Ever heard of an actress named Betty White? Sure you have! She starred in such immensely popular television shows as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Golden Girls”, and “Hot in Cleveland.” Often referred to as “America’s Sweetheart,” Betty White even at the age of 99 is still endearingly witty.
|The adored and adorable Betty Marion White|
Today is January 17, 2021. On this day, the one and only Betty White is celebrating her 99th birthday. A tip of the cap and a hearty HAPPY BIRTHDAY to "America's Sweetheart," Betty Marion White!
But there is a particular falsehood about Betty White that seems to be growing with time, the way that a lie, told often enough, becomes accepted as truth.
In 2012, a woman who posts articles online threw together a piece about Betty White (Betty MARION White) and incorrectly connected her with the Great Northern Railway’s Empire Builders radio series. This is an absolute falsehood. Betty Marion White never appeared on Empire Builders.
|From a 2012 article posted online with false statement|
about Empire Builders
So why would this writer say such a thing? Was it a deliberate lie, made of whole cloth as they say, a complete and total fabrication just to make her article seem more interesting? No, that does not seem to be the case. Was it an example of sloppy research, a false assumption based on some obscure and incomplete information? That is a definite possibility. Whatever the actual catalyst behind this error, it is unequivocally an error, and it’s beginning to spread like a virus by other writers who are simply grabbing onto this falsehood and repeating it.
|From a 2020 article posted online, clearly copying|
the 2012 false statement about Empire Builders
The same incorrect claim of Betty Marion White appearing on Empire Builders was repeated in a 2020 article, and perhaps elsewhere. A website that offers copies of old-time radio recordings does not come right out and claim that Betty Marion White appeared on Empire Builders, but while noting that someone with the (rather common) name of “Betty White” was on the broadcast, they posted a misleading photograph of Betty Marion White – who never appeared on Empire Builders, and whose photo had nothing at all to do with the broadcast being highlighted.
|THIS is Betty Reynolds White, an actress who performed on the Great Northern Railway's Empire Builders, circa 1930-31|