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Oct.15.2008
Gentle Readers, it's been a  weird couple of weeks. The economy is wacky, the election is never going to end, and I've had a cold. Also, a couple of deaths have affected the soap opera community. First off, Irene Dailey died. She was Aunt Liz Matthews on Another World, but she was also well known...
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Jul.29.2008
  Gentle Readers, something odd is about to end. We have no idea how it got here, and now it's going out into that good night. It's been a long strange trip. No, I'm not talking about George Bush's presidency! I'm talking about the soap opera, Passions.             Yes, it's another soap blog. I'm...
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Jul.23.2008
  Larry Haines died last week. In case you didn't know who Larry Haines was, he was Stu Begman for thirty-five years on the soap opera Search For Tomorrow. When Jo (Mary Stuart) had troubles, he and his wife Marge would provide a joke, a cup of coffee and a friend. Although the character of Stu...
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Jul.18.2008
First off I want to thank many of you who have corrected me on some mistakes I made about Paul Rauch's varied career. I made corrections when need be on the blog in question. There was a lot of debate, however: He's great at what he does! No he's a jerk! No he's what soaps need right now!  It made...
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Jul.16.2008
I’ve been trying to keep my soap opera blogs at a minimum because honestly, it depresses me. Now  writing about the classic age of soaps, heck get me started and a Bartle and Jaymes in me and I can chat about it for hours until you start to back away and say “Stay away from this girl! Stay far away...
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Jul.07.2008
It was thirty-three years ago today that a new show debuted on ABC. The first shot showed a young woman walking down the street in New York City. She wore a bright green shirt and a jeans skirt. She wore a button that said RYAN FOR COUNCILMAN. She had long brown hair and looked like a Gibson Girl...
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Jun.27.2008
Last month, one of the best actresses I ever saw on television died.  Her name was Beverlee McKinsey. If you're not familiar to soap operas, you're probably scratching your head, wondering who she is. Beverlee McKinsey created two popular characters in soap operas: the Daddy loving, stepmother...
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May.04.2008
       Tomorrow is May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, and I’m thinking of one of my favorite writers. His name was Douglas Marland. Now you might be scratching your head, thinking “That’s odd, I never heard of him. What books did he write?”  He didn’t write books. Let me tell you what he wrote. Douglas...
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Apr.30.2008
The daytime Emmys are being announced today on The View, honoring the best of soap operas.  This is the first time in a long while where I don’t care who is going to be nominated. I should explain. Ever since I was a kid, I watched the soaps. Yes, I know the PC term now is “Daytime Dramas” but to...