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Since Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm

July 23, 2019

Author’s Note: Here’s a summary of things you should know about before we continue our Bauer BBQ fanfic.

Since Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm

Previously on Guiding Light

Since last year’s Bauer BBQ:

Again there are other stories going on and I’m sure your favorite characters have a juicy one – please write it and share – but these are the ones that will be touched on at the BBQ this year.

Last BBQ people were concerned about how controlling Danny was being towards Michelle, but we discovered that he was just being overprotective because Michelle was pregnant. Christmas 2017 Michelle had Michael Ross Santos at the Bauer Cabin. Since she had been born at the Bauer cabin too, Clarissa was chosen as Mikey’s godmother. Rick is the godfather (another child connection and another child that Rick had that Mindy didn’t). Clarissa had taken her job seriously and had spent a lot of time babysitting. Robbie and Clarissa were getting closer just from spending time together. A month ago she made a move and kissed Robbie. He kissed her back, but then broke it off and said he wanted to just stay friends for now.

Beth had hosted an art auction as a fund raiser for the Lizzie Spaulding Cancer Foundation at the 2017 BBQ. One of the paintings was from the Spaulding attic. It featured a painting of a lighthouse. A woman with black hair pulled into a tight bun named Obrecht was after the painting. After a lot of excitement we learned that Alan’s father Brandon had gotten ahold of a map showing where the Germans hid the famous Amber Room. He had hidden it in the canvas of the painting. Eventually it all came out, but the expert that the FBI had brought in to confirm the find had stolen it instead, refusing to let it be returned to the “criminal government” of Russia. He’s still out there and with him probably the last chance to recover a masterpiece.

Last year Vanessa and Billy were on the outs because he’d suggested she retire from WSPR. She took that to mean both that she was old and that she should give up on Dinah. They talked it out and Vanessa promised to think about it. Since then she SEMI-retired and, after some wrangling with other contenders, Kat Speakes Frazier had gotten the job of station manager. Originally it was supposed to be a short term position while her husband Paul and the boys stayed in Chicago, but now Kat wants to stay in Springfield, will her husband follow her or not?

Matt and his wife Joni, Maureen’s old drama teacher, were separated, but reconnected. They renewed their vows in a destination wedding at the Chicago Skydeck (courtesy of a partnership with Choose Chicago – their tourism bureau). They had a tour around Chicago honeymoon montage. In the same episode Kat and her husband Paul had a fight in front of the Chicago “bean” aka Cloud Gate.

Rocky Cooper has made a big hit with Towers. He’s still closest with Lucy, but has grown closer to Frank and has become very protective with Frankie and Hank even though he doesn’t trust Marina. None of that means he’s given up on his plan to destroy his father. It’s been slow going, but the hatred is still there and he’s still determined.

TPTB totally dropped the promising romance between Jason Marler and Molly Spaulding…. Gotcha ya! No TIIC here. And while Jason Marler has still been struggling to find a new plan for his life and Molly has been struggling to redefine her relationship with her father as an adult they have been growing closer. They’ve been secretly meeting at the lighthouse with Michelle’s full knowledge and consent. If there’s anything she knows about is falling in love with someone your family doesn’t approve of.

Kevin has been mostly off screen this last year. He has worked with Rick on research, but we haven’t seen him very much while he was off at college. There are rumors he’s coming on contract – will he?

Rick and Annie Dutton’s son MJ Wilson moved into the Bauer Garage Apartment. He and Rick have slowly been building a relationship. However, MJ has only given Mindy a cold shoulder. Rick suddenly having another child has been hard on Mindy particularly because he doesn’t want anything to do with her. It’s also been hard on Jude as Rick is making extra efforts to make up from never having been a part of MJ’s life, Jude feels that he should be getting that sort of attention since Harley had taken him away to Greece. Mindy hoped that with Harley still out of the country that Jude would turn to her for parental support, but Mindy has leaned on her relationship with Rusty and Jude hostilely suspects she is getting ready to cheat on his dad.

After the food fight Cyrus and Marina continued to finish the project they were on. They were more circumspect and formal in their relationship trying to avoid being alone together. They each have worked on reconnecting with their respective spouses, but the pull is still there.

Like other couples, other years, Blake and Frank are finding themselves at odds going into the BBQ. Although they’ve been living together in a new house with a yard and raising Frankie as a team, they’ve never married. Lately Frank has been talking about marriage more and more, but Blake is resistant.

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.

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

July 20, 2019

Author’s Note: This is part of my year in Guiding Light stories to make Bauer BBQ 2018 make sense. I haven’t had time to write out full episodes for the whole year so this is sort of a summing up with a couple of key scenes. This year’s story I’ve tried to make them more like a TV show with even comments on behind the scenes stuff.

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

The Thanksgiving episodes – Thanks to Bizzie’s new determination to make Thanksgiving a big Lewis family thing the Lewis, Spaulding, and Bauer families are having Thanksgiving together at the Bizzie house with many heartwarming scenes.

The Coopers however are having their meal at Towers. Rocky is a chef who earned his way up through the ranks of London’s culinary world. He came to Springfield to not only reclaim his birthright of a place in the Cooper family and in Springfield, but also to take over Towers as his new signature restaurant.

Towers with Rocky is even more popular than it was before with people driving in from Chicago and around the region to eat there. They’ve done some lovely stuff with plating and classes and a chef’s table which helped bring about a pretty epic food fight between Mel and Marina. Mel and Cyrus are still together and so are Marina and Shayne, but Marina is tired of having always to just be the mom and thinks life with Shayne has gotten staid and boring. Mel and Cyrus had a kid fairly soon after they got together and Cyrus is likewise tiring of domestic life. They got put on a PTA committee together and working together they grew closer remembering the fire and the excitement of their relationship. So far it hasn’t gone farther than talking and smoldering looks, but they have both been put in position that they took each other’s part over their respective spouses. This has caused tension between all of them and lead to that epic food fight.

(Off screen they’ve started a short online cooking show with Rocky’s actor, another rotating actor from the show and a real chef. It comes out once a week and that dish will appear somewhere on the show during that week. Send in where the dishes appeared for four weeks and get entered in a drawing to appear on the online show during the next month – no transportation costs included one night hotel is included if accepted to come.)

Rocky was working on getting the big Thanksgiving Meal ready for the Cooper family and their other patrons. He told his staff that he needed to be alone to work on his signature dish which he had really finished the night before. He slipped out of the Towers and down to Company. He found the place closed (tell me again how they stay in business?), but Buzz was there finishing cleaning up from orders people had ordered something to take along to their various gatherings. They were all picked up now.

“Hello, Dad.”

“Oh, Rocky, I didn’t see you there. You scared me.”

“Maybe I should.” Derision dripped from his tone.

“What? What do you mean? What’s wrong with you?”

A smirk curled Rocky’s lips. “That’s funny. That’s REALLY funny. I used to ask myself that same question when I was growing up. What was wrong with me? Why didn’t my own father want me? You sent me to Mom’s family, but they didn’t want me. They barely wanted HER. For years, FOR YEARS, I waited for you to send for me. None of my FAMILY wanted me. That is except for Lucy. Lucy and Alan-Michael when they were over in Europe, Lucy used to call me and Coop every week. Used to come to see us or take us on a trip somewhere at least a month. Lucy was great.” His face had softened while he talked about Lucy, now it hardened again. “Then you called Coop home, but not me, never me. You didn’t even call and tell me about Coop’s dying before he was already buried.” Anger filled his voice, “You took away my last chance to see my brother.”

“Now, Rocky, Coop meant a lot to all of us when he died it was hard on all of us…”

“Hard? Hard? He and Lucy were the only family I ever had that actually gave a good damn about me. And you….you didn’t think I was worth a phone call when he died. Or Lucy either. Frank called Lucy and she called me. You certainly didn’t. It was all about you, all about YOUR pain. Well, the rest of us hurt too, pal. And we have to suck it up and go on.”

“Rocky, you never seemed to have a problem with me before. Where is all this coming from?”

“You know, I used to think it was something about me, but since I’ve been here, talked to people, it isn’t anything wrong about me at all. You dumped Frank and Harley and Nadine, and then you dumped Lucy, draining her savings on her way out, Coop and me, we were just the latest in a long line, but they all forgive you. Over and over and over again. You abandon them, you take loans on this place and you’ve lost it more than once. They forgive you. Well I don’t. I don’t forgive you for not saving Mom, for dumping us off on anyone you could, for caring a lot more that Cyrus was Mom’s kid than I was.” Rocky pulled out a gun.

“Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Let’s all calm now down. I saw you yesterday and you weren’t talking like this.”

Rocky held the gun on Buzz. “No, I wasn’t. I’ve been very good at pretending I forgive you, too. I was waiting until I could get you alone.” He cocks the gun.

*****Commercial Break******

Rocky pulled the trigger….on an empty chamber. “Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going to shoot you. That would be too quick. You’re going to suffer. You have to pay for all you did, not just to me, but to everybody who was ever stupid enough to love you.” He put the gun back in its holster. He walked about the room picking up this and putting it down. No longer looking at his father.

“Just what are you going to do?”

“You probably never watched much British television, did you?”

“What?! No, but Rocky you’ve got it all wrong, I loved…”

“You should have you know. Sometimes you can get the most interesting ideas off television. One of my favorite shows had an episode where the hero tells the prime minister, he can bring down her government by whispering four words. So that’s all I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you that I’m bringing you down with 4 words.” He leaned close, looked his father right in the eye, and whispered, “I don’t forgive you.”

Rocky left. Leaving a flustered Buzz behind and returns to the Towers kitchen without anyone knowing he was gone.

Buzz had told Frank about it at once, but Rocky had denied it and his staff backed up that he’d never left. Rocky seemed very concerned that Buzz was hallucinating, but when no one was looking he smiled to himself.

*****Episode Break*****

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.

November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax Fall 2017

July 19, 2019

Anyone who saw how long it took me to finish last year’s Bauer BBQ story will know that I can’t write an episode a day. Unless someone wants to pay me to quit work and just do that (listens intently)……no, I didn’t think so, SIGH! But I think there needs to be a couple of things to put in context what happens at the BBQ this year so think of this as A Year in Review Highlight Clips. If you’re lost catch up in the 2017 Bauer BBQ story.

I also should let you know that in 2017 I wrote it more like it was short story. This year I tried to incorporate more of the format of the TV show. I hope you enjoy it.

Part 1 November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax

Bill came running into Billy and Vanessa’s house. “Dad, Dad where are you?” Danny and Phillip came in behind him.

Billy and Frank came into the foyer area. “Right here. What’s you worked up into such a sweat?”

“Frank called and said that there had been an armed robbery here at the house. I’m not supposed to get upset? Are you sure you’re OK? Where’s Mom?”

“”Nessa is just fine. She wasn’t here. If she had been, I’d be a lot more upset.” Billy held up his hand. “And before you ask, Maureen wasn’t here either. It was just me and as soon as they left I called Frank. Everything’s fine.”

Frank broke in. “They got that painting Matt bought at the BBQ Auction. Danny, Phillip, why are you here?”

Phillip answered, “We were in a meeting with Bill at the Country Club when he got the call. We weren’t going to let him go running into an unknown situation alone.”

Bill narrowed his eyes at Billy. “You seem entirely too calm. Why aren’t you breathing fire?”

“I would be if Vanessa or Maureen or Melinda Sue or you were here. I can take care of myself and I’m enjoying the joke. These eastern art thieves thought they could pull one over on a good ole’ Oklahoma boy. Well, they couldn’t. I don’t know what they want with that painting, but after they attacked you when Vanessa was right there I wasn’t going to let them have it.” Billy did start to get mad remembering the earlier attack.

Danny asked, “Just what did you do?” He knew Billy well enough know that he could recognize his up to something look almost as well as Michelle’s.

“The day after the BBQ I commissioned a copy. They didn’t get the auction painting just a copy of it.”

Bill rolled his eyes. “And they didn’t notice when they took it?”


“Dad, just what do you think will happen when they figure out it’s fake. They’ll just come back.”

“They won’t find it if they do. I have it locked up some place nice and safe….besides they may not come back. When they see it’s not the right painting they won’t know when the substitution came in. I might never have had the real painting.”

Danny said, “But that would lead them right back to….” He glanced over at Phillip.

Phillip’s eyes went wide, “Beth!” He took off running to the car.

“And oh God! Michelle was having lunch with Beth today at the Mansion.” Danny was right on Phillip’s heels.

Billy turned to Frank. “You got what you need from me, Frank? You can handle having the forensics guys here yourself can’t you?”

“Sure, but where are you going?

“Come on, Bill.” Billy turned back to Frank. “They left so fast I didn’t get a chance to tell them something important about the painting.”

“Don’t you think you should tell me?”

Bill shouted, “Later!” as he and Bill tore off after Danny and Phillip.


Beth and a very pregnant Michelle are standing side by side by dining room table in the Spaulding Mansion, hands in the air while Marya Obrecht (the woman with black hair from the auction) and two henchmen held them at gunpoint.

Commercial Break

“Where is the painting?”

“What painting?” Beth asked, confused.

“The one from the auction. The one that Brandon Spaulding spirited out of Europe at the tail end of the war. The one he hid from us for decades!”

Michelle asked, “The one that Matt bought for Vanessa? The picture of the lighthouse?”

“So you want to play innocent, pet?” She came around behind Michelle and reached around grabbing her jaw and pulling her around to look at her. “It’s much more than a pretty painting of a lighthouse which someone here must have discovered. They wouldn’t have run the price so high and refused to resell it. OH, I admit that might, just MIGHT be circumstantial, but someone replaced the painting with a fake.” She thrust Michelle away from her. “And since that country bumpkin who bought it is clearly too stupid to have done it, it must have been you, Mrs. Spaulding. And you WILL tell me all about it. I WILL NOT REST until I have that painting.”

Commercial Break

“Beth!” “Michelle!” Phillip and Danny’s shouts overlapped. They came racing into the dining room, but all that they found there was an untouched meal, a door ajar, and an over toppled chair. [Ed. Note: OK that last line isn’t mine. It’s from “Flannan Isle” by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, but I really love it so I dropped it in.]

Lalita [the new maid] came in. “Mr. Spaulding, what’s wrong?”

“Where’s my wife?” Phillip demanded.

“And Michelle?,” Danny added.

“They were both in here a few minutes ago. I served the first course and they were both right here.” Lalita gestured helplessly at the untouched salads on the table.

Danny stooped beside Michelle’s chair now laying on the floor. He brought up Michelle’s purse. “She was here all right and she didn’t leave willingly, not without this.”

“Where could they have taken them?” Phillip asked agitatedly.

“I think I might have a suggestion.” Billy said as he and Bill walked into the room. He turned to Lalita, “You better go call my house and tell Frank Cooper about this.”

“You!” Danny said, starting at Billy. “If your stupid fake painting stunt gets Michelle hurt….”

Bill stepped between them. “Whoa! Back it up. I’m sure, Dad wouldn’t do anything if he thought it could hurt Michelle.”

“Of course I wouldn’t! I love that little girl as if she was my own. I wouldn’t have anything happen to her for the world. If it was just stealing the painting I’d let them have the stupid thing, but they attacked my boy and Vanessa was right there. I’m not going to let them get away with it.”

“What do you mean? Not get away with it how?”

“I mean they didn’t just steal a fake painting. They stole a tracking device. Cyrus and Remy are following it right now.”

Phillip interrupted, “Can you track it, too?”

“Yep, I’ve got it right here.” Billy patted his phone in his breast pocket.

“Then what are waiting for, let’s go.”

This isn’t written at the terrible speed of the last couple of years so there would be a couple of episodes here. One would pick up on the B stories and have some bonding under stress between Phillip, Danny, and Bill and between Beth and Michelle. Also, we’ve got some interaction between Cyrus and Remy as they put the building under surveillance.  The Beth and Michelle stuff would cover a lot of things from the last ten years we didn’t see so we pick it up towards the end of their captivity.

Michelle and Beth were tied to chairs back to back in a sketchy looking house. They are alone and working on getting loose of their bonds.

Beth spoke, “How is coming? Are you making any progress?”

Michelle contorted, “I think it’s almost there. It’s a good thing we’ve been doing the kettle ball exercise group – strong and flexible.”

Coming off the commercial break, Michelle is moaning and squirming. Beth called out, “Hey guards, come here, we need some help. Something’s wrong.”

The two goons came in, “Quiet down in here.”

The second one waved his gun. “No funny business.”

Michelle moaned some more.

Beth broke in, “It’s not funny. You know she’s pregnant and you have her trussed up like a turkey. You’re not supposed to hurt us, remember. You need us for information. Check on her.”

One with the gun came and stood next to Beth, but facing Michelle. The second without a gun bent down by Michelle. Then suddenly Beth and Michelle stood up knocking the two goons to the floor, knocking them out. They gleefully high fived.

Just at that moment, “Not so fast. Hands in the air.” Into the room walked Obrecht, gun pointed at them.  She makes a hissing noise and she gently kicked the men on the floor. “Even after all those years in my company they still underestimate women. I do NOT. I am out of patience. The painting was not the original. Where is the original?”

Beth worked to stall for time. “The painting I sold at the auction is the one that was in the attic. Just what is so special about that painting anyway? It’s not that good. I just included it in the auction as a gimmick.”

Commercial Break

Obrecht, “Enough. Now (she cocked the gun) you will tell me what you did with that painting!”

Michelle interrupted stalling for time, “She might if you tell us why it’s so important.”

“All right. If it is so important to you. What can it hurt? Even if I don’t have to kill you all the evidence will be gone. You (she gestured at Beth with her gun) you have been a Spaulding for a long time. Did you ever meet Brandon?”

“Alan’s father? No, I heard stories. His fingerprints are still on the family, but I never met him.”

“Bah, you didn’t miss anything. He was an evil man. Casual about human life, a greedy, greedy man. He was a war profiteer. He even had dealings with former Nazis. Yes, an evil, greedy man. One of his German connections as the war drew to a close sold him some valuable information. A map that showed where the Nazis (she spat) had hid the Amber Room. ( He never retrieved it. It was enough for the selfish man to know that no one else would ever find it without that map and HE held that map. He hid it in that painting. Now you will give me the painting, I will take the map, and people who can appreciate that treasure of Russian skill and art will finally retrieve it…and in addition they will pay handsomely for the privilege.”

“Why not just openly come forward for it, the Russian government is the rightful owner?”

“Who said anything about the Russian GOVERNMENT reclaiming it? NOW, that little story of you telling me what I need and me reclaiming the room is one version of the story, in the other version of the story, you die now, and there is a delay in my finding the map, but the ultimate ending is the same. I have a slight preference for the version where you tell me since it will save me time and trouble, but I don’t really care which plays out. Tell Me Where It Is! ” She pulls the trigger.

Commercial Break

“The next chamber has a bullet in it. Talk!”

Danny creeps up behind Obrecht and grabs the gun twisting her around as they struggle over the gun. Phillip comes in quickly pulls Beth and Michelle out of the room. Then Cyrus and Remy come running in, guns drawn.

Remy said, “What’s the big idea? Getting Billy to distract us while you broke in! That’s not cool. You need to learn that you can’t just do whatever you want.”

Michelle came running over and threw herself in Danny’s arms while Phillip held Beth. The two men nodded at each other over their respective wives.

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.

Revisiting Bauer BBQ 2018 – Children of Springfield

July 18, 2019

Since I didn’t get a Bauer BBQ 2019 written this year, I’m going to just skip a year and go ahead to Bauer BBQ 2020 for next year. So we’ll revisit them.

Children of Springfield 2018

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. I already did an update for 2017.

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.

In reverse chronological order, the current children of Springfield:

Michael Ross Santos, 6 months – the son of Danny Santos and Michelle Bauer was born in between Bauer BBQ 2017 and 2018. We’re calling him Mikey.

Karla Boudreau, 2 – 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, 4 – 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, 4 – 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, 7 – 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, 7 – 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, 8 – Son of Bizzie as announced on show, best friend of Danielle Santos.

Francesca Cooper, 8 – Daughter of Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro as announced on the show, We’re calling her Frankie.

Clayton Bourdeau, 8 – Christine and Remy’s child existence shown in finale flash ahead. Soap Central says it was a boy named Clayton. Aplogies I had honestly forgotten all about the kid so this is his first year on the list. I just recently discovered this so I haven’t had much chance to think of anything about him.

Hampton “Hamp” Frazier, 8 – Kat Speakes kid, see note under Paul James Frazier, Jr. below.

Henry Cooper Lewis, 9 – Bio child of Shayne Lewis and adopted son of Marina Cooper. I’m calling him Hank.

Colin O’Neill, 10 – Child of Reva Shayne Lewis O’Neill and Jeffery O’Neill

Peyton Spaulding, 10 – daughter of Beth Raines Spaulding and Alan Spaulding

Emma Spencer Spaulding, 12 – bio daughter of Olivia Spencer and Philip Spaulding, adopted daughter of Natalia Aitoro

Sarah Randall, 12 – daughter of Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding Lewis.

Hope Maureen Santos, 13 – daughter of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Leah Bauer, 16 – Daughter of Rick Bauer and Mel Boudereau Foley

“Robbie” Robert Frederico Santos, 17 – son of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Jude Bauer, 17 – son of Rick Bauer and Harley Cooper

Clarissa Marler, 18 – daughter of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Paul James Frazier, Jr. , 18 – After my recent 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 Speaks might have married him and they’d name their son as a second.

Zach Spaulding, 19 – son of Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Molly Spaulding, 19 – 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, 20 – son of Jezz. In last year’s 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, 21 – daughter of Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis and Matt Reardon

Kevin Marler, 22 – 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, 22 – 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 Wilson, 24 – 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 Fanfic Request 2020

July 17, 2019

It’s NOT too late if you have a story just rearing to come out or one you’ve been hesitant to send, please do. Here at GLManny I accept fanfics from anybody. I’m happy to get stories all year, but for Bauer BBQ Week there are a couple of rules. The rules are:

1. It has to be set at least in a major part at a Bauer BBQ.

2. It can involve any character from Guiding Light and can be during any time period.

3. It does NOT have to include Michelle or Danny or any Bauer at all if you want to tell a story without them.

3. I reserve the right to edit or reject submissions.

So even if you didn’t get a piece in for this year, please start working on one for next year now while you are in the mood. Also, if you MEANT to write a fanfic and never got it done, consider doing one with a Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas theme because I also solicit fanfics about any characters for my special weeks for the holidays. And, of course, I’m always looking for new Manny specific fanfics anytime.

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 Round Up Update 2019

July 16, 2019

Once again we wrap up another Bauer BBQ Week. I hope that you have enjoyed celebrating the Bauer BBQ with me. I’m also very excited to already have four years already found for next year, but I’m always looking for more episode, more fanfic, and more memories please share. This year I went through and removed links to earlier year posts if I’d added to them or replaced links. If you have trouble getting links in the current posts, search for past posts.

Remember it’s never too early to start on Bauer BBQ fanfic for next year:

Bauer BBQs Through the Years

NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with my episode guide blog posts, expect to find a description of what happened (sometimes commentary mixed in, sometimes separately) then a link to the footage that I’ve found.

Bauer BBQ 1984 -Earliest year available on YouTube

Bauer BBQ 1987 – A-M jumps from plane, 50th Anniversary at Johnny’s Hanger

Bauer BBQ 1988 – Fletcher and Maeve Get Married

Bauer BBQ 1989

Bauer BBQ 1990

Bauer BBQ 1991

Bauer BBQ 1992

Bauer BBQ 1994

Bauer BBQ 1995

Bauer BBQ 1996 – Surprise BBQ when Rick almost gave up

Bauer BBQ 1998

Bauer BBQ 2001

Bauer BBQ 2002

Bauer BBQ 2003

Bauer BBQ 2005

Bauer BBQ 2006

Bauer BBQ 2008

Bauer BBQ 2009 – Last Bauer BBQ We’re Invited To On Air

Information about the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Scrapbook

Bauer BBQ Meal

Bauer BBQ Recipes

Bauer BBQ Locations

Video Greetings for Michelle at the Bauer BBQ 2014

Introduction and Awesome Michelle Quote

Kick Off 2014 with Manny Bauer BBQ Banner

Video Tribute to Bauer BBQs through the years

Soap Opera Jargon: Tradition

Bauer BBQ Episodes Available on DVD

When Did the Bauer BBQ Begin?

Traditions of the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Food

Bauer BBQ Memories – Please share yours in the comments.

Why is the Bauer BBQ important?

Bauer BBQ Collectibles

Locations of the Bauer BBQ

Springfield Insider Videos on Bauer BBQ 2009

Bauer BBQ Speech 2009

Summary on the Bauer BBQ 2009

Commentary on the Bauer BBQ 2009

Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Real Life Bauer BBQ Fan Event





Bauer BBQ Speechs (On Air and Not)

Rick Bauer (2017)

Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm (Full Links To Text and Audio Versions)

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm (Full Links to Text)

Bauer BBQ 2018 by Robansuefarm (Page Through)

Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ by SJ (Part 1) (Part 2)

Mindy Bauer Lewis tweets Bauer BBQ 2011

What Matters Most (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Roarah Standalone – Prelude to Love

Passing Down the Hat (Part 1) (Part 2)


Bauer BBQ Fanfic –  a selection of fanfic that has at least one chapter set at the Bauer 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.

Fourth Annual Bauer BBQ 2019

July 12, 2019

Once again Daytime Stars and Strikes is going to host a Bauer BBQ. It first appeared in 2016 and everyone was very excited!  It was great to get to be able to go although it sounds, from people that I’ve talked to that 2016 and 2018 were the best years so far. I attended the Bauer BBQ in 2017 find links to my reports at the bottom of the post.

Cast Group Photo

Cast Group Photo

Bauer BBQ 2019

There hasn’t been as much buzz about it this year where last year there was a lot of news about extra special events or as much a push for selling tickets as previous years.

The big news is that it’s returning to its roots. The event started out as Bloss Bowling where fans could get a ticket to be on a team with stars or for a little less watch them bowl. This eventually expanded to other cast members from Guiding Light and eventually to include soap stars from other soaps. They started adding other events, including the Bauer BBQ. They moved to New Jersey, for among other reasons, to make it easier on people driving in (plenty of spots to park) and to get better hotel rate as the event spread over the weekend. This year they are moving back to New York and bringing back the bowling. Last year they had more extras or were at least quicker to announce them, but we’ll see what happens.



The 15 Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes Bowling Event

Hosted by Michael O’Leary

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time:  3:00 to 5:00

Frames Lanes @ Port Authority, NY, NY (second floor)

Ticket:  $125.00 – Includes food/soft drinks and bowling with an actor

The 4th Annual Sing it for Autism Event

Hosted by Lauren B. Martin

Saturday, October 12, 2019

8:00 to 10:00

Location: Port Authority, Frames, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Ticket:  $65.00 – Includes food/soft drinks

Private upscale Karaoke Studio!

The 4th Annual Bloss Brunch

Hosted by Liz Keifer & Jerry verDorn

Sunday, October 13, 2019

11:00 – 1:00

Location: Port Authority, Frames, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Ticket:  $65.00 – Includes food/soft drinks

The 4th Annual Bauer BBQ/Guiding Light Reunion

Hosted by Michael O’Leary

Sunday, October 13, 2019

2:00 – 4:00

Location: Port Authority, Frames, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Ticket:  $125.00 – Includes food/soft drinks and lots of picnic games and fun!

My Trip Bauer BBQ 2017

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 1

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 2

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 1

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 2


I hope that you’ll get a chance to attend the real life BBQ and share your photos.

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.


When did the Bauer BBQ begin FAQ update

July 10, 2019

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

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 this weird luau.) However, We Love Soaps’s  Roger Newcomb and I talked it over and based on a fan’s tip, he was able to find that there had also been a Bauer BBQ in 1983. A clip of Ed at the 1983 Bauer BBQ is in the opening credits from that time. So I thought we’d pretty much nailed it down that the Bauer BBQ could be traced to at least 1983 and that was probably the first one.

Mother Knows Best

Then, I talked to my mom, who of course had watched since she was a child, and she told me I was wrong. She told me that Papa Bauer (whose funeral from 1973 is on the Bauer Family DVD set from Soap Classics) always made a point about celebrating the Fourth of July. She said he always put up the flag (which was the traditional start of the actual Bauer BBQ episode – although the writers didn’t always remember to put it in) and usually did the Pledge of Allegiance and the family would have some kind of picnic. The Fourth of July was always an important holiday for the Bauer Family. So she thinks the actual Bauer BBQ traces its roots to these early celebrations in the 1950s and 1960s that she remembered. She does say that the Bauer BBQ being a big party everybody in town attended dated from the 1980s.

Without being able to see any of those early episodes (only rare episodes are known to be preserved from pre-1979) we may not ever really know exactly when the Bauer BBQ began. I think we’d have to watch the June-July episodes that we do have from 1979 on to be sure of when the party everyone comes to started and maybe the first time the phrase Bauer BBQ is used. However, I think that it was fair to say that big party started in the early 1980s, possibly 1983, but the spirit of celebrating the Fourth of July and it being an important annual tradition for the family (maybe even already using the word Bauer BBQ, maybe not) dates back at least into the 1960s and possibly beyond that.

Jerry verDorn Speaks Up

Then in 2017 I talked Jerry verDorn October 8, 2017 who said (click the link for more info about how it came up and why he knew):

The Bauer BBQ was Charita’s idea. Early on they shot it in her real backyard. It was started in the 1950s but it wasn’t an annual thing. It became an annual thing in 1963 or 1964. Charita was also the force behind having a family Thanksgiving and Christmas. She felt it was important no matter what the storyline for people to stop and come together for family events.

Sum Up

So I think it’s very safe to say that Bauer BBQ family and maybe close friends picnic style did indeed start back in the 1950s. In early 1960s it became an important and expected annual event on the show. In the early 1980s, maybe 1983?, the event expanded to become a town focal point that was used to explode plot, cross characters that usually didn’t, and bring absolutely everyone in the town together in swimsuits and shorts and silly looking hats – they LOVED silly looking hats at Bauer BBQs all through the 1980s. Although you didn’t really get a good Bauer BBQ every year, one was expected and brought some of the highest ratings of the year.

So I hope that this year, you will do as many other fans do and host your own Bauer BBQ to keep this decades old event going.

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.

The Story of CBS-TV’s The Guiding Light Part 2

July 8, 2019

I was very pleased to find this three part history of Guiding Light. I don’t think it’s 100% accurate, but cleary had access to some records we don’t, like the cast lists. Also, they interviewed people that were involved with the soap in the early days. The first part I didn’t bother scanning for photos because of the color of the original, but I think the yellow, while not as good as white, is still OK to see the photos.

Denis, Paul. “The Story of CBS-TV’s The Guiding Light” (Part 2 of 3). Daytime TV. October 1974 Vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 16-22, 50, 52, 54.

The Bill Bauer Role

Bill Bauer, originally played by Lyle Sudrow, was married to Bertha and became the father of Michael and Ed.

Sudrow left in 1956 and moved to Hollywood with his wife, Diana Cheswick, and their daughter, Nicole. Eugene Smith played Bill Bauer, and the character was declared dead in 1965 when a plane he was on was missing. But seven months later, Bill Bauer was brought back into the story and this time Ed Bryce was playing the role.

Papa Bauer

Married Actors

The only time Guiding Light has had a married acting team on the show at the same time was when Richard Morse (Karl) was playing the sweetheart to his real wife, Judy Robinson, who was portraying Robin Holden, in 1959. In the story, Morse wanted to marry Judy, but instead she married his best friend in 1960. (In their real life, they subsequently were divorced.)

Black Actors

Guiding Light has employed some of the finest actors, James Earl Jones, who went on to stage and movie fame, portrayed Dr. Jim Frazier and Rubby Dee his wife, Nurse Martha Frazier. Later, Cecily Tyson played Nurse Frazier. Olivia Cole portrayed Deborah Mehran, Janet Mason Norris’ best friend and secretary to Dr. Sarah McIntyre, in 1973.

Gil Mehran was first played by David Pendleton and later by James Preston (who subsequently moved over to Another World).

Fran Myers

Fran Myers was 14 1/2 when she became Peggy Scott in 1964. As the daughter of Ben Scott (Bernard Kates), she literally grew up in full view of the TV audience. In 10 years, she has become a beautiful girl and an accomplished actress.

As Peggy, she subsequently married Johnny Fletcher, and is now the mother of Billy on the show.

Ernest Graves

Ernest Graves played Alex Bowden from 1960 through 1966. He says he started as a villain and then became a good guy, and they finally sent him off to Switzerland. In the story, Bowden had a fondness for young girls and, says Graves, “People were always yelling at me, ‘Leave that girl alone!'” Once, when he was particularly nasty in the story, an irate lady recognized him in a supermarket and ran her shopping cart into his leg.

He looks back with admiration at the skill of director Walter Gorman (who died a couple of years ago). “One day, an actress broke her leg, and it was 10:30am and we were worried, but Walter said, “I’m calling Nancy Malone, so don’t worry!’ Nancy arrived, glanced at the script, and did the show perfectly!'”

(Graves is now on One Life to Live, playing Victor Lord.)

Photos 1960 and 1961

The Impact

James Lipton made several brief trips to Hollywood during the time he was portraying Dr. Dick Grant on The Guiding Light.

One day he happened to be having lunch in the Warner Brothers commissary — and a movie commissary is filled with blase people who would not raise an eyebrow if the biggest star walked in.

But when the waitress spotted Lipton, she murmured, “My God!….You’re not Dr. Grant?!’ When Lipton admitted he was Dr. Grant, she dropped her loaded tray and swooned. And then, amidst the noisy confusion, the rest of the waitresses lined up for an autograph of Dr. Grant.

It’s possible that some movie stars are still brooding about the day a New York soap opera actor took the spotlight away from them right in their home grounds. Lipton also recalls that Lena Horne, Cole Porter, and Tallulah Bankhead were among his most loyal fans. They watched The Guiding Light … and loved it!

The late Theo Goetz, to his dying day, could never quite believe how important he had become because of his Papa Bauer portrayal. He used to brood: “Am I Theo Goetz who plays Papa Bauer or am I really Papa Bauer who dreams he’s Theo Goetz?”

Theo loved reading his fan mail and marveled at the marriage proposals he received. When the show decided to reveal his 65th birthday on the air and invite viewers to send in a card, Theo was worried that no one would write. And so he begged his corner groceryman to send in a card. But when 26,000 cards came in almost overnight, Theo was stunned.

Charita Bauer, through the years, has been continually startled at the warm reception she receives no matter where she is. People recognize her, even in Ireland or London or Paris. She was stepping into a gondola in Venice once, when a woman came rushing up, gasping, “Don’t you play Bertha Bauer on The Guiding Light? And wouldn’t you come over to meet my mother?”

Another time, she was visiting backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House when opera star Grace Bumpry recognized her. “This is a thrill for me,” said Charita, and asked Miss Bumpry for HER autograph.

Don Stewart (playing Michael Bauer) has a thriving singing career on the side, yet he hesitates to quit Guiding Light. He is constantly recognized as Michael Bauer everywhere he goes, and he appreciates what Guiding Light has done for him. He’s gained more fame on GL than all his years in Hollywood movies and nighttime TV.

Photos 1962 thru 1965

The Cast in the 1960s

In 1960, the cast consisted of Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer), Ellen Demming (Meta Roberts), Theo Goetz (Papa Bauer), Bernard Grant (Dr. Paul Fletcher), Joan Gray (Ann Fletcher), Ed Bryce (Bill Bauer), Judy Robinson (Robin Holden), James Lipton (Dick Grant), Lynne Rogers (Marie Grant), Michael Allen (Michael Bauer), Joe Campanella (Joe Torina), Pat Collins (Billy Bauer), Les Damon (Dr. Bruce Banning), Connie Lembcke (Amy Sinclair), and Carson Woods (Phillip Collins).

By 1962, the cast included: Ellen Demming (Meta Banning), Barnard Hughes (Dr. Bruce Banning), Charita Bauer, Theo Goetz, Bernard Grant, Elizabeth Hubbard (Ann Fletcher), Ed Bryce, Nancy Malone (Robin Holden), James Lipton, Lynne Rogers, Paul Prokop (Michael Bauer), Pat Collins, Carson Woods (Phillip Collins), Ernest Graves (Alex Bowden), Barbara Becker (Doris Crandall), Phil Sterling (George Hayes), John Boruff (Henry Benedict), and Kay Campbell (Helene Benedict).

In 1964, the cast has added Ellen Weston (Robin Bowden), Sandy Smith (Julie Conrad), Chase Crosley (Jane Fletcher), Donald Melvin (Johnny Fletcher).

By 1967, the cast consisted of Ed Bryce, Charita Bauer, Robert Gentry (Ed Bauer), Theo Goetz, Bernard Grant, Gillian Spencer (Robin Fletcher), Bernard Kates (Ben Scott), June Graham (Maggie Scott), Francie Myers [Blog Ed. Note: The original does indeed say Francie even though everywher else it’s Fran, maybe she went by Francie when she first started the show?](Peggy Scott), Phil Sterling, Chase Crosley (Jane Hayes), Stefan Schnabel (Dr. Stephen Jackson), Lynne Adams (Leslie Jackson), Barnard Hughes (Dr. Bruce Banning), Ellen Demming, Billy Dee Williams, and later James Earl Jones (Dr. Jim Frazier), Cecily Tyson (Martha Frazier), Ernest Graves, Ben Hayes (Dr. Joe Werner), and John Boruff.

By the end of 1967, Erik Howell was playing Dr. Paul Fletcher, Ruby Dee was Martha Frazier, Patricia Roe was playing Dr. Sarah McIntyre, Ed Zimmerman had become Dr. Joe Werner, and Victoria Wyndham was Tracy Delmar.

In the fall of 1968, Jill Andre had replaced Patricia Roe as Dr. Sarah McIntyre, Ruby Dee had dropped out as Martha Frazier, Robert Lawson was playing Marty Dillman, and Grace Matthews was Claudia Dillman. Then Christopher Wines became Marty Dillman, Paul McGrath played Dr. Gavin Hamilton, Paul Carpinelli became Flip Malone and Robert Pickering was Michael Bauer, Phil Sterling, Chase Crosley dropped out.

By 1969 Caroline McWillimas was playing Janet Mason, Ray Fulmer was Lee Gentry, Michael Durrell played Peter Wexler, Paul Collins was Tyler Mead, Chris Sarandan played Tom Halverson, Olivia Cole was Deborah Mehran, Jane Sarnol was Kate Pearson, Elissa Leeds was Hope, Vince O’Brien was Grove Mason, Millette Alexander was the new Dr. Sarah McIntyre, Don Stewart took over as Michael Bauer, Mart Hulswit the new Ed Bauer, Marion Lauer was Miss McHenry.

Photos 1965

Important Roles

Certain characters are so vital so the storyline that new actors are brought in when an actor leaves.

For instance, Lyle Sudrow and then Eugene Smith and finally, Ed Bryce have played Bill Bauer.

Michael Bauer has been portrayed by Glenn Walken as a child and by Michael Allen, Gary Pillar, Robert Pickering and now by Don Stewart as an adult.

Billy Bauer was played by Pat Collins in 1962, and when the character was brought back as an adult in 1966, it was being played by Robert Gentry as a doctor. When Gentry left in 1969, Mart Hulswit took over.

Robin Holden through the years was played by Judy Robinson, Zina Bethune, Abigail Kellogg, Nancy Malone, Gillian Spencer. The character was Robin Holdin Bowden Fletcher when she was finally written out.

Johnny Fletcher was portrayed by Daniel Fortas, Donnie Melvin, Don Scardino and finally by Erik Howell who left in 1972.

Henry Benedict was played by John Beoruff, who also was a co-writer of the show at one time, Paul McGarth also played the role.

The bitchy character of Charlotte Bauer was first played by Victoria Wyndham and from 1971 to 1973 by Melinda Fee, who was then “killed off.”

Hope Bauer, daughter of Michael Bauer, was created by Paula Schwartz and then taken over by Elissa Leeds, who dropped out last year.

Dr. Sarah McIntyre was created by Patricia Roe in 1967, and was then played by Jill Andre, with Millette Alexander taking over in 1969.

Dr. Joe Werner was created by Ben Hayes. Ed Zimmermann suceeded him in 1967 and after Zimmermann died in 1972, Berkeley Harris was brought in and then Anthony Call.

Stanley Norris was first played by Michael Higgins and then by William Smithers.

Barbara Norris was a role created by Augusta Dabney, and Barbara Berjer took over in 1970 after having played Claire Cassen for six years on As the World Turns.

Adam Thorpe was created by Robert Gerringer and then Robert Milli succeeded him.

Peter Wexler was first played by Leon Russom, and Michael Durrell took over until he left last year.

Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones both played Dr. Jim Frazier.

Cecily Tyson and Ruby Dee played Nurse Martha Frazier.

Lois Holmes and then Kate Harrington portrayed Muriel Conway.

Peter Greene and then Dan Hamiliton played David Vestid.

Photos 1965 thru 1967

1966 Cast Review

Fourteen years after Guiding Light had premiered on TV, the characters and their approximate age of their show lives shaped up this way:

Bertha and Bill Bauer (Charita Bauer and Ed Bryce). The Bauer family continues to be the backbone of this serial.

Papa Bauer (Theo Goetz), the patriarch, held in great affection by the audience.

Michael Bauer, the elder Bauer son, very much on stage since 1952 and written out of the story about a year ago for conflict reasons.

Dr. Ed Bauer (Robert Gentry), the younger Bauer son, a resident in surgery at Cedars Hosptial, on stage a year.

Dr. Paul Fletcher (Bernard Grant) has his own clinic adjacent to home. He is also a GP on staff at Cedars Hospital. On show about 10 years.

Robin Fletcher (Gillian Spencer), Paul’s second wife, part of the show over 10 years, from childhood to present. Her mother, Kathy, was one of the original lead characters and died in Robin’s childhood.

Johnny Fletcher (Don Scardino), age 18 and Paul’s son by his first marriage, on show six years.

Jane Hayes (Chase Crosley), Paul’s half-sister and part of the story five years. She and George have a six-month-old daughter.

George Hayes (Philip Sterling), a lawyer and married to Jane. On the show 5 years.

Mrs. Maggie Scott (June Graham) Bill’s former co-worker and mistress. On the show five years.

Peggy Scott (Francie Myers), Maggie’s 17-year-old daughter. On show two years.

Ben Scott (Bernard Kates), Peggy’s father and Maggie’s husband. On the show a year.

Leslie Jackson (Lynne Adams), a volunteer aide at Cedars Hospital. In her early 20s and in love with Ed Bauer. On the show six months.

Dr. Stephen Jackson (Stefan Schnabel), chief of surgery at Cedars Hospital. On the show six months.

Dr. Joe Werner (Ben Hayes), Dr. Jackson’s senior resident. On show six months.

Dr Jim Frazier (James Earl Jones), a senior resident at Cedars. On show six months.

Martha Frazier (Cecily Tyson), Jim’s wife and a nurse.

Photos 1968 and 1969

First Heart Transplant

The Guiding Light is the first daytime serial to dramatize a heart operation.

In 1967 it staged a two-day operation, using real transplant surgical equipment. There was no blood or knife cutting into flesh shown on camera, but everything else was authentic. The cast and crew worked long hours to do the operation correctly, and Ed Bryce (Bill Bauer) played the patient. Paul McGarth portrayed the heart specialist, assisted by Stefan Schnabel (Dr. Stephen Jackson) and Ed Zimmermann (Dr. Joe Werner).

When the heart was at last transplanted and the incision sewn up, the director told Ed Bryce, that he could get up from the operating table. But Bryce didn’t move; he had gone off to sleep.

Mart Hulswit

Mart Hulswit took over as Dr. Ed Bauer on Jan. 1, 1969.

He had worked for three years with the NY Shakespeare Festival and appeared in a few movies and many nighttime TV shows, but it’s been Guiding Light that put him on the map.

He’s been in the Top Ten as Best Actor in our Readers’ Poll once every three or four months, and in Runners Up the rest of the time. He and Don Stewart are easily the most popular actors on The Guiding Light.

When asked if he’s like the character he portrays, he says, “Ed is more aloof in public than I am. He has more scientific intellect than I, and he has conquered many more problems that I hope I’ll ever have. I respect him; he’s quite a guy, and it’s too bad he can’t be happier.”

Teen Fan

Through the years, Guiding Light has built a tremendously loyal audience, of course. And perhaps one of its most remarkable loyal viewers is John Genovese, 17, at 696 River Road, Cos Cob, Conn. 06807.

He has kept records of the storyline, the cast, the music etc. of the show, having watched it since he was a child, and asking his mother for facts about the show that took place before he was born. Despite an inordinate interest in certain daytime serials, he remains a first-rate student in school. Last year, he wrote a history of The Guiding Light as a school project.

First Pregnancy Shown

As with most serials, pregnant actresses were carefully filmed so that their condition was hidden. However in 1966, Guiding Light decided to handle Gillian Spencer‘s real-life pregnancy differently. Since she was happily married in the story, the show let her be pregnant on camera. But in the story she lost her baby. When Chase Crosley was pregnant, the story let her bear the baby, too.

This serial ususally permits its actresses  six weeks off to have their baby, but often lets this stretch to eight weeks. But that time, most actresses want to get back into the story.

Fan Clubs Help

There’s been a big increase in fan clubs for daytime actors, and two Guiding Light actors, Don Stewart and Mart Hulswit, undoubtedly have the most dynamic fan clubs on Guiding Light.

Don’s fan club is headed by Ruth Paff of 646 Pontius Road, Cincinati, Ohio 4238, and Sue Steele, 21 Seward St. Apt. #E-5, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Mart’s fan club is run by Nancy Dingus, RD 3, Box 134, Elizabeth, Penn, 15037.

Tony Call (Dr. Joe Werner) now also has a fan club, and its presdient is Elizabeth Papadinecz, 1424 139th St. Whitstone NY, 11357.

How the Casting is Done

The big detergent company, Proctor and Gamble, owns The Guiding Light, which is produced for it by the Compton ad agency in New York.

The serial is cast by Mrs. Betty Rea, who has an office in Compton. It’s her job to sift through hundrends of aspiring actors and actresses, and to recommend to producer Lucy Rittenberg and Proctor and Gamble her selections. She has “open interviews” on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings in her office. Actors wishing to see her may phone and ask for an appointment. She casts the extras or the under-fivers (actors who have less than five lines of dialogue), and speaking parts for brief roles, and those long-running roles that are put under contract.

Mrs. Rea starts with a “character breakdown of the role” from the writers, and then she seeks out actors who fit the qualities required.

When a character is slated to have a relationship with somebody already in the cast, then the actor is asked to do scenes with the person he’ll beworking with. For instance, when Ed Zimmermann (Dr. Joe Werner) died, actors auditioning for the Werner role were asked to play scenes with Millette Alexander, who plays Werner’s wife, Sarah.

Sometimes, an actor is auditioned in another city and brought to New York, Don Stewart, for example, was auditioned in Hollywood and hired. Some are seen on other serials and, when their contracts are up, are sought out. Tony Call and Carol Teitel, for instance, had been working on The Edge of Night. Peter MacLean was remembered from Where the Heart Is. Robert Mili had been seen on Another World. Barabara Berjer came over after had been “killed off” on As the World Turns.

Sometimes a role is changed so that a fine actor can be hired. Lilia Skala, for instance, was auditioned for the role of Mrs. Dunbar, but her European accent ruled her out for that role. So Guiding Light changed the character to Mrs. Hoffman, which permitted an accent… and that’s how Lilia Skala was added to the cast.

Fat Captions

1960: When Theo Goetz was 65, the show suggested the viewers might want to congratulate him personally. And more than 39,000 letters poured in!

1960: Ernest Graves and Abigail Kellogg in a dramatic scene. Graves played Alex Bowden from 1960 through 1966 and is now on One Life to Live. Miss Kellogg, who lives in New York, has been doing TV, stock, etc.

1960: From left, Jeanne Linville, Joe Campanella, Lynne Rogers, and James Lipton were key characters. Lynne and Lipton played the Grants until 1962. Lipton became a writer and is now working for The Doctors. Campanella is in Holllywood.

1960: Richard Morse, as Karl, and his real wife, Judy Robinson, as Robin Holden, played lovers. But she married his best friend, instead. Morse now runs the Mime Theater out of New York.

1960: Bernard Grant, left, who played Paul Benedict from 1956 until 1970, worked well with Lynne Rogers and James Lipton, as Marie and Dr. Grant. Lynne, still a New York actress, now also runs a side business called Command Performance.

1961: Nancy Malone, a dynamic actress, played in many TV dramas out of New York and was known as a “real pro” – always relaiable, quick, talented.

1961: Joan Gray, as Ann Fletcher, had scenes with Bernard Grant, who stayed on GL for 14 years. Miss Gray lives in the New York area with her teen son, and is still an active actress.

1962: Charita Bauer and her TV father, Theo Goetz, sitting, formed the Bauer family with Ed Bryce (as Charita’s TV husband) and Ellen Demming, as Charita’s sister-in-law on the show. The Bauers are the core of the Guiding Light story.

1962: Ernest Graves says Nancy Malone is the “quickest story of any actress I’ve worked with.” She later moved to Hollywood, and is doing well in movies and TV.

1962: Pamela King added much to the story and is remembered kindly. She still lives in New York, but hasn’t been on other serials lately. She appears mostly in stage productions.

1962: This sweet boy played Billy Bauer, but no one at Guiding Light can remember his name or what happened to him. When the characters of Billy grew up, he was given the name of Ed Bauer.

1962: Kay Campbell, as Helene Benedict, worked with John Boruff, as Henry Benedict, Kay, now playing Kate Martin on All My Children, still lives in New York and is a busy actress.

1964: Gary Pillar and Sandra Smith added handsomeness and romance to the plot. He later moved to Another World and then to Hollywood and Bright Promise in 1970. She shifted in Hollywood in 1965 and was on The Interns on TV in 1970.

1965: June Graham and Bernard Kates made a good team. She’s now Mrs. John C. Senholzi and they have two children and live in New York. Kates later went into Where the Heart Is.

1965: Bernard Grant with Chase Crosley, who portrayed Jane Fletcher for five years before moving over to Search for Tomorrow for two years until 1970. She still lives in New York and gets her share of acting roles. Grant lives in the suburbs and does TV, movies, dubbing.

1965: Bernard Kates and June Graham, as Ben and Maggie Scott, added man-and-wife excitement to the story. He’s been busy with movies and stage appearances, working out of New York, and she gets stage and TV roles in addition to sometimes working with Lynne Rogers in Lynne’s tourist tour business in New York.

1965: The lady leaving the courtroom scene (Gary Pillar is at the table) is Lucy Rittenberg who’s been an executive with Guiding Light since it went on TV. She’s been the show’s writer and is now once more its resourceful producer.

1965: Chase Crosley, as Nurse Jane Fletcher, played that role for five years. She still lives in New York, pops up on serials quite often, and teaches drama in a city school. A dynamic actress.

1965: Gillian Spencer, who replaced Ellen Weston as Robin Bowden in 1964, with Fran Myers, who became Peggy Scott that year, too. Gillian is now on As the World Turns as Jennifer.

1965: Theo Goetz and Ellen Demming, as Papa and Meta, solved a lot of family problems while yakking in the kitchen. Ellen commutes to New York from the Westchester suburb.

1966: Lynne Adams won over 900 other young actresses to become Leslie, although she had never worked on TV before. She played opposite Ben Hayes, then Bob Gentry, now Don Stewart.

1966: June Graham, whose Maggie Scott role, 1965 through 1968, had a big impact, is still a New York. She’s raised two fine children, Nancy and Chris, now 26 and 25 respectively.

1966: Ben Hayes, a versatile New York actor, later moved into stage and movies, and was on As the World Turns last year. He still lives in New York and keeps busy in acting.

1967: Ed Bryce, as Bill Bauer, had many domestic scenes with Charita as her husband and the son of Papa Bauer. He was “killed off” and joined As the World Turns.

1967: Fran Myers, here was Grant, was 14 when she became Peggy in 1964. She has grown up in full view of the audience of Guiding Light, becoming a beautiful young blonde lady. A talented pianist, she has many interests and a big current real-life romance. She’s vital to the GI plot.

1968: Chase Crosley, pregnant in the story and real life in 1966, used her real daughter, Amanda (here surprised by a camera) as her TV child.

1968: Robert Gentry, here with Lynne Adams, played Ed Bauer, Subsequently moving to the West Coast, he’s a busy actor.

1968: Robert Gentry and Charita Bauer, with Theo Goetz, portrayed another Bauer family crisis, with Theo (as Papa) providing sage guidance. Charita, in the same role since 1950, is the longest-running leading lady on daytime TV serials.

1969: Don Stewart succeeded Robert Pickering as Michael Bauer on December of 1968 and built himself a great following through night club singing concerts, personal appearances, benefit shows. Persoanable, energetic and relentlessly active, he became the show’s most popular male.

1969: Millette Alexander joined as Dr. Sarah Werner, a key role, after a long run on The Edge of Night.



Bauer BBQ Speech 2017

July 5, 2019

I like to provide the text for the annual BBQ speech. Here is the one from my story from 2017. Personally I can hear Michael O’Leary act it, how about you?

Rick Bauer gathers everyone together in the Bauer backyard:

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.


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!”


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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