Death of a Sales(wo)man by
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Prompted By Embarrassment

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Profile photo of Marcia Richmond Liss Marcia Richmond Liss
In 1982, Marcia Liss began drawing cartoons and continued over the centuries to chronicle the life of Everywoman, as perceived by a suspenders-and tie-wearing cartoon character named, coincidentally, Marcia. Deserving of a 2nd and 3rd look by 2 major syndicates, but not making the final cut at either, a few of the single panels were published by the popular magazine called...uh...hmmm...well, anyway, “Today’s Chicago Woman” named the cartoonist as one of 90 woman to watch in the ‘90’s. Nobody quite knew what they were watching for, but there you have it. When not drawing cartoons, Marcia worked as Development Director for the ACLU of Illinois, raised 2 children (who are now married with kids of their own), and stayed married. She is a very serious person who worried about climate control, gun control and other control issues until she realized she had no control and concentrated instead on getting first row center seats to Liza Minnelli concerts. She currently lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband where she draws cartoons and laughs at her own jokes.

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  1. Marian says:

    Aw, this is so cute, Marcia, and is now sweet. Having had the opposite experience, developing early, I was embarrassed to have skipped that training bra stage!

  2. Oh, dear…brought back a memory of my first 28AAA grow bra! LOL…I can relate!

  3. Suzy says:

    Exactly right, Marcia, the ultimate embarrassment! I can totally relate, although thank goodness no sales person ever said that to me. They were always able to find something with a tiny, almost nonexistent cup that would fit me.

  4. Marian says:

    This is so crazy, ladies, because I’ve been embarrassed for the opposite reason. By age 11 I went from “zero” to a B cup in six months and never got to do the teen bra thing!

  5. Laurie Levy says:

    Marcia, I know which store you are talking about (I think). My girls found the whole experience there so humiliating that they never went shopping for bras with me again.

  6. Betsy Pfau says:

    Had this one happen to me, Marcia. When my mother took me to buy my first bra, she said in a loud voice to the sales clerk, “I don’t know why she NEEDS a bra, she has two MOSQUITO BITES!” I was mortified.

  7. I wish! The grass always greener on the other side!

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