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Monday, January 17, 2022

'Stay interested in stuff'


“Don't try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won't live long enough to find out about, but I'm still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, 'I'm going to be 30 - oh, what am I going to do?' Well, use that decade! Use them all!” – Betty White

Today would've  been the 100th birthday of my friend Betty White.  Age was definitely a state of mind for Betty and she told me once to never think about growing old – just about “growing better.”  Great advice.

There’s not much to be said about Betty that most readers don’t already know.  Best known for her Emmy Award winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (when I first got to know her personally), she’s the only actress to ever be on two shows named by The Writers Guild of America on its "101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time. 
“The writers are the stars of every really successful sitcom,” the modest Betty agreed.

A gifted writer herself, she wrote 7 bestsellers, including the wonderful Betty & Friends:  My Life at the Zoo, about the animals at the Los Angeles Zoo.
                                            You would've been hard-pressed to find a person who didn’t like Betty.   When I asked her once what she thought was the secret to that "likability" factor she exuded – something so many strive for but so few achieve – she replied, “I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun.   It's that simple.”

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