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    Finally Recognizable

    Just the other day in Hannaford supermarket in Gloversville as I was mulling over the produce, a very nice employee stopped me and said, “I really enjoy reading your column each week – I especially like hearing about all your acting endeavors in New York City and California. I just had to stop and say thank you.”

    I broke into a broad grin and said, “You’re welcome. I really enjoy writing the column.”

    And readers, this is how I truly feel.

    I have had several readers approach me and say incredulously, “Oh, my. You’re Kathryn.” Or even, “You’re her, aren’t you.”

    I can’t begin to thank my faithful readers in helping to achieve something I never could as an actress. This notoriety combined with my being on WTEN news as a weather watcher for Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo kind of sates what I hoped to realize as a dream for all the many years that I worked as a bartender/waitress pursuing my goals as an actress.

    For every audition I went to in hopes of becoming part of the television community and all the hoopla associated with being a working actress and potentially having my name known, it is a wonderful feeling and result when I am approached personally and thanked for what I enjoy doing.

    I imagined it being a whole different venue along with writers, producers, directors and agents. Not to mention scripts, learning lines and ultimately portraying a character that was both loved and respected.

    Instead, what I have come to as I approach my 14th year of writing this column, is fulfillment by way of the written word and positive feedback from you guys.

    I have had readers from out of state and even out of the country respond to my column and Web site and the feedback is tremendous.

    Just recently I got a response from a distant cousin who lives in Israel who said it was great remembering all the Passovers we had together as kids and now as adults, keeping up with me through my column even though she lives a far distance away.

    One such reader who moved here with his wife from Long Island, I’ve even become friends with. And it wouldn’t have happened without the column.

    So thank you one and all and keep the comments coming.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com