The Monkees and the inventor of “liquid paper”

Uploaded by on Apr 7, 2011

The Monkees perform their fourth single, originally broadcast on the episode “Monkee Mayor” The boys are tight! Micky’s vocals are killer as is the harmony with Mike. Peter’s keyboards are jammin’ especially in the bridge, and producer Chip Douglas who actually plays bass on this cut holds it all together. Anyone that says they didn’t play their own instruments needs to seriously listen to this cut. I did intersperse a few editorial pics for seasoning.

Very interesting trivia fact from Wikipedia:

Bette Claire Graham (23 March 1924 – 12 May 1980) was an American typist, commercial artist, the inventor of Liquid Paper, and mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith.[1]



[edit] Biography

Graham was born in Dallas,Texas to Jesse McMurray, an automotive supply company manager, and Christine Duval.[2] She was raised in San Antonio and graduated from Alamo Heights High School.[3] She married Warren Audrey Nesmith (1919–1984) before he left to fight in World War II, but they divorced in 1946. To support herself as a single mother, she worked as a secretary at Texas Bank and Trust, a bank in Texas. She eventually attained the position of the executive secretary, the highest position open at that time to women in the industry.

It was very difficult to erase mistakes made by early electric typewriters, which caused problems for Graham. In order to make extra money she used her talent painting holiday windows at the bank. She realized, as she said, “with lettering, an artist never corrects by erasing, but always paints over the error. So I decided to use what artists use. I put some tempera water-based paint in a bottle and took my watercolor brush to the office. I used that to correct my mistakes.”

Graham secretly used her white correction paint for five years, making some improvements with help from her son’s chemistry teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. Some bosses admonished her against using it, but coworkers frequently sought her “paint out.” She eventually began marketing her typewriter correction fluid as “Mistake Out” in 1956. The name was later changed to Liquid Paper when she began her own company.

In 1962 Bette Nesmith married Robert Graham, who joined her in running the company.[4]


This song below was written by Nesmith:

In 1979 she sold Liquid Paper to the Gillette Corporation for USD $47.5 million. At the time, her company employed 200 people and made 25 million bottles of Liquid Paper per year.[5]

Bette Nesmith died in 1980, at the age of 56, in Richardson, Texas.[6]

Uploaded by on Dec 7, 2006

Here’s the video from the episode “Royal Flush” for the song “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”. This is from the 1967 rerun version of the episode. The song originally appearing in this sequence was “Take a Giant Step”.


[edit] Legacy

Her only son, Michael, inherited half of his mother’s $50+ million estate.[7] A portion financed the Gihon Foundation which established the Council on Ideas, a think tank with a retreat center located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico active from 1990–2000 and devoted to exploring world problems.[8]

Bette Nesmith Graham

Bette Nesmith Graham, with son Michael
Born Bette Claire McMurray
March 23, 1924(1924-03-23)
Dallas, Texas
Died May 12, 1980(1980-05-12) (aged 56)
Richardson, Texas
Spouse Warren Audrey Nesmith (1919-1984) (m. 1942–1946) «start: (1942)–end+1: (1947)»”Marriage: Warren Audrey Nesmith (1919-1984) to Bette Nesmith Graham” Location: (linkback:// Graham (m. 1962–1975) «start: (1962)–end+1: (1976)»”Marriage: Robert Graham to Bette Nesmith Graham” Location: (linkback://
Children Michael Nesmith
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