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Published March 11, 2012, 12:07 AM

Hagerty Still Baffled by Newfound Fame

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The internet sensation, Marilyn Hagerty, has taken the web by storm and now, the national airwaves.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The internet sensation, Marilyn Hagerty, has taken the web by storm and now, the national airwaves.

The latest update, her Olive Garden "Eatbeat" review has been viewed more than 535,000 times, more than 10 times popular than the Grand Forks Herald's second most-read story.

"Somebody told me I went viral, I didn't know what that meant," Hagerty said.

It's safe to say her Olive Garden review is one for the books. Some people even called her the "nation's most popular food critic". But the 85-year-old isn't quite sure of what to make of all this publicity. Even ABC's Good Morning America show wants to know all about Hagerty.

"(The phone has) been ringing all the time and I've been answering it and then the emails keep pouring in and I've been trying to keep track of that," Hagerty said.

Some have critiqued her review and called it "pathetic."

"But to me its interesting," Hagerty said.

The Eatbeat started at the Herald, but now she writes at her own office in her house. Since going viral you would think the fame would get to her but Marilyn hasn't changed one bit.

"I don't get terribly excited and I don't get terribly sad. I'm just level I think," Hagerty said.

She says she won't clear her schedule for too many interviews. All this commotion hasn't made time for her weekly grocery store trip.

Next on the list, is a review of one New York's finer restaurants.

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