I Signed Books with Kaye Ballard

By Matthew Bamberg / Dec 12, 2006

And she liked me, she really did.

Last Sat. I was at the Borders in Rancho Mirage hustling my Dummies book.

My best response was that from a young woman who was buying one for her boyfriend and who really wanted the signage art I had with me as sample photography. I gave her a large print, and made her day.

The worst response I had was when I went up to a middle-aged woman on her way to the Seattle’s Best coffee inside the store. I told her about my book and she broke out into a cackle, a sound the likes which I’d never heard.

Brisk sales I had indeed, that is, until Kaye Ballard came along hustling her book. She was in the Mothers-in-Law from 1967-69.

Of course, I gave her a copy of my book, and she gave me a copy of hers.

I was a boy when I watched her show and I remember it well. I think I watched more television than anyone does today back then. That was one of my favorite programs and I tell no lies. It was not only Ballard who was hilarious, but it was also her chemistry with Eve Arden (Rydel High’s principal) that captured me.

I gotta question for those over 30…What movie was Eve Arden a principal in?

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).