rue story: I've mentioned the soap opera The Brighter Day several times in the past. I don't know why; maybe it's because the title isn't that familiar compared to many of the other soaps of the era. And it's a 15-minute soap, a carryover from the the days of radio, where The Brighter Day began in 1948. At any rate, here's a clip from a May 1960 episode.
The reason I mention this is because I have a somewhat oblique personal connection to this episode, or at least the storyline. (I don't often write about personal things, but I thought this one was too good to pass up.) The attorney you see presenting the closing summation* is named Mitchell Dru, played by actor Geoffrey Lumb, and his was the first character to cross over from one soap to another; after The Brighter Day went off the air, the character (and the actor) appeared first on As the World Turns, and then Another World and Somerset, all owned by the same company, Proctor & Gamble. After all, every good soap has to have an attorney present for one of its sensational murder trials, right?
*And when was the last time you saw any episode of television in which all of the dialogue was spoken by only one character? One-man shows don't count.
Anyway, my point. I was born in early May 1960, presumably while this storyline was going on. My mother had wanted to give me, for a middle name, the last name of some family relation, cousins or something (I don't remember now), but she wasn't quite sure how to spell the name, nor could she find anyone who was, and because the birth certificate needed to be completed, she chose another middle name: Drew.*
*It's a nice enough name, but I always felt kind of bad that it wasn't the name she'd originally wanted, and I've never used it much.
Granted it's spelled differently, but many of her friends teased her that she'd named me after the character Mitchell Dru. She said she'd not even been aware of it; she must not have watched The Brighter Day, but she did watch Another World later on, which is when she related the story to me, and I got to see my "namesake" in action. I've remembered this story all these years, but it wasn't until I ran across this clip yesterday, quite by accident, that I discovered the connection to The Brighter Day. Ah, the things you learn here - TV as a family tree!