Children of Springfield 2020

July 10, 2020

The Back Story

Back in 2014 before I could really dig into my Manny Bauer BBQ fanfic for the year I had to stop and figure out what children would be running around and how old they would be now. Sadly it’s been awhile now since we’ve seen any of them.  I decided to share because I thought this might be helpful for anyone wanting to write a “present day” Springfield story. I’m especially looking for any Bauer BBQ fanfic of any couple, any era and I’m making myself a challenge to at least get the start of one done by July 1st, so I’m challenging you as well. And don’t worry, this year I have the Manny part of the plot figured out so I just have to decide what other people are doing around them. I think it needs to be an annual post to keep us all on the same Guiding Light page.

However, I worked on this year’s Bauer BBQ fanfic I realized that there either was a dearth of children if I brought back former characters and they didn’t have children since none were mentioned on screen or I had to add some kids to this. I’ve redone the list of kids below. I’ve bolded the names of the children who were actually born on the show. Most of these added characters won’t have much role in this story or developed personalities, but I want them here to at least serve as placeholders and to make sure the population of Springfield doesn’t shrink that much.

In the previous post I shared some of my reasoning and notes to show my work and let it stand for possible addition and corrections. Read the last one for more details on how I came up with this list.

Please note these are often rough calculations and any of them could be subject to SORAS at any given time. Personally I like to watch kids grow up on screen, so I won’t be SORASing.

There could be any number of other children around, any number of other people that we had lost track of on screen or since 2009. These are children that are reasonable to assume are around. I’ll gladly take suggestions of others. I’ve previously stuck to the ones on screen and they are shown in bold, but I’ve also added  short explanations or reminders who they are.

So here is my list. I’m probably missing people. Let me know who else you think should be included. Whether these children would actually be around town or not is, of course, up to you and how you plot your story.

Children of Springfield

In reverse chronological order, the current children of Springfield:

Michael Ross Santos, 2 years – the son of Danny Santos and Michelle Bauer was born in between Bauer BBQ 2017 and 2018. We’re calling him Mikey.

Karla Boudreau, 4 – Christine and Remy daughter. They waited until they were settled and I picked the age from Christine’s actress’ The Bold and Beautiful‘s character’s daughter in hopes of getting some usable photos. I named her after Christine’s actress.

Elizabeth Lillian “Lily” Lewis, 6 – the daughter of Bizzie, at the 2014 Bauer BBQ we didn’t know Lizzie was pregnant so she was born after that.

Victoria Spaulding Grant, 6 – the daughter of Vicky Spaulding and David Grant. She was inspired by their 2016 Christmas card. The actors for Vicky and David married in real and for one of my Christmas photos I used a real life photo they’d shared. The Grants live outside of town.

Danielle “Dani” Meta Santos, 9 – the daughter of Manny, she was previously announced at the end of Springfield Bound and appeared in Bauer BBQ 2014. Best friend of HBIV.

Sandra Foley, 9 – daughter of Mel Bourdeau and Cyrus Foley. Mel got pregnant not long after they got together and they eventually married. Somewhat ironically Mel named her daughter after someone she looked up to the first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.

H.B. Lewis IV, 10 – Son of Bizzie as announced on show, best friend of Danielle Santos.

Francesca Cooper, 10 – Daughter of Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro as announced on the show, We’re calling her Frankie.

Clayton Bourdeau, 10 – Christine and Remy’s child existence shown in finale flash ahead. Soap Central says it was a boy named Clayton. I must admit I forgot about him so he isn’t on all previous lists.

Hampton “Hamp” Frazier, 10 – Kat Speakes kid, see note under Paul James Frazier, Jr. below.

Henry Cooper Lewis, 11 – Bio child of Shayne Lewis and adopted son of Marina Cooper. I’m calling him Hank.

Colin O’Neill, 12 – Child of Reva Shayne Lewis O’Neill and Jeffery O’Neill

Peyton Spaulding, 12 – daughter of Beth Raines Spaulding and Alan Spaulding

Emma Spencer Spaulding, 14 – bio daughter of Olivia Spencer and Philip Spaulding, adopted daughter of Natalia Aitoro

Sarah Randall, 14 – daughter of Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding Lewis.

Hope Maureen Santos, 15 – daughter of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Leah Bauer, 18 – Daughter of Rick Bauer and Mel Boudereau Foley

“Robbie” Robert Frederico Santos, 19 – son of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Jude Bauer, 19 – son of Rick Bauer and Harley Cooper

Clarissa Marler, 20 – daughter of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Paul James Frazier, Jr. , 20 – After my discovery of the triad of Veterans from the 1960s, I wanted to involve them in the Bauer BBQ. There wasn’t anybody who really connected with them anymore, but there was a reference to Jim and Martha Frazier having two kids – no mention of which sex. I decided that they’d have named a son after his best friend and army buddy Paul Fletcher, so the son’s name would be Paul James Frazier. I thought somehow Kat Speakes might have married him and they’d name their son as a second.

Zach Spaulding, 21 – son of Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Molly Spaulding, 21 – Molly is the daughter of Alan-Michael and Lucy Spaulding. I based her on Rick Hearst’s General Hospital character’s daughter, so I can use photos of the two of them. Starting with BBQ 2017 she’s been dating Jason Marler.

Rocky Bradshaw Cooper, 22 – son of Jezz. In last BBQ story he returned to town. Left on his own with distant relations of Jenna in UK only Lucy had stayed in touch. He had come up through the kitchen ranks as a chef in London and he was brought in to make Towers his signature restaurant. He secretly wants to destroy his father for hurting him, Coop, and Lucy, but he’s kept his resentment to himself.

Maureen Reardon, 23 – daughter of Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis and Matt Reardon

Kevin Marler, 24 – son of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler, Kevin is studying neuroscience, more specifically addiction and has been developing a psuedo-father relationship with Rick.

Jason Marler, 24 – son of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler, is a disenchanted Polysci major, he’s spent the last year trying to find himself. He took a semester of classes at Springfield U, mostly because Molly wanted him to, but mostly he’s been working at Company after Frank got him the job. He’s been getting into a more mentor relationship with Frank.

Matthew “MJ” Wilson, 26 – Rick Bauer and Annie Dutton’s son she had given up for adoption. In last year’s BBQ story Matt showed up at the very end and in the year since has been developing a relationship with Rick, but not with Mindy. He moved into the Bauer garage apartment.

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Fanfic by Robansuefarm

July 7, 2020

I’m picking up at the end of this Bauer BBQ story with this year’s. So flashback to last year.

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Robansuefarm  fanfic category. This is a fic that I wrote and first published here continuing the story of Guiding Light.

Bauer BBQ 2018 by Robansuefarm

In order to help the continuing story we have a couple of stops on our way between Bauer BBQ 2017 to Bauer BBQ 2018. This year I tried to write it more like actual episodes.

November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

December 2017 January 2018 Episodes by Robansuefarm

Since Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm

Actual BBQ Episodes

Bauer BBQ 2018 Prep Day by Robansuefarm

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 1

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 2 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 3

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 4 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 5 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 1

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 3 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 4 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 5 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 6 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 7 

We follow up with a “head writer interview” to fast forward the story.

Guiding Light Head Writer July 2018 – Soap Opera Magazine

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.

Speeches Bauer BBQ 2017

July 6, 2020
Michael O'Leary Greets Guests

Michael O’Leary Greets Guests

Part of every Bauer BBQ is the speech. It was often done by Ed or Ross or Rick, but the job passed around over the years. The speech was always one of my favorite parts so I like to include one in my fanfics. This speech is one I wrote for my Bauer BBQ fanfic in 2017. I hope you enjoy it.

Rick: Can I have your attention? It’s time again for that time honored tradition. The Bauer BBQ speech where we take a minute to think about what we’re celebrating today instead of the celebration itself….You know it still feels funny for me to be the one giving the speech because I feel like it should be a grown up like my dad or Uncle Mike or Aunt Meta giving this speech. I still feel like I should be a kid trying to filch Grandma Bert’s apple pie off the dessert table — which is probably because I still do that.

Audience chuckles

But then I look around and I see my kids, my nieces and nephew, all my friends and family, wonderful little sister, Michelle, her husband, Danny, and my beautiful wife, Mindy and I realize I am a grown up who has built a pretty great life here in Springfield. Not just my family, but I have been instrumental in making Springfield better and keeping it a great place to live. Everyone here can say the same thing.

I’ve made my share of terrible mistakes, things I wish I could take back, and I’m sure that you all can say that. I turned my back on Springfield for awhile thinking it would make my problems go away, tried to live in other places for awhile, as some of you have done, but Springfield always calls us back home. We find our answers here among all of us, as part of the community because truly “no one goes his way alone.”

The community in Springfield IS extra special, but that sense of community is all across America from, New York to LA, and oh I don’t know, from Oakdale, Illinois to Genoa City, Wisconsin to Port Charles, New York. It’s that sense of individuals pulling together to form communities of respect, dignity, hard work and perseverance and then pulling together more to form one country is what makes this country great. It’s what made it possible for a man like my great-grandfather, whose name I proudly bear, to come to this land, and with the help of his wife to create a family and to help to build this town into what it is today.

So here’s to friends here and gone, to our children, and to Springfield may it continue to be the special place it is.

Audience: “To Springfield!”

Danny: It’s always hard following Rick, but I’d like to add a few words. While I was growing up, my family, well we regarded strangers with suspicion and malice. We weren’t part of the community and I used to think that was all your fault, the fault of people like the Spauldings and the Chamberlains that shut us out. Michelle helped me see that it wasn’t the community shutting us out, we were the ones who had turned our back on the community and now I and my children are part of this community. Michelle and I are so glad we moved back here and we have an announcement to make.

Michelle: We wanted to let you all know that Danielle is going to get her turn to be a big sister. We’re having a baby!

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.

Lighthouse Collection #27

July 4, 2020

Do you have a chef’s hat and a Bauer Power apron?

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070208_ross_rick_ed_Bauer BBQIMG_0144As part of Bauer BBQ Week this year I have a special lighthouse collection report. While my collection is mainly made up of lighthouses that help me remember Guiding Light, sometimes other things make it into the collection too. I bought two items specifically to celebrate the Bauer BBQ this year. I found the first on Cafe Press. One of my favorite logos there is the phrase used repeatedly by Aunt Meta and Michelle and Rick during the Manny storyline – Bauer Power! A CafePress store has transformed it into a logo (specifically tagged as Guiding Light – I admit a lot of the Bauer stuff there is also from Jack Bauer on 24). So far I’ve bought a Bauer Power mug and this Bauer Power apron. Once I got it here, there was clearly only one thing to do, buy a chef’s hat. Chef’s hats are NOT…

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Bauer BBQ Theme Meal

July 3, 2020

It’s a Bauer BBQ Meal.

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Michelle's version of Michelle' apple pie Bert’s Apple Pie

When my extended family gets together for a big meal, we like to try to come up with a theme for the food to make it a little more interesting. That can be something as simple as the red meal where everything was red to a more complicated theme like Cowboys (we had fried zucchini slices cut in half as horses’ hooves) or Baby Meal (baby spinach, baby carrots, baby chicken sandwiches made of chicken nuggets on a biscuit, etc.). My cousin and I finally convinced the group to take Guiding Light as its theme.

Here’s the result:

Bauer Burgers (Original Recipe Available from Soap Central

http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/scoop.php?section=twoscoops&year=2009&date=090706) – cooked by Rick and Ed Bauer. Rick learned during the Bauer BBQ 2001 to never let Danny near the grill.

Making Bauer Burgers Making Bauer Burgers

Buzz’s Chili – Mentioned often on the show
Harley’s Mac & Cheese – Alan loved…

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When did the Bauer BBQ begin FAQ update

July 2, 2020

One of my all time favorite posts when I nailed down – as much as I think anyone will ever be able to – the start of the Bauer BBQ.

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I’m updating an old FAQ from 2012 for the fantastic reason that we now have a much better answer!

Founder of the Feast – Bert

For such a big event you’d think this would be an easy question, but the problem with how things started both on a show and on real life that it’s wasn’t “THE BAUER BBQ” when it started it was just a family event that BECAME “THE BAUER BBQ” so people don’t necessarily have as good an answer as you’d like. Back in 2011 I was trying to figure this out.

The Big Party

The earliest Bauer BBQ that I’ve found online is 1984.

Bauer BBQ 1984 https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/bauer-bbq-1984

In this episode they talk about the Bauer BBQ as an event more than a tradition, so I had thought it was the first. (Actually I think it’s probably one of the strangest BBQs ever since they do…

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Bauer BBQ Week Kick-Off 2020

July 1, 2020

Each year we dedicate a week to the most important event on the Springfield social calendar, the Bauer BBQ. As a family of immigrants (Michelle’s great-grandparents came over from Germany), the Fourth of July was always important to the Bauer family because they were grateful to live in America and most members of the family believed strongly in community service and giving back to the community. It had long been a tradition to have a family picnic/cookout in honor of the holiday, but in 1983 – we think – some writer came up with the idea of using that as an opportunity to make it a bigger event. It would show Springfielders celebrating when viewers were, allowed good excuses for skimpy clothes, fun games, and people who’ve been trying to avoid each other suddenly forced to talk to each other. Plus something explosive could happen. It was an epic idea and one that would help define years of Guiding Light history. It was a big event all of Michelle’s life.

Unlike most Bauer BBQ Weeks this one is going to start a little slow. I’m going to republish a couple of my all time favorite Bauer BBQ posts. I also have some cool new ones starting Sunday. I must admit I haven’t had a lot of time to work on posts this year because of my real life schedule. I hope that can be my Bauer BBQ resolution to do better in the coming year.

Bauer BBQ Week

 

Rick Bauer 2002

Rick Bauer 2002

Bauer BBQ Week means that instead of our normal posts this week we’ll have posts that are things like episode guides of Bauer BBQ episodes, special informational posts on things like fireworks and food, and hopefully some Bauer BBQ fanfic set at any time with any characters as long as it takes place at and around the Bauer BBQ. If you didn’t get any written for this year. START NOW for next year when we’ll do it all again. Catch up on previous years at the latest Bauer BBQ round up post.

I should also tell you that the Bauer BBQ fanfic is going to be a little different this year. Frankly I just didn’t have time to get it done since writing a couple of days worth of episodes takes longer than you’d think. Sooooo what I decided to do is just leave it where it was. This year we’ll just pretend there wasn’t a gap of two years and I’ll pick up as if 2020 had been 2019. We’ll see you soon!

I hope you’ll enjoy visiting about the Bauer BBQ and I hope I hope you enjoy it! Welcome to the BBQ!

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.

Bill Lewis and Michelle Bauer Santos

June 25, 2020

Taking a look at Michelle and Bill’s friendship

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Bill and Michelle had a great friendship, especially when it still included Ben Reade (before he turned into a thin, handsome, psycho), but that’s no surprise because Guiding Light really did do friendships better than any other soap. They just did. Bill-Michelle-Ben and especially after Ben was written off for years, Bill-Michelle was a true lynch pin of Guiding Light.

Now when they were little I used to think it would be cute if they eventually got together and pretty much everybody else thought so to. Maybe if the original actors had stayed in the parts and grown into them, it would have been. As it was, they both ended up where they belonged with true soulmates who understood them as adults better than anybody else.

Michelle knew almost immediately Danny was for her, although it took several attempts to get there. Bill’s romantic life was one disaster after…

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Help Me Find Hank the Barfly

June 24, 2020

Reminding everyone about Hank the Barfly.

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I was just e-mailed a question and since I didn’t have a good answer I’ll be spreading it around. I hope one of you can help. The daughter of an actor who was a recurring extra on Guiding Light wants some help getting his information fixed on IMDB. Below is the information I have please comment or e-mail me if you have any suggestions.

My father, W.M. Supernaw, known as Bill by family & friends, was on GL in the 1980s I believe. He played a barfly. I recently found his CV & it lists his character as Hank.

My dad passed away on June 17, 2012 & I’m trying to update his IMDb profile. I need the episode numbers, or at least the year range, that he appeared on GL. I think it was while I was in high school, in 84-87, but may have been earlier, since…

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Stolen Lockets and Broken Hearts by Traci Abbott

June 22, 2020

Today’s post is about The Young and the Restless.

Prop Books as Used On Screen, Thanks to E LeBrun

Traci Abbott – Author

Traci Abbott had many false starts in careers, including as a singing star that for quite awhile revisited with once a year on screen concert featuring everyone who ever pretended to have a singing career on the show.  Lauren Fenmore (her arch nemesis who was a more successful singer) was another big singer at these events.

However, Traci eventually settled on a writing career. Traci Abbott published at least two novels. Echoes of the Past was a novelized account of her life of living in her sister Ashley Abbott’s shadow. Her second novel was called Epitaph for a Lover. Traci was working on a third novel when she moved to New York. No further progress was reported on air and the title for the third book wasn’t included in the reference I found. Later I found another title, I’m not sure whether this was the third book she was working on when she moved to New York or if this was in fact a fourth novel, but thanks to E LeBrun we know there was a book by her used on a set called On the Wings of Idiots.

2 New Books

This last year Traci published two different books. The first one was a novel that they acted out in black and white fantasy sequences during their flirtation of having a Traci/Cane romance. The novel was published as Stolen Lockets and Broken Hearts.

The second book was a nonfiction book about the Abbott family history that she co-wrote with her brother Jack. It was also a long term story. Although there was A LOT of Abbott family history, the main focus was apparently Dinah had an affair with Stuart Brooks while she was in high school (which I don’t think Stuart would have done). That she got pregnant and gave the baby up for adoption. This was an excuse to bring Theo in as sort of an Abbott.

I’m very glad they are bringing Traci back as a writer and I hope she has another book underway soon. Still waiting for a Work In Progress mention guys!

There are a lot of fake books, check out these not just from The Young and the Restless, but other soap operas.

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.

 


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