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January 12, 2007
For the love of Liz

Sacramento Bee/Jose Luis Villegas

She's known anecdotally as the "lady in white," but Liz Carlson is also somewhat of an icon at the Tower Cafe on Broadway. Meeting up with her a day after her story ran in Wednesday's Scene, Liz - who doesn't operate in the world of computers - says she was amazed to find that her life's story is floating around - globally.

She's received calls from friends and family she hadn't heard from in some time. Even someone in her parents' native Switzerland invited her over for a visit. It has been somewhat overwhelming for this petite lady, but she's grateful that folks of her "age" are finding inspiration in her life.

"When my son in L.A. called to say his friends were reading my story on the Internet, I was stunned," she confides as she ate breakfast at one of her favorite Tower tables.

But what she's most happy about - in addition to getting a nice print of her picture as it appeared in the paper - is that a friend found a VHS copy of one of her favorite movies, which she had loaned out but feared would never get back. It's the 1986 made-for-TV film "Love With the Perfect Stranger," starring Marilu Henner and Daniel Massey. It's the story of a wealthy American businesswoman who meets an eccentric Irishman on an Italian train. He sets out to "woo" her, and then, well, you'll have to ask Liz what happens next.

Anyway, she's delighted to have the movie and is now passing out good-luck Chinese New Year's coins to her favorite friends. Word to the wise: Don't spend them! She'll find out!

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