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Final Word: Who had it worse than Taylor Swift? Stevie Nicks

Move over Taylor Swift, there's a big-time concert Thursday in Phoenix, as the Valley's own Stevie Nicks is playing with Fleetwood Mac at the US Airways center.

I know, I know, Taylor Swift is really cute and a great role model for young girls with her wholesome good looks and modest, elegant wardrobe. All the moms (and dads) I know who took their girls to the show can't stop talking about how great a message Swift imparts to the crowd about "not hating" and just being who you are.

But Stevie Nicks was making music nearly 40 years before Taylor Swift was even born. In 1977, Stevie and her band released "Rumors," which was the best-selling album of that year, and of all-time the year it was released. It's still in the top ten and that was back in the day when you had to shell out money for the whole album, not just the single on iTunes.

You think your relationships are difficult Taylor? Stevie had one romance with her bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham. After that messy breakup, she had another romance with her drummer, Mick Fleetwood.

When her best friend died from leukemia shortly after giving birth, she married the father to be a mom to the baby. She later said, of the marriage, "We didn't get married because we were in love, we got married because we were grieving and it was the only way we could feel like we were doing the right thing." That lasted three months.

She even did some time at Betty Ford for rehab and has been clean since 1986. Talk about "Trouble." But she kept it together and kept on writing and performing some of the best music we had in the 1970s and 1980s.

Taylor Swift, with the number of love songs you've written and stories of life's angst that you have shared, one would think you had been through five decades worth of heartbreak and drama. Stevie Nicks actually HAS. I am really looking forward to the concert.

Hitler Tea Kettle

By the way, I checked out the Hitler Tea Kettle from the expansion segment with Mac Watson at 12:40.

I think the picture of the tea kettle might be mistaken as Hitler-esque, but in person? JCPenney has removed the billboard AND the kettle from it's website.

This is a serious tempest in a teapot.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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