Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Luke & Laura save the world

It was September of 1981. I was 14 (you do the math). The month’s top songs were “Prince Charming” by Adam & the Ants, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)” by Ottawan.

And on ABC’s “General Hospital,” Luke Spencer and Laura Webber Baldwin saved the world from being frozen by the evil Mikkos Cassadine and his brothers, Tony and Victor.

Who says there’s no reality on soap operas?

It all started with the quest for the Ice Princess, a little black rock mounted on a small pedestal, which turned out to be a diamond in disguise. But, it was the secret formula hidden in the base of the statue that Mikkos wanted—no, not Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe for fried chicken—but a formula to control the weather.

Mikkos and his small band of cohorts hid out in an underground fortress underneath an island, until Luke, Laura and their pal, Robert Scorpio, infiltrated. Luke and Mikkos wound up alone in Mikkos’ control room, fighting until Mikkos met a frozen death. While Mikkos rapidly started to become an icicle, Luke was left to try to break the code to save the world from destruction. Luke tried typing in weather-related words like snow, and storm. When he typed ICE he thought he was home free until computer required a second word. Yikes! Ice….cream? Ice….follies? Ice…Ice baby? No…wait…wait…this is classic…the code words were:…ICE PRINCESS.

November 16 marks the 26th anniversary of Luke & Laura’s wedding anniversary. So stay tuned for another blog entry … or maybe I’ll just send a card.

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