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Guiding Light: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2004
on page 9 there is a great up close picture of Bill and Bert Bauer at a restaurant during a 1957 episode of the show. i'm glad i bought this book because it features a whole lot more different castmember pictures than, believe it or not, the 1997 60th Anniversary edition carried. No, the 1997 book is a MUST-HAVE too...it's just that this 1987 book has a more intimate feel about it than the large 1997 book, with ten added seasons. This 1987 book, strangely enough, covers ground that the 1997 book either left out because of space restraints or the author didn't feel necessary as a whole. for example, the 1987 book lists cast-members and their personal stats like birth and death and also on page 16 there's a picture of Arthur Peterson, who played "Reverend Ruthledge" on the radio version of the show until the mid '40s when the soap opera version took over with the Bauer clan. The 1997 lacks this kind of feature. Instead, they over-view the various families of the show in the back of the book. I think the 1987 book is a must-have because it's from a different author and a different lay-out and different emphasis...if you felt that the 1987 book was useless since the 1997 edition rolled around, you're sadly mistaken...the pictures alone are WORTH buying the 1987 "50th Anniversary"! My favorite characters on the show were Roger Thorpe, Alan Spaulding, Ed Bauer, Ross Marler, and Billy Lewis.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This author knows his soaps better than almost anyone and he writes with a genuine love, authority and respect that is refreshing in ANY genre! Fans of the longest televised daytime serial will cherish this volume, but non-GL devotees will enjoy the cultural importance of it, too! Grab it if you can.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 9, 2008
Believe it or not, this book is over 20 years old. Irna Phillips first debuted Guiding Light on radio in 1937 as a religious serial. 50 years later, Guiding Light is one of the best soaps out there on television. 21 years later, Guiding Light is still struggling to rise above the waters of cancellation. With a first rate cast and writers, Guiding Light still has the golden touch. I loved this book because it remembered Charita Bauer who was the heart and soul of the show. Also, there is a lot of Beverlee McKinsey who had just passed away. If you think about it, Guiding Light has delivered some of today's best known actors and actresses like Melina Kanakareades (CSI New York), Sherry Stringfield (ER), Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Kevin Bacon, and so many others that soaps still get no respect in this country. Soaps like Guiding Light put in long days to get one episode done. I doubt that the characters on primetime are as half-as-interesting as on daytime. That is the truth. I still prefer Melina as the original Eleni and Sherry as adult Blake over their primetime roles.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2006
I wish there had been more pictures and more info on some of the current players. I have watched this show forever it seems but I don't like some of the story lines any more so I might not watch it much more. Will there be another book from the author?? I do enjoy it. I started watching it when Poppa Bauer was in it I believe in the 50's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2009
This is a great book for Guiding Light fans, since it starts at the very beginning. I watched GL for a very long time, about 35 years, and was very sad when it was taken off the air in the middle of September. This wonderful book has helped to ease the pain.
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This book came out a year after its author, Christopher Shemering, published his insightful book "The Soap Opera Encyclopedia". "Guiding Light: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" is just that, a celebration of one of the most beloved radio and television dramas ever broadcast. Shemering conducts interviews with the stars of the series, as well as writers, producers, and directors, and offers readers a beautiful breakdown of some of the most famous storylines from the series' history.

For me what made the book so wonderful were the black and white photographs from the sixties, seeing those great hair styles and the neat clothing attire.

This book came out while "Guiding Light" was still one of America's highest-rated soap operas, usually finishing in the Top 4 of all serials daily. Now as we all know "Guiding Light" is nothing but a mere memory. Good news is though Proctor and Gamble, the owners of the series, is putting out a 4 disc set on "Guiding Light" in the coming months featuring 20 memorable episodes so I am sure there will be renewed interest in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2015
Keeping a family tradition alive! beautiful condition this book will be cherished for generations to come!
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This book was really informative on GL's early years of which i didnt know. i started watching GL in 98 when i was 13. So this book was very interesting to me to learn about the early days of GL. Great book for diehard fans of the show.
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on March 3, 2014
I liked the pictures, though I would have liked more. I read the entire book and was stunned that I remember many of the stories from the 60's---even though I was only 6 years old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2014
Guiding Light Memories
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