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  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 18, 2013 - 10:22 PM

Emmy winner Doris Rosen, 87, died Monday.

Somewhere, the mother of WCCO-TV sports anchor Mark Rosen is getting the biggest kick out of having “Emmy winner” preceding her name in her obituary.

She was, according to her obituary, “a proud Emmy award winner” for “the ‘Grannies’ on the 2012 Grammys” — a priceless WCCO piece featuring Rosen and Rosalie Vascellaro, mother of WCCO-TV anchor Frank Vascellaro.

Mrs. Rosen loved to razz me. The biggest twinkle came to her eye whenever she saw me because she enjoyed verbally sparring. There was also a — well, you couldn’t call it a twinkle — a very determined look in her eye when I asked her if she’d consider going on a dinner date with Strib sports columnist Sid Hartman.

“No,” she said emphatically. “And I’ve known him a long time.”

She also had another choice word for Hartman, I seem to recall from that video. Her thoughts on Sid were not in the two-part video interview I did with the grannies after they won those Emmys.

We had a wide-ranging pop culture conversation because grannies Rosen and Vascellaro stayed current about subjects such as Justin Bieber’s love life and the Kardashians.

Mrs. Rosen certainly called the Kris Humphries-Kim Kardashian union: “I know it’s not going to be a long-term marriage.” That statement was printed in the paper about 29 days before Kim surprised Kris by filing for divorce. This video will give you a taste of the very opinionated Mrs. Rosen.

Rest well, Doris.

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