When I was growing up, there were many heroes in humor but none could make me laugh, even all alone without anyone to laugh with, like Moms Mabley. She's been gone nearly 40 years but, as these two clips show, she can still make me laugh and, although I turned 20 in 1969, she can still make me cry. Please watch the following two clips: my guest humorist --with all the love and pain it entails-- Moms Mabley:
August is an awful month, but it contains the birthdays of both my own mother and my mother-in-law. I believe also that a person's true relatives are scattered across space and time and I could not let August, on its closing day, go by without some mention of Moms Mabley. Yes, she was born in the springtime but was the enigmatic embodiment of a nation's strength at a time --Griffin show aired 8-16-69-- when this country desperately needed a Mom.