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It’s Mary!

She made it after all

And finally, what a thrill it was to see one of my childhood idols, Mary Tyler Moore, accept the NAB’s Distinguished Service Award during David Rehr’s keynote last week.

She was honored for her acting — in television, stage and on screen — and her work on behalf of juvenile diabetes and animal welfare.

The standing ovation and applause when she walked onstage in a Hilton ballroom lasted for several minutes.

“This means everything to me,” said Moore, referring to broadcasters’ use of airtime to educate the public about diabetes. Moore is international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

She thanked broadcasters and said that, in terms of a cure, “After 40 years of living with type 1 diabetes, I’m ready.”