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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: January 27, 2017

Portland Mary Tyler Moore Memorial Hat Toss & Sing-Along goes national

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Actress Mary Tyler Moore is shown as TV news producer Mary Richards in a scene from the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in August 1970. Associated Press photo

Actress Mary Tyler Moore is shown as TV news producer Mary Richards in a scene from the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in August 1970.
Associated Press photo

On Thursday afternoon about 40 fans of late actress Mary Tyler Moore gathered in Monument Square for  a Memorial Hat Toss & Theme Song Sing-Along.  The celebrated actress died on Wednesday at the age of 80.

The wonderful sing-along and hat toss moment was captured on video.

But what none of us here in Portland could have predicted was that a clip from the hat toss would make it all the way to national TV.

On Thursday night, CBS aired the special “Mary Tyler Moore: Love is All Around” and you can see the Portland clip in the opening segment!

What’s more, longtime Moore fan Oprah Winfrey mentions the Portland hat-toss (at about the 13 minute mark) !!!


We’ll always love you, Mary Tyler Moore. Thanks for all of your incredible contributions.

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