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On 1/24/2021 at 11:57 PM, j swift said:

Wasn't Dorian's line about her portrait prophetic?  It became such a signature part of the set design that it was interesting to note its origin and the fact that Victor "made" her get it painted.  That portrait traveled more than Karen and Larry on their honeymoon. 

 


Somewhere in this thread, @DRW50 posted a picture of Nancy Pinkerton standing next to Dorian’s portrait that replaced Eugenia‘s over the mantle. Someone posted that a new portrait in Claire Malis’ likeness did appear on the show. I’m not sure why it was taken down as it’s noticeably absent in the episode posted. Strasser’s infamous Dorian portrait was actually intended to be a newly commissioned one, it was a gift from Cassie.

 

At 8:13, a little more Malis (with Jane Badler as Melinda) for those who may have missed it:

 

https://youtu.be/iICqNUtA4ug

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1 hour ago, vetsoapfan said:

Dorian and a doctor named Mark Toland had accidentally killed a patient named Rachel Wilson

 

Played by Dark Shadows' own Nancy Barrett!

 

Part of the crux of the original Viki/Dorian animus was that Dorian always believed Viki cast the deciding vote on the hospital board to have her removed from the hospital after the Toland affair. In reality, Viki was reportedly the only one who said she should remain. It nearly killed me when - around thirty years later - Viki actually told Dorian this, onscreen, in the second Malone run in 2004. They promptly cut to commercial. When they came back to their set of scenes late in the episode after wasting time on McBain, Paul Cramer, whatever else, Dorian and Viki had simply wrapped up their conversation in our absence and Dorian was 'so glad we had that settled!' I almost threw something at the TV. It was endemic of the problems of that run.

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Somewhere in this thread, @DRW50 posted a picture of Nancy Pinkerton standing next to Dorian’s portrait that replaced Eugenia‘s over the mantle. Someone posted that a new portrait in Claire Malis’ likeness did appear on the show. I’m not sure why it was taken down as it’s noticeably absent in the episode posted. Strasser’s infamous Dorian portrait was actually intended to be a newly commissioned one, it was a gift from Cassie.

 

At 8:13, a little more Malis (with Jane Badler as Melinda) for those who may have missed it:

 

https://youtu.be/iICqNUtA4ug

 

Thanks for posting that video. There is so much scattered late '70s OLTL but yet never quite enough.

 

I have misplaced my scans several times now. I half-forget most of what I even used to post on here. If I ever find them again and find any stuff from around the time of these three 'new' episodes I will share it.

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On 1/27/2021 at 5:37 AM, vetsoapfan said:

 

Back in the 1970s, I was an unabashed soap opera geek. I kept "live" scrapbooks on all my favorite shows: I'd rate daily storyline synopses, keep magazine critiques and interviews, keep track of the the Neilson ratings and what actors/characters appeared on each episode, etc. After Courtney left AW, I was hoping ABC would be smart enough to snatch her up for OLTL, and when she appeared as Pat Kendall for the very first time, I was working on my scrapbook and happily wrote down the note in it. I just double-checked right now and yes, the date she debuted on OLTL was November 12, 1975. Where was that summary stating that she began in mid-October? I'm curious. Obviously, I would never say I am right about everything, but since I specifically wrote it down during her very first episode, I'd bet 11/12/75 is the accurate date. Heck, I didn't even drink in the afternoons back then, ROTF!!!!

The summary I have is from Frenchfan who published it here...and I think I have a magazine with an interview with J Courtney that says the date of October....This is the summary from French fan:

 

OCTOBER 1975

One Life To Live

 

Written by: Gordon Russell

Produced by: Doris Quinlan

 

Tony Harris and Cathy Craig who had found each other's company tempestuous at best, but fascinating, agreed to attend a concert together. While dining afterward at a quiet bistro, Tony accepted a call from Cathy's father, Dr. Jim Craig, which would alter the course of Cathy's life forever. Viki Lord Riley and Cathy's infant daughter Megan had been rushed to the hospital following a serious automobile accident! Viki was unconscious and suffering from a fractured pelvis and little Megan was in critical condition. Tony rushed Cathy to the Llanview Hospital trying to alarm her as little as possible. When Joe, Viki's husband, learned of the terrible accident he rushed to the hospital. Joe blamed himself, still unaware of all the details surrounding the accident, because he had left Viki alone to babysit while he went out on a news story. Everyone wondered why Viki would be out driving on the stormy night with Megan. However, until Viki regained consciousness, every guess was only conjecture.

 

Jim had to prepare Cathy for the worst. Cathy wanted to know why Joe wasn't with Viki and Megan. When little Megan, unable to survive the trauma of the accident, died, Cathy lapsed into an unreal state where she believed Megan was really all right. Joe, the natural father of Megan, almost destroyed by his grief over the death of his daughter and his fears for Viki's recovery forced Cathy to finally admit that her daughter was dead. Cathy became obsessed with the idea that Viki always wanted Megan dead — that she always resented her — and that Viki's recent show of kindness towards Megan was an act. Cathy screams, "I had something that Viki didn't have — couldn't have! She killed my Megan and I am never going to forget it!" In Cathy's warped, grief-stricken mind, somehow killing Megan was Viki's attempt to even things up so neither woman would have a child. - Viki's marriage to Joe had remained childless because, unknown to Joe, he had an inherited heart problem which he would transmit to all future children as he did Megan. Even though Cathy and Joe believed that the corrective heart surgery had saved Megan's life, in truth she would have died by early adolescence.-

 

After the funeral, Cathy felt that she had been left with no more meaning in her life. Jim secretly wondered whether he should have told Cathy the truth about Megan never reaching adulthood, but feared that Cathy would have resented the lies about the successful operation her father told her. Jim was further distressed to learn that his daughter had gone off to be alone.

 

Steve Burke, managing editor of wealthy and powerful Victor Lord's newspaper The Banner, decided to leave town and search for Cathy in New York where he knew she had friends. Steve was equally grief stricken about Megan's death because it was he who helped deliver the baby in a secluded mountain cabin while Cathy was stranded there on the way to pick up a writer's award. Steve located Cathy at her friend, Patricia Kendall's apartment where he learned to his dismay that Pat was unaware of Megan's death. Steve forced Cathy to realize that her idea of "handling" Megan's death by pretending to people she was alive would never help her to adjust to reality. Cathy reluctantly agreed to return home in a few days. Before leaving, Steve offered the unemployed Patricia Kendall the opportunity for a job interview reminding her that the newspaper business, except for daily deadlines, was not that unlike her former magazine editing job. Pat accepted the offer for the interview and planned to come to Llanview.

 

After slipping into a severe coma for over a week, Viki began to show signs of recovery. Jim forewarned Joe and everyone else who would come in contact with Viki, that she had to not learn prematurely of Megan's death. In her weakened condition, the shock could have serious repercussions. Viki regained consciousness and told Jim that she had tried unsuccessfully to reach him because Megan was having another serious respiratory attack. Failing to reach him, Viki bundled the baby up and rushed her to the hospital for help. Jim lied to Viki and claimed that Megan was all right. Viki who was in terrible pain from her fractured pelvis began to recover her strength slowly.

 

When Cathy arrived home and discovered Viki who was conscious hadn't been told about Megan she flew into an uncontrollable rage. "Why is everyone so intimidated by Viki? I guess I was intimidated, too, by Viki until she killed my daughter. If no one else has the guts to tell her, guess l'll have to !" Jim called Joe and warned that Viki had to be told although he would have preferred waiting a little longer. Jim broke the news of Megan's death as gently as possible to Viki who sobbed uncontrollably that she has killed Joe's daughter because she had panicked. How could she ever forget the fact that she was driving too fast and went through a stop sign that night—even if Joe could somehow comfort her. In an unexpected turn, after refusing to ever see Viki again, Cathy suddenly went to confront the unsuspecting Viki.

 

Tony Harris, strapped for funds, went to Police Lt. Ed Hall and asked his help in recovering some "securities" which were to be his inheritance from his mother. He told Ed about his mother's death in San Francisco and of Dr. Mark Toland's disappearance along with the "securities" that she had promised Tony in a letter in the event she died. She had described it as "a nest egg" that she had never touched. His destitute mother was providing for him as much as possible. Ed regretfully told Tony that no valuable "securities" were found in Toland's room - Tony mistakenly believed that the "securities" left by his mother were in the form of negotiable stocks and bonds. He never realized that his mother really meant to insure a "secure future" for her son, the proof needed to show that Tony was the long-lost son of Victor Lord is his "securities”. -

 

Ed questionned Dr. Dorian Cramer who had successfully endeared herself to Victor by becoming his personal physician in complete charge of his recovery from his recent heart attack. Dorian and Matt MacAllister who, for their own reasons, wished to one day control Lord Enterprises, both suspected Tony was Victor's missing son. Later when Tony mentionned the word "securities" and the possibility that Toland, who had once been very close to Dorian, might have offered them to her. Dorian, puzzled by the word "securities" being used in both Ed and Tony's interrogation, digged out the hidden Randolph documents and reviewed them. She found a letter from Tony's mother in which she refered to the photos, birth certificate, and letters from Victor as Tony's "security to prove his relationship to the wealthy Victor Lord." Suspicions confirmed! Dorian was convinced of Tony's parentage.

 

Tony went to ask Victor for a job and found that he and Victor got along quite well. However, since Steve Burke, who was in New York, had to have the final say on hiring Tony, Tony had to wait for his return and Victor sent Tony away. Later Victor decided that he wanted to get to know Tony better and asked Dorian to call the Llanview Motel where Tony was living and arrange a dinner date with him. Dorian, reluctant to allow father and son to have many opportunities to compare pasts lest they might accidentally discover the truth, ignored Victor's wishes. When Victor ran into Tony at the hospital while visiting his daughter Viki, he was surprised to learn that no message was left for Tony at the motel. Tony, already suspicious of Dorian, figured that she, for some personal reason, was attempting to keep him away from Victor.

 

Steve arrived back from New York and Tony was further disappointed to learn that there was not a vacancy on the paper for him at present. Tony told Steve about his missing "securities" which he believed Toland stole from his mother. Dorian related to Matt that she knew positively that Tony was Victor's son. She encouraged Matt to maneuver himself into the position of executive head of the Washington Office of Lord Enterprises.

 

Tim Siegel continued to pressure novitiate Jenny Wolek to drop her chosen career as a devoted Sister of the Church and marry him. Vinnie Wolek, Jenny's cousin, obtained a job as a security officer in the hospital. Although he would have preferred being back on the police force, he realized the economy was still shaky and the force was simply not going to hire the men that they had laid off. While working at the hospital, he happened to observe Jenny and Tim together. Tim, who had given up his law studies for the time being, was working on the construc-tion of a new hospital project. As it happened Vinnie and his wife Wanda, who lived in the apartment across the hail from nurse Sheilah Rafferty, encountered Tim who was innocently there, but appeared to be in a rather compromising situation. Vinnie declared war. As far as Vinnie was concerned Tim was a "skirt chaser" —and Jenny was a nun. He attempted to force a showdown when he called a local parish priest Father Costello to come to the Craig house and speak to Jenny. Anna, Vinnie's sister, finally by threatening exile forever from her home, forced Vinnie to cancel the priest's visit and he agreed reluctantly to let Jenny and Tim decide their own future.

 

Jenny confused over her feelings for Tim prepared to leave on her Order's two week scheduled convocation to think matters over, but deciding she loved Tim, she told him, after she returns from telling her Order, they would announce their engagement.

 

Ed and Carla Hall pleased with their adopted son's new interest in an active social life began worrying about 15 year old Josh's choice of friends. When Josh brought home his latest tennis partner, Bernice Munson, for dinner, they were surprised to discover she came from a wealthy white family. Josh was adopted from a terrible ghetto situation by Carla and Ed a few years ago. Ed and Carla feared that the group's emphasis on money and material objects might lead Josh to have a warped value system.

On 1/27/2021 at 5:37 AM, vetsoapfan said:

 

Back in the 1970s, I was an unabashed soap opera geek. I kept "live" scrapbooks on all my favorite shows: I'd rate daily storyline synopses, keep magazine critiques and interviews, keep track of the the Neilson ratings and what actors/characters appeared on each episode, etc. After Courtney left AW, I was hoping ABC would be smart enough to snatch her up for OLTL, and when she appeared as Pat Kendall for the very first time, I was working on my scrapbook and happily wrote down the note in it. I just double-checked right now and yes, the date she debuted on OLTL was November 12, 1975. Where was that summary stating that she began in mid-October? I'm curious. Obviously, I would never say I am right about everything, but since I specifically wrote it down during her very first episode, I'd bet 11/12/75 is the accurate date. Heck, I didn't even drink in the afternoons back then, ROTF!!!!

The summary I have is from Frenchfan who published it here...and I think I have a magazine with an interview with J Courtney that says the date of October....This is the summary from French fan:

 

OCTOBER 1975

One Life To Live

 

Written by: Gordon Russell

Produced by: Doris Quinlan

 

Tony Harris and Cathy Craig who had found each other's company tempestuous at best, but fascinating, agreed to attend a concert together. While dining afterward at a quiet bistro, Tony accepted a call from Cathy's father, Dr. Jim Craig, which would alter the course of Cathy's life forever. Viki Lord Riley and Cathy's infant daughter Megan had been rushed to the hospital following a serious automobile accident! Viki was unconscious and suffering from a fractured pelvis and little Megan was in critical condition. Tony rushed Cathy to the Llanview Hospital trying to alarm her as little as possible. When Joe, Viki's husband, learned of the terrible accident he rushed to the hospital. Joe blamed himself, still unaware of all the details surrounding the accident, because he had left Viki alone to babysit while he went out on a news story. Everyone wondered why Viki would be out driving on the stormy night with Megan. However, until Viki regained consciousness, every guess was only conjecture.

 

Jim had to prepare Cathy for the worst. Cathy wanted to know why Joe wasn't with Viki and Megan. When little Megan, unable to survive the trauma of the accident, died, Cathy lapsed into an unreal state where she believed Megan was really all right. Joe, the natural father of Megan, almost destroyed by his grief over the death of his daughter and his fears for Viki's recovery forced Cathy to finally admit that her daughter was dead. Cathy became obsessed with the idea that Viki always wanted Megan dead — that she always resented her — and that Viki's recent show of kindness towards Megan was an act. Cathy screams, "I had something that Viki didn't have — couldn't have! She killed my Megan and I am never going to forget it!" In Cathy's warped, grief-stricken mind, somehow killing Megan was Viki's attempt to even things up so neither woman would have a child. - Viki's marriage to Joe had remained childless because, unknown to Joe, he had an inherited heart problem which he would transmit to all future children as he did Megan. Even though Cathy and Joe believed that the corrective heart surgery had saved Megan's life, in truth she would have died by early adolescence.-

 

After the funeral, Cathy felt that she had been left with no more meaning in her life. Jim secretly wondered whether he should have told Cathy the truth about Megan never reaching adulthood, but feared that Cathy would have resented the lies about the successful operation her father told her. Jim was further distressed to learn that his daughter had gone off to be alone.

 

Steve Burke, managing editor of wealthy and powerful Victor Lord's newspaper The Banner, decided to leave town and search for Cathy in New York where he knew she had friends. Steve was equally grief stricken about Megan's death because it was he who helped deliver the baby in a secluded mountain cabin while Cathy was stranded there on the way to pick up a writer's award. Steve located Cathy at her friend, Patricia Kendall's apartment where he learned to his dismay that Pat was unaware of Megan's death. Steve forced Cathy to realize that her idea of "handling" Megan's death by pretending to people she was alive would never help her to adjust to reality. Cathy reluctantly agreed to return home in a few days. Before leaving, Steve offered the unemployed Patricia Kendall the opportunity for a job interview reminding her that the newspaper business, except for daily deadlines, was not that unlike her former magazine editing job. Pat accepted the offer for the interview and planned to come to Llanview.

 

After slipping into a severe coma for over a week, Viki began to show signs of recovery. Jim forewarned Joe and everyone else who would come in contact with Viki, that she had to not learn prematurely of Megan's death. In her weakened condition, the shock could have serious repercussions. Viki regained consciousness and told Jim that she had tried unsuccessfully to reach him because Megan was having another serious respiratory attack. Failing to reach him, Viki bundled the baby up and rushed her to the hospital for help. Jim lied to Viki and claimed that Megan was all right. Viki who was in terrible pain from her fractured pelvis began to recover her strength slowly.

 

When Cathy arrived home and discovered Viki who was conscious hadn't been told about Megan she flew into an uncontrollable rage. "Why is everyone so intimidated by Viki? I guess I was intimidated, too, by Viki until she killed my daughter. If no one else has the guts to tell her, guess l'll have to !" Jim called Joe and warned that Viki had to be told although he would have preferred waiting a little longer. Jim broke the news of Megan's death as gently as possible to Viki who sobbed uncontrollably that she has killed Joe's daughter because she had panicked. How could she ever forget the fact that she was driving too fast and went through a stop sign that night—even if Joe could somehow comfort her. In an unexpected turn, after refusing to ever see Viki again, Cathy suddenly went to confront the unsuspecting Viki.

 

Tony Harris, strapped for funds, went to Police Lt. Ed Hall and asked his help in recovering some "securities" which were to be his inheritance from his mother. He told Ed about his mother's death in San Francisco and of Dr. Mark Toland's disappearance along with the "securities" that she had promised Tony in a letter in the event she died. She had described it as "a nest egg" that she had never touched. His destitute mother was providing for him as much as possible. Ed regretfully told Tony that no valuable "securities" were found in Toland's room - Tony mistakenly believed that the "securities" left by his mother were in the form of negotiable stocks and bonds. He never realized that his mother really meant to insure a "secure future" for her son, the proof needed to show that Tony was the long-lost son of Victor Lord is his "securities”. -

 

Ed questionned Dr. Dorian Cramer who had successfully endeared herself to Victor by becoming his personal physician in complete charge of his recovery from his recent heart attack. Dorian and Matt MacAllister who, for their own reasons, wished to one day control Lord Enterprises, both suspected Tony was Victor's missing son. Later when Tony mentionned the word "securities" and the possibility that Toland, who had once been very close to Dorian, might have offered them to her. Dorian, puzzled by the word "securities" being used in both Ed and Tony's interrogation, digged out the hidden Randolph documents and reviewed them. She found a letter from Tony's mother in which she refered to the photos, birth certificate, and letters from Victor as Tony's "security to prove his relationship to the wealthy Victor Lord." Suspicions confirmed! Dorian was convinced of Tony's parentage.

 

Tony went to ask Victor for a job and found that he and Victor got along quite well. However, since Steve Burke, who was in New York, had to have the final say on hiring Tony, Tony had to wait for his return and Victor sent Tony away. Later Victor decided that he wanted to get to know Tony better and asked Dorian to call the Llanview Motel where Tony was living and arrange a dinner date with him. Dorian, reluctant to allow father and son to have many opportunities to compare pasts lest they might accidentally discover the truth, ignored Victor's wishes. When Victor ran into Tony at the hospital while visiting his daughter Viki, he was surprised to learn that no message was left for Tony at the motel. Tony, already suspicious of Dorian, figured that she, for some personal reason, was attempting to keep him away from Victor.

 

Steve arrived back from New York and Tony was further disappointed to learn that there was not a vacancy on the paper for him at present. Tony told Steve about his missing "securities" which he believed Toland stole from his mother. Dorian related to Matt that she knew positively that Tony was Victor's son. She encouraged Matt to maneuver himself into the position of executive head of the Washington Office of Lord Enterprises.

 

Tim Siegel continued to pressure novitiate Jenny Wolek to drop her chosen career as a devoted Sister of the Church and marry him. Vinnie Wolek, Jenny's cousin, obtained a job as a security officer in the hospital. Although he would have preferred being back on the police force, he realized the economy was still shaky and the force was simply not going to hire the men that they had laid off. While working at the hospital, he happened to observe Jenny and Tim together. Tim, who had given up his law studies for the time being, was working on the construc-tion of a new hospital project. As it happened Vinnie and his wife Wanda, who lived in the apartment across the hail from nurse Sheilah Rafferty, encountered Tim who was innocently there, but appeared to be in a rather compromising situation. Vinnie declared war. As far as Vinnie was concerned Tim was a "skirt chaser" —and Jenny was a nun. He attempted to force a showdown when he called a local parish priest Father Costello to come to the Craig house and speak to Jenny. Anna, Vinnie's sister, finally by threatening exile forever from her home, forced Vinnie to cancel the priest's visit and he agreed reluctantly to let Jenny and Tim decide their own future.

 

Jenny confused over her feelings for Tim prepared to leave on her Order's two week scheduled convocation to think matters over, but deciding she loved Tim, she told him, after she returns from telling her Order, they would announce their engagement.

 

Ed and Carla Hall pleased with their adopted son's new interest in an active social life began worrying about 15 year old Josh's choice of friends. When Josh brought home his latest tennis partner, Bernice Munson, for dinner, they were surprised to discover she came from a wealthy white family. Josh was adopted from a terrible ghetto situation by Carla and Ed a few years ago. Ed and Carla feared that the group's emphasis on money and material objects might lead Josh to have a warped value system.

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@MissPalmer, that seems like an awful lot of story to play out over a single month, particularly back in the 1970s when everything on screen moved so slowly. I wonder if the synopses was a combination of October and November, although I would not press that point; it's merely speculation.

 

Anyway, I literally watched OLTL every day back then, and I remember I was adding articles to my scrapbook on the day Courtney appeared for the first time, and I immediately added the note/date to my records. So while I, personally, am sure November 12, 1975 is the accurate date of Pat Kendall's first appearance, I can understand why other fans might be unsure, hearing conflicting information from different sources. At least everyone agrees that she debuted towards the end of 1975.

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Does anyone know if OLTL was in danger of being canceled during this time period??

 

i noticed the ratings were really low:

 

1975–1976 Season

  • 1. As the World Turns 9.4
  • 2. Another World 8.9
  • 3. The Young and the Restless 8.6
  • 4. Search for Tomorrow 8.3
  • 4. Days of Our Lives 8.3
  • 6. All My Children 8.1/31 share
  • 7. Guiding Light 8.1/30 share
  • 8. The Doctors 7.3
  • 9. Love of Life 7.3
  • 10. General Hospital 7.2
  • 11. One Life to Live 7.1
  • 12. The Edge of Night 6.7 (moved from CBS to ABC on December 1, 1975)
  • 13. Somerset 5.9
  • 14. Ryan's Hope 5.7 (Debut: July 7, 1975)
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43 minutes ago, Pine Charles said:

Does anyone know if OLTL was in danger of being canceled during this time period??

 

I don't know if it ever got close to cancelation but they were clearly in a panic mode at ABC, with expensive hires, phasing out the social issues and some longtime characters, etc. 

 

That's why I don't really blame the Buchanans for the end of this more "pure" OLTL - I feel like it had already been deemed as a no-go by ABC before they arrived.

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What I wonder is did any of the actors at OLTL get extra salary once it moved from 30 to 45 to 60 minutes if not I could see being upset on top of the expensive hires from other soaps.

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8 hours ago, DRW50 said:

 

I don't know if it ever got close to cancelation but they were clearly in a panic mode at ABC, with expensive hires, phasing out the social issues and some longtime characters, etc. 

 

That's why I don't really blame the Buchanans for the end of this more "pure" OLTL - I feel like it had already been deemed as a no-go by ABC before they arrived.

 

In the mid-1970s, Another World was a powerful force in the ratings, while on ABC, General Hospital was in the toilet. It was a poorly-done and tedious mess. As OLTL's lead-in and AW's primary competition, GH crippled OLTL's chances, I would say. I remember writer Gordon Russell saying that OLTL was in dead-man's gulch following GH, and wished AW and OLTL could have competed head-to-head at 3:00 PM, eastern time.

 

I think the original core families and characters would never have been considered expendable, if OLTL had been in a better position to compete in the ratings. I'm sure its numbers would have been stronger. It was a good show. Significantly better than GH at that time, and far superior to anything we see on daytime TV today.

 

3 hours ago, ~bl~ said:

What I wonder is did any of the actors at OLTL get extra salary once it moved from 30 to 45 to 60 minutes if not I could see being upset on top of the expensive hires from other soaps.

 

Yes, TPTB had to renegotiate contracts when soaps started expanding. BTW, George Reinholt said he was being paid $70,000.00 a year on the hour-long Another World, but on the 30-minue OLTL, he was "only" getting half that salary.

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@vetsoapfan, this is the article where I saw my date....I know that a lot of things happened in October....but also in November....the summaries from Frenchfan are very accurated month by month...

 

NOVEMBER 1975

 

 

One Life To Live

 

Written by: Gordon Russell

Produced by: Doris Quinlan

 

Jenny Wolek attended a convocation of her Order intending to tell her Superior of her intention to leave the Sisterhood to marry Tim Seigel. Tim was to follow by evening to bring her home. However, when she arrived at the Mother House, she was unable to see Sister Elizabeth for more than a few minutes. There had been an earthquake and flood in South America in the Amazon region and the Order was planning to leave on a chartered plane at midnight to begin a campaign of emergency aid including innoculation. Sister Elizabeth in haste asked Jenny to help check supplies and when Tim arrived he found her in her nun's habit. Tim had read a newspaper extra about the earthquake and when he questioned Jenny, she said she had a duty to go. "I'm still a nun. Please forgive me."

 

When Sister Elizabeth entered the room, Tim told her that, "Jenny came up here to tell you she's leaving the Order." Sister Elizabeth left them alone and Jenny told Tim she would be back as soon as they had finished. Tim was concerned about the danger to Jenny. He had read that the people were practically in a state of revolution — a group of nuns in the hill country disappeared and hadn't been heard from in months. He asked Jenny, "Why do I get the idea that if you get on that plane, I'll never see you again?" Jenny tried to reassure him and he said finally, "I believe you, Jenny, and I think I even understand." They agreed that Tim would move into the apartment he had rented in the hours she was at the convocation and he would prepare it for them to move into when they were married upon her return.

 

When Tim first told his mother Eileen of his plans to marry Jenny - believing them to be imminent -, Eileen insisted, "Until you came on the scene, she hadn't the least intention of leaving the sisterhood. She'll feel guilty and blame you." Eileen suggested he was marrying Jenny in rebellion because she – Eileen - thought it was wrong. Tim countered with the accusation that Eileen merely did not want him to leave home. "Julie - his sister - is moving to Florida, and there's only going to be me around here." He asked her, "What's more important to you —the Church or me?"  When he returned without Jenny, he told Eileen they were still planning to be married. He told her he was going to South America after Jenny.

 

Cathy Craig had accused Viki Lord Riley of hating Cathy's daughter Megan and wanting her dead. She shouted "You can fool other people, but I know that you always resented her, wanted her out of the way, and now you've gotten what you wanted, haven't you?" Tony Harris found Cathy in a bar after she left the hospital after seeing Viki. He asked her to dinner and took her home. He told her he didn't have much sympathy for poor little rich girls – Viki - but urged her not to make hating Viki a way of life. He told her "You're beginning a new life and so am I. Let's begin it together."

 

Tony had seen an ad in Victor Lord's office advertising for information on the heirs of Dorothy Randolph - Tony Harris' mother -. He came upon Matt McAllister with the paper in his hand. He wondered what the connection was. He left for San Francisco - the ad was in a San Francisco paper -. Matt and Dr. Dorian Cramer were both aware that Tony Harris was Victor Lord's son. They had been suppressing the evidence of Tony's paternity and trying to get him to leave town because they wished one day to control Lord Enterprises. Dorian had managed to get Victor Lord to confide in her that he had been unfaithful to his wife Eugenia and had inflected a great hurt on the woman he loved - Dorothy Randolph -, that he thought Dorothy would impede his career and that he lived in a purgatory of doubt and guilt and longing for the son he'd never even seen. He mentioned that she had died six months ago in San Francisco and when Dorian let slip a reference to the personal notices he asked how she knew about that. She replied that his attorney probably had told her. Victor agreed with Dorian that upon his return to Llanview, he had to tell Viki about his son, but when he did return to a scene whereby Viki was devastated over recounting to him Cathy's accusations, he told her only half of what he had planned — that previous week when he was in Washington, Dorian and he were married.

 

Patricia Kendall accepted a position on The Banner replacing the hospitalized Viki. Tony and she had a series of near encounters but, aside from his calling Cathy while Patricia was staying with her, they had not been aware of each other. When Tony Harris returned from San Francisco, he called on Dorian at Llanfair and as she answered the door, he greeted her with, "Hi Mom!" When she apologized for the condition of her house, saying that as he could see she was moving, he told her to cut the pretense and asked her how long she had known that he was Victor Lord's son. He told her, when she pretended surprise and asked him if in fact that was so, to call Carter and check out his pedigree. He replied he had seen the ad in the San Francisco paper that she went out of her way to keep him from seeing.

 

Continuing with her bluff, she told Tony that Victor was in Washington D.C. and offered to accompany him on the 10 o'clock flight but he countered that he was not quite ready to present himself to his father. When he asked her why the offer, she said she wished to be there as Victor's doctor and reminded him that Victor had two heart attacks already, asking if he wanted to be responsible for another. When Victor phoned, Tony insisted that she not tell him anything yet.

 

Since her marriage to Victor Lord, Dorian had wasted little time making her presence felt at Llanfair. She addressed a picture of Victoria saying "you're going" as soon as I could manage it. She mused about a covered-in porch and prepared a list for remodeling. When Victor's butler told her he always stayed up for Mr. Lord's return she dismissed him for the evening with the reminder that she would be doing that - all these plans were unknown to Victor, as yet. –

 

Finally she brought Victoria, on a visit to her at the hospital, a lavish bouquet which she had ordered the gardener at Llanfair to cut from the greenhouse - the point of which was not lost on Viki. - Dorian told Viki "I don't think it would profit either of us to ask if you're pleased," but insisted that they both were concerned with the welfare and happiness of Viki's father. She asked Viki to suspend judgement, and Viki replied that she was willing to let the future take care of itself. When Dorian inquired about the state of Viki's health, Viki told her that according to the x-rays she should be walking by now - Viki was suffering from a fractured pelvis, the result of an automobile accident in which Megan, the infant daughter of Cathy Craig and Viki's husband, Joe Riley, was fatally injured. –

 

Joe told Viki that her father still cared deeply for her. He reminded her that they still had each other and promised her that as soon as she was well they would begin to plan for a much-wanted child of their own. - Joe was not aware, as were Viki and Dr. Larry Wolek, that Joe had an inherited heart problem which he would transmit to his children. Megan was a victim of this disease, though Joe and Cathy did not know it was ultimately fatal. –

 

Cathy Craig made plans to look for an apartment in an effort to escape surroundings where she was constantly reminded of Megan. She offered to make room for Patricia Kendall. Patricia agreed saying she had not looked on her own because signing a lease and moving furniture was a little too much of a commitment for her at present.

 

Tim Siegel had received a letter from Jenny Wolek and knew that she arrived safely but was upset over what the letter didn't say. Disappointed, he had a beer in a bar and encountered the ever-present Sheilah Rafferty.

 

 

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But if you have written down all the arrivals of the characters, the date must be 12 November! It would be interesting if you can share another arrival and departure dates from those wonderful years! Thank you

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The summaries are from daytime serial newsletter from Byrna Laub. It is written « coverage for X month ». I can’t say how accurate it is. Maybe it is most of a month and the beginning of another. For « Somerset » which ended on Dec 76, there are a few more lines in the Jan 77 issue so there might be a bit of discrepancy. I can’t know for sure.

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@MissPalmer and @FrenchFan, I remember Bryna Laub and her newsletters! Back then, the publication dates of various magazines and newsletters were often slightly "off" from the news contained in them. Still, there's always the possibility that back in 1975, I wrote down the wrong date when I first saw Courtney appear on the show. Or maybe she had actually appeared before *I* first saw her on November 12, 1975. But it's hard for me to figure out how I could have gotten the date THAT wrong, LOL. And Jacqueline Courtney has always been my favorite soap opera actress, so I was waiting on pins and needles for her to show up. I watched the show every day, and on the rare event that doing so was impossible, I audio-recorded it. I am willing to admit I could be mistaken, but...hmmm. I guess there will never be concrete, definitive proof.

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Having seen Kathy Glass and Nancy Pinkerton on TD (with Doris Quinlan producing!) thanks to Retro TV, it's been fun seeing them earlier in their careers on OLTL. When Retro finally starts the 1980 episodes of TD, we will be seeing Doris Belack as well. Can't wait!!

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9 minutes ago, amybrickwallace said:

Having seen Kathy Glass and Nancy Pinkerton on TD (with Doris Quinlan producing!) thanks to Retro TV, it's been fun seeing them earlier in their careers on OLTL. When Retro finally starts the 1980 episodes of TD, we will be seeing Doris Belack as well. Can't wait!!

And in a departure from her role on OLTL 

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1 hour ago, vetsoapfan said:

@MissPalmer and @FrenchFan, I remember Bryna Laub and her newsletters! Back then, the publication dates of various magazines and newsletters were often slightly "off" from the news contained in them. Still, there's always the possibility that back in 1975, I wrote down the wrong date when I first saw Courtney appear on the show. Or maybe she had actually appeared before *I* first saw her on November 12, 1975. But it's hard for me to figure out how I could have gotten the date THAT wrong, LOL. And Jacqueline Courtney has always been my favorite soap opera actress, so I was waiting on pins and needles for her to show up. I watched the show every day, and on the rare event that doing so was impossible, I audio-recorded it. I am willing to admit I could be mistaken, but...hmmm. I guess there will never be concrete, definitive proof.

 

Did you watch all the shows back then ? If so, how did you manage when shows were on opposite each other ? All the shows seemed to be on fire back then with a few exceptions. I remember you talking about Y&R blew you away with how it looked compared to the other soaps. 

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