Upon reading the blog assignment for the week, I actually dreaded it. I have been stuck in the library for the past two weeks straight, cranking out assignment after assignment. Even though I detest the hustle and bustle of the first floor of Bertrand, I quickly skimmed the book selection parallel to the courtyard computers for a title and cover that caught my attention. I was really hoping one would not only peak my interest, but also relate back to class. However, I was drawn to the smiling face of the Betty White. Seeing Caitlyn out of the corner of my eye, I quickly grabbed the book and made my way down to the lower level to begin writing.
The works of the great Betty White that I know are her hilarious skits on SNL, where I literally cannot control my laughter. Despite being 73 and appearing on shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Life With Elizabeth, all shows airing even before we were born, she is still a comedic phenomenon in her own right. In her autobiography, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Wont), the seven time Emmy winner tackles topics ranging from friendship, romance and aging to television, comedy and her fans, interjecting her own personal stories into the mix. The book is broken up into chapters and then into shorter subchapters. In reading through the contents, the Hollywood Stories chapter drew me in, specifically the chapter on SNL.
What you probably did not know is that White had turned down hosting the NBC show three times before accepting a spot, with the persuasion of Facebook groups such as “Betty White to Host SNL (Please)” started by music sensation Dave Matthews. White discusses her apprehensions of having to read off a cue card, a practice that she never had to do because she memorized all her lines. Although SNL only has a few skits per episode, there are usually forty-to-sixty presented at the beginning of the week and the best ones eventually emerge as the main ones for the episode. She comments on how quickly the costume changes are, one minute and thirty seconds to change from scene to scene. But, as she remarks at the end, if it wasn’t for starring on SNL, she would not have received her seventh Emmy Award.
I next read the subchapter entitled, Name-Dropping, and something she wrote really resonated with me. As graduation is around the corner, I have started to think about the fact that I might not see half of the people I have had the pleasure in meeting here at Bucknell.White writes, “I talk about how two show-business people who encounter each other might not know each other, but they’re automatically in the same club, and they greet each other like friends.” Although everyone says how welcoming the Bucknell Alumni community is, it is daunting that I will soon be apart of that and I might have to rely on fellow Bucknellians for help in seeking a job. I hope that if our paths should cross, whether it be in the near or far future, that we will lend each other a helping hand with any situation. I think that is what makes Bucknell so unique and such an amazing place to go to school.
Sorry for the sappiness, as the end nears I cannot help but be that way. But… I have included some HILARIOUS Betty White clips to make up for it!
Sorry I could not include the videos.. for some reason it wouldnt let me do it.. Click on those links and they’ll take you to the videos!