Discuss: M*A*S*H in the Real World


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Today’s topic is: Have you encountered M*A*S*H in the real world?

That’s A M*A*S*H T-Shirt!

I’ve kicked around this topic idea for a while but I had trouble coming up with a simple and easy way to explain it. Basically, I’m asking if anyone has ever seen or heard something about M*A*S*H in their everyday life, not online. References to M*A*S*H in other TV shows, movies, or books don’t count.

Have you seen someone wearing a M*A*S*H t-shirt or a M*A*S*H patch on their backpack? Heard someone humming the theme song? Eavesdropped on a conversation about the show?

If you’re old enough to have watched M*A*S*H during its original 1972-1983 run in the United States, you probably have some stories to share. Younger fans who started watching M*A*S*H long after the show went off the air may not.

I have seen someone wearing a M*A*S*H t-shirt but I don’t recall when or where. I can also remember driving past someone working on what looked like a 1950s-era U.S. Army jeep in their driveway. It had either “M*A*S*H 4077” or just “4077” painted on the side.

Hit the comments with your thoughts.

5 Replies to “Discuss: M*A*S*H in the Real World”

  1. I’ve hiked out to the MASH set in Malibu a couple of times… that was definitely in the real world. There was a surprising number of people doing the hike, but sadly, like myself, they were not exactly millennials. My kids had zero interest in joining me on the hike.

  2. Pretty sure I’ve seen a M*A*S*H shirt once or twice but definitely cannot recall where/when. That’s pretty much it though.

  3. Like dhla, I’ve hiked to the set in Malibu Creek State Park when I was in CA wearing my M*A*S*H shirt. Met a few people on the way who recognized the shirt and gave a shout out. I’ve had discussions with people who watched the show while it was airing on TV and who their favorite characters were.

    The one time I saw someone on the college campus wearing a T-shirt was the only time I saw the show referenced by someone I didn’t know or was talking to about the show.

  4. My wife had the theme song played as we were signing our marriage registration at the church….she blacked out the title.

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