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Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy 40th birthday to M*A*S*H!

Forty years ago today (September 17th, 1972), the show M*A*S*H began airing on American television.

The show, which ran for over 10 years, was a black comedy revolving around the exploits of army surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce and his various cohorts, as they attempt to maintain sanity during the harshness of the Korean War, during the early 1950's.

I grew up watching this show with my parents (although not during the first run). Amazing to think it was so long ago now! In the UK, the show was always aired without the corny US laugh track, because we have no need of such things. I recall one year when a new season aired, the BBC inadvertantly broadcast the version with the laugh track. There was a national outcry, and within a couple of weeks the problem was fixed!

Pictured here are Hawkeye and his compadre BJ Hunnicutt, sitting on the army bunks in their tent nicknamed "The Swamp", where they had their own still for producing Martinis. Many of the characters in the show wore personal items over their army fatigues to connect them to their ordinary lives, such Hawkeye's distinctive robe.

About the build: This was a quick one for me, since I was only reminded of the anniversary last night! This represents about two hours building effort, which for me is a total miracle. Photography and lighting were a bit of a rush job. But you get the idea. This has definitely inspired me to do the entire Swamp some time in the future, though!

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