Actually, Jim and Anna’s wedding was not in April of 1970, but in early August of 1969. There is one entire episode of OLTL posted on YouTube that is dated 7/11/69. You can see Meredith and Tom Edwards in the library at Llanfair talking and Anna is there with Meredith. A later scene shows the first Victor Lord (Ernest Graves), trying to help Tom discover who he is. He mentions that he and Meredith are experiencing a “family crisis” , and need some distraction. It seems that this was when Viki, in the persona of Niki Smith had “escaped” to the west coast. This would explain why she was not at Jim and Anna’s wedding.
If you watch the entire episode, you can hear the announcer speaking over the closing credits reminding everyone to tune into the launching of
Apollo 11 on the following Wednesday, July 16.
I think this is one of the only two OLTL episodes from the very early years that are available in their entirety. The other episode is from November of 1968 and is available at the William Paley center (formerly known as the Museum of Broadcasting) in Manhattan. Hopefully when more of the museums open, I can get a chance to go to the city to see it.
I began watching OLTL from the very beginning. I would watch it after school, and during the summer when I wasn’t working. When I was working full time in an office, we were allowed to have radios at our desks as long as they weren’t too loud. I had a radio that carried the audio signal of the local tv channels so I could listen while I worked. I eventually got a vcr, and continued to watch until the storyline got too ridiculous for my taste in the late 90s. I did watch the 40th anniversary show, and the final show, though.