The eleven year TV series M*A*S*H debuted 17 September 1972 and had its final episode on 28 February 1983, a finale that drew an audience of 105 million viewers. M*A*S*H parties were held all around the world to bid M*A*S*H farewell, with about 77% of the American viewing public tuned in, an all time record. Twenty five years later, a large crowd gathered at the site of the M*A*S*H outdoor set in Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu, CA (the 20th Century Fox Ranch at the time of filming), near Los Angeles, for a commemoration ceremony.
Many of the original cast, crew, producers, directors and others associated with the long-running, award winning series attended along with enthusiastic fans, military vehicle owners, and re-enactors. The weather was perfect and the mood upbeat.
Gene Reynolds addresses the crowd as Burt Metcalfe stands by, 23 February 2008. Photo: Olive-Drab.com
Mike Farrell remembers his years with M*A*S*H, 23 February 2008. Photo: Olive-Drab.com
The M*A*S*H signpost has been faithfully reproduced and set in the original location, 23 February 2008. Stakes and yellow tape mark the original tent locations. Photo: Olive-Drab.com
Mike Winters arrives with his Willys MB jeep, equipped with stretcher racks. An M37 3/4 ton Dodge is in the background. Many other military vehicle owners and re-enactors were present. 23 February 2008. Photo: Olive-Drab.com
William Christopher being interviewed on camera, 23 February 2008. Photo: Olive-Drab.com
New friends surround the hulk of the original M*A*S*H WC-54 ambulance, newly cleared of brush, 23 February 2008. Photo: Olive-Drab.com