Archive for April 28th, 2008

Me and Mary

While chatting with a friend who has ties to Minneapolis, I became nostalgic and began looking for the Mary Tyler Moore theme song. My search took me to YouTube where I found the opening scene for the show. Watching it over and over, I recall fond memories of carefree days on Nicollet Mall, walks around Lake Calhoun and my sheer amazement with the IDS Tower when it was completed.

This fifty-three second video easily sums up everything I remember about growing up in Minneapolis. Alright, so I never had a blue Mustang, plaid pantsuit or worked in a newsroom, but for all practical purposes, THAT was me. And I’m quite sure that everyone who grew up in Minneapolis, at one time or another, has tossed their tamo’shanter into the air on the corner of 7th and Nicollet.

In the opening scene for the first year (1970) of the show Mary is driving along a near empty freeway with only the Foshay Tower poking up from the skyline. In this scene there’s a shot of the former Donaldson’s and Dayton’s department store – both places where I used to shop.

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