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Happy Betty White Day!

Today is Betty White’s birthday, and since I’m such a huge fan of the Golden Girls (and of Ms. White), I’ve been celebrating Betty White Day for the past few years. Traditionally, this is how one would celebrate a day in Betty White’s honor:

  • Watching an episode of the Golden Girls
  • Eating a piece of cheesecake (telling stories of your childhood in St. Olaf is optional)
  • Making a donation to an animal welfare group (Betty is a noted animal lover)


Watching the Golden Girls

Why do I like the show? It’s about the sex lives and friendships of four older women, which was (and is) a pretty progressive subject for the time–especially because the popular thought is that women (and men) cease to be sexual after a certain age. Plus, the show is funny and the extras are terrible actors.

I could no sooner pick a favorite episode than pick a favorite star in the heavens! (Why yes, I’m also a fan of the movie Ever After.) Of the episodes I can think of off the top of my head: I love the one where the girls go to LA to film Grab That Dough; the one where Dorothy auditions for Jeopardy and is rejected even though she dominates the competition; the one where Sophia marries an old family friend and all the wedding guests are Elvis impersonators (cool fact: one of those impersonators is Quentin Tarantino!); and the one where Dorothy’s friend comes out as a lesbian and has a crush on Rose.

Here are some videos of more funny scenes.

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Making a cheesecake is a herculean task (3 hours! I don’t even like to microwave something for more than 3 minutes!), but I picked a recipe that I think may be worth it.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I am intrigued by the sour cream topping and the homemade raspberry sauce. I’m a cheesecake purist—I prefer to leave out the cookies, chocolate, and most fruit. If I had more time/resources in my kitchen, I may have considered a vegan recipe, so if you have your own to share, please leave it in the comments!

Making a Donation

This year, I decided to make a donation to my local chapter of Animal Rescue League. Apparently, they work hard to adopt their senior animals, they have a sliding scale for vet treatment prices, and they even have a horse rescue division. If any organization was ever worthy of my donation, it’s this one!

Other Traditions?

I like celebrating my own holidays and making my own traditions, so if you have any suggestions for how to improve Betty White Day, let me know!

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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One Comment

  1. The lack of Password or any of its variants on your list is disappointing. Or any episode of Match Game where Allen Ludden is also on the panel.

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