Yes, thanks to you and Mary Kay, I met Doris and spent the better part of 1970 in various establishments around Beverly Hills as we followed her as she followed her friend Hilda Turner, who worked at Bailey's Bakery.
I certainly don't have a book full of memories like you do to share but I am here to verify that meeting Doris is just as wonderful and awesome as every single fan on this forum might imagine and as you have documented in your book.
Doris loyally followed her friend, Hilda, to a couple of establishments after Hilda was fired from Bailey's Bakery. We all met up at Elizabeth's Tea Room and when Hilda quit there and went to Martha Randalls we all went there every Saturday morning like clock work. We were all young and we have Doris all to ourselves. Mary Anne and I have talked about how impossible that we be in today's laptop, camera phone, Facebook and Twitter atmosphere. We literally had Doris completely all alone. No one else knew about her in those places. But that would not happen today at all.
Doris was a blast - absolutely could not have been a kinder and gentler human being and without pretense. I don't think she knows the meaning of the word. She's much quieter than I ever imagined her to be and appears self possessed. She exhibited the same demeanor at the Doris Day Convention in 1987. She spoke to us and answered questions for 90 minutes and then met with each fan personally and signed autographs.
Remember when the partition fell over? I looked at Doris at that moment and she just looked over at the partition but hardly budged. I'll never forget that. It didn't seem to bother her, although there were
probably several fans under the partition!!!! (We were all peeking through the dividers in the partitioned
wall and the weight of the fans against the wall knocked it over).
What a doll baby. I hope to make a movie of the Convention very soon. However, I cannot find the tape recording of that 90 minutes. Howard - do you have it? Ray, do you have it?? Pls contact me if you do.
I'll stop. I love to talk about Doris. It's hard to stop.