A second helping of celebrity

Peggy Bailey's story will be on the `Today Show' and VOA

For the Record

May 02, 2004|By Gary Dorsey

Bright lights, cameras, makeup, New York producers.

Peggy Bailey surely has endured worse as a waitress for 23 years at the Jennings Cafe in Catonsville.

But when NBC's Today Show airs her story Friday morning, there will never be quite so many people looking over her shoulder.

After a story about Bailey appeared last month in The Sun touting her as the Baltimore area's best waitress, NBC decided to send a camera crew to spend a couple of days with her on the job. The story will feature her for a Mother's Day segment.

"It was fun," said the 61-year-old Bailey, who has already become something of a local legend because of her extraordinary service. "But I wouldn't want to go through it every day."

It might have seemed like that for Bailey recently. Voice of America Television also sent a producer to follow her around last week. Larry Clamage of VOA said the story, which will be broadcast in 52 countries, is meant to give people around the world positive insight into the lives of ordinary Americans.

Despite the excitement about her coming television debuts, Bailey seemed even more delighted about another, local honor she received recently.

"They've asked me to be grand marshal of Catonsville's Fourth of July Parade," she said, smiling broadly. "How about that!"

You can read The Sun's profile of Peggy Bailey online at baltimoresun.com/bailey.

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