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On 5/17/2021 at 7:47 PM, zanereed said:

Again, I wish Alan wouldn't have a tendency to talk over the guests, as there were times when Mart or Fran were in the midst of a story, and he would tend to try to push to the next question. I really want someone to interview these two again, as I wanted more questions asked and answered regarding writers, fellow actors, etc. At least they had time to talk about Charita. Mart was very nice in his response to the question regarding Ed and Rita and working with Lenore Kasdorf.

 

Unfortunately, Alan's egregious interviewing skills are what we are stuck with. I'm trying to be grateful that we get to see and listen to any of these actors at all, but Alan's interruptions, lack of historical historical knowledge, etc., are grating. 

 

On 5/17/2021 at 7:47 PM, zanereed said:

 

Speaking of which, I would love for Kasdort and Sofia Geier to be interviewed!

 

Me too! I wouldn't say no to Millette Alexander, either.

 

On 5/18/2021 at 11:12 PM, Bill Bauer said:

I think Robert Gentry gave the most quintessential portrayal of Ed Bauer. Mart's portrayal of Ed surely made him more likeable but, problem is, I don't think Ed was supposed to be that likeable. Irna and Agnes's Bauers always had an edge to them. Later writers always made the Bauers too "nice". 

 

Gentry's interpretation of Ed was perfect for how the character was being written at the time.  As the character softened and evolved, I did grow to adore Hulswit, who could exude warmth, but still had a temper just under the surface.

 

On 5/18/2021 at 11:12 PM, Bill Bauer said:

 

Agreed! I wish we could get vetsoapfan to interview the old-timers. Alan has always been the king of missed opportunities but especially with the actors that were before his time. He just doesn't know history. 

 

HA! I would love to be the one interviewing veteran actors from many different soaps. I would not interrupt them, I would not suppress or try to censor controversial opinions, AND I could ask questions from a first-hand historical perspective; none of which Alan can do. Of course, you, zanereed, and several other SON posters would be equally capable choices to lead the interviews.

 

On 5/19/2021 at 9:18 AM, Mitch said:

I know it was partly due to the writing and to TPTB disintrest..but when Gentry came back in 96 he had NO chemistry with anyone..and that is saying a lot coming off of PS' cold distant Ed. Its too bad as Holly needed Ed there for her post Meg crash and they could have been a viable long term couple.

 

This is true, and it was so frustrating to witness. After Simon's listless, lethargic Ed (and Richard Van Fleet's baffling version), I was thrilled that the show rehired Gentry. Unfortunately, he just did not click with anyone on screen. I knew he would not last long.

 

 

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The WLS guy pulled off some very candid interviews over the years (including with Nicholas Coster), and unlike Alan Locher doesn't seem to consider the mid-90s to late 2000s and/or P&G to be his wheelhouse and a sacrosanct topic to not be disparaged. I wish we could get that guy in on it, but I have no idea what happened to him. Also, for better or worse Locher has connections and influence with soap stars to get them to do these streams that others don't always have.


I'm very grateful these streams came about in the pandemic and that's largely due to Locher, but someone who doesn't seem to have a relatively shallow knowledge base and a compulsive need to protect his past employers would be appreciated.

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9 minutes ago, Vee said:

The WLS guy pulled off some very candid interviews over the years (including with Nicholas Coster), and unlike Alan Locher doesn't seem to consider the mid-90s to late 2000s and/or P&G to be his wheelhouse and a sacrosanct topic to not be disparaged. I wish we could get that guy in on it, but I have no idea what happened to him. Also, for better or worse Locher has connections and influence with soap stars to get them to do these streams that others don't always have.


I'm very grateful these streams came about in the pandemic and that's largely due to Locher, but someone who doesn't seem to have a relatively shallow knowledge base and a compulsive need to protect his past employers would be appreciated.

Great idea! Damon was the one who did the Coster interview and he would be perfect. My husband and I went with Damon and Roger, the other WLS guy, to see drag queen Dina Martina back in 2010. They were both very charming and fun guys. World Turns had just ended and they told us All My Children and One Life to Live were likely to be cancelled soon. Damon left WLS sometime after that. He’s now a major PrEP and HIV prevention educator.

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I loved hearing from Mart (my favorite Ed) and Fran. Disappointed that Alan brought up Mart working with 2 Leslie's (Adams and Rodell) but left out Kathryn Hays, the 2nd Leslie, and who had been at ATWT for about 2 decades before Alan started working for P&G 

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8 hours ago, vetsoapfan said:

 

 

 

This is true, and it was so frustrating to witness. After Simon's listless, lethargic Ed (and Richard Van Fleet's baffling version), I was thrilled that the show rehired Gentry. Unfortunately, he just did not click with anyone on screen. I knew he would not last long.

 

 

 

"Listless" and "lethargic" are good words to describe his performance. PS always gave off the impression that he didn't really want to be there. Like he was just collecting a pay check. He always came off as aloof and disconnected as a result. He was, by far, my least favourite Ed and, yes, I'm including Richard van Fleet and Pat Collins in that group. LOL. 

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10 hours ago, bboy875 said:

I loved hearing from Mart (my favorite Ed) and Fran. Disappointed that Alan brought up Mart working with 2 Leslie's (Adams and Rodell) but left out Kathryn Hays, the 2nd Leslie, and who had been at ATWT for about 2 decades before Alan started working for P&G 

 

Considering his unfortunate lack of historical knowledge, I figured Alan had no idea whatsoever that Hays had ever been on The Guiding Light. He didn't even know who Stefan Schnabel was; an actor who had been part of the show in the 1960s, 1970s, and into the 1980s.

 

Personally, I preferred both Rodell and Hays over Adams in the role of Leslie. I found them more likeable. (But I preferred Susan Oliver over Rosemary Forsythe as Laura Horton on DAYS, so what do I know? )

 

7 hours ago, Bill Bauer said:

 

"Listless" and "lethargic" are good words to describe his performance. PS always gave off the impression that he didn't really want to be there. Like he was just collecting a pay check. He always came off as aloof and disconnected as a result. He was, by far, my least favourite Ed and, yes, I'm including Richard van Fleet and Pat Collins in that group. LOL. 

 

Some snippy viewers have lambasted Hulswit for his weight over the years, but he was always engaged and gave solid performances. So did Gentry in the 1960s. Richard Van Fleet was good as Chuck Tyler on AMC, but woefully miscast as Ed Bauer. Still, I preferred RVF's aberrant version over Simon's simply because Van Fleet appeared to be paying attention, LOL. To give Simon credit, however, I definitely wanted Ed Bauer to be present during the show's final days, considering Ed was the longest-running character still (semi) relevant to the program. If TPTB did not want Hulswit or even Gentry to reprise the role when TGL came to a close, I was grateful that SOMEONE did it. (And even Simon was better to have at the bitter end than, say, Pat Collins.)

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23 hours ago, Forever8 said:

 

 

Gosh. Barbara Esenstein & James Harmon Brown were on fire during this time. They took a set up, made by Victor Miller, Michael Conforti, Nancy Williams Watt & Michael Conforti, and turned it into something magical.

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On 5/31/2021 at 5:31 PM, Liberty City said:

 

Gosh. Barbara Esenstein & James Harmon Brown were on fire during this time. They took a set up, made by Victor Miller, Michael Conforti, Nancy Williams Watt & Michael Conforti, and turned it into something magical.

It’s disappointing that they (and I’m sure Rauch) decided to lean towards his less grounded OLTL tenure after this, with the Clone and the mystery island and all that.

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11 minutes ago, titan1978 said:

It’s disappointing that they (and I’m sure Rauch) decided to lean towards his less grounded OLTL tenure after this, with the Clone and the mystery island and all that.

Yes..I think they are better at turning a soap around then the long haul..they had good ideas...(I actually thought Annie framing Reva was imaginative and character appropriate) bringing back Van and Ed, and starting a class struggle thing (Jessie's dad hating the Bauers) but those good ideas would be dropped to go back to the perils of Reva and Annie became a cartoon (and Alan her lapdog..)  Though I don't think it the Clone or the stupid Island from Hell was their idea..

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