The recent death of Larry Linville, Frank Burns on TV’s ‘MASH,’ saddened me. I’m sure many of us have fond memories laughing at ol’ Ferret Face’s antics on the long-running sitcom. However, Larry Linville
actually has classic game-related memories for me. You see, his character figured prominently in my design of MASH II for the Atari 2600.

While everyone has speculated at one time or another on the existence of a MASH II prototype game, I can tell you a bit about what MAY have been. When the original MASH cart by 20th Century Fox came out, it was all I wanted for my 14th birthday. I was a HUGE Atari and MASH fan at the time. I thought that any game that combined my two favorite time-killers was a great idea. (Plus, the cart came complete with a free T-shirt, so I had to have it.) Sure enough, it was one of the gifts I got.

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