Every Tuesday, veteran journalist and aspiring novelist Katharine Blossom Lowrie chronicles the offbeat side of Redondo Beach and environs for her local Patch site, under the column heading “Blossom Chronicles.” Today, her focus is 78-year-old retired fellow reporter Mary Ann Keating.

It’s a fun read, starting out with the recollection of how Jack Benny held Keating’s hand during an interview and moving on to some early 1960s Colorado Springs Gazette reminiscences involving Walt Disney and John Glenn (pictured):

“One Saturday afternoon, I got a call from a mechanic at one of the garages, and he was whispering, ‘John Glenn’s here! John Glenn’s here!’” she recalled.

It turned out Glenn’s car had broken down, said Keating, who had worked to develop sources all over town. “Here he had gone around the globe, but he got to Colorado Springs and his car broke down.”

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