Halloween Costumes

October 31, 2014

Although I went as a princess, witch, or Laura Ingalls Wilder for many years, I have shown some imagination in my costuming. For example, one year I went as a Doctor Who companion that I totally made up (I even hand sewed question mark suspenders – which doesn’t work very well by the way – and got sensible shoes for running from aliens). Another time I dressed up as Jenna from Blake’s 7, I chose Jenna because my hair was easiest to match to hers, but my costume was pretty impressive if I do say so myself (I glued a turkey baster into an old peanut butter jar and attached a phone cord to make my blaster). So I’m used to people having no idea who I am.

One year for Halloween I dressed up as Michelle Bauer Santos which was good that I had previous experience with nobody knowing who I was. I had made up a name tag and had a Manny scene pulled up on the computer so I could show people. It still didn’t help, people had no idea who I was, but I enjoyed it anyway. For my costume I got a sweater set, as close as possible to the one Michelle always wore and paired it with a black skirt. I tracked down a pair of hair combs with pearls like Michelle is wearing in the incredible first Lighthouse scene. I also bought a fake wedding band from Soap Opera Jewelry (really I love that place, just wish they had more stuff for my favorites). I got unreasonably high heeled shoes and the outfit was complete.

I’m looking for stories of other people who dressed up as a Guiding Light character for Halloween and I did get some suggestions of what people would like to be.

 

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Masquerade Ball

October 30, 2014

Dancers This is actually from February 1984, but it’s about wearing costumes and I didn’t find much Halloween this year so I’m counting it in. Note this is from two different channels. One is much higher quality than the other, but I’m including both to have the whole story.

They say: “This episode is the Valentine Masquerade Ball in February 1984. It is Beverly McKinsey first appearance as Alexandra Spaulding. Vanessa is engaged to Alan. Tony is hiding his illness from Annabelle. Jim hasn’t revealed his true identity yet. Nola is pregnant with A.J. It features the classic scene of Reva and Vanessa locking up Billy’s date in the bathroom. Also includes Hillary, Henry, H.B., Mindy, Rick, Beth, Philip, Bradley, Quint and Alan.” Phillip and Beth

This is actually a nice umbrella story. Vanessa organized this masquerade ball. It’s primary purpose is to introduce the new character of Alexandra Spaulding who hides from her brother Alan until the critical moment, but talks to about everyone else. Several stories come to a turning point. Hillary is fed up having to hide with her boyfriend Dr. John Stephens and at him having to talk to everyone else just in time for him to be outed as Dr. Jim Reardon, making Ed look ridiculous for thinking he was having an affair with sister Maureen. Nola is about to have Anthony James any minute, but is dealing with the fact that her daughter Anastasia has a severe hearing loss which she finally accepts tonight. Tony Reardon has a terminal if not operated on condition and the several friends who know about it are all outed when after trying to convince Annabelle he’s an alcoholic, finally Tony is confronted by Annabelle and he confesses his illness. Alan who has been trying to manipulate Vanessa into marrying him for business reasons, gets her firm refusal when after spending all night trying to make each other jealous, she marries Billy instead right on the spot. Mindy and Rick realize they love each other and Phillip and Beth announce their engagement. Top it off for a really fun scene where Vanessa and Reva team up to stick Billy’s date in a closet. I could go on, but in other words, a good time was had by all.

Rick and MindyVanessa finishes preparations for the Masquerade Ball. Alan bucks up Vanessa. The ominous figure outside the door is Bradley Raines. They just make brilliant use of the side door on the set and how they have it set up to shoot between the dance floor and out the door and vice versa. Just wonderful long shots. I really preferred Leslie Ann with Floyd Parker, but honestly I think Warren Andrews  did truly love her despite being ultimately responsible for her death. Jim aka John Stephens is coming in the back because he doesn’t want his family or friends to recognize him and he’ll spend the evening dodging them. Alan says Beth is wearing Phillip’s adoptive mother, Elizabeth’s wedding dress. It is lovely.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5lFFJ60nI (Part 1)

Beth and Phillip have a lovely dance. Beth had been raped by her step-father Bradley Raines. It’s great that she went to talk to a counselor. Hillary discovers she won’t actually get much time with her date tonight. Mindy and Rick look lovely dancing together. As many times as Ed’s cheated he’s certainly acting affronted when Maureen isn’t even guilty of anything. Tony thinks he’s dying and Ed knows about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SbztWcse1I (Part 2)

That was really clever of Bradley to use Alexandra’s unexpected delay to his advantage. It’s good that Bradley gives his name. He’s been off canvas for awhile. Bradley blackmails Alan. How many times was poor Alan blackmailed. Stacy has a hearing problem. Nola is in denial. That was totally unfair of Nola, Quint did treat Stacy as his.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5kt5mlacMs (Part 3) Tony and Annabelle

Annabelle tries to get the truth out of Tony. Tony stubbornly keeps hiding it and claims he’s an alcoholic. Ed and Tony are brother-in-laws, but they were never particularly close. Tony is closer to his other brother-in-law Quint. Ed hasn’t been operating lately because of an injury.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nStkE0dUV_M (Part 4)

Tony’s ailment is making him faint. Rick and Mindy declare their love for each other. It’s odd Alan wasn’t sure it was Alexandra. Also odd that they have three “no, it couldn’t be” stories going at once. Billy arrives with a hot pink harlot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ZBbwnMD5k (Part 5)

Vanessa is wearing a little peculiar dress because it will be her bridal gown and that is a very 1980s bridal gown form. Vanessa and Billy are in the middle of a lover’s feud. Alan had decided he wanted to marry Vanessa, basically for business reasons and is trying to sweep in and carry her off. This is a highpoint for both Rick-Mindy and Mindy-Phillip. It’s this time period that would totally made me happy with the Rick-Mindy endgame if there hadn’t been an Abby or a Rusty. Nola is wearing a terrible dress because she’s almost ready to drop her and Quint’s baby the future Anthony James Chamberlain. Tony is trying to push Annabelle away at this point and the mystery man she’s talking to is Tony’s brother Jim, but for stupid controverted reasons he’s hiding from his family. He’s also researching a cure for the Dreaming Death disease. I don’t think this is how Leslie’s answer was written. “You look, Hi Phillip.”

 (Part 6)

Stacy is short for Anastasia who is Nola and Floyd’s young daughter. Tony is dealing with a health issue. Bea Reardon is Tony, James, Nola, and Maureen’s mother. She was a long term love interest for Henry Chamberlain. Henry and H.B. are very defensive about their mutual children. Jeva are together at this party and having fun. Hillary was Jim’s best romance and the only storyline that I liked Jim in. Phillip announces that he and Beth plan on being married March 16th which is also Beth’s birthday. Sadly this wedding won’t happen. Nice shot looking from Alan-Phillip through the door to Bradley Raines.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsEZFWg2Pps (Part 7)

Henry gives Alan good sense. Alan never listens to good sense. Nola, no fool, recognizes her brother without telling the audience who he is. Lujack is working parking in the country club lot. Ross is definitely drunk. They have a lot of masked extras here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-smzLWnQVoE (Part 8)

The Country Club Ladies Room always means great scenes. It’s amazing how Vanessa and Reva started out as rivals and enemies and ended up as great friends. This is an early example of their relationship along the lines of “We might do a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves, but these outside people best leave us alone.” I hate this lady calling Billy, William. Reva to Vanessa: “Go after HER!” Ladies Room Fight, love Reva grabbing feathers off her dress. This is an important beat of the Lujack-Beth story. Phillip hated Lujack, but I’m not exactly sure why. I don’t think it was classist like Lujack’s hate for him.  Vanessa and Reva were really great together here. Also a great Tony-Annabelle beat where they try to protect each other.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfDeJaERoEo (Part 9)

Vanessa and Reva Annabelle reacts to the news Tony is dying. Annabelle is reacting to Tony’s news he hit his head at Lake Elizabeth because he was saving her and it was her father’s fault. Reva was more comfortable with high jinks than Vanessa. Reva is bound and determined to get Billy and Vanessa together. Ed was already insisting Maureen do what he wants right now, when giving her some time might put it right. That attitude will ultimately cost Maureen her life. Apparently Lakeland Country Club isn’t walking distance from the Bauer House or Spaulding Mansion. I love how even the help have to wear masks and the guy announcing guests. They establish that Alan’s kids call her Aunt Alex right away. I love that. Like a real hospital Cedars is always adding new wings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1xZOV67EZo (Part 10)

Tony tells Annabelle he’s only going to live a few more weeks. I love how Annabelle can read Tony. Tony: “I only trust Ed.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFLhDb0OUgg (Part 11)

Love the ceilings on these sets. It’s too bad Alan and Alex wasted 20 years when they are really so close. Alan: “Alexandra, the one thing you’ll never be is ordinary.” Wait, Alex hasn’t seen Alan in 20 years. If that’s true, how does Phillip remember Alex? Alex builds on the retcon that both the Spauldings and the Chamberlains have always lived in Springfield. Reva sure is fun tonight and she isn’t even wearing red.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTWOfB620A (Part 12)

I can’t get over how much I love the bar at the Country Club or how ugly Nola’s dress is. By this point Vanessa has gotten used to having a half-brother and they have developed a relationship. Vanessa confronts Billy over his game playing. Quint should have corrected Nola. Nice good night Gracie joke. In 1984 Princess Di rumors are that she’s having twins, not about all the affairs. In an otherwise brilliantly shot episode Tony’s eyes and the POV of Annabelle don’t line up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE-QCdGn3p8 (Part 13)

Even when they are mad at each other, Ed always turns to Maureen when he needs someone he can depend on. Vanessa agrees to give Billy a second chance on her terms. They had been engaged and Vanessa broke it off. And Jim Reardon completely blows his secret identity to help Tony. “Gently with the head” maybe you should wait for an ambulance and back board Ed. I can see trying to keep people calm before they remove Tony, but they are really continuing afterwards???? I wonder if some of these extras are professional dancers they are THAT good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0bgzMdddTo (Part 14)

Floyd is mad at Lujack because he hit Tony that is one of two possible causes for the hematoma. Nice tie in of plot, the blocked car got Lujack in to dance with Beth earlier. Alan proposes to Vanessa. Henry dances and talks with Alex.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZwJ3b_Yx6g (Part 15)

Billy gets jealous watching Alan dance with Vanessa. They bring Tony into the Emergency Room.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khqnhraQQd8 (Part 16)

Jim rushes to assist Tony. Floyd and Tony are close friends. Billy throws Vanessa over his shoulder. Bea really has been through the ringer tonight between Tony and Jim and Nola and Maureen. Bea turns to her Catholic faith.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMp_4Yn4Ang (Part 17)

I feel better Claire is on the case. She isn’t always the nicest person, but she was always a crackerjack doctor. Warren had a good side, but he could also be a jerk. Billy insists Vanessa will marry him. Ross and Billy and Trish are currently partners in LTA (Los Tres Amigos).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYq6zFPfjFs (Part 18)

Jim Reardon was pretending to be John Stephens because there really was a John Stephens, but he died. Jim was his assistant. Warren knew, but lied about it to keep grant for hospital. Alan is disgusted by Vanessa and Billy’s marriage. I’m kind of Team Floyd here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_12-VSV6uc (Part 19)

Hillary and Annabelle talk about the problems of being involved with a Reardon. Mindy is wedding planning. Hillary confronts Jim about his actions. Jim did give up his research for his family. I think he did make his choice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96eOYqmyeaQ (Part 20)

Billy and Vanessa Wedding Billy and Josh discuss the loves of their lives. Vanessa calls Trish her best friend and talks about locking Billy’s date in the closet (she’s still in there). I think H.B.’s reaction is because Henry. “Vanessa ain’t no cow pony, Billy. She’s a high stepping filly who’ll trample you under foot if you ever let go of those reins.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUTn1kU6aBs (Part 21)

Mindy gives Phillip what for for him struggling with Rick.  Alan to Reva: “I paid you good money to break up [that] wedding and you failed.” Reva: “No, I broke it up once, it’s just that there’s no guarantee on the job.” That’s a “My Fair Lady” medley playing in the ballroom during this sequence.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goj9KZhRzDE (Part 22)

Alan goes after Henry to try to stop Vanilly wedding. Actual ceremony.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLX4M_NMUpI (Part 23)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Frank Beaty Interview

October 29, 2014

In honor of our Halloween week, we look back on one of the scariest people ever to live in Springfield, Brent Lawrence aka Marian Cramer. If you haven’t heard the story, after Alan-Michael Spaulding shot Lawrence as he attacked A-M and his love Lucy Cooper everyone in town thought Lawrence was dead, despite the fact his body had disappeared. Actually his sister had discovered him and took him away, nursing him back to health. When he returned to town he knew he needed a disguise to get close to his targets for revenge, A-M and Lucy. His disguise was incredible. He turned himself into the female Marian Cramer. Frank Beaty did an amazing job portraying this complicated role.

Watch a summary of his storyline through the Character Profile in this post:
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/spauldingfield-character-profile-roundup/

The mainstream press was also taken with the storyline which brought in lots of press for the show. Besides the interview above, which shows what Beaty went through to transform into Marian he was interviewed by multiple sources.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVRN8yNM35I

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Halloween 1992

October 28, 2014
Henry as Ghost

Henry as Ghost

I’ll be honest, the sound is terrible on this one. I think they pointed a camera at the TV without turning up the sound or else the original VHS recording was bad. I also think person was either typing or eating while recorded and almost sneezes or coughs more than once. I hope someone else loads this because he has great stuff in it.

Vanessa as Morticia

Vanessa as Morticia

This is in fact by favorite Halloween ever in Springfield. Everyone wears incredible costumes. The haunted house has the best decorations and it’s a really nice example of the Little Billy-Ben-Michelle friendship. I’ve long looked for this episode where Michelle dressed up as Wednesday Addams and Vanessa did Morticia and this is it. They’re wonderful costumes and I just love watching Michelle so happy. I like to think Michelle thought of this when she first called Carmen Morticia. It originally aired November 2, 1992.

Ross is running for senator. We’re still doing the Eleni-Alan-Michael-Frank triangle (which you can recognize by Eleni’s near constant shawl wearing which was her signature at the time. Sadly Billy-Vanessa are apart and I think this is when they did that terrible Fletcher-Vanessa bit that really hurt both characters. I guess maybe they’re tying that up. That’s fine with me.

They say: “Halloween time at the Chamberlain home as Henry, Vanessa and Bill prepare with Billy there. Vanessa tells Billy that he can stay. Then Fletcher and Ben arrive. Frank gives Eleni the news of Alan-Michael returning home. Ross gives his speech at the Country Club and him and Jim Haggerty talks about Ross’s election. Roger and Blake arrives making things weird for Ross.”

(Part 1)

Frank and Eleni talk about Alan-Michael coming back to town. Fletcher clears the air with Vanessa about continuing Ben-Little Billy’s friendship now they are no longer an item.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EFS_PMabHE (Part 2)

Vanessa does Morticia Adams. It suits her. Ben is somebody in a leather coat. Michelle is the cutest little Wednesday Adams ever. I guess Little Billy is a cowboy. Michelle and Jenna were friends. That’s a nice beat to play. Frank offers Eleni a ring he couldn’t possibly afford. Roger, Holly, and Blake have a meal. That’s always interesting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABNoLUla560 (Part 3)

Michelle as Wednesday with Jenna

Michelle as Wednesday with Jenna

Little Billy locks Vanessa and Billy together in a closet while everyone is playing hide and seek. Blake talks with Frank on the phone about her plan to break in somewhere to make up to Ross what their affair being exposed cost him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyk2EJikSO4 (Part 4)

Roger and Holly talk with understanding about the past and how much Blake means to both of them as Blake breaks into Leo Flynn’s senatorial campaign office to help Ross.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LWFIXELRC4 (Part 5)

Bill and Vanessa are freed from the locked closet (too soon IMNHO) and discover a room full of people waiting including a TV camera there to get B roll of Ross and the kids for his senatorial campaign. Henry is a ghost and looking for Jenna. Fletcher and Billy have words over their interest in Vanessa. Eleni moves out of the Spaulding Mansion and in with Frank, taking nothing, but what she brought with her.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlbeXgyLP0w (Part 6)

Henry confronts Jenna over finding her going through his office. Henry: “If you’re counting on there’s not fool like an old fool, you’ll be sorely disappointed.” Henry is still working on putting together who Jenna is and exactly what went on. With her hand literally on the doorknob to walk away Eleni learns she is pregnant. She thinks it’s Alan-Michael’s baby because she thinks that was when she was most likely to get pregnant. Really A-M had replaced her birth control pills with candy and the future baby is Marina who is Frank’s daughter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sF5YdDcMvs (Part 7)

Closing Credits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X-eSfVTMyo (Part 8)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Halloween Week 2014

October 27, 2014
Michelle as Wednesday with Jenna

Michelle as Wednesday with Jenna

Although I try and keep the main focus of this blog on Manny (Michelle Bauer Santos and Danny Santos) I try to take a week around holidays to dedicate to that holiday in Springfield. I’ve been doing Christmas and July 4th for awhile, added Thanksgiving later, and started doing a Halloween Week in 2012. This year I didn’t find many Halloween episodes, so if you are poking around on YouTube please let me know (I’m always looking for episodes for the other holiday weeks too). I’m also looking for fanfic set at holidays, preferably short, but any at all will be welcome, any characters, any era. I still have managed to come up with a week of Halloween fun and hope you’ll join me now in wishing everyone in Springfield a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

And if you haven’t seen it before use this lighthouse jack o’lantern pattern to make yourself a Guiding Light jack o’lantern Lighthouse Stencil.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Stewart is Beautiful

October 26, 2014

Well, we knew that anyway, didn’t we? This is what I get for not checking Paul Anthony Stewart’s Facebook page even when he hasn’t posted anything in months. I’ve missed a play he is in currently so I’m reporting on it now, better late than never.

Stewart‘s latest performance is in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He announced he was joining the cast back in September.
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/177541/jessie-mueller-anika-larsen-jarrod-spector-to-stay-beautiful-paul-anthony-stewart-will-join-cast/ This is big news because it means Stewart is back on Broadway.

The description of the production given is:
Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.

Song Samples By Cast Before Stewart Joined the Show:

This isn’t from this production, but they haven’t posted any yet. Here he’s smiling for once, so I’m using it. :)

Guide to Broadway:
http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/stephen-sondheim-theatre/beautiful-the-carole-king-musical.php

New York Times Review before Stewart joined show. Normally they don’t review even when major changes are made in the cast:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/theater/beautiful-the-carole-king-musical-at-sondheim-theater.html?_r=0

Find a photo of Stewart with the cast here:
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/178060/louise-goffin-daughter-of-carole-king-gerry-goffin-hangs-out-backstage-with-the-cast-of-beautiful/

Short blurb with current Stewart publicity picture:
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/177553/scott-j-campbell-paul-anthony-stewart-join-cast-of-beautiful-the-carole-king-musical-on-broadway/

Find promotion of the musical and a chance to buy tickets here:
http://www.broadway.com/shows/beautiful-carole-king-musical
And here:
http://beautifulonbroadway.com/carolekingsearch/?gclid=CIrlhbCyyMECFYxDMgodJzoAJA

And just because he’s from Iowa, here’s an article on the other new member of the cast, Scott Campbell, who joined when Stewart did:
http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/4913754-waterloo-native-takes-over-as-gerry-goffin-in-carole-king-musical

To write Stewart during the duration of his run on the show: (I’m not sure when that will end at this point, Broadway shows that have run this long tend to keep on for a long time, but not all the cast stays with it. Check the cast list under the promotion pages to make sure he’s still in before sending letters if you’re finding this after 2014.)

Paul Anthony Stewart
Care of Cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Offline Soap Fan

October 25, 2014

glmanny:

I think my creation of a dictionary for soap opera jargon is important, but it has slipped lately as I’ve had less time for my blog. So I’ve decided on the weeks I haven’t gotten a new term done I’m going to read through and update previous jargon posts and reblog them. I hope you enjoy them.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

Every Friday night I post another term of soap opera jargon. Find more on my Soap Opera Jargon page.

Offline Soap Fan – Very few people would self-identify as an offline soap fan. They just think of themselves as soap opera fans. However, online soap fans do talk about Offline Soap Fans and make reference to perceived differences between the two parts of soap fandom. There are many kinds of offline fans. Some just watch the shows. Others watch, plus buy magazines. Some even go as far as attending fan events. They communicate with shows, stars and other fans (via magazines) by physically writing and mailing letters, cards, etc. While by default a lot of older fans are offline fans, there are plenty of exceptions where older people are online. I would say you could only start calling me an online fan since 2009. I went online for other things…

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Dani Santos

October 22, 2014

One of my continuing series is posts about the characters you meet on Guiding Light. Tonight’s character is a little different. She never actually appeared on Guiding Light. Her existence is first discussed in my fanfic “Springfield Bound”, but I’ve continued to talk about her so much she’s started to appear in other people’s fanfics which is just great as far as I’m concerned as it’s as close as we’ll ever get to having her declared cannon. So if you write Guiding Light fanfic, please do include Danielle.  Danielle Santos was conceived from three ideas. First, I read a lot of alternative universe fanfics where they used that name for a hypothetical child of Manny’s because it was a combination of Danny and Michelle’s names. Once they pointed that out who could resist? Second, after showing how great he could be during Michelle’s first pregnancy that tragically ends in a miscarriage, Danny is, for various reasons, prevented from being with Michelle during either of their successful pregnancies, not knowing about either until they were far advanced. I always held that this was terribly unfair. Danny SHOULD have gotten to be there for a whole pregnancy so I gave them one. Third, I never gave up on Guiding Light as the writing plummeted. There was normally some bright spot to be found, but one of the only real bright spot in all of 2007-2008 was that Reva had a miracle post-menopause baby. That’s not much of a bright spot, but every single time they mentioned it, I thought well if Reva is still pumping out kids, surely Michelle should get one more, so here she is.

Danielle “Dani” Santos – Danielle Santos is the third child born to Danny and Michelle Santos. Michelle announced her pregnancy shortly after Rick and Mindy’s wedding set in the 2010 flash ahead from the finale. So Dani will be born the following year making her 3 in 2014 and a year younger than Francesca Cooper and H.B. Lewis IV who were born just before or after the flashback. This makes her six years younger than her older sister Hope and 10 years younger than her oldest brother Robbie. Dani is so young we haven’t experienced much of her personality yet, but she and the latest Little Billy have a bond and she looks like her mother with her father’s coloring, so her appearance is pretty close to her sister. Danielle was the first successful pregnancy that Danny got to be there for the whole thing. – Created in the fanfic “Springfield Bound.”

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Brittany Snow Anorexic

October 22, 2014

glmanny:

Reblogging some of my favorite or most visited posts.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

I feel rather stupid for totally missing this because apparently other fans did notice. Brittany Snow (Susan Daisy LeMay Cooper) was interviewed by People magazine in 2007 about her struggles with the illness.

Some brief quotes from Snow.

At age 12 I was on Guiding Light, and I wanted to be accepted by these adults I was working with. I started with the Eat Right for Your Type diet. a friend who was a little older was doing it. I have a perfectionist personality, so I wanted to do the best job I could. I was not eating anything it said not to. It was almost fun for me, like a  little experiment. Then I moved on to other diets….When I started losing weight, I got compliments from people I looked up to on the show. Soon, I was addicted to getting results….It would be easy for me…

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Gus Pressures Harley to Betray Her Friends April 25-May 1 2001

October 21, 2014

Wed., April 25, 2001 – Michelle comes in and Gus tells her that they have found where she burned all the evidence and they think they have enough to prove that she did it. He tells her he would like to give her a deal but if she doesn’t start talking there will be no deal. He tells her if she doesn’t talk before the lab works comes back he will put her in federal prison and she will not see her baby until he is very old. Michelle tells him she is going to call her attorney and tells Gus he will rip him apart. He slams his fists onto his desk and starts yelling at her just as Ross comes in. Ross tells him that he has to stop badgering his client without thought to her constitutional rights. Ross tells the cops he wants to speak to Michelle and everyone else leaves. Ross sighs and tells Michelle he doesn’t want to know any details so Michelle should keep her mouth shut. Michelle tells him a little anyway and he tells her not to discuss it with anyone even Meta and Rick, for their own protection. Gus walks back in and Ross tells him that until he files charges against Michelle he will leave her alone and remember all of her rights. Ross tells Michelle they are leaving and they walk out. Frank asks Gus if he is going to give up now but Gus tells him a lawyer doesn’t get that angry unless he knows their client is guilty as sin so he is going full steam ahead. He is sure he will get them very soon.

Mon., April 30, 2001 – Philip tells Harley that he heard she was put on the Santos case. Harley hates it but Phillip tells her it will probably be better that Michelle and Danny have someone on their side instead of someone wanting to bury them. Harley tells him her new boss wants to bury them. Right on cue, Gus shows up and Phillip answers the door. Harley introduces the two and Phillip excuses himself after telling Gus to lighten up on Harley, she needs some rest. Phillip leaves. Gus tells Harley she may be tired because every time he comes over there is a different guy there. Harley is offended. She tells him that Phillip is her ex-husband and baby’s father.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mmMnAh_0s8&list=PL4FF4182C12302411&index=12 (Note: Flips over to next bit in list, so watch for the end)

Tues., May 1, 2001 – At Infierno: Michelle and Danny have the baby at the club. Ray and Catalina are playing with Robbie. Ray asks how things are on the fed front and Danny tells him Gus is still around but they are clean so they should be fine. Danny thinks Gus will give up and leave town eventually. Just then Gus walks in, (he has a ‘bug’ hidden in a book that he is planning on planting in the club.) Catalina seats Gus at a table and Danny comes over and tells him to get out. Gus tells Danny he was minding his own business and not bothering him and his family. Danny says he will press charges for harassment if he doesn’t back off. Gus gets up and says he will eat somewhere else. Gus leaves. Michelle tells Danny that Gus just wanted to get his goat. Danny says Gus won’t leave town until he gets something on him. Ray says there is nothing to get on him so they can relax. Harley tells Frank that Gus got a court order to bug the Bauer’s House and she has to plant it. Frank asks if she did it yet. She says she hasn’t had time. She asks his opinion on what he thinks will happen if Danny and Michelle find out. Frank tells him that she can’t tell them. Harley says she hates doing this especially now that Michelle and Danny are finally happy. Frank asks Harley if she wants Gus to think she doesn’t know how to draw the line between her job and friendship. Frank says if Danny is out of the business the bug will get him off the hook, otherwise he will get what he deserves. Harley tells Frank that if Michelle did burn the evidence the bug will incriminate her. Frank tells her Michelle would never do that and the bug will probably only pick up everyone talking baby talk to Robbie. Harley says she will do it but she feels like a traitor. Rick comes over and tells her she doesn’t look like a traitor. Harley feels busted but realizes soon thereafter that Rick didn’t overhear anything else. Rick tells her that Gus won’t find anything because there is nothing to find. Rick gets up for more coffee and Harley tells Frank that Gus won’t be satisfied even if Danny is a choirboy. Harley feels bad about having to plant a bug. Frank tries to reassure her and says they have both gotten attached to the Bauer’s house since they got divorced. Harley doesn’t want to get thrown off the barbecue guest list.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0KO-x1LFBc

My Comments:
I know I’ve said this before, but honestly I can’t believe clippers left this stuff out. The whole Manny storyline right now is about them overcoming a series of obstacles one after another. First Danny’s guilt, then Michelle’s troubled birth, then dealing with Abuela, then the other mob families, and now the FBI. THIS is the Manny story and it’s a clever story, why don’t they include these great scenes. It’s also the beginning of the GusH which while I personally didn’t like as a couple, had a great initial build up. Both these couples were really tied up in this story and should definitely have been posted by somebody. Other than that we are mostly building. The next really important point comes after this which focuses on Harley and her split loyalties. Also I want to point out that Phillip was having a conversation with Harley about Danny and Michelle that he definitely sees himself as involved in Manny’s lives. That Danny-Phillip connection is one I’ll come back to you.


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