Mary Tyler Moore at Red Owl (Mary Tyler Moore Show Opening Credits), mid 1970s
Unlucky-in-love Mary Richards moved to Minneapolis, landed an associate news producer job at WJM-TV, and executed one of the most famous hat tosses in the history of world in the debut episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired on CBS on September 19, 1970. It was all make believe, of course, but during its seven seasons on the air, the Mary Tyler Moore Show did more to polish Minneapolis’s image than any chamber of commerce public relations campaign ever accomplished. The screen grab above is from the show’s mid-70s opening credits, not from the first season (thanks to Fight with Knives for pointing this out), but I just had to show it to you anyway. That’s because I just figured out that the three-second clip of Mary in a grocery store was shot in the meat department at a local Red Owl!