The Real MASH
I saw a documentary today about the real-life 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and how much of the camp and its personnel inspired the novel and series. Among the doctors and nurses who were interviewed, we also got notes from Gene Reynolds, Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr, and Loretta Swit.
I haven't seen this documentary before, but I'm guessing it was made a number of years ago, because none of the TV people interviewed look as old as they do now (particularly Gene and Loretta).
Anyway, there were a number of interesting things about the documetary that I hadn't known before, but really shed light on how much we saw on the show was inspired by what went on at the real 8055. Ho-Jon, for example, was based on an actual Korean houseboy whose future the personnel worried about after the camp is dismantled, so they raised money to send him to college in the states.
And the documentary confirmed that Dr. Richard Hooker/Hornberger was the real Hawkeye Pierce, but as we know, he disliked Alan Alda's characterization because of how liberal and anti-war the character was, when Dr. Hornberger was actually conservative and a proud supporter of the military.