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Wearing a jellybean helmut, Marilyn Hagerty rides behind Kim Holmes on his Harley Davidson motorcycle after the gospel music at Calvary Lutheran Church to Wendys where she celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Read the article: Before Mom went viral: Marilyn's son gives take on the columnist beyond an Olive Garden review

Before Mom went viral: Marilyn's son gives take on the columnist beyond an Olive Garden review

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My mom, Marilyn Hagerty, now seems destined to be remembered forever as the lady who wrote that review of the Olive Garden -- "a masterpiece of polite restaurant criticism," as Advertising Age called it.

It was an instant Internet sensation. The story line was irresistible: Snide bloggers pick on a supposedly defenseless grandma in North Dakota. She knocks their lights out with a few feisty ripostes about being too busy writing and playing bridge to bother with "all that crap."

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