Serendipity: A Spooky (and Inspirational) Story for Halloween Month

This is Halloween month and while what happened to me this week might be serendipitous, it’s also kinda spooky! And whatever else, I absolutely love it and was inspired by it, and  you’ll see why as you keep reading!

I’ve got to love social media and the Internet these days because I learn the most interesting things! So much information just a click away is like crack to an information junkie like me. But this time, the discovery was one of those spooky, serendipitous things when I learned the answer to a question I’d had since I was a child, too many decades ago.

It started with a clip on Facebook of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore winning an award for the Dick Van Dyke Show. The woman announcer was an actress from a show I’d been wanting to know the name of for years! It was a show that came on at my bedtime but my mother always let me stay up and watch the beginning because I found the woman so beautiful and fascinating. She was dressed in black (or it looked like black on a black-and-white TV), had a mole on her cheek and some sort of big cat she was petting (which was, I discovered, an Ocelot). I asked my mother about it years later, but she never could place what show I was talking about.

But as I was writing Trust No One: Vista Security Book 2 and Edge of Trust: Vista Security Book 3, this woman was the image I had in mind for my kick-butt spy Tasha. And at last, I know who she is and what the show was. Isn’t that cool!

Turns out the actress’s name was Anne Francis and the show she starred in was called Honey West, a show about a woman private detective. Private detective (Honey West) . . . spy/mercenary (Tasha Shivko) . . . close enough! And talk about some cool inspiration!
Here’s the link to the clip of Dick Van Dyke that gave me Anne’s name. (And they say you can’t learn anything on Facebook!)

Facebook Clip of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore award.





And know what? Honey West is out on DVD at Amazon. Guess what I’m going to buy to binge watch?

So . . . how about you, have you ever finally found the answer decades after you asked the question? Or have you experienced serendipity (or spookiness) in another way?







(Quick note, this post first appeared on my blog at but I thought it was so cool, I wanted to share it with my Rubies. I’m anxious to hear if anyone else has had similar experiences!)

3 responses to “Serendipity: A Spooky (and Inspirational) Story for Halloween Month”

  1. So cool, Diana! Oh I know that itch that creeps through the brain when you can’t remember something like that. And then the euphoria that comes with finding the answer. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    I don’t have an example myself that I can remember, but I know I’ve had the feeling. And yes, the internet can really help scratch those memory itches : )

  2. The internet has probably solved lots of old memory blanks! I once played a video game at a weekend at some cousin’s house (or something) and I loved it, but could never remember anything except that the main character was some sort of rabbit and had the catchphrase “Whatever blows your hair back!”

    I was telling my husband about this last week and he just goes on the good ol’ Google and figures it out in like a half-second: Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind.

    So, yeah. Decades-old mystery solved, thanks to the internet.

  3. Elisa Beatty says:

    That’s so awesome!!

    Yes, in the internet age, nothing is lost! I know I’ve come across many things that were lost in the blurry memory of childhood, and I’ve been grateful to be able to see them.

    I keep assuming my students have never heard of Gilligan’s Island and other shows of my childhood, but it turns out they’ve seen those shows on Youtube.

    I love things like this!


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