Actress Loretta Swit says ‘M*A*S*H’ cast still ‘family’ 35 years after its record-breaking finale

SALT LAKE CITY — A TV show about Army medics in the jungles of Korea during a bloody conflict doesn’t sound like a hit, and yet that’s exactly what the CBS show “M*A*S*H” (1972-1983) turned into following a bumpy start. After the network nearly canceled it in its first season, 105.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the show’s finale 11 years later — a record broken only in 2010 by the Super Bowl.

This year marks the 35-year anniversary of the show’s ending, and actress Loretta Swit recently reflected on what made “M*A*S*H” unique and why it continues to attract a strong following.

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‘Humans at their core are good’ just one message in Hallmark’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’

SALT LAKE CITY — On July 15, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will treat fans to the latest installment of their postal mystery series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with the TV movie “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar.”

The series follows the adventures of a tight-knit group of postal workers who warm hearts by delivering lost mail. Continue reading “‘Humans at their core are good’ just one message in Hallmark’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’”

100-year-old diary from Utahn in WWI gives rare insight

One hundred years ago, the only known Mormon to have kept a diary while serving in World War I recorded his first entry.

“One can never tell what the morrow will bring and the record of the few weeks I have been in the army might interest some one,” wrote Nels Anderson on June 9, 1918, five months before World War I would end on Nov. 11, 1918.

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‘Dark Matter’ showrunner shares secret scenes live on Twitter

SALT LAKE CITY — Last August, the season three finale of the Syfy series “Dark Matter” ended on a cliffhanger. In what may be an unprecedented move, the showrunner of the canceled production is taking to Twitter to live-tweet his vision for the first episode of a potential fourth season.

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Mormon scholars ‘shoot for the top’ in new Oxford publication that shares 13 essays in historical context

SALT LAKE CITY — From the gold plates and the Book of Mormon to the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book to several of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s journals and letters, the collection of 13 essays in “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources” (Oxford University Press, $74, 448 pages) utilizes insights from the Joseph Smith Papers and a focus on historical context to more fully understand foundational texts of Mormonism.

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The Joseph Smith Papers: The First 10 Years

The Joseph Smith Papers recently published its 17th volume associated with the life and works of Joseph Smith. The project, which began with the work of a single individual, has grown in scope and influence over its first decade.

Along the way, the project has changed in numerous ways, overcome challenges, garnered unprecedented popularity, secured academic prestige, and set the stage for a new era of Mormon history.

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