Remembering Carol Channing and My Parents

Having been raised by parents who originally wanted to be professional actors, I gained an appreciation for the theater. I acted in a variety of plays in high school and college including a local production of Hello Dolly. No, I wasn’t Dolly, being too young. I was in the chorus, but it was a memorable experience all the same. It was my last time on stage before my parents passed away. In the wake of the death of Carol Channing, who portrayed Dolly on Broadway, Alice’s memories reminded me of this.


Remembering Carol Channing and My Parents

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

Yesterday (January 15, 2019), when I heard of the passing of Ms. Carol Channing at age 97, I knew I wanted to dedicate this WORDWALK blog post to her.  What a Broadway legacy she leaves in the spotlights!

Throughout the television run of The Merv Griffin Show (October, 1962-July, 1981), Ms. Channing was a relatively frequent guest of Merv Griffin; and I enjoyed hearing her unique and extraordinarily expressive voice.  Watching her on television, I never realized that she was six-feet tall.  Additionally, in those earlier decades, I never imagined that I would someday see Ms. Channing perform Hello, Dolly! in a theatre.

In 1964, shortly before Hello, Dolly! began its run on Broadway, Louis Armstrong recorded the title song which quickly became a hit.  At that time, in our dining room’s southeast corner and to the right of the…

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

2 thoughts on “Remembering Carol Channing and My Parents”

  1. Hi, Abbie–Once again, I thank you very much for re-posting  a piece from my WORDWALK blog onto your blog.  I am delighted that your 428 followers and your other readers will have an opportunity to read this post.

       I thought you also might have a connection with HELLO, DOLLY! and, indeed, you do!  What a coincidence that each of us has a special parental memory of this musical!

          In my original post, I intended to include the fact that Carol Channing played the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi over five thousand times.  Secondly, I intended to mention that my dad was almost 82 years of age when he drove from West-central Indiana to Milwaukee to visit Keller and me.  The four- to five-hour drive would not be that much if one did not have to drive all around Chicago to arrive at my home.  Dad was an excellent driver and continued making the drive to visit me until shortly before his passing.

        Thanks also for giving my post a “like.”

        I am so impressed by the number of followers your blog has. Congratulations!

    Happy 2019 to you and all of your readers!

    Alice Massa and Leader Dog Willow

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