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Luke & Laura ~ November 16, 1981

Luke & Laura married on November 16, 1981.  The event was watched by 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.

I’m reading a book called Dr. Knowledge Presents – Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands.
An entry caught my attention:

Why They’re Called Soap Operas

Oxydol laundry soap started something new in 1933.  They began sponsoring a daily fifteen-minute afternoon drama on network radio.  Their program was called Ma Perkins.

It was popular, and soon other soap brands decided to sponsor the same kind of show.  The airwaves because full of afternoon dramas aimed at a predominately female audience.  The phrase “soap operas” entered the language to describe these soap-sponsored programs.

Some long-running soap operas of that era included Stella Dallas, Portia Faces Life, Just Plain Bill, Life Can Be Beautiful, The Guiding Light, Our Gal Sunday, and Backstage Wife.

(Incredibly, Virginia Payne, who played Ma on Ma Perkins, held that role for the entire twenty-seven-year run of the program – never missing any of its 7,065 broadcasts.)

While we’re on the topic, if you watch General Hospital answer this….

Luke & Laura ~ November 16, 2006

A couple of years ago when Laura came out of her coma she and Luke got remarried.  Everyone thought it was a farce because Luke was married to Tracy Quartermaine.  Now that it’s come out that Luke & Tracy were not really married, it makes me think – he is really married to Laura now isn’t he?  He can’t marry Tracy without getting a divorce from Laura.  Am I remembering things correctly?

Do you watch soap operas?  If so, which one?

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The Weekly Re-cap: I made a new friend, and found a couple dresses I liked.  I showed you that I haven’t changed too much through the years, and we talked about uncovering the joy of YOU.  I also told you that I had an awesome day happening.  It ended up being more uneventful than I had hoped, but these things happen….

The Weekly Read: I’ve been reading 101 Ways To Find God’s Purpose For Your Life.  I’ve done 2 blogs about things I’ve read in it so far.  #1 & #2

The Weekly TV: I’ve been watching a show that was on TV a few years ago called The Riches.  It’s about a family of con-artists.  I like it 🙂  It stars Minnie Driver & Eddie Izzard.

The Weekly Movie: Paparazzi – Great movie!  Reminds you that life as a celebrity isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be….

The Weekly Downer: That the job I interviewed for isn’t going to take a few weeks to make a hiring decision 😦

The Weekly Beverage: Limeade


The Weekly Food: Chicken Helper & more turkey sandwiches

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to OMG Facts Despite having much longer and more flexible necks, Giraffes have the SAME number of neck vertebrae as humans

The Weekly Birthdays: Daran Overfield (40), Bev Waltz, Eric Hennessey, Reid Emination, Kristen Alison Haley, Todd Arbesfeld, and Crystil Loeper.  Happy Birthday to you all!  I hope you had a wonderful birthday.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.  🙂

The Weekly Activity: SMBTV Happy Hour at Wolff’s Biergarten.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: AstroGirl426 and SimpleMealPlan

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorkas – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

Have a great weekend!

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