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Reviewing the Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 3, 2011 by davegerry

The good people at WordPress just sent me a year-end synopsis of how this blog did in 2010. You’ll find it below..exactly as it appeared in my email..without benefit (or blemish) of revision. I don’t know if they’re trying to flatter me but ,apparently, I got a ‘ Wow ‘ on the traffic meter…even though, at 25,000 views, this is a but a drop in the blogosphere bucket for some sites. Perhaps, it ain’t bad, though, for a grizzled scribe in a bathrobe.

I’d like to thank the other sites that helped steer people my way. They’re listed below too. And it looks like I need to kiss the hands of at least three women whose profiles also helped channel people (much like a flume in a fish ladder) toward my writing. A lot of people viewed my missive on the marvellous Tracey Bell..or maybe it was just dozens and dozens of the gifted Vancouver mimic’s alter egos who logged on. Who knows? Many people wanted to know about Calgary television News anchor Jocelyn Laidlaw’s new baby and somehow their search brought them here. Still others wanted information on another broadcast buddy of mine, Simi Sara. I now don’t need to ask either of these women if something has happened in their lives because if it has…I see a bump on my blog. You know there was a time when I would have jumped all over that last line.

Thanks for reading. Dave

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The Unsinkable Tracey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 8, 2010 by davegerry

This week I spent a couple of delightful hours interviewing the phantasmagorical Tracey Bell. Tracey is a gifted mimic and performer who has a bevy of alter-ego divas in her road show bag. She has been booked into everything from birthday parties to conventions and has crisscrossed North America at a rate that would make your head spin…no matter how big your wig.

I met her twenty years ago and though my television career has taken a detour or two, Tracey is still at it. She’s still Liza and Cher, Tina and Celine.  She’s added Lady Gaga to the portfolio (how could she resist?) and she has a very strange outfit that combines the front half of Dolly Parton and the backside of a llama..something she calls her ‘Dolly Llama’.

 

Tracey and Dave circa 1988

 

I have an old photo of the two of us at an art auction. I’m basically playing a French idiot in a cape and beret..and Tracey is all platinum curls and flashing teeth as Marilyn. Tracey and I, as Sonny and Cher, once lip-synched our way  through `I Got You Babe`on a Vancouver late night television show. Frankly, I thought we did a bang up job.

 

Still Cher...but this Sonny's moved on.

 

I hung up the beret and the fur vest a long time ago but Tracey never got out of dress-up mode. And she still has the kind of drive that could power your average klieg light. She’s as effervescent as a Mentos in a can of Diet Coke.

How does she do it?  I’m not sure she knows the answer herself.  But it is just about the only job she’s ever had as an adult…an adult, one must admit, who has all the energy and spontaneity of a child at play.

I envy her.