Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

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.

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As The World Turns Memorial Day Picnic

May 31, 2016

The Fourth of July was the big patriotic holiday in Springfield, but I did manage to find some Guiding Light connections last year.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/memorial-day-roundup-2015

Memorial Day Picnic

When I was little as big a deal as the Bauer BBQ on Guiding Light was Memorial Day on As the World Turns. Every year the Hughes family would host a picnic in their back yard. As the World Turns fans waited for it all year. That makes it really surprising that it has so completely disappeared.

During the early 1980s the Hughes family lost their place at the center of the show. Chris and Nancy were reduced to talk tos and then unceremoniously “retired” to Arizona. After a couple of years they returned and once again took up their role in Oakdale society, but the Memorial Day picnic didn’t come back.

It’s Been Scrubbed

Considering how important a part it was of Oakdale society it’s amazing how little of it appeared online. I haven’t watched As the World Turns online as much as I have Guiding Light, but a search hasn’t brought up a single clip.

I remember the astro-turf type backyard and the prominent flagpole and I think a brown fence, but I’m not sure. I don’t know what a single storyline was, it was the event that I looked forward to.

What is Online

Online all I was able to find were descriptions in two blog posts. Both of these are longer pieces about the cancellation of As the World Turns. Scroll or search for Memorial Day on the pages. The first piece has a longer description, but both are former watchers who seem to have the attitude of “how quaint do people still watch those things?” but the celebration’s mention by these two posts shows just how prominent it was during the show’s first two decades.

Blog post with short description of Hughes Memorial Day picnic:
http://avintagefarmwife.blogspot.com/2014/05/as-my-world-doesnt-turn.html

Description of early memories of Oakdale including a reference to the Hughes picnic:
http://www.ottumwacourier.com/opinion/columns/this-world-is-still-spinning-after-years/article_2f350eec-9a92-5cda-844f-ec7b2af1af9a.html

Do you remember….

Since there is so little on the Hughes Memorial Day Picnic online I hope to post some more myself. Do you have memories of visiting the Hughes family? Please share. And please ask your older soap fans you know.

NOTE: The second one is from the Ottumwa Courier in Iowa. Don McLaughlin who played Chris Hughes was from southeastern Iowa and returned home on a regular basis so he was big deal locally which explains the honorary degree.

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.

Memorial Day Roundup 2015

May 26, 2015
Danny and Tony watch fireworks

Danny and Tony Watch Fireworks

Memorial Day started after the Civil War when several different places around the country started the tradition of decorating all veterans graves from the Civil War. Over the years its meaning has blurred as it was expanded to remember first all deceased veterans and then to all lost loved ones. Then it was caught in the great 3 Day Weekend Holiday grab and many people today see it merely as the opening weekend of summer. Learn more about the history of Memorial Day.
http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

For whatever reason Memorial Day never seemed to be that big a deal in Springfield. Part of that might be the focus on the similarly patriotic 4th of July and the Bauer BBQ. Part of it is because in the CBS soap landscape As the World Turns already had dibs on Memorial Day with the annual Hughes Memorial Day Picnic. Sadly that ended sometime when I was still little, but if anyone has any memories of Memorial Day on either As the World Turns or Guiding Light, please share.

Rev. Ruthledge’s Memorial Day sermon from 1937:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/rev-ruthledges-memorial-day-sermon/

Memorial Day 1991:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/memorial-day-1991

WSPR Buzz Cooper Dedicates Memorial 2007:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/buzz-cooper-dedicates-memorial

Memorial Day Celebrations in Springfield 2010:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/guiding-light-memorial-day

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.

Guiding Light Memorial Day

May 26, 2014

Memorial Day wasn’t usually a big holiday on Guiding Light. They had the Fourth of July for a patriotic holiday and the Memorial Day duties were handled in the P&G family by the Hughes Family Memorial Day Picnic (sadly discontinued in the early 1980s – anybody know a year for the final one?) on As The World Turns.

I created a report on Memorial Day in Springfield for 2010:

I did find a clip that were identified as being from Memorial Day.

1991 – AlexandraSpaulding  now knows about Roger Thorpe’s affair with Mindy Lewis and that he is stealing money from The Spaulding Foundation. A.C. Mallet is helping her get the good on Roger. Meanwhile, at a Memorial Day bash at The Country Club, Alex finds Mindy in the ladies room and has a conversation with her and later introduces her to Hart Jessup…Roger’s son. Knowing Mindy just lost Mindy’s baby, Alex taunts her all the while pretending she knows nothing of the affair or about Mindy losing Roger’s child.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlcNUVnpEqs

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.

Memorial Day 1991

May 27, 2013

There isn’t a lot specifically labeled as Memorial Day from Springfield on YouTube. In fact, other than my WSPR news story this is the only other thing labeled that way. It’s just a few minutes and the sound is atrocious, but beggars can’t be choosers so enjoy this little piece of Memorial Day.

Bandstand Mike who uploaded this episode says this about it:

Alexandra now knows about Roger’s affair with Mindy and that he is stealing money from The Spaulding Foundation. Mallet is helping her get the good[s] on Roger. Meanwhile, at a Memorial Day bash at The Country Club, Alex finds Mindy in the ladies room and has a conversation with her and later introduces her to Hart…Roger’s son. Knowing Mindy just lost [Roger]’s baby, Alex taunts her all the while pretending she knows nothing of the affair or about Mindy losing Roger’s child.

My Comments:

Alex is taking full advantage of the Memorial Weekend being the first to fashionably wear white. Sadly the sound isn’t very good, but I think it’s great to have the confrontation between Alex and Mindy. Alex and Mindy was one of the best feuds in Guiding Light history and was at it’s best once Alex realized the feud was on, but Mindy didn’t. Although if I was Mindy (not that I would be stupid enough to have an affair with Roger in the first place) I’d think discovering Roger had (another) child older than I was might make me more resigned to the miscarriage than less.

Memorial Day in Springfield

May 26, 2013

Although I have a lot of half-finished WSPR stories, I haven’t completed one lately, but I wanted to bring back this classic in honor of the holiday. This particular one doesn’t have anything in the way of actors like the others do, but I still think it’s a nice reminder from Springfield.

Memorial Day in Springfield

May 27, 2012

From time to time, I create a WSPR news story reporting on what’s going on in Springfield. Here is one talking about what went on in Springfield Memorial Day of last year:

Unlike most of those news stories, this one doesn’t have anyone we know in it, but I think you will enjoy it anyway.

Also enjoy Rev. Ruthledge’s Memorial Day sermon from 1937:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/rev-ruthledges-memorial-day-sermon/

WSPR News Story – Memorial Day in Springfield

June 2, 2010

Tonight we get evidence that life is continuing in Springfield off our screens. It’s Memorial Day in Springfield, too and our unstoppable reporter, Sharon Scott is out today at the cemetery by St. Michael’s Church in Springfield to report on the day’s services there.


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