Remember these kids? I was a huge fan of Family and “Buddy” for that matter, back in dark days of the 1970s. I lost track of these kids until the other day when this book showed up in a donation pile for my library. Of course I felt old since only people over 40 seemed to know who these kids were. I had no idea that these crazy kids had teen idol status and musical aspirations. Perhaps I am not as cool as I think.
Submitter: I’m actually not submitting this for possible weeding. Okay, so it’s old and probably a lot of the addresses she lists in the back don’t exist any more. I’m sure people can come up with all sorts of arguments for not keeping it – but I can think of one for keeping it –
IT’S BETTY WHITE AND BETTY WHITE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m actually submitting it to see if the amazing librarians can apply their skills to something in the book. The librarian where I work tried to help but we didn’t get far and I don’t want to have to drive all the way to LA to go through old papers just to satisfy my curiosity. See, Betty talks about something super sad that happened to her as a child. Apparently there was some evil person who threw meat filled with broken glass into random peoples’ yards. He was called The Hollywood Dog Poisoner. She was about 5 or 6 years old, which means this happened around 1927/1928. All we could find is an article about Bela Lugosi’s dog being poisoned by strychnine poisoned meat. (The vet managed to save the dog’s life, but Lugosi joined the hunt for the poisoner.) Betty says the poisoner of her dog was eventually captured, but can’t remember what happened to him (or her). I want to know what happened! After a bit, I thought, “Where can I find librarians from
all over the world who’d probably find the answer?” And I came up with you fine folks!
Also I wanted to share it because I love her blouse. I want one.
Holly: Thank you, submitter! Anyone know about the dog poisoner? A quick Google search didn’t pan out for me, but I haven’t put more time into it (yet! I’m intrigued!)
Mary: I am also a Betty White fan from her days on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I actually remember reading this book when it came out.
Submitter: Someone apparently checked this out along with a large amount of other love poetry books. I don’t know what to say – surely Dolly’s songs are still very popular and people obviously want this book, though this copy (one of three) has only circulated 56 times since being added. However, I couldn’t help but think this would go great with the Leonard Nimoy and Suzanne Somers poetry books.
Holly: A trifecta of celebrity poetry! Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton, even if you aren’t into her music (or poetry)? She’s just so sweet. 1979 is a bit outdated, though.