2010 Year In Review

It was a slow year in the world of M*A*S*H. The series was dropped by Hallmark Channel in February, returned in May and then was pulled again in July and has not aired since. In September, the series was relegated to filler status on ION. In December, it began airing on the national ME-TV Network.

January 25th was the 40th anniversary of MASH having its world premiere in New York City. February 28th was the 27th anniversary of the series finale. And September 17th was the 38th anniversary of the series premiere. It’s hard to believe that 2012 will be the 40th anniversary of M*A*S*H premiering on CBS.

In July, M*A*S*H received the Heritage Award at the 26th Annual TCA Awards.

In September, it was revealed that Roy Goldman had passed away in September of 2009. Pernell Roberts, who starred in Trapper John, M.D., passed away in January. Other deaths this year included Patricia Stevens, who was credited in 13 episodes between 1974 and 1978, Corinne Camacho, who played Lieutenant Regina Hoffman in “L.I.P (Local Indigenous Personnel),” William Self, an executive at 20th Century-Fox Television who was instrumental in getting the pilot produced, and Leslie Nielsen, who played Colonel Buzz Brighton in “The Ringbanger.”

Here’s Colonel Potter’s eloquent quote about transitioning from one year to the next, from “A War For All Seasons:”

“Here’s to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one, and may we may we all be home before she’s over.”

It’s not 100% applicable to those not currently in the midst of a war but it fits the New Years theme.


  • 2010 was a damn sucky year. I really thought 2008 had broken the streak finally, as it seems like any year that ends in an even number is not a particularly good year for me (dates back to at least 2002), whereas odd-number years are much better. Again, 2008 was actually a great year, as was 2009, but 2010 saw one mini-crisis with myself, family, friends, loved ones, etc after another… it’s almost like even though the recession began three years ago, it hadn’t taken affect in our lives until now.

    And even though the new year just now started, it’s kind of started with a bit of a thud itself… so, like Colonel Potter says about the new year, may she be a damn better sight than the old one… and I pray to God that it is.

  • PinkPagoda says:

    As do I.

    Dona Nobis Pacem.

    I will miss this site so much, especially the comaraderie of playing the game on Tuesday and Thursday. It has brought a bright spot to my weeks that I won’t be able to replace. 🙂

    Happy New Year to all.

  • Chai says:

    Well RJ, thank you for this wonderful site.

    I too will miss playing the game….It was so much fun and definitely was the highlight of my Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Take care

  • On the subject of Finest-Kind being on hiatus, have any of you guys ever been to Best Care Anywhere? It’s another great M*A*S*H site, that also has a forum that I believe could use some new(er to BCA) faces, since it seems to go through dry spells.

    • TWoods says:

      Hey BDOR – yep, I go there every day to view the daily quote and the “What’s New” page. I don’t view the forum due to a lack of time…

      And as Chai said (and I’m sure many of us would agree), the Name that Episode game was a definite highlight to my Tuesdays and Thursdays and something I looked forward to playing. It as well as the many other news items will be missed and I hope RJ decides to pick it up again after a very well-deserved break.

      Happy New Year everyone!

  • chuckles says:

    Thanks for all the great Tuesday and Thursdays you’ve helped brighten.
    My wife passed away from leukemia almost 2 yrs ago and I know she would have been able to get a lot of them. I think about what she and I did, talked about and were doing when we watched the particular episode for the first time that comes up on Tuesday or Thursday’s name that episode game.
    I’ll never forget our rehearsal the night before we were married back in 94′. When Father said “You can now kiss the bride,” she turned to me and said, “So, do you think I have good taste?” I replied of course….”I don’t know, let me taste you!.” Thanks Hawkeye, for that unforgetable quote.
    Enjoy your break RJ, we’ll see you soon I hope.
    Mike (and Mary(rip)) Smith – “Chuckles”

  • PinkPagoda says:

    Would also love to have you all drop in to http://www.mashtalk.com – there used to be an entire site, but the message board is all that is left!

    We do official discussions on the various episodes. More on that title if you decide to come. Also there is a “Mashman” (like hangman) game, and a 6 degrees separation from MASH game (like the Kevin Bacon one)

  • PINKPAGODA says:

    OK, DUDE!!!! Hiatus OVER!!!! I miss the pic of the week, or name that episode, or whatever you are calling it. MASH is gone from the telly, so give my my MASH FIX!!!!!!! Come out come out wherever you are!!!!

  • Chai says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with you, Pink……please RJ bring the site back……pretty pretty please!!!

  • TrapperJoe says:

    I guess I’m not the only one itching to see an update from RJ 😀

    I too hope to see the name that episode back one day. I’m not big into the computer generation, with myspace and facebook and all that jazz thats now commonplace. I see my friends and so many people caught up in it like zombies. I see some benefits in them, but I think theres too many negatives with people airing all their dirty laundry and just a lot of silly dumb things that don’t accomplish much…..just not my style I guess
    This is one of the few sites I enjoy coming to and will keep coming too. The name that episode is always a bright spot, so much great MASH info and trivia, and the people are all very cordial and friendly.
    RJ did say that February would be the earliest he would check back to reevaluate, so I guess time will tell.

    RJ’s made THE best MASH site going, and even though I miss the great updates and name that episode, he deserves all the time in the world to do his thing.

    I do hope since he’s the administrator, maybe he would consider giving someone moderator privileges to do the name that episode, if thats even possible…. someone who’s been on the site a long time and has talked to RJ many times…..just a thought.

    I hope everyone is well.
    Peace and take care

  • TWoods says:

    I agree with all of you as well. I still visit this site daily, just hoping to see that RJ is back and that there’s a new pic for the name that episode game. But, with the excellent job that he has done (and he does have the best MASH web site) he definitely deserves a break…..But, all good things must come to an end…so – please come back RJ!! 🙂