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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY DORIS DAY! Mary Anne Barothy, Author of Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond

April 3rd always had a special meaning for me ever since I was 9 years old. Why? because April 3rd was Doris Day’s birthday. I became a big fan of hers at age 9, after seeing Doris in her 1953 hit movie Calamity Jane. Her character in the movie captured my attention because I could somewhat identify with her persona in the movie: feisty and ready for action. After seeing that movie, I wanted to know all about Doris Day!

My enthusiasm for Doris grew, and I wanted to celebrate her birthdays. Each year I would send her a gift—a little dog statue, a box of cookies, something I could get a few pennies together to buy. It was part of being a forever fan! Given my determination over the years, not only did I drive my parents crazy at times, but also my teachers. I loved Doris Day!

Yes, I followed my dream and it led me to Hollywood. After meeting Doris in 1967 at Bailey’s Bakery, I knew California was calling my name. I moved to Los Angeles in 1968. Through a series of events and accidents, a group of us met Doris Day.

As time went on, and so did our almost weekly meetups at Bailey’s or Nate N Al’s Deli, (In those days stars moved about town freely) we got to know Doris and she got to know us…something I never would have dreamed possible. After I recovered from a horrific car accident, when she kindly visited me, Doris invited me to be her private secretary. Talk about a dream come true!

Birthdays were special occasions for me there when I was with Doris. One of my special memories of a birthday party we had for our friend was at a little restaurant in Beverly Hills. My friend Mary and I, along with Linda Cowan (daughter of Warren Cowan of Rogers & Cowan) invited Doris and her dear Mom, Alma, to join us to celebrate Doris’s birthday. We ordered a special cake made for her. Given her love of dogs and daisies, we ordered a cake with yellow frosting decorated with a big daisy in the middle and daisies all around the cake. On each of the daisy petals were the names of her eleven doggies. Doris loved it!

To this day, even though Doris is no longer with us on earth, she is still with us in our hearts, April 3rd is a special day for me and for the millions of DD fans around the world. To celebrate her birthday this year on April 3rd, I am hosting a one-hour Doris Day Birthday Special on heard worldwide.

I interviewed two special guests – Phyllis Hellman who was secretary to Doris and her husband, Marty Melcher, in the 1960s, and Cindy Nevin who is the administrator for the Doris Day Fan Club on Facebook with nearly 24,000 members worldwide. Thanks to Phyllis, I got to meet Doris in 1967 at Bailey’s Bakery.

Our DORIS DAY Birthday Special will air on Doris Day’s birthday, Sunday, April 3rd at 2 pm EST, and be repeated on Tuesday, April 5th @ 2 pm EST and 8 pm EST.

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Publishers face a serious paper shortage: books are delayed

Hawthorne Publishing depends on one large printer to put out its books, and this printer is seriously challenged by a shortage of white paper.

White paper? That’s been the standard material used in publishing in various forms since the printing revolution of the 15th century! But it is in such short supply that printers must schedule some books six months to a year in advance to deliver the product.

We are advising and managing the publication of a book of outstanding sermons from a favorite Indiana United Methodist Church minister, the late David Owen. Its title is “When We Don’t Know the Length of the Race: Sermons on Christian Quandaries and How to Move Beyond Them.” As it has been going through the pre-press processes which get it ready to be printed, we have been increasingly aware of paper shortages at our printer’s Michigan operation. This large printing company is having to schedule print jobs nine months to a year in advance to get white paper. Covid shortages are to blame. Here is how one printing information website describes it:

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been exacerbating existing problems in the global supply chain for nearly two years now. Add to that pressure a global labor shortage, a paper shortage, the consolidation of the American printing industry, and an increased demand for books from bored stay-at-homers across the US, and you’re faced with what Baehr says is a “perfect storm” of factors to create what some observers are calling a book shortage.



It doesn’t seem that there is a book shortage to me, only a white paper shortage. We are told we can use natural paper or coated stock or use a different printing method which takes another kind of paper; it’s just that the standard white 50 or 60 pound paper that most books use is very short supply. No lumbermen to cut the trees, shortage of workers at lumbering operations, trucker difficulties—all supply chain troubles caused by the pandemic.

Our printer in Michigan, in business for many years, for example, has offered offset printing for most of its books, but recently has encouraged customers to go to inkjet printing ,which involves water ink and duplicated sheet work. We shall solve our problem in the present book by going to inkjet printing and using the special papers that requires, which are available.

“And so it goes,” as Kurt Vonnegut so aptly said. Watch for this book in early Summer! It will lift your hearts in a time of challenge. Its website will soon go live.

Caption from back cover: “David Glen Owen served Methodist churches, principally in Indiana, for over fifty years —1962-2004. From the pulpit he confronted, cajoled, and exhorted parishioners to serve God through consecrated individual pilgrimages, in civic witness, and in calls-to-action for a more just society. A selection of the most memorable of these timeless sermons has been collected from parishioners who treasured and preserved them. Now they appear in book form, along with a taste of Owen’s artwork, to inspire a new generation of seekers for good which comes from dedication to the Christ of the Open Road.”

Nancy Baxter is the prize-winning senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing, in the book business for some thirty-five years.

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Doris Day Commemorative Stamp

It is hard to believe that May 13, 2022, will mark three years since my idol, DORIS DAY, passed away.  The one good thing about this three-year timeline is that now, three years later, Doris is eligible to be considered for a commemorative US stamp. Over the years numerous celebrities, sports figures, scientists, musicians, astronauts, and people in all walks of life have been honored with commemorative stamps. For instance, Rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley was honored in 1993 with the release of a stamp. A youthful likeness of the singer was printed after the public was asked to vote on whether a “younger” or “older” Presley should be used. Younger won! The portrait, which has been printed 500 million times, is the top-selling and most publicized commemorative stamp in all of U.S. history.

On January 3, 2022, I wrote a letter to the US Stamp Development Committee saying, “I was very much impressed with the lengthy list of celebrities in all fields who have been honored by a US stamp!  One suggestion— DORIS DAY— much loved legendary singer/actress and animal activist, should definitely be added to the list of those honored with a commemorative stamp. I, along with millions of fans, would like to recommend you consider issuing a beautiful US stamp featuring DORIS DAY. May 13, 2022, will mark three years since Doris Day passed away, so she fits your criteria.  What can we do to get a DORIS DAY Stamp a reality?”

I’m sure I am not the first to suggest that Doris Day be honored with a commemorative stamp, but after writing to the Post Office suggesting that Doris Day be honored, I received a letter from Shawn P Quinn, Program Manager in Stamp Development.

From United States Postal Service
February 2, 2022
Dear Ms Barothy:

Thank you for your letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, expressing support for the issuance of a commemorative stamp honoring “Doris Day.” I am pleased to inform you that this proposal will be submitted for review and consideration before the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee at their next meeting.  Established in 1957 to review all suggestions and make recommendations to the Postmaster General, we rely on the Committee to produce a balanced stamp program that touches on all aspects of our heritage Committee recommendations are based on national interest, historical perspective, and other criteria that can be viewed at:

Thank you for your continued interest in our stamp program.

Sincerely, Shawn P. Quinn


I would like to invite everyone to send a letter (no e-mails) to Shawn P Quinn at the address below:

Shawn P. Quinn, Program Manager
Stamp Development
Attn: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Mary Anne Barothy’s best-selling book Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond can be ordered by clicking back to the website.

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Betty White and The Girl Next Door—together in heaven!

On New Year’s Eve I was out with a friend for lunch. During our conversation I had to look up something on the phone and happened to stumble on the bold DRUDGE headline – BETTY WHITE DEAD! How could that be? Others around the country felt the same way. How could this entertainment institution be gone?  Lately there had been a lot of PR with the “People” magazine cover announcing Betty’s upcoming 100th birthday on January 17th.  Word of her sudden death really got to me—much like when I heard of Doris Day’s passing in 2019.  Totally out of the blue and a personal loss to me, because I knew Betty.

Doris and Betty after her PET SET interview

Immediately I began remembering times I’d met her while I was Doris Day’s secretary in the 1970s.  Their common bond was ANIMALS and animal welfare!  Both Doris and Betty were avid animal activists.  In 1971 Betty White interviewed  Doris for her “Pet Set” show. It was so interesting to see and hear about Doris’ many dogs and how they came into her life. I loved Betty saying that Doris is known as “The dog catcher of Beverly Hills.”  

Another time I met Betty was at a “Fund for Animals” event hosted by Cleveland Amory at Lion Country Safari in 1970.  Doris invited me and my friend, Mary Kay, to go with her and Billy DeWolfe to this special event.  Betty was there with her husband, Allen Ludden.  Doris, Mary Tyler Moore and Angie Dickinson were seated on stage in front of several other stars, including Allen Ludden and Betty. She was cuddling a little lion all during the presentation.  Doris and Betty each gave a powerful talk about animal welfare, along with other celebs who gathered to celebrate animal welfare.

Betty, along with Doris, was also a founding member of Actors & Others for Animals. This organization was founded in the early 1970s by Richard and Diana Basehart to promote the humane treatment of animals. Betty and Doris appeared at many of A&O’s special fund-raising events, including their big yearly “Celebrity Fair.” Thousands of fans and animal advocates gathered at these yearly special events to help raise money for animals’ welfare. Doris and I attended many of the meetings and Betty was there frequently. Like Doris, Betty expressed her passion for animal welfare all the time and in many ways.

I must say it is awesome to remember and share special memories from nearly 50 years ago of times spent with Doris Day and with Betty White. I was truly blessed and am most grateful that I followed my dream and ended up working for Doris Day in her home.  Betty was a funny, classy lady. She made the world a better place. Laughter is the best medicine, and you were living proof of that, Betty,

Happy New Year everyone!!!!


Mary Anne Barothy, author of Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond

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