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  1. "Secret Storm" memories.

    I am, unfortunately, the bearer of bad news. I heard from Marla Adams, who told me that Linden Chiles, fell on his property, May 13, but never recovered. he died on May 15, 2013, at the age of 80.
  2. "Secret Storm" memories.

    Thanks for the article on Linden Chiles. My wife, recently, was watching an old Perry Mason show. Linden Chiles proved to be 'the one who did it.' Ironically, the episode aired on his 80th birthday. May he rest in peace.
  3. "Secret Storm" memories.

    I just heard from Marla Adams. She told me that Linden Chiles has died. The 80 year old actor had fallen on his property, but never recovered. Last night, I was watching him in an episode of 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' - First season (1964).
  4. Wow! That's a side of Lawrence Hugo I never saw! I have such happy memories of Lawrence Hugo and Burt Douglas. I remember how Ron Christopher assisted Mike Karr in finding his kidnapped daughter Laurie Ann (then-Emily Prager). I do recall some outdoor location scenes...in a wooded area, when Ron discovered the cabin where Laurie Ann was being kept.
  5. Jeanne Cooper has been, very much, on my mind. Thinking about other soaps...when they've reached a milestone, they've also lost a member of their 'TV family.' Shortly after SFT celebrated its 20th anniversary, Melba Rae suddenly died. The year that GL celebrated its 20th TV anniversary, the show lost Ed Zimmerman (Dr. Joe Werner) and Theo Goetz (Papa Bauer). Shortly after 'The Edge of Night' won its Emmy in 1973, the show's last original cast member, Walter Greaza died. I went to his funeral. I was 17 at the time. Shortly after moving to ABC, Edge's Associate Writer Grace Garment went missing, and was later found dead (a suicide by drowning). Less than a year after Edge's December 28, 1984 cancellation, both Dennis Parker and Joel Crothers died. ATWT - A week after the show's 20th anniversary, Santos Ortega(Pa Hughes) died. Shortly after the show's 30th anniversary, Don McLaughlin (Christopher Hughes) died. Shortly after ATWT's 50th anniversary, Ben Hendrickson (Hal Munson) committed suicide. And, as we all know, Helen Wagner died just a month before the final taping. 'Another World' lost Douglass Watson around the time of their 25th anniversary. 'All My Children' - Shortly before the show's 25th anniversary, Fran Heflin died. Ruth Warrick died the year AMC celebrated its 35th anniversary on the air. Just before their final air date, Mary Fickett, the original Ruth Martin, died. Darlene Conley, B&B's Sally Spectra, died shortly before the show's 20th anniversary. The year that Days of Our Lives celebrated its 30th year on the air, the show lost MacDonald Carey (Dr. Tom Horton). Shortly after the show celebrated its 45th anniversary, Frances Reid (Alice Horton) died. Less than seven mobths before General Hospital's 50th anniversary, the show lost John Ingle. Shortly after the cancellation notice for OLTL came, its long-time director David Pressman died. Y&R has just celebrated its 40th anniversary...We've lost our divine Katherine Chancellor. R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper I feel a little closer to Jeanne/Katherine. I'll tell you why. Katherine's maiden name was 'Reynolds.' My last name is also Reynolds. Katherine successfully beat drinking and smoking. My wife, Joan, will celebrate her 40th anniversary from both alcohol and cigarettes on Nov. 9, 2013..
  6. Love of Life Discussion Thread

    Here's a small world anecdote. My wife is watching a rerun of an old Matlock tv episode. Andy Griffith is defending a man by the name of Arthur Phillips, played by Drew Snyder. Drew Snyder played Dr. Dan Phillips on 'Love of Life' from 1970-74. Isn't this a remarkable coincidence?
  7. EXPLOSIONS at the Boston Marathon!!

    Dear Andrew, When I was interviewed on radio, yesterday, I was asked 'why I thought these things happened in April.' Having had a minor concentration in Psychology (My major was History, obviously, in undergraduate school), I theorized that the dark gloominess of winter, when many people seem to hibernate, like some animals, sets off a pent up reaction, in some people, to do such horrible things. As I told my interviewer, when I first heard about the Marathon, the first thing I thought of was TS Eliot's quote 'April is the cruellest month.' I knew of 90% of the man-made disasters that had occurred in April, and was also aware of some of the natural disasters, like the San Francisco earthquake and the Titanic. But, digging deeper, I found some other disturbing natural and man-made disasters. Off topic, three of the eight US Presidents who died in office, died in April (William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and FDR) Five of the US History's more 'infamous' villains died in the month of April, most notably: John Wilkes Booth, Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, James Earl Ray (the MLK assassin) and Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the convicted kidnapper and jiller of the Charles Lindbergh aby boy. On my birthday, April 23, in addition to sharing my day with the likes of William Shakespeare, US Senator Stephen A Douglas, US President James Buchanan and Shirley Temple, April 23 is, also, the birthday of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. James Earl Ray, conversely, died in prison, of natural causes, on April 23, 1998.
  8. EXPLOSIONS at the Boston Marathon!!

    I am a stickler when it comes to dates, and so forth, as you know. The T.S. Eliot quotation was haunting me. I spent Tuesday morning doing research, and the more I looked, the more I found. Additionally, Four of our wars started in April (Revolutionary War, Civil War, the Spanish-American war and the US involvement in the First World War) all started in the month of April. Three of the eight US Presidents who died in office, died in the month of April. William Henry Harrison - April 4, 1841, Abraham Lincoln - April 15, 1865 and Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. Four US Presidents were sworn into office in April: George Washington was inaugurated president on April 30, 1789. John Tyler succeeded to the presidency - April 6, 1841, Andrew Johnson succeeded to the presidency - April 15, 1865, and Harry S Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945. Four of the most notorious villains in US History died in the month of April. John Wilkes Booth - April 26, 1865; Benito Mussolini - Apil 28, 1945; Adolph Hitler - April 30, 1945 and James Earl Ray - April 23, 1998. It is chilling to see all of these things happening in the month of April. It really makes you sit up and take notice of the world around us. I've always liked the month of April, and not just because my birthday is in April (23)...The Cherry Blossoms bloom in Washington, DC. Spring is in the air, and as I said, it is a season of renewal. Personally, however, April has been the cruellest month for me, as my mother died on Good Friday, April 17, 1981; She was laid out on Easter Sunday and was buried on April 21, two days before my 25th birthday. And what are the odds of my having my father being buried on Christmas Eve, as well? Every year, I have to take a deep breath, and focus on getting through the month. My own health problems do not help matters, as you can imagine. I will be interviewed on the natural and man-made disasters in April on Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner's radio program, later today, from 1:30 - 2:00pm EDT. Hopefully, my letter will be published in our local newspaper. Believe it or not, I saw an article on the very same subject, this morning on ABC News, but I beat them to the punch in highlighting these dates.
  9. EXPLOSIONS at the Boston Marathon!!

    When one thinks of April, thoughts of Spring come to mind, for it is a season of renewal. In our nation's capital, we have the Cherry Blossom trees that surround the Potomac River. But, despite the tranquility of the season, we are reminded by the celebrated poet, T.S. Eliot, that 'April is the cruellest month.' Painfully, we have seen that his words are, hauntingly, prophetic. I doubt that Eliot could ever imagine the natural and man-made disasters that have marred the pages of the April calendar. On April 4, 1968, the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He was only 39 years old at the time of his death. On April 14, 1865, less than a week after Confederate General Robert E. Lee's final surrender at Appomattox Court House and that ended the four year long Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded while attending a performance of 'Our American Cousin' at Washington, D.C.'s Ford Theater. The 'Great Emancipator' died the following morning, April 15, at 7:22am. On April 15, 1912, On its maiden voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Only 710 of the more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board survived. On April 15, 1920, two security guards were murdered during a robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were subsequently tried, convicted and executed for the crime. On April 15, 1927 - The Great Mississippi Flood, the largest rainfall recorded in American History, caused the mighty Mississippi River to overflow its banks. New Orleans saw nearly 15 inches fall in 24 hours. On April 16, 1947 - Texas City Disaster - An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600 people. On April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech, the deadliest shooting spree in American history. The gun man, Seung -Hui Cho kills 32 people and injures 23 before committing suicide. On April 18, 1906 - The San Francisco earthquake levels 80% of the city and claims 3,000 lives. On April 18, 1983 - A suicide bomber destroys the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people, mostly embassy and CIA staff members, several soldiers and one marine. On April 19, 1993 - The 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian Building outside Waco, Texas, ends when a fire breaks out. 81 people die. On April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City Bombing - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is bombed, killing 168 people, the greatest death toll by terrorism, up to that time. On April 20, 1999 - Columbine (Colorado) High School Massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others, before committing suicide. On April 24, 1980 - Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran Hostage Crisis. On April 25, 1965 - 16 year old Michael Andrew Clark, using a Swedish Mauser military rifle, equipped with telescopic sight and a pistol and a pistol he had removed from his father's locked gun safe, along with a large quantity of ammunition, kills three and wounds six others shooting from a hill- top along Highway 101, just south of Santa Maria, California. As the police approached Clark, he turned the gun on himself, committing suicide. A lawsuit was brought to the courts by relatives of the victims, complaining that Clark's parents, Forest and Joyce Clark, were negligent in two counts: Failure of the Clarks to train, control and supervise Michael, and Mr. Clark was also cited for failing to keep the rifle out of Michael's hands. The case was decided in favor of the Clarks, and generally upheld on appeal, also the appeals court found negligence on the part of Mr. Clark for not adequately securing the weapons. On April 25, 2011 - A deadly tornado in the Southern United States claims the lives of 300 people. It was the deadliest since the 1974 Super Outbreak. And, now we must, sadly, add, to this list, the city of Boston, the city that saw the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere herald the start of the American colonists' 6 1/2 year fight for independence from Great Britain. Thousands of Americans come together, annually, to celebrate that historic night in the Spring of 1775. But, during this year's festivities were, tragically, marred by a deadly terrorist attack. Nearly 50 years ago, the words and music of Pete Seeger in 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone,' begged to ask the question 'When will we ever learn.' We can not prevent natural disasters from happening, but it is our duty, as Americans, to prevent man-made disasters from happening, like those that have occurred in Oklahoma City, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Newtown and, now, Boston.
  10. Love of Life Discussion Thread

    Hi Friends, the co-editors of our book, 'Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era,' want to know if any of you remember the 'Love of Life' storylines from 1966/67. Thanks!
  11. I went to his NYC funeral. I was 17 at the time.
  12. A year ago today, we lost Linda Cook (the last Laurie Ann)
  13. Thank you! What a wonderful way to start my day!
  14. Excellent! Many thanks for this terrific article! I would love to be a fly on the wall, so I could see your archival collection.
  15. Valiant Lady

    Who could ever forget Beaver's Miss Landers!