Archive for the ‘Manny’ Category

Michelle Gives Us A Shout Out!

April 29, 2020

Bethany Joy Lenz (our beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4) shared this great post about their upcoming online reunion. Thanks to Buzzworthy Radio for the RT so I saw it.

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.


Santos Family Reunion 2020

April 23, 2020

I’ve previously reported on Alan Locher‘s online reunions for As the World Turns and Guiding Light. They are pretty much a couple of times a week now with different groups of actors. I HIGHLY recommend you subscribe to his YouTube channel.

OK, you should definitely watch all of his episodes focused on As the World Turns and Guiding Light. BUT I got the best Guiding Light news since I heard Phillip was returning during 2009. THEY ARE DOING A SANTOS FAMILY REUNION! (Picture Kermit the Frog wildly waving his arms after hearing something great and you’re seeing me.)

Collection of Period Publicity Photos for Reunion

OK, take a deep breath. It’s going to take place May 6, 2020 at 2pm CT. It’s streaming live on YouTube using a streaming program that lets them have a maximum of 6 feeds at once including Alan Locher himself who serves as an MC.

The Santos Family gets back together to reminisce about their time on Guiding Light.

Tune in to see:

  • George Alvarez (Father Ray #2)
  • Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4)
  • Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos)
  • Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos)
  • Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1)

Set your reminder now and Quick turn on the Light – Guiding Light!

Why Is the Mob Often Tied to the Garbage Industry?

April 9, 2020

Danny Knocks Over a Coke Machine

In the Seinfeld episode “The Voice” Jerry tells Elaine:

Jerry: Elaine, breaking up is like knocking over a coke machine. You can’t do it in one push, you got to rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over.”

I’ve always thought that was what Danny did breaking up with the mob. He really couldn’t walk clean away as Michelle originally expected. He was drawn back in repeatedly. He tried everything possible to have Michelle and safety without destroying everything he grew up with. Danny rocks the Coke machine time and time again. (Honestly I think they went back to the well at least one too many times.) Finally though he pushes the mob Coke machine over and it breaks.

Danny Keeps the Garbage

When Danny and Michelle moved into Orchid Manor Danny had a meeting with the out of town families. They came to an agreement that they’d keep out of Springfield proper and could split the rest of the illegal activities from the Santos Family, except he was keeping the garbage deal. The other mob guys thought that was crazy because you can’t make money with garbage legally, but agreed.

The kept that card next the vest with that idea. It was years later that we found out that Danny had kept running the garbage the way they always had done keeping a finger in the illegal pie.

Why Is the Mob Often Tied to the Garbage Industry?

Mental Floss looked at why the mob would WANT the garbage? Their answer were multiple. They could make money legally with it. They could skim money out of the business. They could give their associates fake jobs to have a legal excuse how they “earned” their income. They could use it to launder dirty money.

The mob really got into trash in the mid-20th century, when many cities stopped collecting commercial waste and left businesses to find private haulers.

Mobsters from New York to Chicago saw an opportunity and either started or took over (with money, intimidation or violence) hauling firms. Within a city, crews would divvy up routes, rig contract bids, and harass and extort non-mob haulers and customers in order to quash competition and keep their prices high.

Soon, gangsters, mostly from Italian- and Irish-American crime families, had monopolies on trash collection all over the Northeast and upper Midwest. The so-called “garbage mobsters” who ran these operations often falsified paperwork and tampered with waste scales, sometimes to skim profits from the business, and sometimes to hide dirty money in it. Crew bosses and members often got no-work, no-show “consulting” positions at the firms, which gave them a legit job to put on their tax return and explain their income.

Today big corporations have been pushing the mobsters out of the business, but mob and garbage still are connected in many people’s minds.

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.

Laurel Falls Vows

March 26, 2020

This is a repost from Rustle of the Sheets. The description below and the transcription are from that site. I’ve been looking at getting wedding vows up so I’m glad she had the same thought.

Laurel Falls Vows

The Laurel Falls wedding was the first one where they both were clear they were serious about pledging their lives to each other. It is the day after Danny broke Michelle out of the Psych Ward and Danny is going to make Michelle’s dream come true. Michelle gives Danny a tour of Laurel Falls and re-tells him about her childhood wedding dream.

I’m adding to the transcription. There are a couple of lines I couldn’t catch on the recordings I currently have. I hope to find better eventually. Her transcription starts after the break.

Danny: “I want to marry you, right here, right now. What do you say? Think we can make today our wedding day? You know we are about to start our life together. So it should begin with a wedding that is just about us. Don’t you think?”

Michelle: “Ya, you are so amazing!”

Danny: “I know.”

Michelle: “When we got married the first time in front of everybody and we kissed. I…I was fighting it, but I realized just that I was falling in love with you. I know it’s going to last FOREVER!”

Danny: “I want to promise my love to you forever before God right here.”

Michelle: “You know what’s great? I already am yours, I am and I always will be.”

Danny: “Just us.”

Michelle: “Just us.”

Danny: “I love you. I love you so much.”

Michelle: “I love you, too.”

Ray arrives and tells them how happy is that they’re getting married. Danny tells her this is her dream and he wants to make it come true every way he can.

Danny: “Are you ready?”

Michelle: “Uh huh, I’ve been ready my whole life. I can’t live without you.”

Danny: “Oh, one more thing..[Danny goes and gets a bouquet of daises]…see I thought of everything.”


[July 2, 1999] “You are My Life” — Danny’s Laurel Falls Vows …

Danny: “Michelle, Michelle, when you entered my life, I was changed forever. You’re so full of love and life and goodness. You are a treasure and I promise I will treasure you always. With you in it, my life is richer than I had ever dreamed it would be.

“You make me want to be the best man that I can be. The man you can be proud to call your husband. I want to make all your dreams come true and I will. And as God is my witness I vow to protect you, to honor you and to love you forever. You are my life.”

Rustle of the Sheets transcript

It’s That Foreshadowing Business Again Essay 21

March 19, 2020

Republisher’s Note: Republishing another one of the essays from Rustle of the Sheets. This one is just word perfect and was written after Michelle finds out about his night with Drew. It’s talking about the aftershocks of the Drew/Danny reveal, May 10-11, 1999. I would recommend also that you check out the post about Maureen’s death to make Michelle’s reaction make sense.

From the Rustle of the Sheets


Essay #21

“It’s That Foreshadowing Business Again . ..”

(Concerning Michelle’s line “I guess one night can’t do much damage.”)
By Kathy — posted on the Mannyac Board.

I don’t think we need to be too worried. I think this is foreshadowing to when Michelle finds out about Danny and Drew. It’s to put irony into the equation … like we need any more. But what is actually good about this whole situation is that Michelle opened the door with fear in her eyes, because of her dream, but she also had hope in her eyes. Hope, that Danny came to her, hope that Danny wants to make this marriage work, hope that he forgives her.

But, after Danny offers her the “gift” in today’s episode … I think we will see Michelle come to the realization of just what this man is willing to give up for her … which in turn will help her finally admit her feelings to Danny. What I see happening is that Danny will offer an annulment, Michelle will be shocked, upset and confused. She won’t know why because she has been wanting her freedom for a long time … to get back with Jesse, to get away from Carmen, and, I suspect, to end what she’s really afraid of … her love for Danny.

But, she will realize that she does not want this … she will accept it at first because she thinks its what she wants. But, after she has time to think things through … she will realize that Danny has given up his love for her … or Michelle to be free, which is what he thinks she wants. And she will realize just how selfless he is … that Danny would give Michelle her freedom because he loves her. And this will make Michelle want Danny even more.

What he does will be so meaningful to her that she will realize that her love is stronger than she imagined. I believe that this is the beginning of the road to them being truly together.

And … Danny? Well, he will need reassurance from Michelle that what he offered is indeed what she wants. It is the only way he will be able to feel like what he did with Drew was justified. I don’t think he will get that feeling of justification, though. In fact, once he sees Michelle’s reaction, he will be more confused than ever because, he thinks he knows everything Michelle is feeling, what she wants and what she doesn’t want … which at the moment he thinks is him.

When Danny finally comes to terms with what Michelle has done, when he finally starts to think things through, that is when he will realize what Michelle gave up to tell him the truth. How much she must have trusted him to tell the truth and how much she wanted to protect him from the FBI. This is when we will see Danny in anguish … because Michelle’s actions will become clearer and he will understand her more. It is then that he will really feel like he has lost her, but it also then that Michelle will start to go after Danny, not because she feels she has to, but because she feels she wants to.

One night does make a difference … it holds the key to Manny’s future, it opens the door to their hearts, and it will help these two lost souls come together in what I suspect will be the most satisfying reunion on daytime. Don’t give up hope, no matter what TPTB throw at us now, have faith our couple will make it, no matter what obstacles they face. They have both admitted their feelings … granted one was more clear than the other … but we all know both feel the same. Love will prevail … and then we will see some of the best scenes with Manny that we could possibly hope for.



Pick a Favorite Manny Scene

March 16, 2020
Manny meet at the mall with ink blot

Screen Shot of Manny at Springfield Mall with Ink Blot tube.

I recently got a message from a reader asking for my favorite Manny scenes. I would like to throw the question out to you. Reply in the comments what your favorite scenes are. Are your favorites with Manny version #1 or Manny version #2?

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.

Michelle and Danny’s Church Wedding Vows Feb 14 1999

February 13, 2020

Rustle of the Sheets was a Manny fan website. Like this one it had a lot of Manny related stuff. This was part of a series of important quotes or as they called them “Danny’s Speeches of Love (and Lust).” I’m going to break them out and take them one at a time. I especially wanted to share this as part of our Valentine’s Day Week Celebration since their wedding was indeed on Valentine’s Day. Find the rest of their wedding.

“A Treasure to be Cherished — Danny’s Vows” . . .

[February 16, 1999]

You know sometimes people meet each other under very unusual circumstances. We did.”

'A Treasure to be Cherished'“Who knows why God puts a particular person into your life. I certainly didn’t expect to meet someone like you and I know you didn’t plan on meeting a guy like me, but by divine providence or fate or just plain luck, we were thrown together and I knew, I knew that you were a treasure to be cherished and to be revered.

“Michelle, I — I promise to do everything in my power to keep you safe and to make you happy. And what we have between us will grow with you as my wife and I as your husband.”

Where Were the Bauers When Manny Started

January 29, 2020

One of the problems with Guiding Light structure over time is that there really should have been more Bauer children. They ended up dreaming up a long-lost half-sister and a suddenly close cousin (Hillary and Johnny respectively), but we should have seen more Bauers grow up. Ed had two children and Mike only one. Still there was a decent number of Bauer family members besides Michelle and Rick even if they weren’t on the show when Manny began. Where were they?

Mama Bauer, Michelle’s Great-Grandmother, died of cancer a couple of years after the family was introduced back in the 1940s.

Papa Friedrich Bauer, Michelle’s Great-Grandfather, served as the moral center of the show for many years. He passed the role on to his daughter-in-law Bert at his death in the early 1970s.

Bill Bauer, Michelle’s Grandfather, let’s face it Bill was a disappointment. He had it in him to be a good person and he was smart and an excellent brother, but his lack of self-confidence and his seeking consolation in a bottle or the closest woman’s bed when things didn’t go just his way undercut his entire life. He took this to an extreme when he faked his death in a plane crash and later emerged again in Springfield with a double secret grown daughter in tow. He was later killed for real before Michelle was born by Annabelle Simms Reardon’s father when he went nuts.

Bert Bauer, Grandma Bert, Michelle’s Grandmother, was the heart of the show for decades. From 1949 thru 1984 she was played by Charita Bauer — over 3 decades. While she had been kind of whiny and schemey as a young wife wanting to live like she was in House Beautiful magazine, she matured greatly over the years and became the kind of person everyone wants for a grandmother, challenging you to be your best and being a soft shoulder to cry on when needed. Besides the double death of her husband and all his infidelities, Bert underwent a pap smear saving countless women’s lives in real life by encouraging the practice and having lost a leg to diabetes and learned to walk again which was also written in for her character. Charita Bauer who played her, died unexpectedly, and the character was kept alive for another year, partially so she could hold Michelle in her arms (off screen) before she died.

Meta Bauer, Michelle’s Great-Aunt, her first husband Ted White and her second husband Joe Roberts with her step-daughter Kathy was the focus of the show up through the 1960s with Meta then leaving town seemingly for good after Papa Bauer’s funeral in 1973. But when soap opera icon Mary Stuart became available after her trademark soap Search for Tomorrow was cancelled she brought Meta back. Sadly Meta seemed to have forgotten a good deal of her history (including her son Chuckie and the husband she killed Ted White), but how can you NOT love or need the Aunt Meta she created. She is well known to Mannyacs.

Trudy Bauer, Michelle’s Great-Aunt, was the Bauers’ answer to Jan Brady (but Trudy did it first) she left town back in 1966. She was contacted several times later and Meta went to stay with her for awhile in New York City lastly while Mary Stuart was in the Meta role, but she was never seen on screen again.

Ed Bauer, Michelle’s father, was doing charity work in Africa. He’d been recast with a guy who played Ed in the 1960s and dropped in and out “volunteering time in Africa.” Eventually that Ed and the show part ways. They actually pretend he maintained connection even though they didn’t specifically say he’d reached out or showed him on screen until the start of Manny. At that point they say he’s been out of touch. Later when he returns to the canvas they said he started back home and got captured on the way and apparently no one realized it. Despite the fact that Ross did call him once and got a hold of him during Michelle’s trial. They played fast and loose with that, but that’s later Ed is just not mentioned during this time.

Hope Bauer Spaulding, Michelle’s cousin, was part of my second favorite couple of all time Hope and Alan. In story Alan slept with other women despite the fact that he truly loved Hope. His father had really done a number on Alan. Hope was lost when she realized he wouldn’t change and fell into the bottle. She left town, taking Alan-Michael with her. After that she was only ever heard of by brief reference or a one-sided phone call and she was never shown again after she left town in the early 1980s.

Mike Bauer, Michelle’s uncle, is awesomesauce and actually later plays an off screen role in the Manny story keeping Robbie while Manny pull a con to get out of the mob all the way. At this time though he had a big government job in Washington, D.C. His last actual appearance in Springfield was at the anniversary party in 1997.

Rick Bauer, Michelle’s half-brother, is the only Bauer family who is around at the start of the Manny story. He is somewhat involved, more than any other family member, but is also upset about learning that Kevin wasn’t his kid after all.

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.

An Analysis of Character Essay 19

January 13, 2020

Republisher’s Note: Republishing another one of the essays from the Rustle of the Sheets website. In the timeline sometime right after the “Angel of Mine” dance. Check out the episode.

From The Rustle of the Sheets

Danny and Michelle Angel of Mine Dance

Essay #19

“An Analysis of Character” By Pepper — posted on the Mannyac Board.

I just had to share my thoughts with others who are as passionately vested in Manny as I am. As I see it, Michelle is a young nineteen. After all, she just graduated from high school and just started college. She grew up in a sheltered environment with a loving, family and an extended circle of friends. Her only involvements were a platonic one with Bill and a huge crush on Zachary. Then, just as she was missing her mother the most, ‘the Jester’ appears, with that wonderful, caring heart with which she was so familiar. He was like nobody she had ever known . . . and he had the heart. Still, I think she already knew it was over between them before Manny. Remember his proposal? Remember how she rubbed the chest after she turned him down?

Drew, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. When her mother died, she had nobody but her father, and he was on the road a lot, in the music business. She had no guidance during her formative teen years. When her father was around he indulged her every whim in an effort to make up for her mother’s death and his absence. She got used to having her way. When she graduated, he saw it as an opportunity to spend more time with her and took her on the road. She learned as much about business as she could in order to be closer to her dad. This would explain why she is so immature in her self indulgence and yet a good businesswoman.

Danny is another story entirely. His family taught him to trust nothing and no one. If he did, it would only lead to disillusionment and heartache. The only ones he was allowed to trust were family. As I see it, he was the crown prince. The one upon whom all the hopes were pinned. The family was in the business because that was how they survived. He was going to help legitimize the family. That is why he was in college.

He is/was probably a grad student which is why he could go in at midsemester to monitor Michelle’s class. That would put him around 23 or 24. Coming from an unusually extreme macho background, there’s a good chance that since he was a teenager he knew mostly very experienced women. Also, he could see she had that same fierce sense of loyalty that was one of the cornerstones of his upbringing.

Because of her age, innocence and the circumstances which threw them together, Danny was willing to wait and hope . . . even to the point of sleeping on the floor and being led on, not once, but several times, which I don’t think he would have tolerated from anyone else. Every time Michelle would give him a small sign that she was beginning to accept him, his hopes would grow and he would force himself to trust her more.

After the fiasco with his mother, he felt completely justified in placing his whole trust in Michelle and he opened himself entirely to her. At this point he does the unthinkable — he declares his independence from the family. And it is at this point that Michelle thinks it is a good time to ‘fess up. The timing could not have been worse. Danny could not have been more vulnerable.



Top 25 Most Visited Posts During 2019

January 3, 2020

These posts and pages are the ones that were most viewed during 2019. Some of them are posts with brief information. Some are newsworthy – for example Nancy St. Alban’s commercial. Some are ever green – for example just who the heck is Keemo Abbott.

Others are links to pages that are used to help organize information. They are different in purpose, but both show up on the same statistics list.

I hope that you will check out some of these pages and that you’ll enjoy it!

Top 25 Posts and Pages

Nancy St. Alban Featured in Epclusa Commercial 2019

Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Locations

FAQ: Whatever Happened to Keemo Abbott?

About Danny and Michelle Santos

Locations on The Bold and the Beautiful

Where in the World is Saundra Santiago?

Bottled With Love

Interview with Elvera Roussel Hope Bauer Spaulding

1. In the Beginning…

Paul Anthony Stewart coming to Blue Bloods

Soap Opera Jargon

Beth Chamberlain Interview

Mary Stuart in 1976

Guiding Light Cast Lists

Agnes Nixon Interview

General A.U.

Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ – Part 2 by SJ

2. A Little Too Real

Continued Storyline

Guiding Light Finale – Update from Dinah Marler

Manny Fanfic

Guiding Light Cast List 1983

Leslie Bauer’s Final Words

Abby Blume Bauer featured on Character Profiler

Dates in Springfield

Mindy Lewis and Rusty Shayne

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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