Luke Leaves Port Charles

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Thirty-seven years after first playing Luke Spencer on “General Hospital,” actor Anthony Geary recorded his final episode of the long-running ABC soap yesterday.

That probably means nothing to most people under the age of 35.  But trust me, Geary was BIG once.  By the early ’80s, you knew what “Luke and Laura” was, even if you never watched soap operas.

Those-of-us-of-a-certain-age all remember the marriage of Luke and Laura, the most-watched soap opera episode ever.  What we often forget is their earlier encounters, including a rape:

Yes, that classic boy-rapes-girl, girl-and-boy-get-married plotline.  Not very enlightened.