Talk:List of M*A*S*H characters

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Misquoted source on Hawkeye Pierce politics[edit]

The Alan Alda quotation about Hawkeye Pierce's political leanings is incorrectly transcribed, omitting a key word that alters its meaning. The article gives the quote as: "Some people think he was very liberal. But he was a traditional conservative." But what Alda actually says in the video interview used as a citation is: "Some people think he was very liberal, but he was *also* a traditional conservative." (Emphasis added.) This a non-trivial error; the meaning is very different. Alda did not say that the character is conservative rather than liberal. He said the character contains elements of both liberal and conservative viewpoints.Jtcarpet (talk) 00:11, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

re M*A*S*H (novels)[edit]

I gather that this page ignores Hooker's novels following the original MASH (these are described at M*A*S*H (novels). (In fact, even the original novel is somewhat slighted, and even the film, in favor of the TV series -- note the omission of Duke, which I just corrected). Thus the last appearance for Duke is given as "the novel", although he appeared in all or some of the followup novels. I presume this, although I haven't read them; and a lot of people haven't (although many also did, they sold OK probably or he wouldn't have kept writing them).

So anyway this is not correct, and this article assume that "canon" is the first novel, the film, the TV show, and the TV shows AfterMASH and Trapper John, MD, but NOT the followup novels. This seems a bit odd and sort of random. Just pointing this out. 19:38, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Whitling down[edit]

I've taken a big red editor's pen to the regular-character descriptions, reducing the level of detail about what happened in which episode and focusing on the broader outlines of the characters. There's still room for improvement. If you feel strongly about something I took out, please try to re-incorporate it into the new version rather than reverting. -Jason A. Quest (talk) 21:06, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

And yes, I realize that some of the regular-character descriptions are shorter now than some of the recurring characters. The solution to that is to trim the latter. :) -Jason A. Quest (talk) 21:10, 12 February 2016 (UTC)