Posts tagged: M*A*S*H*
The week has been filled with anniversaries of historic events: the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the last episode of M*A*S*H.
We often ask each other: “Where were you when this important event happened?”
When Martin Luther King, Jr was killed, I sat practicing piano in anticipation of my June recital; the recital went on that June night when Bobby Kennedy rested in a Los Angeles hospital fighting for his life.
When M*A*S*H aired its final episode, I skipped out early on a church meeting, saying I had “family concerns at home.” Married, living in an upstairs apartment, my husband and I watched Alan Alda and his team fold up their tents, head for home and say “GOOD-BYE,” in rock-solid fashion. Best kiss of television aired that night between Hawkeye and Hot Lips.
Our lives are punctuated with real-life tragedy and dramatic story-telling that demonstrate truth while entertaining; these memories continue to inspire, entertain, teach and bless.
Where were you when your life-defining events happened?
(S-R photo: James “Plunky” Branch plays his soprano saxophone near the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington)
He was the still point in that M*A*S*H world of humor, tragedy and social commentary about war in one of the most well-written shows we may ever know.
Harry Morgan died at the age of 96. His role as the crusty, but soft-hearted, Col. Potter of the 4077 will live long after today. Every Monday night we plopped ourselves in front of that television to listen to the wit and wisdom - and insights about the real price of war. The dialog was rich with humor and political commentary. Morgan's salty character added poignancy and the voice of the “older soldier.” He entertained us and educated us, with grace.