M*A*S*H TV Show Turns 50

Alan Alda (Captain Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce) reunited with co-star Mike Farrell (Captain B.J. Hunnicutt) in September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved television series M*A*S*H. The show followed a team of doctors and medical support staff working at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War. M*A*S*H ran for 11 seasons on CBS from 1972 to 1983.

Peddie alumnus H. Richard Hornberger Jr. ’41 wrote "M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors" (1968), the blockbuster book that inspired the film and beloved TV show. Published in 1968 under the pen name Richard Hooker, the novel chronicles Hornberger's time in the Korean War with the Army Medical Corps. He based the irreverent character Captain Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce on himself.

Alan Alda MASH 50

Alan Alda shared the reunion with former co-star Mike Farrell on Twitter.

Hornberger worked for a dozen years on the book, receiving many rejections from publishers until William Morrow agreed to publish it. Hornberger was surprised by the book's popularity: "I just wrote a book about some people I knew in Korea and made some of it funny," he said.

In 1977, Peddie took the story to the stage under the direction of Jeffrey "Harry" Holcombe. Hornberger reputedly attended some rehearsals, offering helpful tips for the cast and crew.

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Peddie took M*A*S*H, based on the novel by alumnus Richard Hornberger ’41, to the stage in 1977.