I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
Read the full "Pre-ramble"
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.
December 29, 1936
Mary Tyler Moore is born in Brooklyn. Moore's family moved to Los Angeles when she was
nine. After graduating from high school, Moore married a CBS sales rep and
later became interested in television. She appeared in TV commercials and small
TV roles until 1961, when she landed the part of Dick Van Dyke's wife, Laura,
on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1970, Moore landed her own show, The
Mary Tyler Moore Show, which became one of the most popular situation
comedies of the 1970s. Running from 1970 to 1977, the show spawned numerous
spin-offs, including Rhoda,Phyllis, and Lou Grant, all of
which were produced by MTM Productions, Moore's company.