PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2019
One morning a friend asked me how long could I survive with the food I had in my kitchen should there be a manmade or a natural disaster? My answer was, “Until One O’clock.” I don’t think that’s the answer he was looking for, but instead, something that showed I had an emergency supply of canned food, bottled water and things like MREs (the Army’s Meals Ready-to-Eat). Have you ever eaten MREs? When I was the first journalist to drive and fire the Army’s M1 tank, I spent three days with soldiers who would do almost anything to trade their canned stew for a John Wayne bar: a hard, dry, chocolate peanut bar that required an Act of Congress in order to swallow it. Tell me that doesn’t speak volumes about the stew.
But now that recurring kidney stones are on my radar, and I can no longer eat chocolate, we can scratch John Wayne bars off my emergency list.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2019
Last Friday I spent my 70th birthday at Diana Ross’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Birthday Celebration at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Oh, my stars. She was fabulous. The first time many of us saw Diana Ross was back in the 60’s, on black and white TV, when she was lead singer of the Supremes. They were powerful and chic, like nothing we’d ever seen, and they became Motown’s most successful artists of that decade. The Supremes are still the best charting girl group in US history and one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.
Did I tell you Diana Ross called me up to the stage because she liked my dress?
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©2019
Last week I met Diana Ross at her 75th Diamond Jubilee Birthday concert at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Twice during the concert she took two fingers to her eyes and then pointed them at me in an “I see you” gesture. I was in the fifth row center, end seat and was standing and singing most of the time, so I’m not surprised she could see me. Toward the end of the concert she answered a couple of questions from the audience, and then motioned for me to come up to the edge of the stage.
Over the microphone Diana Ross said to me, “Did you see me looking at you? I like your dress.”