• Tracey Thoen Hornung

    I loved this story!! And I especially loved that you added my favorite Osmond’s song. Everyone else thinks I am insane, even more so that I have it on my ipod.

  • http://www.sistersfromanothermister.com Nicole Morgan

    Fabulous post dear! Can’t wait until he reads your entire bio … think he may have had a tighter rein on him when it came to scoring foreplay ;)

  • Maggy

    I love the way you express yourself.

  • vedjen

    Thank you for sharing. Made my day to think of how happy Leta must have been and for introducing me to CRAZY HORSES!!! Definitely my new mantra.

  • suzinrva

    That video has made my day! I was more of the Donnie & Marie Show kind of gal…but now. Woah.

  • http://www.chookooloonks.com/ Karen Walrond

    This is the most awesome thing I’ve read all week. (And he was a little ROCK-AND-ROLL, HEATHER. Even I, growing up on a small Third World island, and watching Donnie & Marie on a tiny television set in my parents’ living room, know THAT.)

  • S-Love

    Oh Heather, you make me laugh. Love this post. Quintessential you.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Karen, now, I cannot go around alienating those in my audience who firmly believe that Donny is country at heart. They have their Donny, and I will not take him away.

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  • LFDianne

    When I was 11 and in 6th grade, I got tickets to see a taping of the Donny and Marie show. It was one of the highlights of my childhood. They had Donny walking on a tightrope, and used some 1976-ish special effects to make it happen. Those studio lights are hot and Donny was sweating. He wiped his face with his hand and shook it to dry it. I was showered with his sweat. I could have died then and there with a smile on my face.

  • MT2SLC

    Living in SLC I have been patiently awaiting a Ty Burell spotting. I am afraid however, I will act a little more like the guy on the plane, than the graceful & discreet restaurant touchdown. Also, several of my coworkers met Donnie last week as well, and raved about how gracious he was. We do have some selfies if you want to photo shop in your face to give to Leta. Or even better – photo shop her face in!

  • MT2SLC

    Crap! I cant believe I spelled his name wrong! I will asked to leave SLC by morning.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Well, as a direct descendant of Jesus, he does now, doesn’t he? Point well made.

  • Heather Armstrong

    I will exchange selfies for the knowledge that even if you are like the guy on the plane Ty Burrell is just as gracious and wonderful as Donny. He’s so friendly and nice. SO MUCH LOVE FOR UTAH RIGHT NOW THIS IS NOT A TEAR IN MY EYE NO NO NO IT IS NOT.

  • Kathleen

    I loved this post Heather!

  • Christine

    Please stop with the elephant references. The jokes, header, and allusions all drain your thoughtful response of sincerity and distract from good stories/photos.

  • MT2SLC

    That is very good to know. I will put the Phil Dunphy stalk in overdrive. Now go wipe your tears and eat a jello salad, Go Utah!!

  • GP

    You forgot the most important question: WAS HE WEARING HIS SPARKLY PURPLE SOCKS?! Enquiring minds want to know…

  • Richard Morey

    I was in love with Marie Osmond when I was a kid!

  • Hanni

    Such a great post! We’re flying from DTW to SLC in a couple weeks…maybe we’ll be lucky enough to have a sighting!

  • Teal

    I LOVED Donny & Marie’s talk show from back in the late 90′s, early 2000′s. I think I watched every single episode. I also used to watch Marie when she would go on QVC to sell her dolls, and I’m not even Mormon!

  • Sandy in NC

    I am sure that Donny was in awe of your Twitter following (compared to his). I would request an autographed Donny Barbie (that just sounds so wrong) in exchange for the exposure on your blog!

  • JenniferW2323

    Literally my first thought. “I wonder if he was wearing purple socks…?”

  • Gotta Dabble – Tracy Evans

    I remember singing “I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock and roll” in my living room as a kid. Since my brother wasn’t into the song I sang both parts!

  • DJParker

    That was a GOODER!! I loved this post. It really drew me in. Thanks for a Friday laugh!

  • JenniferA

    I had the Donny doll and my sister had Marie! Donny lost his arm down a river though once when we were camping. Sorry Donny. We also had their tour bus, which was at one time repurposed as the General Hospital ambulance. The late 70′s and early 80′s were a glorious time to be a kid!

  • http://www.luvandkiwi.com/ Tish

    Playing Phil video …forgot I was on a CONFERENCE CALL (working from home epic fail) and didn’t realize I wasn’t on mute until someone on the call said, “What is that?! Did we get disconnected from our call?! That was scary!” Phil + Dooce = Terror.

  • kara_v

    I love this whole thing. :) Thanks for making me smile today.

  • Sparkles McCloud

    I joined the Donny Osmond fan club in about 1975. I waited for months to receive my autographed photo of him. Every day I’d run in from school asking if it had arrived. Imagine my disappointment months later when I discovered the $2 check for joining that my mama had written still in her purse… she never sent in my membership. I’m positive if she had done as she said, Donny would have noticed my membership info and fallen in puppy love with me.

  • MelO

    Have you ever thought about how you feel about Donny is the way some people feel about you?? ;)

  • Aundrea

    “My mind is full of very specific Biblical knowledge that will accompany my descent into hell where all the atheists will want me on their team for Trivial Pursuit.” — Fan-fucking-tastic!!

  • lolasmom

    I need to hang with Leta as I too know every word to “Joseph” and would most likely request some “Close Every Door to Me” if I ever met Donny.