Normally if I am talking about North and South I am referring to the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, and will inevitably be contemplating the droolworthiness of Richard Armitage but not today.
Today, I wanted to reminisce about watching the John Jakes version of North and South way back when. I think I was a very young teenager when this mini-series came out so it is something of a surprise to think that I was even allowed to watch it, but watch it I did, and I just loved it!
This was my first introduction to Patrick Swayze, and I was smitten from the start. He of course went onto bigger roles, like Dirty Dancing and Ghost, but for me, Patrick Swayze will always be Orry Main. It didn't hurt that there were so many other good things about this mini-series, like, for example, Parker Stevenson and James Read. It also inspired me to go and read the whole trilogy by John Jakes. If I could get these books from the library I would borrow them again and reacquaint myself with the Mains and the Hazzards and the changing world of America during the Civil War.
RIP Patrick Swayze.