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Shirley Temple -- America's Sweetheart -- woke me up in bed one morning!
It was about 7 a,m, on a Saturday, and the Redwood City Tribune had gone to press about five hours earlier. I was city editor.
Mrs. Black telephoned me to complain that we had associated her with the wrong charity in a story in that morning's newspaper.
I have forgotten the details, but who forgets being awakened in bed at home by the once most popular movie star in America!
Thank you, Shirley Temple, for the countless hours of joy you created and leave behind. More than that, thank you for the example of a life well lived.
Dennis Anderson, is that you (former sports writer for the Redwood City Tribune)?. Hope you remember me as an old M-A jock.
I saw Mrs. Black at my home on Eleanor Drive often. She was my mother's bridge partner. This was in the late 50's.
I remember seeing Shirley Temple Black dining at the O'Mei restaurant and in line at Draeger's.
A year younger than Ms. Black, I remember my father taking me to my first movie, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. I must have been four or five. It was "The Little Colonel" and probably had been dubbed into German although I can't recall that. I do remember that I was dazzled by the entire experience. Shirley Temple was my wonderful introduction to cinema, which I have loved all my life. Those too young to have seen early Shirley Temple films of the '30s would be amazed to see the enormous talent and charisma displayed by this precocious prodigal performer.
Thank you, Shirley Temple Black.
A beautiful person. A life well lived. Thank you for the inspiration you had provided to millions around the world.
From Roc, in Malaysia.
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