As many of you may know, one of the great ones succumbed to breast cancer last Wednesday, at the age of 62. Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, political commentator and best-selling author from Austin, Texas.
Hundreds of newspapers subscribed to Molly’s syndicated column. She was well known for her liberal views and her well known populist humor. Ivins’ illness never seemed to curb her ability to deliver biting one-liners.
“I’m sorry to say (cancer) can kill you, but it doesn’t make you a better person,” she said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News in September.
She also told them, even when she was battling cancer and Karl Rove, that they should relish the lucky break of their consciences and their conflicts. Speaking truth to power is the best job in any democracy, she explained.
“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, and rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.”
When asked about her illness Molly replied,
“I don’t need get-well cards, but I would like the beloved women readers to do something for me: Go get the damn mammogram done.”
Far be it from me to argue with the mighty and magnificent Molly. Register, Volunteer, or Donate Today! Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Good things come to those who walk! Here are the 2007 Weekends:
Washington D.C. – May 5/6
Boston – May 19/20
Chicago – June 2/3
Denver – June 23/24
San Francisco – July 7/8
Los Angeles – September 15/16
New York – October 6/7
Charlotte – October 20/21
Source:Susan G. Komen For The Cure