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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.