Sixteen years ago, my producers surprised me by bringing in Mrs. Duncan as a guest on the show. I hadn't seen her since grade school, and suddenly, I'm reading the teleprompter: "Welcome, Mary Duncan."
My eyes filled with tears, and I said, "Mrs. Duncan had a name! Her name is Mary." As a child, I hadn't even considered that Mrs. Duncan might have had a life beyond our class. It was in her class that I really came into myself. After all these years, I could say thank you to a woman who had a powerful impact on my early life.