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Birthday gifts and wishes on TV

Written by Kathryn Spira


So guys, I turned 57 on the 12th. I don’t feel that age and when I tell people how old I am they often don’t believe me—or at least that’s what they say!

As a surprise to me, Herman sent Steve Caporizzo (the chief meteorologist for Channel 10 TV news) a photo of me with my dog Oscar.

Imagine my surprise and delight when Steve was nice enough to include the picture on News 10 at 6 PM along with a very nice birthday wish. He was also kind enough to give my book, “In Kathryn’s Korner—A Memoir” a very nice plug for me. It’s available at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown, Canada Lake Store in Caroga Lake and online at and—but whenever possible I say, “shop locally!”

In the following several days I received birthday wishes from people who saw it on the news. Even when Herman and I went to get take-out Chinese at Asian Delight in Gloversville, the owner Anna was gracious enough to give me my dinner as a birthday gift—all because she saw it mentioned either on TV or Facebook—I’m not sure which.

When Herman asked me what I would like for my birthday, I simply said that I would like the driveway redone with gravel to smooth out the low spots. He contacted Steve Putman who came with a load of gravel and graded the driveway for us today (Thursday the 20th) and did a terrific job. Thank you Steve!

I also had a wonderful visit from my friend Terry who brought the gift of a T-shirt from her vacation in South Carolina (by the way, Terry and I share our birthdays on the 12th!) Terry also phoned with birthday wishes as did my sister Debbie!

I enclose a photo of Steve Caporizzo’s TV wishes for me and hope you all have as nice a birthday this year as I did!




About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site

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