I'm about to reveal something few people outside of this TV station know.
I am...and have been for more than 30 years...a huge fan of Mary Tyler Moore.
Although I saw her back in the 1960's on The Dick Van Dyke Show, I didn't really take notice of her until the 1970's and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a series which said a lot, and still says a lot, about the business I'm in.
I finally am telling the world about this because Moore has a new book out.
Her 1995 autobiography, After All, was accurately described by Peter Graves, then a host of A&E's Biography, as being "like a visit with an old friend". Her latest book, Growing Up Again, is even more personal.
It talks not only about a battle she has waged for 40 years with juvenile diabetes, and cites the personal battles others have with the same condition. It is so personal a battle, that, for years, she has been the national chairperson of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
And it also affects me personally. I was told two years ago that I'm a Type II diabetic. Something not as serious as what Moore and others have, but I have diabetes. So does my father, who suffered a heart attack in 1985. And so do millions.
This book also has discussions of a medical nature, and suggestions on how to deal with diabetes. I haven't read it all yet, but I look forward to what Moore, and a few medical experts, have to say.
Diabetes isn't the only issue Moore has had to face. Personal setbacks such as failed marriages, career setbacks, and...perhaps worst of all...the sudden death of her only son have put her in the public eye as well. And she has had to face them head on.
I'm not in the business of selling books, but it's a must-read not only for anyone with...or who knows someone with...diabetes, but for anyone who wants to know how someone in the public eye courageously, and with class, deals with setbacks. She even discusses how diabetes was affected by her drinking habits.
After hearing about today's stars and their public "problems", my admiration for Mary Tyler Moore continues to grow. As far as I'm concerned, she is the "real deal".