So Long Ms Romano

Posted on March 1, 2013



Another star from my childhood has passed, Bonnie Franklin, who played Ann Romano on One Day at a Time died today due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

My mom was a single parent and so I related to Ann Romano who was the first single mother I ever saw on television.

Like my mom, Ms Romona was a tough, smart ass independent working woman.

I was also, like every other American male member of Generation X, madly in love with Valerie Bertinelli who played Ann’s youngest daughter Barbara Cooper.

One Day at a Time ran on CBS for 9 years starting in 1975, in addition to Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli, the show also starred Mackenzie Phillips as Julie Cooper and being a problem child myself I related to teenage, real-life rebel Mackenzie.

I still do in fact, I’m not much for celebrity gossip, but I still keep up with and root for now middle aged Mackenzie, us black sheep have gotta stick together.

My mother and brothers loved to sing together (that’s why I love the Beatles and the Eagles so very much) and TV theme songs like the opener from One Day at a Time was one of our favorites, along with All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. We’d ride along in the car sing Acapella and on the nites the shows aired we’d scare the neighbors by loudly singing along with the television.

So long Bonnie Franklin and thanks for the memories Ms Romano.

Now, sing this with me for old time’s sake –

This is it. This is it.
This is life, the one you get
So go and have a ball.

This is it. This is it
Straight ahead and rest assured
You can’t be sure at all.

So while you’re here enjoy the view
Keep on doing what you do
So hold on tight we’ll muddle through
One day at a time, One day at a time.

So up on your feet. Up on your feet
Somewhere there’s music playing.
Don’t you worry none
We’ll just take it like it comes.

One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.

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