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April 8, 2014

One fine day

True story here: a long time ago, a young woman from Cincinnati daydreams of growing up and meeting a nice man, getting married, learning to cook, having two children, etc. etc.

Eventually, it all comes true for her. Except it all happens in a major Hollywood motion picture called “The Thrill of It All.” Those ideas about all that happening in real life? – just a Day dream. A Doris Day dream.

Sorry readers, but in this column, I’m 8 years old again, moony-eyed over a childhood crush on Doris Day.

I had quite a few such crushes as a kid. I’ll bet you did too. Or maybe you still have a childhood crush – maybe you’ve never gotten over it. Or you’re still a child.

Anyway, I fondly remember my top squeezes: From “Bewitched,” there was Elizabeth Montgomery; from “Julia,” Diahann Carroll; from dozens of Disney programs, Hayley Mills; and from those Timex commercials, John Cameron Swayze.

(Well, to be precise, I had a crush on John Cameron Swayze’s voice. I often mimicked his crackling tones while chattering my own play-by-play for my backyard sporting events.)

But in honor of her recent birthday - her 90th - let’s pay special attention today to Day.

Some younger readers may be thinking, “Oh, no! This geezer’s trucking down Memory Lane to blather about Doris Day!”

Well, we’re NOT taking the Memory Lane bypass today, if only for the sake of my No. 3 son (age 18) and his friends at dear old EOSU (Expensive Out-of-State University). See, I was curious if Doris had a place anywhere in a new generation’s consciousness. When I asked No. 3, he immediately said, “Not in mine.”

But he agreed to poll his pals to see what they knew about her. The answer: Zippo. No. 3 texted me that “about one and a half people had ever heard of her.” Isn’t that astounding? That he knows a half-a-person, I mean?

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