A couple of months ago, I found myself wondering what ever became of Florence Henderson.
A quick Web search told me she was still alive and well. And I found her website. And a cassette of her singing Broadway favorites (with CD versions available too, so this told me it was a 1980s project).
Going over to Ebay, I found the CD available for resale, and bought it, and listened to it on the way to Iowa City. The singing was serviceable . . . somewhat passionless and all-purpose . . . but perfectly in tune and accurate, and even pleasant.
I give the CD away to a student that weekend.
Now Florence Henderson has left us. She was America’s Mom to people of a certain age, like me, bringing joy and common sense and an easy smile to her idealized motherhood.
I wish now that I had not given that CD away.
Rest in peace, Florence Henderson.