Mr. Wow Blog
Mr. Wow Says Hello–Nervously
9:54 am | March 21, 2012

Author: Mr. Wow | Category: Point of View | Comments: 53


Hmmmm… I feel shy all of a sudden!    Here’s my new blog.  As you can see it’s very simple.  No bells or whistles, photos or videos.  That might be in the future.  But I was anxious that it be user-friendly,  especially in the Reply section, so  all you guys are able to edit your replies as you want. 

I won’t really be open for business until April 1st.  We–oh, please, it’s all B– are still fine-tuning.

   I’m terribly unsure.  But I suppose if ever I feel sure, that’s the time to stop trying to feel sure.   I have a sense that with too much confidence I’d turn into…Caligua.  Really. 

But until I begin a bloody rampage through cyberspace, I’m still Mr. Wow.  I can’t wind up this little intro  with a definition of Mr.Wow because I have  never  known who he is. 

Maybe this new venture will help.    Oh, and within a few days I will have all my old WoW archives stored here.  Most of them, anyway. 

Love, Mr.W


P.S.  I know that there is an ABOUT section on this site, where I’m supposed to tell you all about myself.   Many of you  already know a great deal about me.   The ABOUT box confuses me.  So for anybody coming here who doesn’t know me,  I’m going to tell you all I can and probably more than you care to know, but I’m going to tell it on this page.


They call me Mr.Wow.

I’m 59 years old.

I’ve had a boyfriend (sorry, I prefer that term to “partner or “lover”) for 36 years.   He answers to B.

I’ve worked in the entertainment business for 30 years.  I’ve met a lot of famous people.  I’ve traveled. You wouldn’t know my name.

I am currently facing my final paycheck. 

I  left school when I was 15 years old.  I left home when I was 15 years old.

My mother died more than twenty years ago.  I never knew my father.  I have no siblings.

I’ve seen a great deal.

I have been very ill, in my time–13 years ago– but I recovered. (And will remain recovered as long as I take my meds.)  

I have been very depressed and I have not recovered.  (No amount of meds or therapy ever helped that.)

I’ve been a heavy drinker.   Not as much now, but still too much.   I’ve never smoked cigarettes, tried cocaine or heroin.  But I did grow up in the Sixties.   Not  all drugs are foreign to me.

I have a few close friends.   They all share qualities of tremendous patience.

I don’t own a cell phone.

I am not on Facebook.

I don’ tweet.

I grew up loving movies and movie stars.  Even (especially!) stars from an earlier time.  Especially women. 

I’m liberal but attempt to look at all sides of a situation.  Except when I’m correct. 

I disapprove of myself most of the time.

I love to read.  Mostly non-fiction, history and biography; these give me a sense of myself outside myself.  Because I am always thinking too much about  myself–usually, what a terrible person I am. 

I still sob uncontrollably when the boy has to shoot his deer in “The Yearling.” 

I adore Marilyn and Liz.  (If you need last names this is not the place for you!)

I’m selfish and childish.   But I can be giving and wise sometimes.  Not often enough.

When I am at my best I can charm the bees from the proverbial tree.  When I am at my worst my vibe can  bring down an entire room.  Or a small state.

I realize that all my problems, as an adult, have been my own doing.   I am human enough to be bitter now and then,  blaming others. 

And now I have this outlet, which will live or die depending on my input alone.    Only I can discipline and motivate myself enough to make this mean something.   Discipline, motivation–I have a hard enough time spelling them!    We’ll see. 

Again, with love–

Mr. Wow.







  • PJJ

    Mr wOw,  Now let’s hear (read) what you really think!Best with the new endeavor/PJJ

    9:42 am | March 25, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Dear PJJ…

    Oh, I think you everybody got a pretty good idea what I thought.  Only now I do have to remember I don’t have an editor to tell me..”too much, too strong, libelous!”    So…I must be a bit more clever.  That will a chore.

    11:23 am | March 25, 2012
    • Jamie

      Mr. Wow,Just preface everything with “allegedly” or “seemingly” or even “Perhaps” and you should be fine re: libel or some such sordid nonsense.In my opinion, the cattier you are, the more your fans love it and also you sort of give us permission to say what we are thinking too.XO

      4:24 pm | March 29, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    The best is yet to come! I wish you success and happiness.D.

    2:36 pm | March 25, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Thank you so much, Daniel.

      Even though everything lately has given me a big headache.  And the nuns are such bullies here.

      2:43 pm | March 25, 2012
      • Daniel Sugar

        Hang in there. (This is your “Julie & Julia” moment.) 

        2:51 pm | March 25, 2012
  • Always read you on Wowowow, but never left a comment there, so see, already things are changing!  You write really well, so really it’s just down to the mechanics. Remember that blogs that are updated frequently get more readers, so try for two or three (or more!) postings a week. Use lots of pictures (copyright free, of course) and hyperlinks.  If you don’t know hyperlinks, email me and I’ll explain.  Good luck with your new venture!

    3:55 pm | March 25, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Susan…so, in your first comment to me you’re trying to kill me?! 

      Kidding, but this is soooo new.  Photos and hyperlinks are in the future.  And I still have some professional duties to get through before I am an unemployed person.   And even then–I worry about my eligibilty for unemployment benefits, etc.  Three posts a week?  Again, for the future.  When my head stops spinning. 

      But I’m happy to meet you, and you are a doll to advise me.

      4:11 pm | March 25, 2012
  • Looking forward to your new site, Mr. Wow!! 

    5:17 pm | March 25, 2012
  • Jamie

    Input your comments here…Dear Mr. Wow, We are both in the same boat. Rewire, don’t retire!!  And as the Mr. Trump would say, It’s all in the rebranding, baby. Ok, he didn’t say “baby” and he said it to Regis Philban(sp) but you get my drift.Rebrand baby, rebrand!!XOXOXOJamie(formerly JG)

    5:52 pm | March 25, 2012
  • Jamie

    PSSorry, I didn’t know I was supposed to delete the “input your comments here…” part.We’ll have to work out the kinks together.XO

    5:54 pm | March 25, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Jamie…because of my nerves, and all those margarita-fried brain cells, I expect to be messing up a lot.  I’ve already gone back and fixed some typos in my intro.   But at least I can do that now. 

      Thanks for the support!

      6:14 pm | March 25, 2012
  • Rho

    I will be following you Mr. WoW. 

    6:57 pm | March 25, 2012
  • rick gould

    I have a great title for your book: “Valley of the WoWs” Rick ; )Have fun with this Mr. W…and sing out, Louise!

    9:26 pm | March 25, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Oh, Rick I don’t think a book is gonna happen.  Then again…I never thought something like this would happen.  Or that I would still have a reasonable head of hair at this point in my life.

      I prefer to be pessimistic.  That way, I tend to be pleasantly surprised.  Or else, if my negative projecting turns out to be correct…well, there’s always a little bit of pleasure in pain.   As Madonna once advised, musically.

      11:01 pm | March 25, 2012
  • Oh, there you are! Or here you are! Thought we had lost you, Mr. Wow. Good luck with your new venture. I hate to go all philosophical on you but this seems like a good time to pass along a quote from the Scottish theologian Carl Bard: “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”I haven’t verified that. I read it in “The Providence of Death,” a crime novel by Bronson L. Parker and it seems to apply. I like it, and hope you do, too.Now about your own book … what a great idea!Pat Browning

    1:54 am | March 26, 2012
  • Deirdre

    Hi Mr wOw!  I am not a blog expert but I like the way this looks.  As you said simple.  I believe in “less is more” except when it comes to getting news from you!  The crew is here to help ease the down feelings, remind you that you are loved and give B a break!  I am so excited about this new adventure and grateful the the people at wOw for introducing you to us (or at least me).  Onward and upward!

    9:31 am | March 26, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Deirdre…when B. asked, “what would like for your blog?”  First I said: “Nothing!  Too much pressure!  Can’t you see I’m stressed?”  Then he made some chili and I calmed down.  “Simple,” I said.  “I want a conversation, not a carnival.”

      9:04 pm | March 26, 2012
  • Charlene

    Yeah! Found you. And don’t intend to lose you again. (I was calgal on Wow.) I’m a few years ahead of you, unexpectedly retired, and found new footing in lecturing on history (not my field, but my passion) to seniors. Life takes unexpected turns, but as long as it goes on, we figure out how to cope. And your true friends and fans will follow you around the bend. (That didn’t come out right, but was meant to be encouraging.)

    10:47 am | March 26, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Charlene…do you mind that I like this name better than Calgal?  (California Gal?)

      Thank you so much.  I’m just trying to figure out what I’ll post for April 1st.  Maybe that vivid, sordid essay I’ve sitting on.   Come in with a bang and creep everybody out. 

      9:11 pm | March 26, 2012
      • KEMH

        Oh! California!!!…I’m in Canada, so I always thought CalGal stood for Calgary Gal… ^_^’

        11:03 pm | March 28, 2012
  • LandofLove

    Hi, Mr. wOw. I’ve registered and everything worked perfectly. Don’t be overwhelmed by all of us; just know that we’re here for you and will be happy to see any post whenever you’re ready!

    11:46 am | March 26, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Land…I’m less overwhelmed now. 

      Now, I feel like crying.  Good tears.

      9:07 pm | March 26, 2012
  • DC4

    Well isn’t this exciting!  Looking forward to this new beginning, and wishing you all the best. 

    11:46 am | March 26, 2012
  • pk

    I have always read your posts on with great delight!  In spite of your low opinion of yourself, in my opinion you really “get it” with your comments – I have very seldom disagreed with any of them.  I hope you will continue with this endeavor, and know that all of us are cheering you on, ready to gobble up all your wise, snarky and endearing blogs.

    11:59 am | March 26, 2012
  • Irreverent

    So happy you have a blog, Mr. Wow!!YAY!!!*jumping up and down, doing cartwheels, clapping loudly, cheering*:-)

    12:20 pm | March 26, 2012
    • Irreverent

      hmmm…just pressing the <enter> key on my keyboard did not add line breaks to my post…will need to figure out how…

      12:25 pm | March 26, 2012
  • Mary

    Just added your blog to my favorites!.

    2:55 pm | March 26, 2012
  • Mary

    Input your comments here…

    2:55 pm | March 26, 2012
  • Rho

    I also added you to my favorites. 

    3:40 pm | March 26, 2012
  • rick gould

    Would you ever do any on-air stuff? I think you would be a great commentator on celebrity watching… And I think you would be awesome as a movie host, ala Robert Osborne… 

    4:38 pm | March 26, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Rick…


      I like the idea of radio.  No paint required.  But I wonder about my voice?  I always feel is it too fey for the long haul, listening to it.

      We’ll see.  It has always been on my mind. 



















      8:52 pm | March 26, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    I’m so glad I got the password figured out. This is wonderful. As for a book, work your way up to it. Do it when it feels right. Enjoy your freedom and know that you have a lot of people here to support you as you make these changes. And many blessings on B. as well.

    8:42 pm | March 26, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Haunted…As I’ve said before, I think  a book is beyond my powers of discipline and concentration.  BUT…so has everything been, and yet I’ve accomplished a little.  More than I thought possible. 

      The future is plump with promise. 


      8:55 pm | March 26, 2012
  • Chandara Sun

    Lovely to have you in a dedicated spot, Mr. Wow.  And I’m happy to be here too – love what B. has done with the place.  It’s nice and cozy here ;-)

    8:18 am | March 27, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      B. is a genius.  And so patient. 

      8:25 pm | March 27, 2012
  • PM

    Congratulations on your new rebranding or as I prefer reinvention.  Really looking forward to your first posts.  ..

    2:32 pm | March 27, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear PM…yeah.  Reinvention–just call me Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. 

      We shall see.  I’m nervous.

      8:29 pm | March 27, 2012
  • Baby Snooks

    Well pop open a champagne bottle and let’s christen the boat and start the voyage as they say. Desination? Where the powers that were wouldn’t let us go before. Just remember the little “***”s when you start channeling Earth Mother….

    6:56 pm | March 27, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Baby…pursuing this venture I can only think of Martha–”You’re all flops.  I am the Earth Mother and you are all  flops!”

      Let’s see if I can overcome Martha’s dictum.


      8:41 pm | March 27, 2012
  • Baby Snooks

    Flop? “Martha” is in the cosmos somewhere laughing uproariously along with Chen Sam. Flop? Listen, anyone who has had the same boyfriend for 36 years is NOT a flop! 

    1:30 pm | March 28, 2012
  • Baby Snooks

    And the “jobless and hopeless at 59″ thing.  Forget that. Just time to move on to something more exciting if not more rewarding. The astrologers know it as the Saturn return. The second one. The big kahuna so to speak. We all go through it between 56 and 59. If we’ve been lucky enough to survive everything that preceded the “magic moment.”  And if we’re real lucky we get the proverbial rug pulled out from under us. And we “move on.” Finally.  Maybe you should try an astrologer instead of a psychologist. Did wonders for me. I discovered I am Atilla the Nun. Or everyone else discovered it.

    1:41 pm | March 28, 2012
  • Claudia

    Happy to find your new home! And looking forward to visiting often.

    3:05 pm | March 29, 2012
  • mylambseatoats

    I finally looked in my Spam and found my password.  Thank you!  I just looked at Wow and see they didn’t save your last posts so here I am!  I see many have found you and I know more will as well.  Now do you feel better to see us all slowly making our way over?    Oh I forgot I was Mary over there but thought hmmm, I should make a whole new start of it.  So here I am!  I even added a Avatar.  This is my furboy Chip.  He is a sweetheart.  He loves to wake me up by patting me on the face with his front paws.  Nothing like opening your eyes to two big green eyes directly in your face, bad kitty breath and paws slapping your face eh?  I also have Bill, his full name is Bill Gates.  In his younger years he loved to be on the computer, as in ON THE Computer.  Thus his name. Bill has cat dementia * for real.  He howls at the walls and doesn’t remember if he ate or not and is horrified of his water dish.  But they are my kids and all you can do is love them.   

    3:25 pm | March 29, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Mylamb…My water dish  horrifies me.  I guess I have Mr. Wow dementia.

      8:00 pm | March 30, 2012
  • Diane

    Hi! I’m one of your non-posting readers from WoW. I decided to search you out on that site for a new post and found you’d be moving. I registered here asap. Great digs, btw, B did a great job. Loved your comment “I want a conversation, not a carnival.” You do realize that you might get both…You are fortunate have such a patchwork following of smart and good humored people. I like that a lot. I long for good conversation. I’m mired in the Gulag — I mean out here in Billings, MT — and conversation, good or otherwise, always seems to be lacking. Remember back when someone new would move into the neighborhood and you’d take over a dessert or casserole after the moving van left? I’m 51 from Wisconsin, perhaps it doesn’t translate like it used to. I look forward to chats, varying opinions, snark, and rare “ah-ha” moments from your new place. Welcome to the neighborhood!

    1:06 pm | March 30, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Diane…

      Billnigs, MT?–have you told Mr. Grenville (and his mother!) about this?

      Glad you are here.

      I hope you understood the Grenville bit.  I always think everybody lives in my head and gets it.


      7:56 pm | March 30, 2012
  • maryburdt

    Hi Mr. Wow,  I can’t believe I finally found your website .  I am such a computer nerd.Wishing you all the best in your new endeavor.  You are tops with me.  Let the fun begin.  Mary  …

    8:18 pm | March 31, 2012
  • Baby Snooks

    Something odd about on wowOwow  is all I can say.   First  you, then Liz, who’s next? Liz seems to have clarified the original announcement by “the management” and apparently all of us are next to go. Unless we sign up for Sirius.  Well, some of us might. If you and and Liz were on Sirius.  Of course maybe I should say who’s left instead of who’s next?  Margo, an astrologer, and Lesley Stahl who like Liz Peek seemed to enjoy deleting my comments. Maybe she and Liz Peek are friends. “Get that bitch…”   I will miss wowOwow. But not really. Some belonged under a separate masthead. “VW.”  Vacous Women…..
    In case you’re wondering what set me off it was Liz Smith writing a “closing column” that clarified the situation Which someone moved to the “comments” section of her last gossip column.  Very telling. 

    10:26 am | April 1, 2012
    • lulu

      Let’s celebrate the start of April and have champagne toasting Mr. Wow and B for their new beginning.  We can all meet here and have as much if not more fun than we did at wowowow.

      1:14 pm | April 1, 2012
      • Haunted Lady
        Haunted Lady

        First rate idea, Lulu. Here’s a toast:To Mr. Wow and B, may they blog happily forever and always know they have people who care about them a great deal.(I have water at the moment but I’m pretending it’s champagne.)

        1:58 pm | April 2, 2012
  • DirtyKnees

    Mr. W…always read you on wOw…and I’ll be sure to follow you here.  Good luck with your new venture.

    8:45 pm | April 2, 2012
  • Bev Franken

    Input your comments here… My laptop has been out of commission for two  months:  I can’t believe all the doins I missed.  Glad to be back with you.   Good luck!  We’re all rooting for you!

    2:53 pm | April 3, 2012
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