Jaclyn Smith

Ah-ha Moment

One of the beliefs instilled in me at an early age was that whenever possible a family should dine together. During our precious mealtime we will talk about the events of the day.

On day in 1989 we were sitting around the table sharing stories when I pointed out that I had been in a meeting with Jaclyn Smith. Four years earlier this star of television’s Charley’s Angels had been hired by Kmart to develop a line of clothing for career-oriented women.

On this particular day she was visiting Kmart’s International Headquarters in Troy, Michigan, with her husband, filmmaker Tony Richmond. They were introducing the newest collection of apparel to be sold under her name.

I had dashed into the meeting where seating was auditorium style, grabbing the first empty seat I came upon. Shocked, I noticed Richmond was sitting directly in front of me with Jaclyn to his left.

Kidding was not uncommon at the dinner table, so I embellished the story.

After giving the facts just mentioned here, I added. “You know, honey, I think she kept looking at me.”

My wife, Betty, was quick on the uptake and played along, “Well what’s not to like. She won’t be able to get you out of her mind.”

It was good for a laugh at the time, but several days later it took an even more comic twist.

Another dinner and another chance to milk the humor. “Did you hear the news?”

“No,” Betty replied.

“It was on the radio,” I added, “Jaclyn Smith’s people announced today she had filed for a divorce.”

“I told you she could never be happy with him after meeting you,” quipped Betty.

Of course, there was no truth to the story other than my sitting behind them at the meeting, but we still laugh about it to this day.