My Favorite TV Doc

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a paramedic after watching episodes of Emergency on television. I fantasized about marrying one of the firefighters and working together as a team, him putting out fires and me tending to the wounded and riding with them in the ambulance to the hospital. Fortunately for those who might have been entrusted to my care, I realized later that the health care profession was not a viable option for someone with a visual impairment.

When I was in college, I became a fan of MASH, a TV sitcom about doctors at a mobile army surgical hospital in Korea during the war. My favorite character was Hawkeye, one of the doctors played by Allen Alda. He could take a bad situation like war and make it funny, even though it wasn’t. He inspired the following poem which appears in the fall/winter edition of Magnets and Ladders. You can read the full issue at http://www.magnetsandladdeers.org .

HAWKEYE

Named after the character

in The Last of the Mohicans,

he’s the doc I’d want to have

if I were wounded in Korea.

 

Like any single man,

he flirts with nurses, USO stars,

Even a doctor and a journalist,

But he knows better

Than to use them.

 

At the end of the day,

With his great sense of humor,

terrific bedside manner,

he makes war funny,

even though it’s not.

 

Did you or do you have a favorite television character?

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver, and That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

5 thoughts on “My Favorite TV Doc”

  1. I remember babysitting for my cousins and watched Emergency — and crushing on the actors. But I think my first TV doctor was Marcus Welby, M.D., which I watched with my mom. Thanks for the prompt!

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  2. Abbie–Another interesting post! Growing up in the ’50s, I–like so many others–loved Lucy (Lucille Ball) and memorized the “I Love Lucy” shows. Later, studying journalism, I was fascinated by the Mary Richards character of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” A few years ago, when I was visiting Minneapolis, I was pleased to be able to see (touch) the life-size statue of Mary Richards. The statue is placed so that Mary seems just to be walking down the street of Minneapolis. Recently, I heard that Mary Tyler Moore has developed significant vision loss as a result of her diabetes. Finally, a television show of the 1950s that is never mentioned was a favorite of mine–“Adventures in Paradise,” starring Gardner McKay. The sailing ship and journeys intrigued me as a child. Take care! Alice

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