Posts Tagged ‘Paul Fletcher’

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.

More on Guiding Light Books

July 10, 2011

BlossLover earned my eternal gratitude by sending me a scan of list of the Guiding Light novelizations she found in a book. I’ve added them to the list. Also, I didn’t know Agnes Nixon wrote novelizations, but if you search under her name on Amazon she did and not just Guiding Light. I only found one and it tells the story of Paul Fletcher. I bought a copy off Amazon this weekend and I’ll let you all know when it comes. Fourteen is the highest number I’ve seen listed anywhere so this just may be the complete list. If anybody runs across any other GL books or mentions in books, I’d truly appreciate a shout out. Thanks! Keep the light burning!

Find a list of the Guiding Light books I’ve collected so far. https://glmanny.wordpress.com/books-about-guiding-light

 

List of Guiding Light Books

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: The Paperback Series

May 5, 2011

In the 1980s, a publisher stepped forward to try and cash in on soap fan’s long memories by producing paperbacks that told the previous storylines on their soaps. Guiding Light was one of these.  The writers were overseen by Mary Ann Cooper. According to the books: “Cooper is America’s foremost soap opera expert. She writes the nationally syndicated column Speaking of Soaps, is a major contributor to leading soap opera magazines, and is a radio and television personality.”

According to the back cover of each of the series, “The Guiding Light is the golden thread of love that binds the lives of Springfield’s families – the Bauers, the Reardons, the Chamberlains – capturing the hearts of millions of viewers. Read about the men and women of Springfield, discover their innermost thoughts, join them in their most intimate and heartwarming moments.”

I don’t yet have the complete set. Below is a list of those I do. If anybody else can fill in the titles of the missing books I’d appreciate it if you’d drop me an e-mail. I’m really sorry they didn’t continue with the series.

1. Aimes, Angelica. So Tender, So True. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986. ISBN0916217019

The story features Mama and Papa Bauer, Bill and Bertha (Bert) Bauer, Meta Bauer, and Ray Brandon.

5. Aimes, Angelica. Rush to Love. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1986. ISBN 0916271051

The story features Kathy Roberts, Meta Bauer, Dick Grant, and Bert Bauer.

9. Creed, Marlene. Playing With Fire. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987. ISBN 0916217094

The story features Bill Bauer, Maggie Scott, and Anne Fletcher.

10. Creed, Marlene. Swept Away. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987. ISBN 0916217108

The story features Robin Lang, Paul Fletcher, and Peggy Scott.

11. McDonnell, Virginia. Hidden Fears. Rocky Hill, CT: Pioneer Communications, 1987. ISBN 0916217116

The story features Peggy Fletcher, Lee Gantry, and Dr. Sara McIntyre.

Last Updated Aug 20 2016: I’m going to have to do an update on this since I have identified most of these now, but I haven’t shared it in this format again. So look for another post soon.

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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