Veterans Day 2014

As someone who has watched a lot of old TV shows and movies from the 1950s – 1960s, I can tell you that veterans and war buddy references are constant. World War II and its after effects was a transformative experience for the entire country and saturated popular culture as well.  Surprisingly while I found references to World War I (especially Gold Star Mothers, mothers whose sons died in the war) and Irna Phillips’s sense of pre-World War II isolationism, I still haven’t found much on World War II. Vietnam also was a huge cultural change and likewise didn’t seem to have touched Springfield as much. Unlike say As The World Turns where legacy character of a core family, Tom Hughes, served in Vietnam at the time. In Springfield the most well known Vietnam Vet was Buzz Cooper and we only met him and learned about his war experience years later. He won a purple heart and his service was frequently mentioned. Rafe Aitoro going off to serve in the finale was a very large exception. In fact,  I really haven’t found much in the way of veterans in Springfield at all.

Bill Bauer worked in a defense plant for awhile during the Korean Conflict and Meta Bauer’s true love Joe Roberts was a war reporter. An actual veteran showed up in Ben Scott. Scott served during the Korean War (he married a then teenage Maggie Scott, who was introduced as Bill Bauer’s secretary) and his daughter Peggy Scott was a major player in Springfield for years. (Thanks to Stephanie ‏@Lutzie25 who found that one. Those are all the veterans I’ve found in Springfield, did I miss someone? I’m still looking for more. If you have suggestions, please comment.

This WSPR News story talks about Buzz’s service:

Thank you to all the real life veterans, who given us the freedom, to among other things, chose whatever reel life we want.

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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One Response to “Veterans Day 2014”

  1. glmanny Says:

    Reblogged this on Glmanny's Blog and commented:

    Happy Veteran’s Day!

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