You know her face and signature hair accessory from TV's classic sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show and from TV's classic game show, The Hollywood Squares: Rose Marie.
I did let my personality out on the air and my career changed. WQFM offered me full time employment to be half of its morning radio show team and, eventually, I was relieved of having to gather news. I could entertain and do celebrity interviews. "4 Girls 4" played Milwaukee again the following year. Rose Marie wrote me that she wasn't doing it that time. Martha Raye replaced her. She wrote, "...call Clooney when they get to town and have dinner. I'll tell her you'll be in touch." She wanted me to meet Martha. Rosemary Clooney, Margaret Whiting and Martha Raye did indeed invite me along for dinner.
Clooney said, "When I was young, Aunt Rose made me their driver for their dates in the L.A. area. I'd carry Martha Raye out of the van and into the theatre." We all giggled. George told me that Aunt Rose and Dante were finally getting married. I asked if I could give the news item to my co-worker buddy, syndicated columnist Liz Smith, when I got back to New York. He said, "Sure." I got a nice mention in Liz's column thanks to George Clooney, he gave me a great interview, he made the contest winner feel like a star and one of the people I had to thank for all that -- Rose Marie. I'm still grateful to her. If you want to see a photo of Gorgeous George, the contest winner and me, go to BobbyRivers.com and click on the Gallery section.