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I enjoyed bad girl Dinah (I enjoyed all of her bitch period that I know some felt trashed her), but victim Dinah and Lonatrat - I couldn't. I also had a lot of Dinah/Matt issues and I felt like the show would have paired them up 3 different times if not for the "Matessa" fans they were so afraid of. I know it's a standard soap story, but if they'd done that to Vanessa (and I didn't even like her with Matt), I would have lost my [!@#$%^&*]. I know they did in later years, but I'd quit watching by then. I went back and saw the clips, and I was able to appreciate it because at least it gave Maeve the rare chance to act.

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I hadn't watched any clips for a long time due to regular life getting in the way, but since I'm on vacation I spent some time rewatching fall/winter 1989, and early 1990.

I had forgotten there were some hints dropped of a potential Alan-Michael/Blake affair at the end of 1989 and then the actual affair began in February 1990. I thought Carl T. Evans's Alan-Michael looked like a little boy next to Sherry Stringfield's Blake. Then in the summer Alan-Michael was recast with Rick Hearst and he at least looked like a grown man.

Roger/Alexandra was also beginning at this time, leading to their marriage in the spring. That pairing was more cat-and-mouse/power play. I didn't think there was any great love between them.

 

So I'm watching scenes from GL on youtube from 1990, and it's very interesting to see this GL versus the one that it became under JFP/Curlee. With Calhoun/Long at the helm, it seemed like there was some potential of a AC/Mindy romance, or even a Mindy/AC/Rick triangle, you also had Josh/Harley, and Blake/Alan-Michael, all of which would change for the next year or so with AC/Harley, Blake/Ross, Mindy and the intro of Nick, Beth/Rick/Phillip and Josh being written off. You had Sam Marler also in some pivotal storylines under Calhoun/Long compared to JFP/Curlee. 

Summer 1990 to spring 1991 was a big transition period, but I thought the show actually got better when all was said and done. Sadly by the end of summer 1992 all the momentum was gone.

 

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  1. Here is an obituary for Robert E. Short:

    Short, Robert E.

    May 5, 1921 - Jul. 25, 2016

    Robert Earl Short, 95, of Sarasota, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home on July 25.

    Bob served in the U.S Army Signal Corps Photographic Service in the European and Pacific theaters during WWII. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1949, he joined Procter and Gamble Productions and began a distinguished 34 year career.

    During Bob's tenure the Company developed many outstanding series which have become television classics: the original Dick Van Dyke Show, The Rifleman, The Rebel, and Car 54, Where Are You?

    In Daytime, under Bob's leadership, P&G became one of the world's largest suppliers of television entertainment with shows such as Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Edge of Night and Another World.

    Bob's vision, talent, judgment and taste were recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1983 with an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement for "distinguished service to television and the public this medium serves."

    Bob is survived by his wife Linda, his children Maralyn, David and Austin, grandchildren Kevin Feige, Lauren Keskinel, Alan, Robin and Tommy Short, Andrew and Jen Short and great grandchildren Ella, Erik, Ali and Leyla.
    The family will have a celebration of his life at a later date.

    Contributions in honor of Bob to MAP International or Bread for the World will be appreciated.

    Guest book located at www.wiegandbrothers.com



    Published in Herald Tribune on Aug. 7, 2016
    - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldtribune/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-E-Short&pid=180888076#sthash.KJyAjBWn.dpuf

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Apparently some GL alum have been appearing on this talk show...including Cynthia Watros, which surprises me as I thought she left Y&R for a prime time role. It's nice to see her with Grant Aleksander again as I always thought they had a lot of chemistry. 

 

You can also learn how to make a Bauer burger.

 

(I put the clips in the WATN thread)



Read more: Soap Stars - Where are they now? - Page 159 - Discuss The Soaps - SON Community http://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/topic/43846-soap-stars-where-are-they-now/?page=159#ixzz4HOrExl8i

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This is some web series I've never heard of, about a man who wants to be on Guiding Light. They use the music and the lighthouse motif but I assume no one involved in GL is on this:

 

Sorry, wrong video (NBA will appreciate it if he looks at the thread...).

 

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Michael O'Leary reached out to Watros via social media (Facebook). In the 1-act version of the play, Beth Chamberlin played that role. When they got the offer to put on the play elsewhere outside of NYC (making it not feasible for Beth C) and at a longer size, MOL saw Cynthia was online and contacted. He shared the play, she liked what he wrote and they worked it out. This is why Grant was in LA at the time of the Days of Our Lives 13,000 episode party because he was visiting Cynthia as the play's director. It is discussed in one of the interviews. The show that Cynthia was on "Finding Carter" was cancelled, so she was available. Nearly all of the MTV scripted series are going away as the channel is changing direction again.

 

The other show isn't directly related to GL, but the person behind it knows Stephanie Gaschet as she is shown in the video.

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Can anyone help me with 2 80s questions? I am sure that Hillary Bauer married Fletcher Reade and that Katie Parker married Long John Reed played by athlete Richard Todd, I remember Louie Darnell finally giving his blessing despite his unrequited love for her.

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