Her importance in Cleveland and to this television station was immeasurable.
A birthday celebration for a legend can be no small event, so what to do, what to do? How about holding it at Blossom Music Center and having the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her?
Her birthday party was held on June 25, 1983, the eve of her 90th birthday at Blossom Music Center. U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum was among the dignitaries there to pay her homage. The man conducting the orchestra for the event was a big name too, Mitch Miller.
The video in our player begins with Dorothy on stage as the orchestra begins the birthday song. It’s so nice, they sing it again.
She is given roses by then-general manager Ed Cervenak and sportscaster Gib Shanley.
I’ve added our 6 p.m. newscast before the party next in the player. Bill Jacocks anchors from the studio and WEWS main anchor, Jeff Maynor, field anchors from Blossom.
Near the end of the newscast segment, Maynor interviews Dorothy and asks her what her wish is on her 90th birthday. The fiery redhead doesn’t miss a beat in her reply, “A 95th birthday!”
Dorothy was an amazing woman who worked here at WEWS until the age of 91. She suffered a stroke shortly after conducting an interview with President Ronald Reagan in July 1984