modern political couple – President John F. Kennedy and his wife and first lady Jackie.
Then there was the debut in 1970 of the now classic, still drawing big ratings around the work, Mary Tyler Moore Show, which like the groundbreaking show ‘That Girl’ starring Marlo Thomas debuting four years earlier, featured a single woman, making it on her own at a time when the mainstream view was that women still needed a man (even if it was a joe six-pack redneck like Archie Bunker) to lean on.
“Hail Mary: the ultimate template for how to make comedy gold out of being a grown-up neurotic making it on your own in the big city” wrote Rolling Stone magazine last year in its list, placing he Mary Tyler Moore Show at No. 46 (I would have placed it in the top 10) of the 100 all-time greatest TV shows. “Revolutionary at its time,” continued Rolling Stone of the MTM Show, “it also pioneered the all-too-rare concept of going out on top – it signed off in 1977, a massive hit to the end.”
“Every sitcom still steals from MTM, concludes the Rolling Stone review, “but Moore’s heart and soul remain one of a kind.”
They sure do, and we need that heart and soul more than ever these days. We’ll sure miss you Mary.
Now here, one more time, take a journey back to Minneapolis with Mary Tyler Moore by clicking on this –
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