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  1. This is Billy Kay, who played Shayne for a few years prior to Marty West. This is Mr. West.
  2. Yes, you have identified everyone perfectly. They are sitting in the Fosters' living room set.
  3. Kerwin once said that while he was playing Greg Foster on Y&R, the producers came to him out of the blue and announced that they were going to give the character an extended rest, meaning that Kerwin was about to be unemployed. He asked if the character was scheduled to return to the canvas later on, and they said yes, so his next, logical question was, "When Greg Foster returns to the show in six months, a year, whatever, am I going to be playing him?" The producers hemmed and hawed and replied, "Well, we'll certainly CONSIDER you for am audition...." Kerwin was angry because it was a wishy-washy way of firing him. He would rather have been told flat-out that TPTB were firing him instead of leaving him with false hope about a possible return. Unfortunately for Kerwin, he was the second-worst actor in the role. (Being bland and colorless, he was not as repulsive as Wings Hauser, whose casting as Greg Foster still boggles my mind.)
  4. Well, he originally agreed to appear on AW in a short-term capacity (Mitch Blake was intended to be a villain), because NBC wanted to capitalize on his immense popularity (the way ABC had lured Rosemary Prinz to ABC for the first six months of AMC). Later, the network offered him big buck$ to return for a longer contract. In interviews, however, Espy openly admitted that he was only there for the money and the ability to make a living in NY. Rosemary Prinz loathed working on ATWT, by her own admission, but played Penny Hughes for 12 straight years for similar reasons. Back in those days, NBC was known for paying their actors a lot higher salaries than the east-coast ABC soaps or Y&R. But the reason Espy kept coming and going was because he just didn't really want to be there.
  5. He had kept his orientation quiet, himself, and had steadfastly refused to talk about his personal life with the press. Dano took it upon herself to out him in an interview, laughing about how he was not thrilled with their kissing scenes and how shaking hands instead would be more his preference. No. Espy was a HUGE megastar and a prime reason why the show became a hit. He soared right to the top of all the readers' polls in the soap press. There was a tremendous backlash when he was replaced. Hasselhoff never attained the same popularity. You should have read some of the letters to the editors in the soap mags of the day. It was similar to Rosemary Prinz being replaced by Phoebe Dorin on ATWT. Fans were livid. Espy never returned because he refused to do so. He only accepted the role of AW for a few years because he wanted to be in NY. He did not like the grind of daytime TV and made that VERY clear.
  6. William Gray Espy was HUGELY popular on Y&R, even more than he was on AW. The trouble was, he openly admitted that he felt confined on daytime TV and did not enjoy working in the medium. He put his fist through a wall once while working on Y&R, out of frustration.
  7. Linda Dano outed Espy in a Cosmo article a few decades ago.
  8. Just for clarification's sake, Greg Foster was a lawyer, not a doctor. The physician in the family was his elder brother, Snapper.
  9. To me, the 1970s were the very best years of the soap opera genre. I mean, we had William J. Bell, Pat Falken Smith, Agnes Nixon, Henry Slesar, Douglas Marland, Harding Lemay, Claire Labine, the Dobsons, Ann Marcus, Rick Edelstein, Robert Soderberg and Edith Sommer, Gordon Russell and Sam Hall, etc., at the top of their game, giving us riveting storylines that were must-see TV. Trying to keep up with all the shows during that decade was a herculean challenge. At first I recorded them all on multiple audio cassette recorders (which I set up in different rooms of the house), but as soon as I could afford a VCR (in 1976), I bought one of those. And then another. I would use my Beta to record from one network, my VHS to record from a second network, and then watch the third network live. If I had to be out of the house, I would use my old standby, an audio tape recorder, to tape the third network. Back then, soaps were a HUGE money-maker for all the networks, so because millions of dollars in profit were at stake, competition was always fierce. Lousy writers and incompetent producers did not last for YEARS as they would later on, when ratings (and profits) plummeted and the networks and P&G lost interest in putting out quality product anymore. Back then, the audience EXPECTED to see great soap opera because it was what we were used to; what we demanded. Competition to produce quality television was strong, because viewers had so many good soaps to choose from, and wouldn't settle for mediocre (or worse) drivel. How times have changed! Today, the audience is served nothing but drivel, and we are grateful to see ANYTHING on ANY remaining show that rises to the level of, "not as awful as usual."
  10. Well, we do not know where Meta and her family lived when she was "a girl." We only met the Bauers in 1948 when all three children had already grown up. So it doesn't actively contradict established history to indicate that perhaps the Bauers had lived in, or visited, Five Points twenty+ years before we met them. And as a travelling minister, Rev. Ruthledge could have visited any other town which the Bauers called home before they began appearing on TGL. So I gave write Claire Labine a pass on this scene, because she was trying to weave history into the present day, and I got so verklempt just hearing Rev. Ruthledge's name. I can accept that the Bauers had known John Ruthledge because it ties together the first two "periods" of the show's history. Yes, this is a more egregious/careless error; harder to explain away or excuse. As far as we know, Rev. Ruthledge only had a daughter named Mary. Steven Ruthledge was said to be the original John Ruthledge's "grandson," but to bear that family name, Mary Ruthledge Holden would have had to give birth as a single woman to Steven, and bestow upon him her own maiden name rather than his father's surname. Or, possibly Rev. Ruthledge had met a woman while he was in Europe and sired a son by her before his death in 1946. Both these theories are possible, but viewers should NOT have to do mental cartwheels in order to justify what we see on-screen. With the introduction of Steven Ruthledge, it looked to me like the writers had done a half-assed job of examining history, and did not care much if they had made a continuity error. They probably figured that no one in the audience would know or care.
  11. Thank you (and all the other fine fans) for providing us with vintage links like these. I cannot tell you how grateful we are.
  12. Me too. I daydreamed about marrying him and saving him from himself (leaving Holly to be free to reunite with Ed Bauer).
  13. OMG, does this mean I would have competition for my Scotty's affection??? Well, that is undoubtedly true too!
  14. I'd still do him today, LOL, but way back in the late 1970s and early '80s, he was what we used to call a dreamboat. Yum. Laura was an idiot to abandon him for that icky Luke. Shudder. About 8-ish.
  15. Many fan gurls in the audience were delirious from Luke-mania (during public appearances with Tony Geary, they would shriek, "Rape me! Rape me, Luke!!!!") and eagerly stepped aboard the we-hate-Scotty bandwagon. UGH.
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