From the Associated Press....
Wife on strike against husband becomes celebrity
Last updated 12:47 AM, EST, Saturday, October 05, 2002
ALBANY, Ind. (AP) -- A Delaware County woman's bid to make her husband appreciate all she has done for him around the house has gained international media attention.
Kathy Thompson went on strike against her husband Gary on Sept. 25, refusing to do laundry, cook, or make the bed. The 45-year-old says her husband is a good man, but she's tired of working, going to school and taking care of the house while he goes fishing.
Word about her unconventional campaign began spreading quickly after The Star Press of Muncie published a story last weekend. Thompson has been getting calls from media outlets around the world wanting to hear her story.
"It'll be something I can tell my grandkids," the slightly-built blonde said Friday with a laugh.
Thompson has appeared on television shows including "Inside Edition," "Good Morning, America" and Indianapolis TV stations Fox 59, WISH and WFYI.
She was expecting an interview with CNN, and a television crew from Germany was due Saturday.
"I've got those women in Germany in an uproar," she said.
Friday, the booking chief for Dr. Phil McGraw, late of Oprah Winfrey's show and now the star of his own major daytime show, called from Los Angeles to ask a newspaper staffer for help contacting Thompson.
Holding correspondence from a woman who had seen her story, Thompson read a passage from the letter, asking that she keep her in her prayers.
Other women have driven past and honked.
Probably nobody has been more surprised by all this than her husband. "He thought it was pretty amazing," Thompson said. "I think he was a little shocked."
While her story has taken on a life of its own, Thompson is quick to remind people that it started as one woman's campaign for appreciation.
"Like I keep telling people," she said, "This wasn't for publicity. This is a personal thing."
One thing is for sure; she is appreciated now.
But the roses and an offer of a Las Vegas vacation she received this week came from the folks at Inside Edition, not her husband.
"He's going to buy those flowers and take me on vacation," she insisted.
Oct 6, '02
this is not news; I told everyone in a thread earlier of how I did the same thing with VERY good results. I did not need a newspaper and publicity to get my point across. It is an idea worthy of comtemplation and beats the heck out of arguing or nagging to get what I need.
Oct 6, '02
I would LOVE to meet that woman! She has all my respect for doing what she did.....and if I had the money, I'd treat her to a trip to anyplace her heart desired.....and she could hire a Gigalo to accompany her....leaving the old lazy faht of hers at home. :chuckle
Anger abounds......I'm letting it all out here in the presence of very good people, so don't worry about me.....I'm feeling quite good about bashing azzholes who deserve to be bashed. I'll be over it soon.......bear with me....laugh with me......but, just don't tell me to STOP!!! Not nice to do to someone who is getting over the loss of something she obviously never had, eh? :chuckle
Oct 6, '02
Have at it ... I for one am very PMSy today ... (it doesn't help that I found out my ex is having gfs spend the night while my son is there)
Bash away ... I'm right behind you!!!
Oct 10, '02
i was this story on the news. hummm, the wife (some) says she is on strike, the man (some) usually just strike and the wife finds out later. oh my!
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