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Hawthorne author Mary Anne Barothy is among the many authors who are glad to be out and about for live book talks again

She’s the author of Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond.

Believe me, I really missed getting out and about sharing my “Dream Come True” with Doris Day, serving as her secretary in her home.  We need POSITIVE stories now, more than ever, and I sure have one. Thank God places are opening up and welcoming people to come in to entertain.

It’s been an incredible journey since my book first came out in late 2007.  It tells the story which people seem to love to hear of my time with Doris Day as her secretary in her home.  And it’s not always just more mature people who come to hear about my book. Once in a while a teen accompanies a member of the audience. Doris has a universal appeal.

It’s amazing how you never know who you might meet at my DD events.  One of the all-time most memorable special people I met thanks to Doris, was Marian Bonekamp Collins.  Shortly after my book came out, I was invited to be the guest speaker for a luncheon at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati.  A friend of mine and I drove to Cincinnati in February on a cold and snowy day.  Before my talk, I met several of the guests.  One in particular was Mary Beth.  She came up to me and said, “I wanted to bring a friend of mine to hear your story, but she is up in years and was hesitant about coming out in this snowy, icy weather. “

I could identify with her hesitation as we had just driven to Cincy in snowy, icy conditions.  But the rest of the story was that Marian had been in the well known car/train wreck which had incapacitated the young Doris Day on October 12, 1937. I was so touched and immediately gave Mary Beth a copy of my book to give to Marian.  I never dreamed I would ever hear from Marian.

To my great surprise about two months later, I had a call from Nancy Baxter, my publisher, saying I had a letter that was sent to their office.  I drove there and retrieved the letter.  It was from Marian, the girlfriend of Doris, who was in that 1937 train wreck!  She thanked me for giving her my book, and suggested we get together sometime.  I was thrilled beyond belief and couldn’t wait to set a date to meet this lovely lady from Doris Day’s teen days.

Within a few weeks I and my friend and mutual DD admirer Diane, who came from Baltimore, made the trip down to Cincinnati to meet dear Marian in person, along with Mary Beth, Marian’s daughter-in-law, Pam, and Elaine.  We had an awesome time and Marian took us on a personal tour of Doris Day’s Cincinnati —we saw so many places Doris spent time, including the railroad crossing where her horrific car/train wreck took place.

There is a lot of Doris Day history in Cincinnati. It was a wonderful time to be shown around to several locations where Doris spent time in her early  pre- Hollywood days by a lovely lady from my favorite star’s youth!

Yes, I am more than ready to get back out in public with my magical Doris Day Story. I have several talks lined up and looking forward to many more….glad to be back “on the road again.”

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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.

You may order Day at a Time, Mary Anne’s book by clicking back to the website.

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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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