Happy 45th Birthday General Hospital!
Tony Jones loses his daughter, B.J. (Soaps.com)
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream in 1963, John F. Kennedy lovers lived a nightmare the same year and a first-class postage stamp cost four cents. Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” won Grammy’s Record of the Year and Julia Child made her television debut. Another landmark for the year was the launching of General
Hospital. In fact, it was April fool’s day when ABC launched its first daytime serial and GH has since gone on to become the
longest-running daytime serial for the network.
I can speak from experience on how passionate GH fans are about “their” soap (Have you seen our Soaps.com GH Message Board?), so I thought the occasion was the perfect time to ask them to recall some of their favorites through the years.
The Favorite Storyline seems to be when Jason Quartermaine suffered a head injury and ended up becoming Jason Morgan. Other mentions were Luke and Laura’s love, Liz’s rape and the Ice Princess caper. (Poster) Mother of an Angel said, “I’ve always enjoyed the fun story lines. Lucy and Doc (let’s not forget Sigmund), The Nurses Ball, Eddie Maine, Jax and Ned as buddies, Tiffany Hill always getting in the way while trying to be a reporter,Kevin and Mac going undercover as women, the Q’s family fights, Luke pulling a con for whatever reason, and Dillon and Spin as the latest generation of comic talent on the show.”
The winner in the Favorite Actor category was pretty clear-cut: Steve Burton (Jason Quartermaine Morgan.) Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Tony Geary (Luke) and Josh Duhan (Logan) scored their share of votes, as well. Although he didn’t take the most votes, Rick Hearst (Ric), (poster)
RainStormRaider wrote, “Rick Hearst is the best thing to happen to GH in a very long time. He is a class act who raises the intensity of every scene
and he brings out the best in his partners. There is always that essence of vulnerability and truth to his portrayal of Ric.”
As for Favorite Actress, Genie Frances (Laura Spencer), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) scored big but it was Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) who took the title. (Poster) tweetyb-86 sums it up nicely, “She has me cheering her on one minute and wanting to wring her neck the next and I love it!” It should come as no surprise then when the Favorite Couple was voted to be Jason and Elizabeth, however historical couples received many favorable mentions. Luke & Laura (of course!), Robin & Anna, Robin & Jason and Robin & Stone to name a few.
Who do GH fans most Love to Hate? Carly Corinthos is the clear winner. Also mentioned were Ric, Maxie and Lucky, but it was (poster) Soap Dweeb’s comments about Sam that deserve a mention, “I can’t stand her most of the time, but I love how strong she is and isn’t afraid to fight and get dirty.”
The winner for Best Villain goes to Helena Cassadine (who was played by Elizabeth Taylor in 1981). Names like Manny Ruiz, Jerry Jacks, Faith Roscoe and Joe Scully were bantered about but it’s hard to beat the Greek Matriarch’s history of beheading Alexis’s mom and downright torturing her own family.
GH has a rich history in presenting Disaster Storylines. Pollsters chose 2007's Metro Court Hostage Crisis as their favorite, but 2006's train wreck, the virus epidemic that killed Tony Jones, the fire that "killed" Lucky also were mentioned. As for (poster) ReignofTerror's choice, "...several hairstyles and clothing" warrant disastrous results.
The Favorite Medical Storyline offered many differing opinions but it was when little B.J. Jones' heart went to Maxie that seemed to bring many posters to tears at the very thought of those riveting scenes. Stone Cates' AIDS death and Robin's resulting HIV storylines (Robin's HIV Pregnancy) are also still wrenching our hearts.
It's the Favorite Mob Storyline votes that really take you back in time. Duke Lavery and his mob connection was mentioned, as were Sonny faking his own death, Lily's car bombing and the shootout at Luke's Club. But Frank Smith's terrorism of the Spencer Family is the winner of dubious distinction. Heck, that's why we lost Luke and Laura for so long in the first place!
Who do we most wish would Return? (Poster) ryleeaileeronikfan simply writes, "Brenda, Brenda, Brenda." So that's several votes for Vanessa Marcil, but others were mentioned as well. Ted King (Lorenzo Alcazar), Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio), Wally Kurth (Ned) and even Michael Sutton (Stone Cates) made the list of poster's longed-for faces.
Our Favorite Set conjures up visions of, well, what we still see every day! Wyndemere, the nurses' station, Jake's, the Metro Court and the Quartermaine mansion were listed but the big winner goes to Kelly's Diner. My personal favorite was Bobbie Spencer's brownstone where holidays (and various one-nighters!) used to take place. There also have been some amazing location shoots for action-oriented backdrops for Luke, Laura, Tiffany, Sean, Robert, Anna and Holly.
(Poster) onlygh summarized what most fans feel about the Best Musical Storyline. She wrote, "I always loved the Nurses' Ball where we got to see the hidden talents of the cast members." She adds, "Lately, I've been mesmerized by Johnny being a piano-player...so unexpected and
Thank you to everyone who shared their memories. I feel as many of us do, that we grew up (or old!) while watching the drama unfold in the make-believe city of Port Charles. Childhood, college, and the single life came and went and I'm still tuning in to see what Luke Spencer and his ilk are up to every day. Stay tuned for Part II of "Happy Birthday General
Hospital" where I tell you some of the actor's favorites!
Julie Clark Robinson
GH News & Recap Writer