Our March Program: ‘Welcome to the Soaps’

Peter T. RichThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Peter T. Rich for a program entitled “Welcome to the Soaps” at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, March 2, beginning at 2:30pm. Mr. Rich, one of the premier soap opera writers in the business, will relate what it’s like to create characters and dialog – a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on. He has written for soap operas for over twenty-eight years.

Born in Atlanta, Peter moved to New York as an aspiring comedy writer. After hearing that Bob Hope was looking for comedy writers, he moved to California, convinced he and his partner would somehow get the job writing for Bob Hope. They did and, at 25 years old, were the youngest writers Hope ever hired. Peter worked for Hope until a writer’s strike, using that as an excuse to move back to New York. It was during that time soap operas were introducing humor to stay relevant. He and his partner were hired to write scripts for the old NBC soap, The Doctors.

Thanks to his acerbic wit and quick mind, Peter has penned some of the most memorable lines in television for Santa Barbara, All My Children, Days of Our Lives, and Passions. He has won six Emmys, as well as numerous Writers’ Guild Awards. Although most of the soaps are gone, they live on in the minds of all the fans who spent those afternoons glued to their TV screens.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our March Speaker: Bob Burns

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The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Bob Burns, Mattatuck Museum Executive Director, to speak on “Fortune’s Story: How an 18th Century Slave was Finally Laid to Rest in 2013” at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, March 5, beginning at 2:30pm.

Mr. Burns will share information on all that is happening at the historic Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury including highlights of upcoming art and history exhibits planned for this year. The main feature of his presentation will be to chronicle the story of how the skeleton of an 18th century enslaved African-American man (Fortune) ended up in the Museum’s collection, galvanized a community, and became international news.

Mr. Burns possesses twenty years of administrative and fundraising experience at several nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House of New York City, the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has also served on boards and advisory committees including being an advisory board member of the Hudson Opera House and serving three terms on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Museum Program Panel.

The Mattatuck Museum is a center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of our heritage. Mr. Burns will offer “the story behind the story” of the well-publicized and amazing journey of Mr. Fortune, 215 years after his death.