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To: narby

Major Charles Emerson Winchester.
Although they portrayed him as a pompous elitist, on a Christmas episode, it was he who made a huge gift to the orphans in -secret-.
He also helped a patient who was stutterer because, unknown to anyone else, his sister Honoria was a stutterer.
He helped a pianist who lost his arm regain his self-confidence by acquiring piano sheet music written for one hand.
For all that the writers tried to make him appear a boorish snob, periodically we caught glimpses of his true self; someone who did help others but insisted that they help themselves, as well.
He did not "help" by offering fawning pity.
Of all the characters, he had the most dignity and self-respect, both of which were, of course, mocked mercilessly by the oh-so-enlightened "liberal" characters.
Radar, Col. Potter and Winchester carried that show after Hunnicutt and Pierce had degraded into self-conscious charicatures of "typical" liberal whiners.
Alan Alda became the poster boy for "sensitive men" and some women decided that's what they wanted in a guy.
The rest is metrosexual history....:-\


14 posted on 08/02/2004 8:33:06 AM PDT by Salamander (Fnord)
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To: Salamander

"Alan Alda became the poster boy for "sensitive men" and some women decided that's what they wanted in a guy." Ironically, the stunts Hawkeye pulled on Hot Lips and the other females would make Tailhook look like a church picnic today. I found it interesting that Linda Bloodworth, a big Clinton supporter, was a writer for M*A*S*H. During the M*A*S*H days, such stunts were considered funny, not sexual harassment. But when it was convenient to bash Clarence Thomas, sexual harassment became Bloodworth's battle cry in her show, "Designing Women."


19 posted on 08/02/2004 9:45:53 AM PDT by soccermom
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