Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Surgery: Last Call

When I added the type to this I was cheering! 
My first web page is dated 6/6/99.  Those were the days I was trying to figure out this HTML jazz so I could post a little thing called "The Lazy Lobster Pub". The pub was just something fun and it also had a page called "The LukeSon Lounge". I was writing my WUBS for Gedstern and getting to know the whole GH community on the AOL boards and Soap Zone. When Laura handed the reigns over to me in 2002, little did I know how long I'd be doing the site, and then a blog and live tweeting the show. 

when I first made a gif I about fainted !!

But, as all things must end--it's time for me to go. I don't want to be all drama on you but there's a hell of a lot of memories to cover so get your scrubs on one last time, lather up, grab a scotch and have a seat.  We've got some ground to cover! 

Most of you know the history of the first soap pages on the web. Soap Zone (Port Charles Message Board) , Callan's site and Gedstern's were it for a few years. The sources we had were amazing..and shocking. I would love to write a book with Laura some day and tell some juicy stories!   I was at home with my son, missing my full time job and just started writing parody stuff on the AOL message boards for a lark. Geddy picked the up and the rest is well... Wubulous. 

My first interview was with Billy Warlock and I will be forever grateful to him for that. Not many stars were doing them for websites and after he opened the door, I managed to snag quite a few GH actors. One of my favorites was the late John Ingle. You can see them all here Wub Interviews  The pages are ancient so don't laugh!!! Of course, my newer interviews can be found right here on the blog. 

I was honored to run Connie Tower's website for 9 years and help with her Hell's Belles Fan Club. We developed a friendship over time and would snail mail everything.  Watching Helena rise in popularity was a great joy for me.  Can't wait to have her back where she belongs--in Port Charles.

banner from Rick Webber Return

On the site I tried to do some cryptic things to keep people guessing rather than just letting the spoilers fly. I loved it.  Bob Guza and Co. always kept me busy with my snarks and sheer enjoyment of parodying their scripts. 

I finally began blogging and really found a way to connect with a lot of GH fans in a way the spoilers site wouldn't allow.  Daytime Confidential had me on for a few of their ABC Podcasts and that was a ton of fun. Then came Twitter. Ah, Twitter!! Being able to live tweet my mouthy thoughts to people when the show was actually AIRING?? --well...amazing. 

Although I've never made it to a GH Fan Weekend, I have attended a few small events in NYC and Toronto. I've loved meeting so many people and of course, having my lobster Alberta's photo taken with the actors! Quite a few wub fans have taken Alberta with them to events, the Habitat House build and even on set.  Alberta participated in two AIDS walks with GH fans and actors as well. She went on two soap cruises and even got to meet James Franco at the infamous MOCA shoot. Not too bad for an adorable stuffed mascot! 

Alberta's been on the GH set three times. Badger Bob was her favorite meet/greet!

I really wish I could say why I decided to leave now--of all times, when the  50th Anniversary is coming and the Nurses' Ball is going to run. I guess it's because I've gone back to work and feel neglectful if I'm not on top of things like I should be.  This spring will be HUGE and I just won't be able to keep up.  
We lived through the Phelps, Guza Pratt years, hoped GH would last and be fun again. I think that has happened. We have our Hospital back -- and many of our beloved vets as well. 

THANK YOU for reading my stuff every week and putting up with my crazy GH moods! I hope I've been a source of fun, information and news over the years for all of you. I will probably write now and again about certain things like Ingo on DWTS or tidbits here and there, we'll see. It's going to be hard to walk away, that's for sure. 


Really OLD wubs can be found HERE...


Karen on Tumblr 

Take care all you Wubbers! Remember our HUGE Times when it comes to the show--all the bombs, guns and blood we lived through. People disappearing into the GH storage room-- babies switched and NuFaces popping up. Fronkies and all the weird props--- the docks and the launch that could sail out to Wyndemere in the middle of winter.  The catacombs, tunnels and of course, our beloved parapet. All part of wubs lore. 
Feta Forever.  

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