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« One. (Life to Live) | Main | Can't Let Go, No No No »

January 19, 2012


(Originally posted on January 13, 2012 after the One Life to LIve finale. Just updating a bit so anyone new has a chance to share their stories!)

Why did you start watching OLTL? We want your stories.



I started watching OLTL in 2007 (along with AMC and GH) regularly when Marcie was on the run when she kidnapped the baby (Sam, then named Tommy) she adopted from Victor Jr. and the recently deceased Margaret, and when Viki left Llanview to work as a waitress at the Bon Jour Cafe in Paris, Texas where we also first met Rex's old high school sweetheart Gigi, who just so happened to be the baby mama of their child Shane there, too! I was hooked instantly! My favorite storylines from OLTL were Starr's teen pregnancy (because I related this to my brother who impregnated his then girlfriend turned later ex-wife when they were teenagers themselves!) and the Kish gay storyline! I'll miss OLTL terribly, but I can't wait to see Blair, Todd, Starr, and John arrive in Port Charles on GH next month!

Sorry for the double post! I wanted to correct a typo I made, but I thought I my comment dissapeared, so I retyped my comment again!

I don't remember when I didn't watch OLTL because it was my aunt's (who watched me while my mom worked)favorite soap. I remember clearly watching when Austin kidnapped Sarah and hid her in that room in the wall. I think I was maybe 6? 7?

I remember a bunch of stories lines from the early 90s - I remember asian!Blair and the arrival of Cain Rogan, the return of Cord with amnesia. I even remember when Marty Saybrooke first showed up in town and when Megan died. I remember when Megan thought she was her character from Fraternity Row and was mixed up with Marco Dane!

But it wasn't until 93-94ish that I began to follow the soap religiously and it was, like so many, thanks to the Spring Fling / Rape of Marty Saybrooke s/l. I remember watching the rape happen live and, being a kid who didn't follow magazines, having no idea what was going to happen and being so shocked! Then, of course, I joined the legion of fans who loved to hate Todd Manning.

The thing that really cinched it for me, though, was the Todd-Blair relationship as it started up. Even after all the redemption Todd went through, I still didn't like him but I felt myself mellow as I watched him with Blair (who I had always liked). The scenes in Florida where they got married after Blair lied about being pregnant was the first time I actually felt bad for Todd in all his time on the show. I've been a diehard T&Ber ever since.

After that, I was hooked and watched as closely as I could for the rest of my line, going in/out of storylines because of school, etc. But since my mom and aunt watched, I always knew what was happening; like a family member, I always treated to an account of OLTL's day when I got home. The first day (Monday) that my first question to my mom when I called her wasn't "Anything good happen today?" was a hard one.

There have been times where I hated every s/l the show had going but I still cared because I cared about the characters, especially my favorite family, the Cramers. The fact that I have to face a day where I can't catch up with what is happening to Blair Cramer Manning is unbelievable. I guess I'll just have to embrace my inner "fighter" Cramer spirit and keep the show alive in my heart.

I started watching it with my grandma back in the late 70's, only time my grandma would turn her tv on was for the soaps to save on her light bill, I remember her and my aunt would lay in bed fussing at the characters on the show and talking about them. Then when I was in my late teens my mom and us girls would watch them together. The day my mom was killed, we was watching AMC and she told me I was as stubborn as Palmer, which she was right but that has always stuck with me over 25 years, to me when they cancelled our soaps they took away something I had shared with her and my grandma. I want to thank all the cast and crew for their hard work and wish them lots of success in what ever comes next... OLTL was my all time favorite especially the Mannings with the old Todd(Roger). Thanks Louise... So sad no tv on from 1pm - 3pm

Y'all, these stories are breaking my heart, but also filling my heart at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. And keep them coming!

For me, I was home sick from school one week and the Friday cliffhanger was Tracy James' and Stick's bomb about to blow up Asa's mansion with a house full of people. How could I just stop watching after that?! And so it was. I wasn't always allowed to record it or watch, but I always read the weekly summaries in the paper and watched whenever I could. I saved up money for magazines and a friend and I would make photo albums full of cut-out photos of our favorites from OLTL, Santa Barbara, Loving, GH, and AMC. I adored Tina and especially liked her with Richard Abbott -- of course until Cord came along.

I dreamed of writing for soaps. I wrote fan letters to the studios in NYC every week. Fiona Hutchison's (Gabrielle) brother and his family moved in across the street from me in an insane coincidence, and I went out of my way to babysit her niece -- just because!

Eventually after moving to NYC, I'd scrunch down in my little booth at the Museum of Television & Radio and watch every episode they had available from the earliest up to the day I started watching.

I admit I always envy these family stories -- my family was incredibly annoyed by my love for soaps! But I've made little soap families in several other unlikely places and they've led to real friendships that mean the world to me now.

Share this link with any of your viewing friends if you haven't already. We'd love more stories! It's sad, but I think the stories are helping a lot of us value what these characters and stories have meant to our lives and not just our casual entertainment.

Ahhh Louise! Now don't you start making us cry!

Watched on & off throughout college & afterwards, when I moved back home - enough to know who people were. Became a really regular watcher about a year & 1/2 ago because I was missing GL and seeing the old faces on OLTL was comforting.

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