I have two really cool ties to Mash. I lived in Seoul S. Korea, for a year, from mid 1975 to mid 1976. I was 9 when we moved there, so wasn't old enough to watch the first three seasons. Being in Korea,with a different air-time, I don't remember when, we were able to watch it. My bother Alan and I, with out parents, started watching then. The first Colonel I remember was Potter so had no idea who Henry Blake, or Trapper were.
I knew that Frank was a jerk from the get go, but he didn't seem to bad in the first couple episodes. I later learned how bad he was. As with Henry, I had no clue to Trapper as well. I later watched the first three seasons much later, so never really took a shine to Trapper or Henry as much as I did Potter and B.J. I liked them, but loved the other two. I also didn't realize that it was a comedy, instead of the dramedy that I was used to.
In the fall of 1987 I was a regular patron of a Symphony Orchestra in Michigan where my mother was a violinist. One of the concerts, announced the summer prior, listed David Ogden Stiers as a guest conductor. I knew there was no way in heck that I was going to miss that one. Being the child of a member of the orchestra, I was able to go back stage after he conducted. He was very gifted and didn’t use sheet music. I was very pleased that I was not only a huge classical music buff, but a huge M*A*S*H as well. He was friendly, open, and very approachable. He was also pleased that I knew the encore piece that the featured pianist played, because it wasn’t a well known piece.