When the very last episode of M*A*S*H to be filmed (“As Time Goes By”) was before the cameras in January 1983, photographer Arlene Alda was on hand to capture the emotion for LIFE magazine. Fans of the series may not necessarily recognize her name but will likely assume some connection to Alan Alda. The two are married and collaborated on a book called The Last Days of MASH that collected dozens of Arlene’s photographs and notes as well as commentary from Alan. It also featured production documents, letters, editorial cartoons, and much more.
Arlene was interviewed on New York City’s Channel 7 (WABC-TV) Eyewitness News at 5PM at some point in 1984 to discuss The Last Days of MASH. She was interviewed by Tom Snyder and Kaity Tong. The book was published around October 1983, I believe, but Snyder mentions it being “a year almost” since the series went off the air, which dates the interview to around February 1984.
The interview touches upon Alan Alda’s commercials for Atari and whether or not McLean Stevenson was at the final party for the cast and crew. I apologize for the sound quality. I tried to clean it up a little bit.
For the record, I reviewed The Last Days of MASH back in 2010. You can find that review here.