This is my 18th annual “Year In Review” post. Continue reading for a brief overview the anniversaries and M*A*S*H news from 2020.
RIP Gene Reynolds, Kellye Nakahara, Others
Sadly, a number of people connected to M*A*S*H passed away last year. The M*A*S*H fan community mourned the loss of producer/executive producer/creative consultant Gene Reynolds and actress Kellye Nakahara in February. Actor Timothy Brown, who had a recurring role as Captain Oliver Harmon “Spearchucker” Jones during Season 1, died in April. Composer Johnny Mandel, who wrote the music to “Suicide is Painless,” died in June.
Other deaths in 2020: actress in Claudette Nevins in March; actor Brian Dennehy in April; actor Richard Herd in May; actor Corey Fischer in June; AfterMASH actress Brandis Kemp in July; composer Duane Tatro in August; and scriptwriter Charlie Hauck in November.
Happy New Year
2020 was a long, bizarre, and frankly terrifying year for many people. There were also good parts of the year. For perhaps the first time ever, the New Year quote from from Season 9’s “A War For All Seasons” actually feels appropriate:
Colonel Potter: “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.”
There was another mention of New Year’s Eve in “Hot Lips and Empty Arms” during Season 2, plus jokes about New Year’s Eve or Day in “Yankee Doodle Doctor” (Season 1), “The Army-Navy Game” (Season 1), “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (Season 5), “Your Hit Parade” (Season 6), and “Communications Breakdown” (Season 10).
Happy New Year, everyone. Stay healthy and safe in 2021. And keep watching M*A*S*H!