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Today was the last first-run episode of Guiding Light to air on television. For the first time in 72 years, the lighthouse has gone dark.

Thank you for the longest running drama on television. Thank you for stories that were timeless and characters that were much beloved. Thank you for crossing boundaries (and paintings), for giving us love stories, cat fights, gun fights, laughter, tears, joy, sorrow, hope and faith.

I have no words to adequately express the loss of this true piece of American television history other than to say “Thank You” for giving us seven decades of entertainment, friendship and family. We are richer for having known you and poorer for seeing you go.

Thank you for the Bauers, the Spauldings, the Coopers, the Lewis’, the Marlers and all the other families we’ve met. Thank you for Josh and Reva, Josh and Olivia, Olivia and (fill in the blank), Reva and the fountain, the inimitable Bert Bauer and the last supercouple in GL’s long storied history, Olivia Spencer and Natalia Rivera (Otalia).

Thank you for sharing them with us and handling them all with care and love.

Only one thing recently has been able to say what the end of this show will truly mean to me, a song by Green Day, which I know seems rather unusual, titled Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). This is for the cast and the crew, past and present, and the viewers, whether you watched for decades or merely months.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Another turning point;
a fork stuck in the road.

Time grabs you by the wrist;
directs you where to go.

So make the best of this test
and don’t ask why.

It’s not a question
but a lesson learned in time.

It’s something unpredictable
but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs
and still frames in your mind.

Hang it on a shelf
In good health and good time.

Tattoos of memories
and dead skin on trial.

For what it’s worth,
it was worth all the while.

It’s something unpredictable
but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable
but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable
but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.


Good bye, Guiding Light. Long may your light shine on…

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