On a clear, crisp December afternoon two days before Christmas, Ellen Watters set out on her new light-blue Bianchi racing bike. Home in New Brunswick to be with her family over the holidays, she was biking the rural roads near her home on a 90-minute training ride, likely enjoying the freedom that her bike always gave her, when her worst fear - the one she shared with all road cyclists - was tragically realized.
In 1987, I played a principal-cast role in a pilot for a U.S. TV series called Sadie and Son, starring Debbie Reynolds. She was portraying a police officer whose son was also a cop. I was her commanding officer. I was taken aside by one of the producers before principal photography started and told that Ms. Reynolds might be a little ''crisp,'' and that a kid-glove treatment might be required. However, on meeting and working with her I found her to be a charming, sweet, funny and giving colleague. We laughed a lot and her stories of growing up in the old studio system were an education all on their own.