Betsy Brantner Smith discusses reality show, retirement


By Bob Goldsborough
Chicago Tribune

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Growing up in the 1960s and '70s on a family farm in tiny Lanark, in Illinois' far northwest corner, Betsy Brantner Smith didn't play with Barbie dolls or stuffed animals. Instead, she and her older brother pretended to be TV characters on shows they watched.

"He and I would play 'Combat!' like the TV show starring Vic Morrow," she recalled. "We watched all the cop shows, 'Dragnet,' 'Adam-12,' and 'Police Woman' with Angie Dickinson."

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