Last week my husband and I were watching Saturday Night Live’s Christmas special.
They showed an old skit from the late 70’s, maybe it was the early 80’s.
My husband pointed out some of the people who had made it on to be great actors.
He pointed at a woman with long brown hair.
He said he couldn’t remember her name, but he remembered she had died.
The next day I came to work, my co-workers were discussing Gilda’s Club changing its name to something generic.
I had heard of Gilda’s Club, but never knew who Gilda was.
I learned that day.
I also realized I saw her on that SNL Christmas special the night before.
I will admit that I didn’t know who Gilda Radner was.
I was only six years old when she died.
But for an affiliate to change the name using the argument that young people aren’t familiar with the namesake is absurd.
I say, keep the name, so you can educate young people, like me, so we can learn who Gilda Radner was.
We can learn and have an appreciation for her cause and fight for that cause – for Gilda’s namesake.