Edited for content and reading purposes
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My Friend Myrna Horowitz
By: Ed Kelly
Most people remember Myrna as the girl with the brace due to her fight with polio. But she was also an inspiring, resilient, kind, loving, personable individual. A fighter and a trooper, Myrna proved that anyone with a disability could to do whatever they desired.
I want to thank Joyce Shafer for personally introducing me to Myrna. Myrna had many friends, including many of the artists that came on American Bandstand. She was friends with Frankie, Bobby, Fabian and many, many, more. Well-liked by other dancers and viewers, we were very concerned when she had leg surgery. Before I attended American Bandstand, I remember Dick Clark giving updates on her recovery from leg surgery on air. This went on for a few months.
Myrna had other activities besides American Bandstand. She worked at Swan Records for a period of time and became very good friends with Chuck Barris of The Gong Show. Myrna was also President of the Freddie Cannon Fan Club. I feel this certainly helped Freddie’s popularity. He visited the show quite often. Dick Clark would sometimes include Myrna when Freddie was a guest on the show.
Heartwarming story Eddie. Thanks for sharing
Such great memories of Myrna, I remember her well on AB. Always smiling. Way too young to leave us. Fondly remembered.
This was very interesting. I was a big fan of both Eddie & Myrna.
Very touching story by you Ed Kelly. She was one of a kind. A special Angel and you could tell loved by all the other regulars on AB.
Wonderful story about true friendship. And you were both fortunate for that friendship.
Thank you Eddie for this heartwarming story about Myrna. When I met her, I was introduced by my friend Anthony Panullo. She could not have been any sweeter & charming. Her passing was very sad. RIP
A wonderful story about a wonderful friendship. Thanks for sharing.
Wow…I’m bawling! Eddie, you say some of the sweetest things, so this story of your friendship with Myrna doesn’t surprise me. You’re a gem… sounds like she was, too.
I had Polio as a child and danced wearing my long leg brace. Loved AB, and even considered going for my Sweet 16, but never got there. I loved the story of Myrna, but can’t remember her. I did not have my brace on when I fell dancing to “At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors while watching AB one afternoon and broke my leg! Strange memory, painful…but continued to watch and love to dance…miss those days now.
I was lucky enough to work with her at Edwards AFB. What a Great lady!