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Ever since I was a little I loved M*A*S*H*.  I didn’t fully understand it as a young girl in the 70’s,  I loved watching Hawkeye, BJ and Frank and their antics.  I couldn’t decide who I had a crush on more Hawkeye or BJ.  They were both delightful in their own ways.

As I got older and continued to watch I grasped the show and what it mean’t to me.  The show connects to life.  To its sorrows, joys and craziness, which we  get through with laughter and pain.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of what is my favorite show.

Here is an article from Examiner.com about TVLand which celebrated the anniversary on the original airdate, September 17th.

TV Land to celebrate 40th anniversary of ‘MASH’ with marathon, reunions, trivia

TV Land is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "M*A*S*H."
TV Land is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “M*A*S*H.”
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On August 31, executives from TV Land revealed details about the network’s plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the TV classic “M*A*S*H.” The month-long celebration will include a 10-hour marathon on Labor Day and re-broadcasts of the 20th and 30th reunion specials. Plus, the network will add in some “M*A*S*H” trivia on its website and Facebook pages. It all adds up to a great September for longtime “M*A*S*H” fans.

The celebration kicks off on Sunday, September 2 with the airing of “M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion” and a day-long marathon on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land. The 20th reunion special, “Memories of M*A*S*H” is set to air on Sunday, September 9. The “M*A*S*H” pilot and 3-hour series finale will air on Sunday, September 16. Throughout the month of September, episodes of “M*A*S*H” will air on weekdays.

“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the 251st and final episode of “M*A*S*H.” It first aired on February 28, 1983 and was the most watched television broadcast in American history from 1983-2010. An astonishing audience of 125 million tuned in for the final farewell. It was finally passed in total viewership by Super Bowl XLIV, but not in ratings or share.

Based on the 1970 Robert Altman film of the same name, “M*A*S*H” revolved around life at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, where wounded and sick soldiers were treated. The show centered around…

  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) and Dr. “Trapper” John McIntyre (Wayne Rogers), two brilliant surgeons often preoccupied with attractive nurses, practical jokes and merry-making, all while disregarding military decorum.
  • Dr. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Lt. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit), whose secret love affair was no secret.
  • Lt. Colonel Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson), the camp commander who gave “Hawkeye” and “Trapper” free reign, further irritating Burns and “Hot Lips.”
  • Corporal Walter “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff), Lt. Blake’s lovable assistant.
  • Corporal Max Klinger (Jamie Farr), a doctor’s aide in the operating room who wore women’s clothing in hopes of being discharged.
  • Father Francis Mulcahy (William Christopher), who ran an orphanage and served as the unit’s chaplain.

“M*A*S*H” ran for eleven seasons from 1972-1983. The series won a total of 14 Emmy Awards, plus seven Golden Globe Awards, seven Directors Guild of America Awards, a Peabody Award, and two Humanitas Prize Awards.

Fun trivia about “M*A*S*H”:

To get set for the 40th anniversary, here is a bit of trivia about the iconic series, from IMDB.

  • By the time the series ended, three of the regulars were promoted: Klinger (Jamie Farr) from Corporal to Sergeant, and Father Mulcahy (William Christopher) from Lieutenant to Captain. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel when he was shipped back to the US following Margaret’s marriage.
  • Radar’s teddy bear, once housed at the Smithsonian, was sold at auction July 29, 2005, for $11,800. (It was originally found on the Fox Ranch, where the series was filmed, and became part of the show.)
  • Tom Skerritt was approached to reprise his role as Duke Forrest on the series but he declined, because he felt a TV version of the movie would be unsuccessful.
  • Harry Morgan, who played Col. Potter, had an earlier guest appearance as a crazy General named Steele.
  • Jamie Farr and Alan Alda were the only two cast members to have actually served in the US Army in Korea. Both of them did their tours of duty after the 1953 ceasefire.
  • “M*A*S*H” stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
  • Gary Burghoff’s left hand was slightly deformed, and he took great pains to hide or de-emphasize it during filming. He did this by always holding something (like a clipboard), or keeping that hand in his pocket.
  • All of the replacement characters (BJ, Col. Potter, and Charles) lasted longer then the characters they replaced (Trapper, Henry, and Frank).
  • Alan Alda had a running guest appearance on the TV show ER in which he played Dr. Gabriel Lawrence, who reminisced about being a doctor in a war.
  • Klinger’s attempts to be thrown out of the Army by wearing women’s clothing were inspired by Lenny Bruce, who received a dishonorable discharge from the Navy by dressing as a WAVE.
  • The ubiquitous helicopters were military versions of the Bell 47. In the real Korean War, the OH-13s evacuated 80% of American casualties.
  • Much like their onscreen counterparts, the cast bonded and became a “family” on the set, in response to the relative remoteness of the Fox Ranch and the cold weather when filming began.
  • Klinger was only going to appear in one episode. However, he proved so popular that he became a regular.
  • Both Major Margaret Houlihan and Cpl. Max Klinger were married (Margaret in person, Klinger over the phone) and divorced during their service at the 4077th. They shared the same wedding dress.
  • On Sesame Street, Big Bird’s teddy bear is named Radar. This is in homage to Radar O’Reilly’s teddy bear.
  • Alan Alda was the only actor to appear in every episode.
  • Dr. Michael DeBakey, the physician largely credited with the creation of M*A*S*H units for the U.S. Army, died in July 2008. He was two months shy of turning 100 years old.
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I watch the repeats of Sex and the City and find myself thinking that Carrie is my least favorite character, most of the time. She dates big, over and over again, even though she gets her heart broken each time. Where was writer Greg Berendht’s input in this (consultant and writer on the show and wrote the book, he is just not that into you).

She opens herself up to Big, she is the epitimy of what drives me nuts about media’s portrayal of women. We are either pushy bitches who will stomp on anyone to get anything we want or we are powerless over love, repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Of course the reasoning is always, We Can’t Choose Who We Love or I can’t help. The I love him so what ever am I to do, I can’t help myself. I believe it may be difficult to not have feelings for someone but we have a choice as to whether we take action on those feelings. We are a reactionary society however that feeds of thinking we have to have it, and we are taught to go with our first reaction, instead of being taught to stop and think about what we are doing, what the consequences of our actions will be or remembering perhaps a lesson learned in the last time we went through this and realizing, hey I am not going down that path again.

Every time I see the episode where Carrie tells Aidan that she slept with BIG, I get upset. She tells him right before they are to go to Charlotte’s wedding.She is looking at him with sad eyes, as if to say, okay come with me to this wedding, after she just dropped this huge bomb on him. He leaves and I get the feeling we are to feel bad for her but all I can think of is, why did you cheat on such a great man, I would love to have a man who was like Aidan. Then when they get back together and he has a difficult time dealing with trusting her, she comes to him and pleads, “You have to forgive me, You Have to” To keep a relationship going where someone has cheated, it is very difficult for the person who got cheated on to trust. Sometimes it takes years, and from most of the people I know, the relationship usually ends because it is so difficult to trust the person. Well this is television however, the place where most people are supposed to just get over things in an instant. A great example of this is when a person dies, and the widow is single six months later and her friends are saying, you need to get out and date. Our society is afraid to be alone, afraid to be with who we are. The thinking is always, you will be happy if you have someone. When someone gets married, what do most people say, Oh now they can be happy or happily ever after? No wonder there are so many dysfunctional people out there, and believe me I am guilty of being one. I haven’t always made the greatest choices but I realize they were mine and I do all I can to learn from them.

This fairytale all starts when we are young girls…fairytales where there is a maiden or young girl, trapped by some evil witch and the only way we can get out is to be rescued from a tower or to break the coma she is in to be kissed by a dashing prince. How unrealistic is this in the real world? We see on Television shows and movies that a girl who doesn’t get asked to the dance is a loser or pathetic. To quote one show where a girl didn’t get asked to the big dance ” I will probably end up an old maid”. Where is the teaching to our children that hey, don’t wait, you don’t get invited to a dance, then go with friends, or gather a group of people who didn’t get invited and go as a group or even better go by yourself. Yes it is hard to be independent. I have struggled with this my whole life and still do but when I do go out to a coffee house, a movie by myself it is getting easier. I am lucky to have been surrounded at times by strong women. I had a good friend who used to tell me when we would go dancing, you want to dance, then get out there. Men were so shocked at times to see me out there dancing by myself, and not sitting demurely waiting for someone else to have fun. One time while at a club I had a guy yell outloud in front of a bunch of people (trying to embarass me), “what you couldn’t find someone to dance with you” to which I replied, I don’t have to have someone to ask me to dance, I am not trapped in the 50’s, I can dance with myself and that is just fine. The crowd around me clapped for me. I felt good.

I am not saying we don’t need love nor am I saying not to want another to share your life. I am talking about loving life even if you don’t have that person, or as Inyala says, In the Meantime. To dance with yourself and your heart is a devine and powerful thing, filled with mysterious wonder and magic.

Even after bra burning, and woman’s rights, there is still an imbalance. There still are so many people out there teaching young girls that her happiness will come when she meets Mr. Right. That if we are to loud or speak our mind, we are bitches or obnoxius. Did anyone call Kurt Cobain obnoxious, okay probably some did but the masses of critics called him a genius, I don’t disgree but what about Alanis when Jagged Little Pill came out…she was labeled an angry woman. She still is by some people though her music reflects a whole new person who has emerged and I have seen anger is just an emotion she expresses, just like Kurt did.

The messages for both sexes are not easy. Men being taught not to show emotion and woman being portrayed as only emotional or if they have to much emotion, they are crazy. Men being taught to be fighters, to be bread winners, and to be rescuers. Women being taught that if they aren’t pretty enough or sweet enough no man will want them. The pressure for both sexes is crazy. I say teach the children to love themselves and those around them. To appreciate the talents and skills that they have. That happiness is something that is created not something you wait to have happen. I say this for them but also for myself.

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