Posts Tagged ‘Ben Scott’

Dr. Jim Frazier Was A Korean Vet

May 29, 2017

There is a lot of Guiding Light we don’t know. Much of the early years we’ve got broad strokes of story instead of details. However, despite knowing these stories the only veteran I remember is Buzz Cooper. I’ve long thought that was really odd. You couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a veteran on TV in the late 1940s through the 1960s. On shows like Perry Mason you’d have an episode where an old navy buddy shows up and they talk about old times in the service. You’d have shows like Run for Your Life where you discover the lead character can fly a plane because he flew in the service. Even comical Rob Petrie, Dick Van Dyke’s character on The Dick Van Dyke Show, had flashback episodes that showed him in uniform. So I’ve always been puzzled why there weren’t more veterans on Guiding Light, especially during those years.

Jim Frazier and Colleague

Jim Frazier at Cedars Hospital

Earlier this year I found an offhand mention that in the character descriptions for Dr. Jim Frazier and his wife Martha said that Jim was a veteran of the Korean War. In fact “Jim was a retired army veteran who served in the Korean War in the same unit as Dr. Paul Fletcher…” Jim was a doctor at Cedars. He rose quickly up through the hierachy at Cedars to become hospital administrator by 1966. Martha served as a nurse. He and Martha became couple friends with Bert and Bill Bauer and served as one of the mentors to their son, Dr. Ed Bauer.

Eventually Jim took a job as the head of the overall company that managed hospitals across the country including Cedars. His wife was periodically seen after he left the staff at Cedars, but she was last seen in 1967. Jim was replaced on staff by Dr. Stephen Jackson, Ed’s other mentor and Rick’s future grandfather.

The most striking part of the Jim and Martha was their actors. Over their short run on the show Jim was played by both Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. Martha was played by both Cicely Tyson and Ruby Dee.

Since the one I found first was Jim, he got the bulk of this post, but Dr. Paul Fletcher and Ben Scott also served in the same unit. Dr. Paul Fletcher was then married to Robin Lang who was Kathy Roberts’s daughter. Kathy was Meta Bauer’s stepdaughter. Robin was also an ex-wife of Mike Bauer. Paul was the subject of Agnes Nixon’s novelization of Guiding Light. Ben Scott was the father who abandoned Peggy Scott who would be a nurse and major figure on the show for years, even marrying Roger Thorpe for a time.

The discovery of this triad makes a lot of sense as veterans and old army buddies were the mainsprings of stories at the time. It makes a lot more sense now I’ve found these three, but I’m guessing there are more unknown veterans. I’ll keep an eye out and if you discover one plese let me know.

Roundup of Previous Memorial Day Posts:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/memorial-day-roundup-2015

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.

Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 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.

Veterans in Springfield

November 11, 2012

Although war touched Springfield over the years, it was mostly through the homefront experience. There were a surprising dearth of actual veterans that I’ve been able to find.

Rev. Ruthledge gave this sermon for Armistice Day in 1937:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/dr-ruthledges-armistice-day

Rev. Ruthledge gave a sermon for Memorial Day in 1937 that I think shows this homefront attitude:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/rev-ruthledges-memorial-day-sermon/

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.

The most famous veteran in recent years was Buzz Cooper who served in Vietnam. He won a purple heart and his service was frequently mentioned. The series ended with Rafe Aitoro joining the military. Those are all the veterans I’ve found in Springfield, did I miss someone?

This WSPR News story talks about Buzz’s service:

Roger Newman (Ken Norris) Died

March 25, 2010

Roger Newman, who played Ken Norris –  Holly Norris Bauer Thorpe Lindsey Reade (and hopefully Bauer again)’s mentally unbalanced big brother, died from cancer March 4, 2010 at his home in New York with his family. During Newman’s initial run from 1970-1975 the Norris family was a force to be reckoned with in Springfield. Although most later viewers will only remember Holly and her daughter Blake (first called Chrissy), in first half of the 1970s Holly had a rather extensive family. Her father Stanley married Rick Bauer’s mother Leslie and she was accused of his murder (she didn’t do it), her mother Barbara married Roger Thorpe’s father Adam (conveniently centering a lot of disapproval for Roger in one couple much to his chagrin), and she had a younger brother Andy, a con man who had married and robbed Trish Lewis and seduced both Vanessa Chamberlain and Katie Parker. Holly’s older brother Ken became obsessed with the idea that his wife Janet, who had married him mostly because she was pregnant with his daughter, was having an affair with her ex-boyfriend and Holly’s then husband Ed Bauer. For once in his life, Ed HAD actually managed NOT to sleep with somebody, but it did him no good, convinced Ed had slept with Janet, Ken shot him anyway and was carted off to an insane asylum for the next 2 decades.

Ken returned to Springfield after finally being released from the asylum. Although he’d been in town a little while before we first see him, his first appearance on screen was Sept. 1, 1998. He had small touches in several major stories at the time. He was the first prime suspect (he was innocent, but had figured out Holly did it) in the Nursery Rhyme Stalker case and was off screen again while he was being held. As part of that, he was reason the drug Annie/Terri used to control Josh was introduced. He also touched on the popular Blen pairing. Ken agreed with Holly that Ben was incredibly like Roger (which he was) and was a danger to Blake. He tried to protect Blake by beating up Mick Santos and stealing back the blackmail tape of Ben and Blake in bed together (while she was trying to get proof that would clear Abby of Roy Meecham’s murder). (Mick can take some solace that in younger days, Ken also beat up Roger Thorpe, a much more serious threat than Mick any day of the week. For speculation on how Ken was able to beat up Mick and Mick’s condition at the time see my Manny fanfic The Legend of the Water Glass https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/legend-of-the-water-glass) Still trying to protect Holly, Ken also consulted with Michelle about her condition right before Danny gives Michelle his first present for her outside Reva Bend on First Present Day, earning himself a place in the Manny Highlight clips.See Ken in the clip below at 5:30.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlM6R99smU8

Ken faded away again last appearing on screen Feb. 22, 1999. Although he was reconnecting with Holly, Blake, and the miniature Marlers, no mention was made of Ken’s own daughter Emily Norris who had long since disappeared from Springfield.

Before and after his return trip to Springfield as Ken, Newman was a writer for the Guiding Light and several other soaps. He was part of the writing team that won GL an Emmy for writing  in 1993. He also appeared as an actor sporadically in guest starring roles on various prime time TV shows through the 1970s and early 1980s. Newman met his wife Fran on GL where she played nurse Peggy Scott Fletcher for 15 years from 1965 -1980, but I don’t remember Peggy. Somehow she was connected with the Bauer story line. The following clip shows Peggy and her parents Ben and Maggie Scott and the character’s future husband Johnny Fletcher in 1966. (In this clip it seems that Peggy has just learned her mother Maggie is having some kind of relationship with Bill Bauer who was both a drunk and a womanizer which is why Ed goes by his middle name of Ed, to disassociate himself from his father Bill.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMW5pJEpxqA (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezga3sogi2U&feature=related (Part 2)

Born in England, Newman was a child star there on both stage and radio before his family immigrated to Canada after World War II. Newman later moved to the United States and became a citizen.

I’m sure all Guiding Light fans join me as we extend our condolences to Newman‘s wife of 35 years, Frances L. Myers, and their son John S. Newman, both of whom currently write for Days of Our Lives.

To learn more about Newman, see:

http://www.einsiders.com/hollywood-obituaries/actor-and-scriptwriter-roger-newman-dies-march-4-2010.html

http://www.tv.com/roger-newman/person/34325/summary.html

http://sites.google.com/site/jason47days/crew-biographies

To learn more about Ken Norris, see:

http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/kenneth.php

UPDATE: After I published this I discovered that Caroline McWilliams who played Janet Mason Norris, Newman’s on screen wife died earlier this year. Read about it here: http://www.welovesoaps.net/2010/02/caroline-mcwilliams-has-passed-away-at.html

UPDATE: Michael Zaslow thanks Roger Newman among others in his Emmy thank you speech.Start at 4:37.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIRu1fV7Yj8

UPDATE 2014: I had updated adding in a couple of extra things of interest twice before. This time I’m adding my signature block and updated two previously broken links.

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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