Previous Updates - 2020
December 19, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1966 (July 20 - September 2, 1966).
- New info: Jim Varney played a construction worker for Blackhawk on the October 27, 1981 episode. AW was pre-empted on July 20, 1966, November 25, 1982, and December 18, 1998. Susannah Lucas, daughter of Sam and Lahoma, was played by child actor Dianna Martin on Somerset. Danny Fargo had a brother named Harry who lived in West Virginia. Madge Murray was one year older than her sister, Flo Murray. They were two of eleven children born and raised on a farm in Iowa. Missy Palmer's paternal grandfather was named Richard Summers Sr., who lived in Chicago and died in January 1966.
- New photos: The Texas page now has pictures for almost every Major and Minor Character who appeared on the series.
November 26, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1966 (May 19 - June 10, 1966). Synopses for June 13 - July 19 were previously written. New synopses will start with July 20, 1966.
- New information: (as of June 10, 1966)
Last appearance of Colgate Salsbury as Dr. Joe Bernardi was May 24, 1966
The show's locale was named "Bay City" as of the June 1, 1966 episode
Last appearance of Liza Chapman as Janet Matthews was June 2, 1966 (Confirmed)
- Site News: Upcoming Special Update to be released on January 1, 2021: Will contain new photos including exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the 1960s. New Episodes will include December 25, 1990 and December 30, 1983.
November 15, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1966 (April 18 - May 18, 1966).
- New information: (as of May 18, 1966)
Emily Hastings had grown children and grandchildren. Her deceased husband's name was Frank
The Randolph terrace was a new set that debuted on April 6, 1966
Maiden name of Liz Matthews may have been Hill
Katherine Corning died off-screen on April 20, 1966
Rick Summers, biological father of Missy Palmer, died at the age of 24 in San Diego on February 20, 1945
Missy's "true" birthday was February 16, 1945
Katherine Corning and Helen Moore were both married in December 1941 at Pearl Harbor
Mitchell Dru was a member of the Bar Association for thirty years and the past President and Chairman of the Ethics Committee
- The Miscellaneous Pages for Celebrity Appearances has been revamped and includes some new pictures.
- New photos: Muriel Burke, Helen Moore (Nancy Douglas)
October 30, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1966 (March 28 - April 15, 1966).
- New Episodes Available on our YouTube Channel.
- Mitch Blake and Felicia Gallant's wedding took place at Belmont Park in NY in October 1988. New photos added in Location Sequences.
October 11, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1966 (January 3 - February 4, 1966).
- New information: (as of February 4, 1966)
The last episode to feature the show's epigraph was January 17, 1966
The last episode to feature the "Original Opening Sequence" was January 18, 1966
Debut of "The Interlocking Rings" opening sequence was on January 19, 1966
Helen Moore's husband and Lenore's father was originally named Walter
Gary Pillar (Carpenter) originally assumed the role of Michael Bauer on Guiding Light in February 1963 before crossing over to AW
Michael Bauer's wife, Julie Conrad Bauer, committed suicide off-camera in January 1966
- New page in Publications for Show Premiere Press Releases
- New entry to End Credits for December 25, 1990: Rachel wishing viewers a "Merry Christmas" with the Cory family standing behind her.
- New entry for Special Episodes: for September 25, 1991: Frankie's trip to Heaven.
- Entries for Special End Credits: September 24, 1991: Melancholy Gayle/Morris instrumental for Frankie's death; September 25, 1991: "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" for Frankie's rebirth.
September 18, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1965 (December 13 - 31).
- New information: (as of December 31, 1965)
An actress named Nancy Douglas originated the role of Helen Moore on November 9, 1965
First appearance of Murial Williams as Helen Moore was November 17, 1965
Helen's surname was changed from Von Maur to Moore on December 1, 1965
Paul Sparer appeared as D.A. Phil Martin in a brief "fantasy sequence" of Pat's on December 2, 1965
Pre-emptions: November 19, 25, and 26, 1965. December 15, 1965 for News coverage of Gemini 6 and 7 Rendezvous
Mitchell Dru was married to a woman named Martha and had a son named Tod, who was close to Lee Randolph's age
John Randolph gave the location of his law offices as residing in the Bank building on Third and Brady Street
September 7, 2020:
- Classic synopses written for 1965 (November 8 - December 10).
- New info: First appearance of Patti D'Arbanville as Christy Carson was October 26, 1992. First appearance in 1992 of David Bailey as Russ Matthews was October 23, 1992.
- Brief Audition story from William Russ (Burt McGowan, 1977-1978).
- Added Location Sequences for Bedfordtown: May 1965 in Manhattan, NY; featured John and Pat Randolph; Canadian wilderness: January - February 1984 in British Columbia; featuring Mac and Rachel.
August 30, 2020:
- Classic synopses (January 7 - June 18, 1965). June 21 - November 8, 1965 can be found here. Classic synopses will resume with November 9, 1965.
- New info: First appearance of House Jameson as Dr. Burton (Bert) Gregory and Florence Williams as Cora Gregory was June 9, 1965. First appearance of Mike Quinn was June 14, 1965.
August 25, 2020:
- Sad News: Marcus Smythe (Peter Love, 1985-1987) died of brain cancer on August 20, 2020.
August 16, 2020:
- New photos: Kenny Reed (Luke Perry), Kate Donovan, Mrs. Franklin, Barry Durrell, Chris Tyler.
- New entries in Actors Guide and Day Players for 1964-1965.
- Actress Patricia Clarkson, played Sister Margaret on June 9, 1986.
- Other Roles: Jane Cameron (Nancy McGowan, 1984-1987, 1989, 1993) played Melanie on "Edge of Night" in 1984. Bradley Bliss, (Kit Halloway, 1979-1981) played Muffy Baxter on "Guiding Light" 1984-1985. Thanks to Eric Stubel for the information.
July 8, 2020:
- New Audition story for Alla Korot (Jenna Norris, 1990-1993)
- Shooting: Lorenzo shot Capt. Billy Cooper on November 30, 1994.
- Added Announcements for May 1989, which were of characters rehashing their personal situation and reminding viewers of the upcoming 25th anniversary celebration.
- New Set picture: Cass and Frankie's house.
- New information: The role of D.A. Phil Martin, who prosecuted Pat during the trial for shooting Tom Baxter was played by Paul Sparer, who later played Rex Cooper on Somerset. Last known whereabouts of Clara Hudson was in Florida. Actor Chris Cooper played the role of Ed, a bartender in Dry Creek, Wyoming in 1985.
- Previously unknown Crossover: Kimberlin Brown appeared on March 2 and 3, 1999 as her Y&R and B&B character, Sheila Carter using the alias Shelly Clark.
March 25, 2020:
- Added to Minor Characters: Tommy Lee Morrow, husband of Adrienne Morrow, head of drug cartel who was killed during a police shoot out by Larry Ewing (1985), Buck Mason, a crooked cop who killed Gary Sinclair's former police partner, Grace, and was jailed after holding Josie Watts hostage (1995).
- Corrections: Kale Brown (Michael Hudson, 1986-1992, 1995-1998) returned to attend Grant and Vicky's wedding February 3-9, 1993. Dr. Joe Bernardi was played by Colgate Salsbury in 1966.
- Added to Honorable Mentions in Special Episodes: July 22, 1965. The episode contained several flashbacks of everything that happened to Pat Randolph while in Bedfordtown earlier that year as she recounted the events to Jim and Mary Matthews.
February 26, 2020:
- New info: Eileen Letchworth played Anne Mason, mother of errant teen Emily Mason and owner of the Imago dress shop in 1969. Actor John Karlen played Casey, a loan shark who shot Ted Clark in 1971.
- New Audition stories for Sandra Ferguson (Amanda Cory, 1987-1993; 1998-1999) and Alice Barrett-Mitchell (Frankie Frame, 1989-1996, 1999).
- New cover: May 21-27, 1972, TV Magazine with Susan Sullivan (Lenore Moore).
- New AW Print Ad: Show Premier Ad (1964).
- The Couples Themes now includes links to the actual songs on the Music page.
- Site News: At the beginning of the year, we uploaded audio from March 5, 1979, the first 90-minute episode. It will be followed by a bi-weekly release schedule of more 1976-1978 audio material that will last almost to the end of the year, including quite possibly a very special classic episode.
- Special Site Announcement: The AWHP's 25th anniversary will take place in April 2020. To mark the occasion, Eddie and I will have special updates throughout the year (and possibly through 2021). These include: survey results encompassing the show's entire history, new daily synopses for 1964-1978 and 1986-1987, photos, and song pages. Therefore, "regular updates" will become infrequent.
January 28, 2020:
- New info: Last known mention of R.J. Morgan was during Roy Bingham and Henrietta Morgan's wedding reception on April 20, 1984. Made by Thomasina Todd. Exit Scene/Line of Jensen Buchanan as Vicky Hudson (1994) In her house while picking up Kirkland Harrison before fleeing town, "Here we go." Last appearance of Betty Miller as Jeanne Ewing was August 8, 1983. Info added for Brian Bancroft dating Donna Love in 1983 here.
January 24, 2020:
- New pictures in the Photo Galleries including: Alice Matthews Frame (Jacquie Courtney), Russ Matthews (Sam Groom) and Rachel Cory (Robin Strasser), Caroline Stafford, Tony Douglas and Alice (Jacquie Courtney), Vicky Hudson (Anne Heche), Cass Winthrop and Nicole Love (Anne Howard), Michael Bauer and Bill Matthews, John Randolph with Mary, Pat, and Alice, Cass Winthrop and Josie Watts (Amy Carlson), Peter Love (John Hutton), Cass Winthrop, and Cecile DePoulignac (Nancy Frangione), Michael Bauer, Lee Randolph (Gaye Huston), and Pat Randolph (Susan Trustman), Lily Mason, Mac, Rachel, and Iris, Peter Love (John Hutton) and Cecile DePoulignac, Blaine Ewing (Laura Malone), Carl Hutchins and Rachel Cory, and Marley Hudson (Anne Heche).
January 20, 2020:
- New Audition stories for Jane Cameron (Nancy McGowan, 1984-1987) and Matthew Crane (Matthew Cory).
- Date of Victoria Wyndham's 25th Anniversary special episode was July 21, 1997.
- New cover: May 1973, Tv By Day with Ann Wedgeworth (Lahoma Vane Lucas) and daughter.
- List of AW collections added to Archives.
- The song, "Life Is a Highway," by Tom Cochrane was played during Justin Chamber's first appearance as Nick Hudson on May 16, 1995.
- Daytime Emmy Award for Best Original Song (1991): "Dreamlove" written by Roxanne Seeman and Billy Hughes.