I agree. This ageism thing stinks big time. >( I remember when Alan WAS the new doctor. If Stuart Damon wanted to retire and spend more time with family. I'd be fine with that. Yes, it is a business. We get that. The reason soaps get no respect is it's image. Yes, in the fifties housewives watched. 2007, we're busier and yet I notice the same names writing for different soaps. Yes, younger faces are cheaper, but viewers wont hang around if the youngsters have to learn at their expense. GH does get credit for credit is due regarding Patrick Drake. Jason not only can act, but he looks a lot like his on screen Dad: Rick Springfield, and Noah was quite a playboy when he first hit town.