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Question From a Fan

Marsha Mattingly sent in the following:

I don’t know if you can help me, but my father told me he picked my name from a Mary Worth comic strip and I was trying to find the strip that had my name on it. It would be around 1954 or 1953.”

Hi Marsha. Here are some strips from a 1954 storyline involving the character Marsha Devore. I love the fact that your father named you after a Mary Worth character! Thanks for writing.
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64 Years Ago

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Mary looked quite different several decades ago.  She resembled a pleasantly plump version of Aunt May from the “Spider-Man” strip more than the sleek active Jessica Fletcher from “Murder She Wrote” that we see today.

But however her look may have changed, her romantic escapades and desire to help others have not.  Those things continue on in steady fashion as Mary is as she always was.  A compassionate, wise, senior widow with a penchant to do good in an ever-changing world.

Mary Sightings and Mentions

Mary has appeared in and has been mentioned in other comic strips over the years.  It’s always fun to see her pop up in these instances!

In MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM, Mike Peters did a series of gags about Mary having dalliances with men in other continuity strips.

There was REX MORGAN:

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MARK TRAIL:

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JUDGE PARKER:
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Reader Tip

Nancy Campbell sent in the following great suggestion:

“I read your comic strip daily in the SLC Deseret News. Just thought I’d give a suggestion for Tommy. It has worked for my sons looking for first time jobs.
Offer your services to work “free” for two weeks to prove your work ethic and dependability. My oldest son did just this at an Orem Utah J.C. Penney store. He got the job and had the store’s highest sales in the shoe dept. as their salesmen during his college years.
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Poetry From Prison – A Unique Perspective

Tommy wants to avoid returning to prison.

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April is National Poetry Month.  To reflect on Tommy, an ex-con who’s featured in the current story., here’s a poem from the book, “How to Survive A Bullet to the Heart” –  a collection of poetry by maximum security prison inmates, compiled by John Wareham.

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Mary Likes to Garden

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Mary’s one of those people with a green thumb.  Maybe you are too.  If you are, or if you know someone who is, you may be interested in this charming tee that features Mary as she’s gardening.

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You can purchase it here.

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“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Mary’s Known As a Great Cook

Mary’s known by her friends not only as a great adviser, but also a great cook.  Friends often sit at her dining table and share the wonderful creations she makes in her kitchen.  What better way to break open a person’s psyche than by breaking bread with them?

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Eating together is a big part of dating.  Although she likes to cook, sometimes Mary likes to  eat out with Jeff at The Bum Boat seafood restaurant.
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Mary Likes Dogs

I like dogs and so does Joe.  A few years ago I wrote a story about Mary temporarily fostering a beagle named Chester.

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I asked Joe to draw a dog resembling an owner in this scene.  Notice how he gave them the same long hair and gentle disposition.

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In addition to providing exercise during walks, dogs generally promote a person’s well-being and good feelings.
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