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From AJR,   July/August 1999

A Blast from the Past   

"Roseanne Roseannadanna" returns.

By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (robertson.lori@gmail.com), a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      

She's back.... Rose Ann Scamardella , the inspiration for Gilda Radner 's loopy "Roseanne Roseannadanna" character on "Saturday Night Live," returned to New York's airwaves in May after a 16-year hiatus. The former "Eyewitness News" anchor/reporter retired from WABC in 1983. WNYW News Director Susan Sullivan , who had interned for Scamardella at WABC, convinced her to do some reporting on Albanian refugees in Brooklyn. The two-part package aired May 25 and 26 on the Fox affiliate's 10 p.m. newscast. No word on whether she'll do more--Sullivan did not respond to numerous phone calls, and Scamardella could not be found. As the SNL Roseanne would say, "It just goes to show you, it's always something."