Set The Wayback Machine To 1984 Sherman

Wayback 1984Gadzooks! The Wayback Machine is being operated a day late! But the anomaly is only temporary; for you see it's a special occasion... the 37th anniversary of M*A*S*H hitting the airwaves is today.

I heart M*A*S*H.

Yep, back in the 70s and 80s I was ... and still am, a M*A*S*H-aholic. I couldn't wait to watch it every week. Hmmmm... I wonder if that had anything to do with my going into the healthcare field? Wouldn't be surprised.

I laughed when Frank got justifiably pranked.

I did NOT cry when Henry was unexpectedly killed....

Oh crap. Okay, I'll admit it. I did.

I still look forward to watching M*A*S*H every day on the History channel, even though I've seen it so much, I can irritatingly recite each episode verbatim. I can, but I don't... well, since I'm usually alone whilst watching it and I hate it when I irritate myself.

It's irritating.

MASH CastBack in 1984, my friends and I (all fans, natch) attended a "M*A*S*H Bash" -- a hotel social while vacationing at the lake. We made costumes, shopped for accessories and created decor appropriate for the occasion.

MASH decorOur group had Henry, Hot Lips, Klinger and Trapper. Hubby was Hawkeye.

And me? Who else... I was Radar - complete with a teddy bear and Grape Nehi (after all, I was the DD).

MASH BASHNowadays my only M*A*S*H fashion (Mashion?) is the T-shirt that came with the Atari 2600 game in 1983.

MASH shirtWhat? You can't say that it surprises you that this Geek has the Atari game can you?

Or that she still WEARS her M*A*S*H shirt?

Well I told you I was a M*A*S*H - aholic. Duh.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some classic episodes to recite, erm watch, on Tivo before the rest of the family gets home.

19 People would rather be commenting:

ReformingGeek said...

Love it, you Mash-Geek you.

"Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes and I can take or leave it as I please...."

Ed & Jeanne said...

I can play the theme song on the guitar...does that qualify me to get the fan newsletter?

Babs-beetle said...

Now, why doesn't that surprise me? ;) I wasn't a fan, but then I don't watch hospital (and the like) programmes. All that blood & gore is all too much for me.

You all look like the real thing in your photo.

JoJo said...

It was a bit too adult for me when it was on in the 70's (meaning I was like 7 when it came on the air) but I always enjoyed the reruns. I still remember huddling around a friend's b&w TV w/ a bunch of other's in her dorm room, watching the very last episode in early 1983.

Irene said...

I was a Mash-aholic for a while too, until I got tired of the jokes and they do wear on you after a while, I find. I can take Alan Alda only for so long and then I can't watch him anymore, he becomes unfunny. Sorry about that, Maureen.

Lidian said...

I loved M*A*S*H too - still do but have not seen it in years. Must do something about this! You all did a great job with the costumes (and the grape Nehi too!)

Jay said...

Mash was great! I didn't see it when it first screened, but when I did see it, I was hooked!

Swubird said...


So we have something in common. I was, and remain, an insane MASHaholic. I saw every episode and, to the complaining of the rest of the household, I watched them more than once. The only thing I hated about the program was those idiotic and annoying laugh tracks. If ever a show did not need a laugh track, it was MASH.

Happy trails.

Debbie said...

I love the show too. And the reruns. But an Atari game of MASH? I don't remember that one, just pong.

Unknown said...

Ahhh, Mash. I used to love that show. But then it got very tiring. I liked Alan Alda in some movies but alas grew tired of Mash.

JD at I Do Things said...

Aw. I bawled when Henry was killed. TV shows just didn't DO that back in the day.

My favorite episode was the one where everyone had to do a favor for someone (too complicated to recount) and one of the favors was throwing Frank a surprise b-day party.

Hot Lips: "They love you, Frank!"
Frank: "It was their hatred that fooled me."

Maureen said...

Reforming Geek: Hah! Perfect! Sounds like YOU'RE one too!

VE: Yes it does. Now I just have to find one that's still being made.

Thanks Babs! Well, unlike the shows nowadays, there really wasn't that much blood and gore in the old shows.

Jo-Jo: I was twelve when it started and twenty three when it ended. So it was a big part of my teenage years.

Oh don't apologize, Green Stone Woman, that's what's great about this world; everyone is different with different likes and dislikes. We would be pretty boring if we were all alike!

Aw, thanks Lidian! It sure was fun. I even made round "glasses" (I didn't wear glasses back then so they were just the frames) out of wire.

Jay: Some people think it was a show about making a comedy about war. Which is the furthest from the truth you could get. It was about the characters forced together by the war. A lot of stars were in it too... a few weeks back I saw the one with Patrick Swayze...

Swubird: How right you are. But those were the days when that stupid laugh track was common... as if we wouldn't know when to laugh without it. Oh well, chalk it up to those times, I guess.

Oh yes Debbie, there was a game alright! It had helicopters and a part where you could do "surgery" ala "Operation Game".

Ettarose: Well it was on a looong time... there aren't many shows that last 12 years.

Ha! JD!!! Yay! Another M*A*S*H aholic! Frank was priceless; he and Henry were great; my favorite shows are the ones with them still in them.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

I was a huge M*A*S*H fan from day one (see, I even put in the official '*' thingies in my comment). It was a great show and one of the best movie spin-offs in history.

I do have to admit though, I never really liked B.J. Honeycut that much. Maybe because he felt like a replacement for Trapper - who was awesome. *sniff*

Cupcake Blonde said...

I never liked M*A*S*H growing up, mostly because my Dad forced me to watch it. I think because I never GOT it. Recently my husband suggested I watch a few episodes and it is greatly funny. I guess I had to be older to appreciate its true humor.

Bruce Johnson said...

Mash got a bit long in the tooth for me. The original season was very hard hitting and pushed the envelop, it went down hill from there with Hawkeye insistant preaching, and Hot-Lips became to sophisticated, although Charles was always a hoot to watch. I will take the original movie version anyday.

Jaffer said...

I am a big M*A*S*H fan myself.

I did a whole engineering-design project taking inspiration from the show - adding camofolauge, a red cross, the word "sherman" and ofcourse the show's title and unit number.

Best of all it was appreciated by all !

Maureen said...

Jeff: I prefer the original cast as well... too bad they didn't keep Spearchucker and the Aussie guy. They were good too.

Vegas Princess: Yeah, it wasn't for kids, that's for sure.

Bruce: Yes, the movie is quite different. I wish Radar had stayed the entire series; he was the only original from the movie.

Aw cool Jaffer! That sounds great... any photos? If so, you should post about it!

seo soltutions said...

i like M*A*S*H,!
i was also hooked on this.. :)

LaraAnn said...

This show was the theme of our 8th grade dance in 1983. I had 2 shirts. One said Hot Lips on it. My brother has the DVDs of all the seasons now. I used to like it but I don't really anymore. I didn't get rid of my episode guide though.

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