That is a true statement!
And it is all because of a TV show with the same name.
Everywhere I went and everyday while the show was on TV
people would say my name in the same annoying voice
that is used in this video clip.
Yes I have two "N"s on the end of my Hartmann!
I learned to make the best of it!
Sometimes it would be fun and sometimes it wasn't.
Not so fun times would be when I went to the bank and tried to cash my paycheck. The teller would ask in all seriousness,
"Is that really your name?" Just imagine the high pitched tone with that statement. And since I can be a little sarcastic I would reply, "No, that is why I am cashing a paycheck with
that name on it."
Yes, back in the day you had to go to the bank every two weeks
to deposit your check and get some cash. No direct deposits
back in the 1970s.
Also not so fun was when people would say to me,
"I saw what you did on TV last night." or
"I can't believe you drowned that guy in the chicken soup."
Hello people the show is using my name but I am not that person.
One of the most annoying times was when I went to New York City to visit a friend and we went to the party and when I was introduced everyone spoke about the show. I tried to tell them about me but the show was more interesting to them.
People it is make believe.
My friend from Australia thought it was a true representation of Americans. I don't think so!
Some of the fun things were I made the newspaper because of my name.
Guess who sowed up at Dade County jurors' pool the other day. Mary Hartman, that's who, that's who. Somebody made some crack about the TV connection, and the Miami's MH answered,
"I had my name longer than SHE!"
Some times it was hard to come up with quick answered, you would think after a while, I would have a routine but I never did.
One of my other comments was, "My grandmother had the same name, so it has a long history."
When I worked at Variety Children's Hospital, now Miami Children's Hospital we all embroidered our names on our scrubs. Here is a picture of me working in NICU with my name on my scrubs. Yup I have it there twice. My rings and watch were pined to my scrubs since we weren't allowed to wear jewelry and we did a surgical scrub when we came into work.
People I worked with daily got tired of staying my name twice and so they shorten it to Mary Mary.
Another fun thing is it is a good ice breaker when introduced to new people, and people remember your name.
My one sister in law told me people would give her a hard time about being Kathy Hartmann and wasn't she really Mary Hartmann or did she know Mary Hartmann.
I only watched a few episodes because I worked evenings, 3 to 1130 at the hospital and it was on while I was at work. I did see a couple of episodes on my evenings off, but I could never get into the show or understand it. One of those shows you have to see from the beginning I guess. One of my best friends loved the show. I might have to watch it from the beginning one of these days.
Here is a link to Wikipedia about the show.
I had two friends that I would go out with one was Carol Burnett and the other was Anita Bryant. Guys would never believe those were our names. I also had two other friends and the
three of us were named Mary.
So confusing and also not believe able but true.
As time pasted you could tell when people hadn't heard about the TV show, as they were too young to watch it.