19 Years of Writing About M*A*S*H


As some of my longtime readers may remember, I consider April the anniversary month of this website and 1999 the anniversary year. I honestly don’t know when I actually launched the site. It may not have been 1999. It may have started in 1998. However, the earliest files I have on my computer are from April 1999, which is why I always celebrate the anniversary of the site in April.

It’s hard to believe I’m been writing about M*A*S*H for 19 years. That’s eight years longer than the show was on the air. It’s even harder to believe next year will be 20 years. If you’re interested, check out my About page to learn the history of the site and see what it used to look like.

I never like writing anniversary posts because I always feel like I have to apologize for not producing any new content during the past year. For several years now, I’ve been working on several projects in my limited free time, two of which utilize contributions from readers and fellow fans. One is a look at the classical music Charles listened to. The other is an overview of syndication cuts. Unfortunately, I haven’t made much progress on either of these projects. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to finish one before the end of 2018. We’ll see.

So, who remembers when the name of this site was M*A*S*H — Finest Kind?

8 Replies to “19 Years of Writing About M*A*S*H”

  1. I remember when it was MASH – Finest Kind and I remember where there were 2-3 other sites, which have since gone away. The only other one I know about is aftermash.blogspot… but this has always been the best in my opinion. As I recall, one focused more on collecting (how to) and one focused more on selling stuff. This has always been more serious, which I appreciate. Kudos to you!

  2. Been visiting this site on and off (mostly) off since the early 2000’s but never really got active until another site I would visit regularly went away. I thought the URL of the other site was mash4077.co.uk, but that address seems to lead to a mash site. Maybe the address got bought out or something, but the site I use to visit had a blue background.

    Anyways once that site disappeared, I started coming here more regularly, and then really got active towards the latter half of Round III of the Name That Episode game.

    Anyways thanks for keeping this site up and running and maintaining it for so many years @RJ. Much appreciated.

    1. Also, I saw you mention you were working on the cut from syndication thing. I actually sat through last year on my DVD run through of the series with my laptop and took note of each one. Granted it was all from memory, but I had seen every episode multiple times, always on syndication, so every time a scene or piece of dialogue came up that I didn’t recognize, I’d note it down.

      I believe I sent it to you via email sometime last year. Did you get it?

      1. You did send it to me, yes. I just haven’t had time to do anything with it yet, unfortunately.

  3. Nice retrospective. Interesting to see those old web page screen grabs.

    Shows how writing about MASH is a journey through the emergence of the internet. You have to wonder if the actors, extras and producers even understood that they would live on forever on the internet and on syndicated television.

  4. I found the site in 2011, can’t believe it’s been 7 years. I was in my final year of a Master’s Degree and in need of a break so started watching M*A*S*H again and had a look on-line for other fans.
    At the time your site was on break but I enjoyed looking at the old articles and kept popping by hoping for an update.
    I think the fandom that posts here is lovely and respectful and articulate and that also makes me want to come back.

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