By 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins
Okay so I made a mistake. I accidentally told Barbara Hillary that she was like a “big momma” to me. But the 82 year old “firecracker” told me, “don’t you ever call me “momma, or Madea” again!
This lady is a hoot! And I guess after you’ve accomplished what she’s done at the ripe old age (sorry, young age) of then 75…you can talk some smack to a young buck (28 years old) like me. Stop it…I’m old enough to be any age I want.
She is the very first known African-American woman to ever reach the North Pole (2007) and the South Pole (2011). She was reared by her mother in Harlem (where skiing and polar bear hunting wasn’t fashionable, she’ll tell you), but with a value which still sticks with her today.
Sharon (Barnes-Waters) brought her by the studio today for this interview. And there’s no way you would ever suspect that she’s now 82; she moves like a teenager and talks like a…well… teenaged sailor (but in a nice way). She reminded us what it was like to take on such a major undertaking-going to the North Pole!!