Garber admits she has slowed down. Cataract surgery didn't improve her eyesight, and her dachshund ate her hearing aid, yet almost every morning she climbs four flights of stairs to her desk at the Journal, where she produces three stories a week. "She has won more writing awards than anybody else in our department," Oberle says. "But overcoming prejudice and paving the way for other women has been the greatest achievement of her career."
In a 1977 column Garber mused on the legacy of Robinson: "Has it really been thirty years since I sat in Ebbets Field and saw Jackie Robinson play for the Brooklyn Dodgers? It is hard to recall that the coming of Jackie would have caused such a stir. So many things have changed that it is hard to remember just how it was. Jackie is given credit for breaking the color line and giving thousands of black athletes a chance to play. But he did more. He made it possible for thousands of black athletes to fail or succeed on their own merits."
Miss Mary could have been writing about "the white-haired little old lady in sneakers."