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Mash by Richard Hooker
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message 1: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Wow, didn't know this all came from a book. Favorite tv show ever.


Mike s.penkevich wrote: "Wow, didn't know this all came from a book. Favorite tv show ever."

Yes, indeed. This is where it all started. And Hooker wrote a sequel, M*A*S*H Goes to Maine. Both the movie and the television series are favorites of mine. At the time the movie was made by Robert Altman, we were mired down in Vietnam. Altman deliberately used the helicopters as an association with Vietnam. Also, think of how many scenes showed the characters in clothes indicating the climate was hot. One of the best histories of the Korean "War" is The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by the late David Halberstam. Visiting the Korean War memorial in Washington, DC, is a somewhat "chilling" experience, especially should you have the opportunity to see it in heavy snow fall. You can sense the cold in the faces of the young soldiers in their faces, their very posture. It is a haunting site. I had a math teacher in the 8th grade. He was in Korea. Sometimes he would stray from math and begin talking about being in a fire fight at night, after the Chinese had become involved. His description of the blaring of the bugles reverberating off the rocks and cliffs were jarring, even sitting in a quiet class room. At the time he told the stories, he was back in the world about 14 or 15 years. He would have been a very young soldier in Korea. Clearly, he still felt the effects of his experiences there.


message 3: by Terry (new) - added it

Terry Wow I had no idea... I still watch the reruns


message 4: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Wow, thank you, I'll have to find this. And I hope to one day see the Memorial, still have yet to take that D.C. trip. I'll try and make it in the winter and plan for snow falls.


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