15 Years Writing About M*A*S*H


Longtime visitors to this site will recall that I don’t know exactly when it first went online but have been using April 1999 as the “launch date” for the purpose of anniversaries. So that makes this month the 15th anniversary of MASH4077TV.com (formerly “M*A*S*H, Finest Kind” and before that “trapperjohn’s M*A*S*H Page” and before that something else). That’s several years longer than M*A*S*H was on the air and five times longer than the actual Korean Conflict.

Back in April 2012, I wrote a brief history of the site and its place in M*A*S*H Internet fandom, which you can find here. Last April I briefly discussed several projects I was working on, none of which I actually managed to finish. To be honest, I barely have the time to write an Episode Spotlight each week. Unfortunately, it’s become something of a chore but I’m sticking with it.

Regular readers may also remember my saying on multiple occasions that my interest in M*A*S*H varies over time. Believe it or not, I’m actually very interested in the series at the moment. I have been working on a few projects recently — or at least doing a lot of planning — and hopefully one or two may be completed in the coming months. Here’s a look:

I want to relaunch the Music of M*A*S*H section with an season-by-season listing of all the music heard in each episode, transcribed from music cue sheets prepared by the Twentieth Century-Fox Legal Department. I’m about halfway done with the first season. I’d also like to put together an analysis of the various versions of M*A*S*H theme song used over the course the series.

Another idea I’ve been toying with is something called 11 Things About M*A*S*H. It would be a blog feature that as the title suggests would list 11 things about M*A*S*H, i.e. 11 Underrated Episodes of M*A*S*H, 11 People You May Not Know Were on M*A*S*H, 11 of the Best Musical Moments from M*A*S*H, etc. Likewise, I have some topics in mind for an essay feature at the blog called Musings on M*A*S*H.

I’m going to try to finally finish the long-gestating article about the P.A. announcers on M*A*S*H. I’ve been thinking about expanding my proposed article about the 2008 Malibu Creek State Park site restoration into a broader examination of the outdoor set and an indoor sound stage. Finally, I’m still very interested in writing about cut scenes or alternate takes from episodes of M*A*S*H. I’ve been slowly compiling some information but it’s still not quite ready for prime time yet.

This website has come a long way since it was launched. It’s sometimes hard to believe it’s been online for 15 years and that I’ve been writing about M*A*S*H for so long. Thanks to everyone who has visited over the past decade and a half and all those who have e-mailed and commented.

8 Replies to “15 Years Writing About M*A*S*H”

  1. It is a great website, RJ. You should be very proud. You have given us all M*A*S*Hers a place to gather to express our appreciation for this wonderful show.

    Congratulations and a very happy anniversary!!

  2. Just wanted to congratulate you RJ on this anniversary and wishing you many more. Also wanted to thank you for creating a corner in the world where MASH people could congregate and find common ground. Btw, the day that you don’t have any drive for anything anymore no matter what the task is, is the day your mind dies. So don’t think of episode spotlight and all of your projects as work, do them while you still are physically and mentally willing and able! 🙂 Just for fun, Happy Easter. 🙂

  3. I agree with Seoul City Sue – keep up the wonderful work you’ve been doing, RJ. Your site is the best of the best and is one of the few sites I visit daily. I’m really looking forward to what you have in store for us M*A*S*Hers!

    A definite Happy Anniversary to you!

  4. I’ve been a M*A*S*H watcher since the mid-1970’s and never get tired of the show — particularly the early seasons.

    I stumbled upon your website sometime in the past couple of years when I was searching for some episode information. I then became a regular visitor and eventually started posting here (though I still have not gotten around to registering for your forum, which I plan to do eventually).

    Thanks for your wonderful site and for all the other posters here who make this such a great place to visit.

  5. RJ – this is truly a great site for M*A*S*H fans. Thank you for your dedication. Nothing should feel like a chore – just providing the forum is amazing.

  6. RJ – Thank you for all of your efforts! This is truly a great site. I’ve been visiting since 2009 and have learned countless things about my all-time favorite television show.
    I look forward to every Name That Episode posting. It blows my mind how quickly the regular posters nail the correct answer.

  7. Thanks for the kind words, folks. I just hope I can actually carve out enough time to finish some of the projects I wrote about.

  8. I’m a long time M*A*S*H* fan but I only discovered your site recently. Thanks a lot for your work & looking forward to the articles you are working on!

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