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Out Goes the Light!

thorpeI was sad to hear the news this week that CBS is cancelling its soap opera, Guiding Light. Most people wouldn't guess that this development would have much of an emotional effect on me, since I really haven't watched the show regularly since the late '80s. I'm sad because it's another connection to my mom that's going away. Guiding Light was the first soap I watched with my mom, who died in 1987. She had been watching it for years. In fact, she even listened to it on the radio. So I'm sure she was kind of excited when I got interested in the show the summer before my senior year in high school. Mom told me all the back stories about the characters..stuff the writers probably didn't even remember about the Bauer clan.  During that last year in high school, I had no classes scheduled for the last period of the day...so often I would ride my bike to school instead of taking the bus so I could zip home early to catch the 2pm show.  (Remember, this is back in the day before any one had VCR's at home). Mom and I would chat about the plot, what we thought would likely happen. How we felt about the characters. We were interacting as grown-ups, not a mother and child. For some reason, she never seemed to be enthused in my observations about shows like The Brady Bunch and Land of the Lost. I still remember some of the characters..like the doctor, Ed Bauer and his lawyer brother Mike. The cut-throat businessman Alan Spaulding. The incomparable Reva Shane.  The best villain ever...Roger Thorpe. And I even remember a young teenage character named Tim (played by a young Kevin Bacon.) And even though I don't watch Guiding Light any more, it was somehow comforting to know it was still there if I needed it. They're thinking of replacing it with a new version of $25,000 Pyramid. My mom and I watched that too...but somehow I don't think it's quite the same.

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