Not for the first time, I'd hear you say if I was listening to you.
Five days after I was born, a new soap started on American tv and incredibly it's still running to this day. But not for much longer as after 72 years in total and 57 years on tv, the plug is being pulled on the show.
On June 30th 1952, Guiding Light moved from radio to tv and is the longest running drama in tv history. By comparison, it was another 8 years before Coronation Street started on UK tv and Ken Barlow was only 45.
Despite all my years watching American tv both when there and when back home in Leeds, I've never seen this show. It's so old that it invented the term 'soap' as it was owned by Procter & Gamble. How's that for useful trivia. Bring it up at your next cocktail party. Go on, you know you'll want to.
So I know nothing about Guiding Light. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Wouldn't know a star from it if I fell over him or her. But for a show to last for 57 years on American tv is truly amazing. For the last few years it had to be down to sentimentality as it was only getting about 2 million viewers and in the US, those figures spell cancellation. Well really only if you drop a few letters, add a couple and move the rest around a lot.
Maybe there will be petitions to save it. Protests aimed at P&G executives. Sit down demonstrations outside CBS studios. But somehow I doubt it. Unlike Star Trek, a daily soap isn't 'glam'. If it was, it would have better viewing figures and be on Fox.
I hope something is done to mark it's passing as in a nation where anything over 50 years old is thought of as antique, then 72 year old Guiding Light should be regarded as a national treasure.
A bit like a younger William Shatner.