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  FAQ Information:

  Last-modified: 1996/3/15
  
  Frequently Asked Questions List for "Northern Exposure"
  and the Usenet newsgroup alt.tv.northern-exp
  
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  Abbreviations used in this document:
  NX = Northern Exposure

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  Table of Contents:
  
  I. FAQ-related stuff:
  A. Legal stuff and all that jazz
  B. Related documents
  C. About this newsgroup
  D. Other services
  E. Internet sites

  II. What was NX?
  
  II. Character information
  A. Characters and their histories
  B. Characters in episode "Cicely"
  C. Who played the flying man?
  
  IV. Music Used in NX
  A. Northern Exposure CD (U.S. version)
  B. Northern Exposure soundtrack (German version)
  C. If We All Go Insane [Spring Break]
  D. Toy Cows [Roots]
  E. Piano tuner piece [Duets]
  F. Turkey In The Straw [Learning Curve]
  G. Ebudae [Northern Lights]
  H. This Must Be The Place [Dinner at 7:30]
  I. Forever Night Shade Mary [The Quest]
  J. Our Town [Tranquility Base]
  K. Ruth-Anne's dance on her grave [A-Hunting We Will Go]
  
  V. Literature Used in NX
  A. NX books
  
  VI. Various Miscellaneous Stuff
  A. How did the town of Cicely get its name?
  B. Other facts about Cicely
  C. Which characters are gay/lesbian?
  D. How long was Joel in Cicely?
  E. Why are there no children in the show?
  F. Where is NX filmed?
  G. The fling thing
  H. How have the various boyfriends of Maggie O'Connell met their deaths?
  I. Legends
  J. Related shows and films
  K. Satellite feed times
  L. Syndication information
  M. NX Merchandise
  N. Dedication
  0. Videos
  p. Voice-Overs & Other Roles
  Q. Did Cynthia Geary do her own singing?
  R. Contacts

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  FAQ-related stuff

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  Legal stuff and all that jazz
  
  "Northern Exposure" is a trademark of Universal City Studios, Inc. All
  Rights Reserved.

  Guarantees cannot be made for the accuracy of any of the information in
  this document. If you wish to flame me for my lack of knowledge, please
  do so only if you can also provide me with the correct information. I
  have tried not to influence the information in this document with my own
  opinions, but I can't guarantee that I've been entirely successful.
  
  Included are references to episodes where facts in this document were
  revealed, based on the episode titles in the Episode Guide by Andy
  Bates and Kimiye Tipton. Episode titles are listed in [] after a particular 
  reference.
  
  This FAQ, as a collection of information, is Copyright (c) 1996 by
  Sharon Crichton <sharonc@lexis-nexis.com>. All Rights Reserved. The
  removal of this copyright notice is forbidden.

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  Related documents

  Two companion documents to the FAQ are the Northern Exposure Episode
  Guide and the Northern Exposure Music Guide. The Episode Guide was
  originally authored by Andy Bates and finished by Kimiye Tipton <kimi@
  gate.net>. The very brief Music Guide was published by Andy.

  The quotes list for the show, previously maintained by Erin Sasaki
  <usagi@jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu> was given to Cliff Chen <cliff@eniac.seas.
  upenn.edu>. The list at the FTP site is up to date as of episode 4.19, 
  "Family Feud." If you would like information on the list, please contact 
  Cliff.
  
  The trebuchet mailing list has been laid to rest, due to lack of activity
  on the list, and claims that life has on the moderator, Lee Groves.

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  About this newsgroup

  alt.tv.northern-exp was created in the fall of 1992. If you are sending a 
  message to the group for the first time, we ask only that you send a message 
  that is appropriate for the group and that it is not insulting, flaming, or 
  trolling (see alt.folklore.urban for examples and explanations of trolling.) 
  It also helps to read the group for a few weeks until you get the general 
  feel of the group.

  Please refrain from using this newsgroup for personal messages.
  Remember that a post without any explicit distribution usually defaults
  to "world" in most news software. This newsgroup is not to be used for
  commercial purposes. And please don't post to "remind" us that it's
  only a TV show and that we need to get a life. We already know that and
  most of us already have one, thank you very much :-)

  A note on spamming: if anyone spams Usenet, including our group, please
  do not followup to the article. Rest assured that the FAQ author, as well
  as thousands of other Usenet readers, will be replying immediately to the
  postmaster at the offending user's site. If you see a spam show up in
  our group, hop over to news.admin.misc to see what happens to the little
  bugger. If you don't know what spamming is, it's the posting of the same
  article to multiple newsgroups (usually every newsgroup) regardless of
  the appropriateness of the topic. Previous spams have included "Make
  Money Fast," "Global Warning For All: Jesus is Coming", the infamous
  Skinny Dip advertisement, and the scum lawyers at Canter and Siegel with
  their Green Card lottery advertisements. When someone spams, chances are
  they will not read our group to see your witty followups. Although a
  large core dump placed in their incoming mail will do nicely :-)

  Picket Fences now has an alt group - alt.tv.picket-fences. If anyone
  continues to post about that show, please direct them to the proper area.
  If anyone is wondering why fans of that show would post here, remember
  that Picket Fences was compared to NX when it first began, just as NX
  was compared to Twin Peaks.

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  Other services

  (Do these groups still exist? If anyone knows, please let me know.)

  Compuserve has "Showbiz" in Section 4, TV. No preset meeting times.

  Delphi has a bi-weekly chat session on NX. They meet at Saturdays at
  and Tuesdays at 10:00pm (both EST time). If you wish to join them,
  type GO GRO TV CONF at the Main menu prompt.

  Prodigy - There is a group called the Mooseketeers that gets together on
  the TV bulletin board. No preset meeting times.

  IRC - Some people are chatting on #thebrick, Wednesday 10:00pm (EST).
  Whoever gets there 1st sets up the channel.

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  Internet sites

  There are all kinds of sites around the globe with NX information. This
  is just a partial list. I've written these all as URLs, but I can't
  guarantee that they will work as such.

  (Note: many of the URL's that were listed in this document are no longer
  valid. If there is one that was listed in a previous version of this FAQ
  and it has been removed, but you know the new location, please send it to
  me.)

  World Wide Web:

| The FAQ is available at scads of places around the web

	http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/FAQ-List.html

	This second site is an archive of the *.answers newsgroups.

  Tim Zylinski's German home page

 	http://www.wi2.uni-erlangen.de/~tmzylins/nx/nx.html

  Kipp Teague's NX page

 	http://www2.lynchburg.edu/www/teague/nexp.html

  The Moose's Guide to Northern Exposure

	http://www.netspace.org/~moose/moose.html

  The CBS home page
 
 	http://www.cbs.com/

  FTP:
  
  For information on how to do FTP, send e-mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu
  with the body of the message reading
 
	send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources

  news.answers archive

	ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/

	(/pub/usenet is a link to /pub/usenet-by-group) This is the archive
	of the news.answers group. It is guaranteed to have the latest copy
	of anything posted to that group, including this FAQ.

  Metanet site

	ftp://198.67.13.2/pub/MetaNet/Nexp

 	This site has the material mainly from the first three seasons
 	(Episode Guide, the Music Guide, episode summaries)

  Unix quotes list for NX

	ftp://jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu/pub/usagi

  Kimiye Tipton has an FTP site for the Episode Guide

	ftp://ftp.gate.net/pub/users/kimi/northern-exp/nxguide.txt.

  WUARCHIVE.WUSTL.EDU

 	ftp://WUARCHIVE.WUSTL.EDU/multimedia/

 	This site has gif and jpg pictures. The problem with this site is
 	that the pictures are indexed using a not-so-intuitive indexing
 	system, but they are there.)

  ftp.funet.fi (note that this is in Finland, so be aware of time
  differences) Log on with the userid as 'pictures' instead of 'anonymous'
  or 'ftp' - this will give you access to this area.

 	ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/pics/tv+film/

 	This site has pictures of the cast.


  A note on posting binaries to the group: it is not forbidden, it is not
  against "the law," and it doesn't even violate the charter of the group.
  However, the posting of large binaries is not nice. It's easier to post
  locations of FTP sites and let people retrieve that way. Or post them
  to one of the alt.binaries.pictures groups.
  
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  What was Northern Exposure?
  
  NX was originally a summer replacement show from 1990 which developed a 
  large following, and was eventually picked up as a regular network show. 
  The show was created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey, who were also the 
  principal forces behind "St.  Elsewhere" and "I'll Fly Away."
  
  NX was not renewed for the Fall 1995 season. The last episode aired on
  July 26, 1995. And an auction was recently held that sold ALL of the props
  and equipment from the show, so any revival is highly unlikely.
 
  There have been six seasons of NX:

	1. Summer of 1990 (eight episodes)
	2. Spring of 1991 (seven episodes)
	3. Fall 1991 (23 episodes)
	4. Fall 1992 (25 episodes)
	5. Fall 1993 (24 episodes)
 	6. Fall 1994 (23 episodes)

  NX was the story of Joel Fleischman, a New York City raised Jewish internist 
  who financed his medical education through a scholarship from the state of 
  Alaska. Unfortunately, the terms of this scholarship required him to repay it 
  by serving as a doctor in Alaska for four years. Because there were no 
  openings in Anchorage, Joel was sent to the town of Cicely ("on the cusp of 
  the new Alaskan Riviera") to serve his term. But after certain circumstances
  happened, Joel first went "up river" and turned native, then returned to
  New York. The circumstances are best explained by viewing the episodes
  "Up River" and "The Quest." Joel was replaced in Cicely, by Dr. Phil Capra, 
  who longed to escape the rat race of life in Los Angeles.
  
  NX is shown internationally on various broadcast networks:

  ATTENTION! I've delete this section because we don't know how many of these
  entries (if any) are still valid. If it is still being shown in a particular
  country, please let me know and I'll put the information back in.  

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  Emmy awards:

  For 1993-94:
	Sound Editing - "Fish Story"

   For 1992-93:
	Drama Series
	Supporting Actress, Drama Series - Valerie Mahaffey
	Writing, Drama Series - "Seoul Mates"
	Cinematography, Series
	Editing, Single Camera, Series
	Art Direction, Series


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  Character information
  
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  Characters and their histories
  
  Main characters:
  
  Phillip Capra (Paul Provenza)

  The new doc in town. He and his lovely wife Michelle left the Los Angeles
  area to start a new life in Cicely. They hated Los Angeles, but were they
  really ready for the charms of life in Cicely? Phil speaks French and
  enjoys biking.

  Michelle Capra (Teri Polo)

  Wife of the new doctor, she is a free-lance journalist. She is not very
  accustomed to life in the wild, since she first tried to defend herself
  against unknown woodland creatures with a thighmaster.
  
  Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows)
  
  Ed is a half-native Alaskan who was raised by one of the local tribes
  when his parents abandoned him. Ed wants to be a film director, and has
  already started pen-pal correspondences with Martin Scorcese, Steven
  Spielberg, Woody Allen, Peter Bogdanovich, and others. Ed works for
  Maurice and Ruth-Anne, and has an IQ of 180. Ed has met the man who
  could be his father, Pete [Duets] and is in training (by Leonard) to be
  a shaman.
  
  Joel Fleischman (actor: Rob Morrow)
  
  A New York (Flushing) raised doctor who fulfilled the terms of his medical
  scholarship ($125,000 to attend Columbia University) by serving four
  years as general practitioner in the town of Cicely, Alaska (earning
  $465 a month after taxes [Grosse Pointe 48230]). Joel was the only
  Jewish person in the entire Borough of Arrowhead County, Alaska [Things
  Become Extinct]. After becoming engaged to Maggie, then thrown out of her
  home because it wasn't working out, Joel headed "up river" to start his life 
  over. He has since returned to New York (it's a "state of mind.")
  
  Ruth-Anne Miller (Peg Phillips)
  
  The owner of the general store in town, Ruth-Anne left the lower 48 in
  1971 with an old station wagon, all her household possessions she could
  carry, and her cats, to make a new life in Alaska.  Regrettably, one of
  her children is an investment banker.
  
  Maurice Minnifield (Barry Corbin)
  
  Ex-astronaut with a family fortune of $68 million [On Our Own], Maurice
  had big plans for the town of Cicely. The local radio station, KBHR
  (K-Bear 570 AM), is the flagship of the Minnifield Communications
  Network, and is almost solely run off the extensive music collection of
  Maurice (including a fabulous collection of show tunes). Maurice also
  owns the local newspaper and 15,000 "acres of opportunity."

  Mary Margaret (Maggie) O'Connell (Janine Turner)
  
  A bush pilot who owned the Capra's cabin, she was constantly at odds with 
  (but once engaged to) Fleischman (rarely did they call each other by their 
  first names).  Maggie was raised in Grosse Pointe, MI and is the daughter 
  of the youngest CEO in automotive history ("Do you remember the hatchback? 
  That's my Dad.") She flies a Cessna 170 (an old tail-dragger) [Birds of a 
  Feather], N4423V [The Gift of the Maggie] or N8326A [Russian Flu] (for 
  filming reasons, they use different planes in different episodes.) She is
  also the mayor of Cicely.
  
  Christopher Danforth (Chris) Stevens (John Corbett)
  (alias: Chris in the Morning)
  
  A free-spirit who can converse on Kafka and theoretical physics, as well
  as philosophize on any topic that might come to mind, Chris was the DJ
  at KBHR.  He began acquiring his vast wealth of knowledge when he
  spent time in prison in West Virginia (for grand theft auto, which is
  why he can no longer vote.) He jumped parole in 1986 [Democracy in
  America]. He lost his extradition hearing in 1992, but the judge ruled
  that the town must find a suitable replacement in three years or he is
  to be handed over to the authorities from West Virginia "should they show
  up." Chris also doubles as the town's minister, being ordained in the
  Worldwide Church of Truth and Beauty after answering an ad in the back
  of "Rolling Stone."
  
  Shelly Marie Tambo-Vincoeur (Cynthia Geary)
  
  Shelly was the woman over whom Maurice and Holling wanted to kill each
  other. A former Miss Northwest-Passage, Shelly came to Cicely to marry
  Maurice. But once she met Holling, she left Maurice to be with him
  (Holling is over 60 years old, but Shelly hasn't even hit "the big 21"
  [Northwest Passages]). Shelly is the only confirmed non-US citizen
  (she's still a Canadian citizen. [Northern Hospitality])
  
  Holling Gustav Vincoeur (John Cullum)
  
  The owner of one of the local bars, The Brick, Holling was an ex-trapper
  and hunter who swore off killing. Holling and Maurice are old and dear
  friends, but once were mortal enemies over the love of a woman. His
  family history of long life spans has lead him to believe that he would
  outlive any woman that he would marry (he was born Jan 1, 1929 [Things
  Become Extinct]), but he overcame that objection to marry Shelly.
  Holling was also a direct male-line descendant of French aristocracy [The 
  Body in Question.] He and Shelly are the parents of Miranda (Randi) Bliss 
  Vincoeur.
  
  Marilyn Whirlwind (Elaine Miles)
  
  Phil's receptionist, who raised ostriches at her farm. She was in love
  with the Flying Man (Enrico Bellati) from a travelling circus, but
  could not leave Cicely to accompany him. (Character note: Elaine got the
  part when she accompanied her mother to the audition. The producers and
  director liked her timing and sense of humor better.)
  
  
  Recurring characters:
  
  Adam (Adam Arkin)
  
  The world's worst pathological liar (as far as Joel was concerned), Adam
  was a gourmet chef who was originally thought to be the Cicely version of
  Bigfoot [Aurora Borealis]. He popped up occasionally to cause havoc in
  life of Cicely. He and Eve are the proud parents of baby Aldrich.
  
  Eve (Valerie Mahaffey, winner of a Best Supporting Actress Emmy, 1992)
  
  Adam's wife, also the heiress to a $22 million tungsten fortune, she
  was the world's champion hypochondriac and once chained Joel to her cabin
  so that she could have a doctor in-house round-the-clock [The Bumpy Road
  to Love].
  
  Dave (William J. White)
  
  Cook at The Brick, he took a lot of abuse from Adam over his style of
  cooking (bacon is not pancetta). Dave and Ed are cousins to Marilyn
  through their clans (Dave and Ed are of the Bear; Marilyn is of the
  Raven). Note: William J. White gave up his role as Dave after reinjuring
  an old diving injury.

  Eugene (Earl Quewezance)

  Cook at the Brick (also known as "not-Dave" in this group), who had
  almost seamlessly taken over from Dave. He has a wife and two small kids.

  Ron Bantz (Doug Ballard - duckmallar@aol.com (DuckMallar)) and
  Erick Hillman (Don R. McManus)
 
  Owners of one of the local bed and breakfast establishments. They bought
  the property from Maurice, whom they thought at first to be a "kindred
  spirit," since he lives alone, loves gourmet food and show tunes. They
  also doubled as archaeological excavationists [Survival of the Species],
  and Ron served as a translator for Maurice and his Korean son, Duk
  Won [Sleeping with the Enemy]. Ron served as a Marine in Korea. They were
  married in a lovely ceremony.

  Edna Hancock (Rita Taggart)

  Edna was the mayor of Cicely, having been elected when she ran against
  long-time mayor Holling Vincoeur (vote was 255 to 247.)

  Lester Haynes (Apesanahkwat)

  A fellow Sons of the Tundra member to Maurice, he was also Maurice's
  nemesis in business. He was the richest man in the county/area, even
  wealthier than Maurice, and he's scammed Maurice on a few land deals.

  Cal Ingram (the violinist) (Simon Templeman)

  Cal was the violinist hired by Maurice to appraise the priceless Guarneri
  violin that Maurice was buying as an investment. His discovery that Maurice
  planned to lock the violin away in his safe, and not make it available for
  playing, drove him over the edge into deep psychosis. He eventually ended up
  in the state mental institute at Ellisburg. He escaped, visiting Cicely many
  times, where he has been hidden by Maurice and treated by Phil. He recently
  turned himself in (and turned on Officer Semanski) and is now in a half-way
  house. His first name Cal is short for Caldecott ("Cottie" to his friends.)

  Hayden Keyes (James L. Dunn)

  The town's ne'er-do-well, he has broken into Joel's office (for Maurice),
  claimed injuries for insurance and legal suits that did not occur, and
  fired off guns around the town's citizens.

  Walt Kupfer (Moultrie Patten)
 
  Walt lives with Ruth-Anne, and was an old friend of her's and Holling.
  He's currently a trapper, although he did try a stint as a clerk in the
  store. He used to work on Wall Street [Hello, I Love You], and was fired
  by Charlie Merrill himself.

  Duk Won Minnifield (Kwi Hyun (James) Song)
 
  Korean son of Maurice Minnifield and a woman that Maurice knew in Korea
  during the war. Recently engaged to Pak Soon Ae, who was the daughter of
  Maurice's sworn enemy, Pak Soon Yat.

  Mike Monroe (Anthony Edwards)
  
  A lawyer who once suffered from MSC (multiple chemical sensitivity), he
  lived in a geodesic dome off of Highway 3. He was hyper-allegic to the
  environment around him, a condition that developed in the last few years
  of his life. Mike was cured during his stay in Cicely and has since left 
  to fight environmental villains as a lawyer for Greenpeace. Joel thought 
  he was wacko, cured or not, but Maggie was attracted to him. Note: He is 
  NOT dead.

  Leonard Quinhagak (Graham Greene)
 
  Leonard was a shaman, and his healing skills have been shown in a number
  of episodes. Recently, Leonard diagnosed Ed as having the call and the
  abilities to be a shaman, but he warned Ed that his life would be very
  different if he takes up the calling.
  
  Elaine Shulman (Jessica Lundy)
  
  Joel's ex-fiance'e-- she left Joel to marry an older man who died
  shortly after their marriage. She and Joel have since reconciled their
  relationship and the unfortunate way that it ended.
  
  Sgt. Barbara Semanski (Diane Delano)
  
  A state trooper who shared the mutual hots for Maurice, but at first thought
  she could not sustain a relationship with him because of his disregard for 
  the law (tax law, that is) [The Bumpy Road to Love]. Since that time, they
  have spent more time together, and became engaged [Tranquility Base.]
  
  Bernard Stevens (Richard Cummings, Jr.)
  
  Chris' African-American half-brother. Bernard and Chris are psychically
  connected-- they discovered each other when they both had the same
  vision of a sculpture about the Aurora Borealis [Aurora Borealis]. They
  often share the same dreams and thoughts. Their mutual father was a
  travellin' man who just happened to have two families.

  Miranda Bliss Vincoeur (baby twin actresses unknown)

  Daughter of Holling and Shelly, Miranda, or "Randi," was born in Holling 
  and Shelly's living room upstairs from the Brick, during happy hour.  
  According to a dream sequence featuring Shelly ["Hello, I Love You"], Randi 
  will, at the age of 18, travel to Dallas, Texas to become a Dallas Cowboy's 
  chearleader.  Along the way, she will also be a big fan of Barbie dolls, 
  and a drummer in a local rock band.

  Morty (Morty the Moose)
  
  Morty est morte (dead.) He was part of the captive moose herd
  maintained at a Washington State Univ. research station. According to
  some reports, another moose at the station (Minnie) died of a cobalt
  and copper deficiency, and it was too late to save Morty.  Morty was
  about five years old at the time of his death. Most moose live only 6
  or 7 years in captivity, as opposed to up to 16 years in the wild.  
  Morty is survived by a number of offspring, including Melody and Matilda,
  sired in the spring of 1993.

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  Characters in "Cicely" (and their modern day equivalents)
  
	Ned Svenborg	= Ed

	Mace Mobrey	= Maurice

	Kit		= Chris

	Sally		= Shelly

	Abe		= Holling

	Mary O'Keefe	= Maggie

	Franz Kafka	= Joel

	Nurse		= Marilyn

	Rhoda		= Ruth-Anne (woman at meeting)
  
  The actress who played Roslyn (Jo Anderson) also played Jane, Holling's
  school teacher, in the episode "Learning Curve."
  
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  Who played the Flying Man? [Get Real]
  
  The Flying Man (Enrico Bellati) was played by Bill Irwin. A bio of him
  in the Playbill for "Largely New York," one of his Broadway shows, says
  the following:
  
  BILL IRWIN (The Post-Modern Hoofer, Author, Director and
  Co-Choreographer) was an original member of KRAKEN, a theatre company
  directed by Herbert Blau, and was an original member of the Pickle
  Family Circus of San Francisco, where he worked with Larry Pisoni and
  Geoff Hoyle. He appeared as a guest artist with the ODC Dance Company of
  San Francisco, which first produced his original work. His own pieces,
  often developed with Doug Skinner and Michael O'Connor, include "Not
  Quite/New York," "The Courtroom" and "The Regard of Flight" (PBS "Great
  Performances"). Skinner, Irwin and O'Connor have performed "The Regard
  of Flight" on and Off-Broadway, across the United States and in Sydney,
  Australia. Mr Irwin most recently appeared on the New York stage with
  Steve Martin, Robin Williams and F. Murray Abraham in "Waiting for
  Godot" at Lincoln Center. At the La Jolla Playhouse he played Galy Gay
  in Brecht's "A Man's a Man," Medvedenko in "The Sea Gull" and Arlecchino
  in "Three Cuckolds." He has appeared on Broadway in "Accidental Death of
  an Anarchist" and "5-6-7-8 . . . Dance!" On television he has been seen
  on "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show," "The Cosby Show" and HBO's
  "Bette Midler, Mondo Beyondo." In Britain he appeared on the BBC
  "Paul Daniels Magic Show." His film credits include the 1981 Robert
  Altman movie "Popeye," Alan Alda's "A New Life" and John Sayles' "Eight
  Men Out." In 1983 Mr. Irwin was awarded a National Endowment for the
  Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, and in 1984 was named a Guggenheim
  Fellow and awarded a five-year MacArthur Fellowship. He gratefully
  acknowledges those awards.
  
  The Playbill was copyright 1989, and since then he has appeared in:
  "Steppin' Out" as Liza Minelli's only male student; "My Blue Heaven" as 
  the partner of Rick Moranis; Bobby McFerrin's video of "Don't Worry, Be 
  Happy"; "Eight Men Out"; "Fool Moon" (current Broadway production); 
  Great Performances: "Soundheim: A Celibration at Carnegie Hall"

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  Music Used in NX
  
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  Northern Exposure CD (U.S. version)
  
  "Music From The Television Series Northern Exposure"
  MCA Records, Inc.  MCAD-10685

  1.  David Schwartz "Theme from Northern Exposure" [Pilot, Kodiak]
  2.  Daniel Lanois "Jolie Louise" [Pilot, The Body in Question, Old Tree]
  3.  Booker T. and the MG's "Hip Hug-Her" [Animals R Us; My Mother, My Sister]
  4.  Etta James "At Last" [Slow Dance]
  5.  Chic Street Man "Everybody Be Yoself" [Spring Break]
  6.  David Schwartz "Alaskan Nights" [It Happened in Juneau, Our Tribe]
  7.  Magazine 60 "Don Quichotte" [Jules et Joel]
  8.  Nat "King" Cole and His Trio "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" [The Big Kiss]
  9.  Miriam Makeba "Emabhaceni" [Roots]
  10. Lynyrd Skynyrd "Gimme Three Steps" [My Mother, My Sister]
  11. Frederica Von Stade "Bailero from Chants d'Auvergne" [Wake-Up Call]
	with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
	Conducted by Antonio de Almeda
  12. David Schwartz Medley: "A Funeral in My Brain" [Things Become Extinct,
	Our Tribe, Ill Wind,...], "Woody the Indian" [Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tape],
	"The Tellakutans" [Seoul Mates, The Body in Question]
  
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  More Music from Northern Exposure (U.S.)

  "More Music From Northern Exposure"
  MCA Records, Inc.  MCAD-11077

  1. Georgia Wettlin-Larsen "Ojibway Square Dance (Love Song)" [Learning Curve]
  2. David Schwartz "Theme from Northern Exposure"
  3. Johnny Nash "Stir It Up"
  4. Ruth Brown "Mambo Baby"
  5. Simon Bonney "Someone Loves You"
  6. David Schwartz "The Ladder"
  7. Big Joe & His Washboard Band "If You Take Me Back"
  8. Basin Brothers "Un Marriage Casse (A Broken Marriage)"
  9. Vinx "There I Go Again"
  10. Brian Eno/John Cale "Lay My Love" [The Bad Seed]
  11. Les Paul & Mary Ford "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your 
	Troubles Away)"
  12. David Schwartz "Mooseburger Stomp"
  13. Joanne Shenandoah "I May Want a Man"
  
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  Northern Exposure soundtrack (German version)
  
  The title is "Ausgerechnet Alaska"  (like the series title).
  It is distributed by IDEAL Vertrieb, Wichmannstr. 4, 2000 Hamburg 52.
  
  1. The Moose "Northern Exposure Theme-Mix"
  2. The Kingsmen "Louie Louie"
  3. Little Milton "Stand By Me"
  4. Lee Dorsey "Ya Ya"
  5. Billy Steward "Summertime"
  6. Little Richard "Good Golly Miss Molly"
  7. Coasters "Little Egypt"
  8. The Drifters "On Broadway"
  9. Dolly Parton "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
  10. Guy Mitchell "Singing The Blues"
  11. Patsy Cline "Crazy"
  12. Paul Anka "My Way"
  13. The Marcels "Blue Moon"
  14. Showaddiwaddi "Who Put The Bomp"
  15. Trini Lopez "This Is Your Land"
  16. Jerry Butler "Moon River"
  17. Andy Williams "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"
  
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  If We All Go Insane [Spring Break]

  This is the song playing during the famous "running of the bulls" scene.
  It is by Lindsay Buckingham.
  
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  Toy Cows [Roots]
  
  Aaron Naas did the detective work to answer the most important question
  since time began-- mainly, who did the song "Toy Cows in Africa"?
  The song "Toy Cows In Africa" is by a group called Chance.
  
  Updates on Chance: Cheryl Leah and Ed Willet moved from L.A. to
  Wisconsin.  Their CD is finally out, and Cheryl has it available for
  $16.50 postpaid within the U.S. Send your order to:
  
  Cheryl Leah, W10993 Black Hawk Trail, Fox Lake, WI  53933, 414-928-2389

  She and Ed plan to continue their musical pursuits in Wisconsin under
  the name Chance.
  
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  Piano tuner piece [Duets]

  The piece played by the blind piano tuner is a Chopin nocturne, from
  Opus 9, #1: Larghetto in B flat minor.

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  Turkey In The Straw [Learning Curve]
  
  Kimiye Tipton posted the answer to yet another burning NX music
  question.
  
  The Orlando Sentinel TV critic, Greg Dawson, got the following info
  from CBS, regarding what sounded like an Native American version of
  "Turkey in the Straw" in "Learning Curve." The scene was of Marilyn
  touring around Seattle, accompanied by this piece.

  The song is an Ojibway love song. As explained on the second NX CD,
  a common practice among the Ojibway was to take a song, such as the
  square dance "Turkey in the Straw," and substitute Ojibway lyrics.
  
  It is "Ojibway Square Dance" from _Songs_of_the_People_, performed by
  Georgia Wettlin-Larsen.  It can be ordered from The Melody Shop
  (218-751-5303) in Bemidji, Minn. It is also available on the second
  NX CD.
  
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  Ebudae [Northern Lights]
  
  The piece played at the end of the episode "Northern Lights," where
  Chris is displaying his sculpture of light, is "Ebudae" by Enya, from
  her album "Shepherd Moons." It is sung in Gaelic.
  
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  This Must Be The Place [Dinner at 7:30]

  The piece played at the end of the episode "Dinner at 7:30" is
  "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" by The Talking Heads, on their
  album "Speaking in Tongues" (also available on "Sand in the Vaseline".)
  It is called Naive Melody because the band members were playing instruments
  that they normally don't play.
  
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  Forever Night Shade Mary [The Quest]

  The song played while Joel is on the ferry, looking at New York, is
  "Forever Night Shade Mary" by Latin Playboys. Their CD is self-titled
  "Latin Playboys" (eponymous) and is on Slash/Warner Bros 9 45543-2.

  There is a Los Lobos connection to Latin Playboys. Latin Playboys is a 
  project of David Hildalgo, one of the main members of Los Lobos. 
  The Latin Playboys are David Hildalgo, Louie Perez, Mitchell Froom,
  and Tchad Blake.
  
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  Our Town [Tranquility Base]

  The very last song used on NX was "Our Town" by Iris Dement, from her
  album "Infamous Angel." It is the song playing during the montage of
  scenes from Cicely that closed the series.

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  Ruth-Anne's dance on her grave [A-Hunting We Will Go]

  No one knows what the music at the end of "A-Hunting We Will Go", where
  Ruth-Anne and Ed dance on the grave that Ed gave her for her 75th
  birthday. Speculation in the group is that it's another David Schwartz
  medley. It is not on either NX CD.

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  Literature Used in NX
  
  There was a syndicated article that appeared in the New York Times and
  other various newspapers around the U.S. that started to touch on the
  list of books that Chris has quoted/read on the air.
  
	Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Renascence and Other Poems"
	Joseph Campbell, "Power of Myth"
	Shakespeare, the complete works
	Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time"
	Hegel, "Early Technological Writings"
	Kierkegaard, "Sickness Unto Death"
	Emmanuel Kant, "Critique of Pure Reason"
	Walt Whitman, the complete works
	Nietzsche, "Logic," and "The Metaphysics of Morals"
	Tolstoy, "War and Peace"
	Maurice Sendak, "Where the Wild Things Are"
	Baudelaire, "Flowers of Evil" (in translation, Chris does
	not read French)
	"The Papers of Thomas Jefferson"
	Alexis do Tocqueville, the complete works
  
  Additions to the NYT article:
  
	Jack London, "Call of the Wild"
	Holling Clancy Holling, "Paddle to the Sea"
	Herman Melville, "Billy Budd"
	Robert Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
	Raymond Chandler, "Red Wind"
	Joseph Campbell, "Hero With a Thousand Faces"
	Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "One Hundred Years of Solitude"
	E.B. White, "Charlotte's Web"
	The Portable Jung
 	Proust, "Remembrance of Things Past"
  
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  NX books

  Some of these books are out of print and will be difficult finding in
  your local bookstore, but people who are perseverant may be able to
  find a copy.

  "Letters from Cicely: a book" / Ellis Weiner; based on the Universal
  Television series Northern Exposure created by Joshua Brand and John
  Falsey. -- New York: Pocket Books, c1992. ISBN 0-671-77735-1.
  CIP (May. 92)
  
	A series of letters from each character to various people;
	the author has tried to keep his voice in sync with the
	individual characters.
  
 	Japanese edition: Tokyo, Fusho, c 1993 
 	FUSOSHA MYSTERY No. 0291 ('93/7/30)
 	Translator: Haruna NAKATANI
 	ISBN 4-594-01201-9
  
  "The Northern Exposure Cookbook"
  Ellis Weiner
  from Contemporary Books
 
	A collection of recipes for a community feast, as the characters
	would probably fix them.
  
  "Exposing Northern Exposure", Scott Nance, Pioneer Books, Inc.,
  5715 N. Balsam Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130, 1992
  ISBN 1-55698-324-7, $14.95
  
	The book details all the NEXP episodes from the pilot to "Cicely."
	Included are cast interviews, character bios, and a
	number of character, location, and set photos, none in color.
  
  "Chris in the Morning:  Love, Life, and the whole Karmic Enchilada"
  Compiled and Edited by Louis Chunovic, Published by Contemporary Books,
  ISBN:  0-8092-3762-8
  
  "The Northern Exposure Book"
  Louis Chunovic, A Citadel Press Book published by Carol Publishing Group
  120 Enterprise Ave., Secaucus, NJ 07094
  ISBN 0-8065-1409-4
  
  "Northern Exposures", Rob Morrow, Published by Hyperion
  114 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011 ISBN 0-7868-6064-2 $9.95

	It's a collection of black and white photos taken over the years by
	Rob around the NX sets (cover photo is Janine wearing a gas mask).

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  Various Miscellaneous Stuff
  
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  How did the town of Cicely get its name?
  
  Cicely was founded, but nameless (and lawless) until two women, Cicely
  and Roslyn, came to town to form a utopian society. For more details,
  see the episode "Cicely" which tells the history of the two women and
  the society. For those people who haven't seen the show, the town is
  (obviously) named after Cicely, due to her selfless death to protect
  Roslyn.
  
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  Other facts about Cicely
  
  According to some publicity photographs, the population is 215 and
  elevation is 6572 feet. Other people have reported that Brand and Falsey
  set the town's population at 839, since they were originally paid
  $839,000 an episode.  In "Survival of the Species" Ed states it as 849,
  which was confirmed in a few later episodes. In the episode where Miranda
  Bliss Vincoeur was born, it was stated as probably 844.
  
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  Which characters are gay/lesbian
  
  Cicely and Roslyn were lesbians. Maurice asked Chris to downplay this 
  part of their town's history. It is alluded to in the pilot episode, 
  where Maurice tries to tell Joel that, despite what other people will 
  tell him, they were just good friends. It is not stated but alluded 
  to in "Cicely" during the conversation between Mary O'Keefe and Roslyn 
  about alternatives to men.
  
  The two innkeepers, Ron and Erick, are gay.

  Is Maurice gay? Well, that depends. Nothing has ever been said or implied
  on the show that he is gay. However, certain subtle characterizations may
  indicate that he is gay but denies it. It is up to the individual viewer
  whether or not they believe that he is gay. Before you choose to post on
  this topic, please be aware that it has enjoyed a long and lively
  discussion, but has also created some flames and personal insults.
  
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  How long was Joel in Cicely?
  
  Joel's contract originally required four years of service to the state
  of Alaska. In the episode "Thanksgiving," the rising cost of living and
  devaluation of the US dollar caused the state to add another year to
  Joel's "sentence." But in the 100th episode [Horns], the state of Alaska
  confessed that they could not increase a contract duration during the 
  execution of said contract (precedent from a court case in another state),
  and gave Joel back his year and $1200.

  Throughout the series, Joel had spent the following amounts of time: 
  (episodes listed in order of their original air dates):
  
       Russian Flu (first season):
          Joel says that it's been 2 months since he and Elaine were
          together.
  
       Spring Break (first season):
          Joel says that he's been in Cicely for 10 months without
          experiencing intimate sexual contact.
  
       Goodbye to All That (second season):
          Chris says that Joel has been there eight months.
  
       Lost and Found (third season-- Joel renews his subscription to
          _The_New_Yorker_):
          3 years, 8 months, 22 days, and 15 hours to go
  
       Thanksgiving (fourth season):
          3 years, 9 months, 17 days, and 1 hour to go (but what's
          another hour?)
  
       Learning Curve (fourth season):
          Anything he currently has + 2 months to repay the $800 he
          borrowed from Maurice.
  
       Love's Labour Mislaid (fourth season, 1993):
          Ed states that he will have known Joel for 2 years in June.
  
       Family Feud (fourth season):
          Maggie and Joel argue about their relationship after having
          known each other for 2.5 years.
  
       Mite Makes Right (fifth season):
          Joel says he's known Maggie for three years.

       The Gift of the Maggie (fifth season):
          Dr. Pete from Gardner Station remarks that Joel must have
          been in Alaska for almost 4 years.

       The Quest (sixth season):
          Maggie tells that Joel has been in Alaska for five years.


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  Why are there no children in the show?
  
  Well, a lot of people who subscribe to this newsgroup are pretty glad
  there aren't any main characters who are under 18 years of age. Others
  believe that children are missing and should be included. There have
  been children in certain episodes; there were children in Ed's film
  "Cicely" [Animals R Us], there were children around during the visit by
  the circus [Get Real], and there were children at the wedding [The
  Wedding]. And of course, there is baby Aldrich, the progeny of Adam and
  Eve, and Shelly and Holling's daughter Miranda Bliss.
  
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  Where was NX filmed?
  
  NX was filmed in the town of Roslyn, WA.

  Courtesy of Aaron Naas <aaronn@char.vnet.net>, here is a mini-FAQ on
  Roslyn.

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  List of some of the interesting locations in and around Roslyn, WA.
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  Original sources of information
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  AAron nAAs (aaronn@vnet.net), visited Roslyn for a week, stayed in Cle
  Elum.

  Mary Andler, Curator of Roslyn Museum.

  Free "Visit the Kittitas" tourist guide published by the Ellensburg Daily
  Record, THE newspaper of the Kittitas.

  "Upper Kittitas Country Dining Guide" insert published by N.K.C. TRIBUNE.

  Free "Visitor Guide for 1993, Snoqualmie Summit to Blewett Pass".

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  Buildings in town
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  Roslyn Museum              Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Never shown.
                             LOTS of Roslyn history about town & people.
                             Packed with antiques.  Some NX info.  Sign in.
                             Chat with Mary Andler for a while.

  Roslyn Cafe                Corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd Street.
                             Never featured, only outside mural seen.
                             Nice Little cafe.  Tourist stop (lots 'O
                             tourists!).  Some NX stuff.
                             Ads declare: "Where the stars dine!" and
                             "As shown on 'Northern Exposure'"

  Roslyn Cafe Mural          Corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd Street.
                             Shown frequently.
                             Hot tourist spot. People line up for pictures.

  Cicily Gift Shop           6 North 2nd Street.
                             Sign sometimes seen.
                             NX stuff.

  Laundrymat                 Corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd Street.
                             Might only be used as a set.

  Roslyn General Store       8 Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Never featured.
                             Ads declare: "Largest selection of hard ice
                             cream in the Upper County"

  Village Pizza              Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Never featured, front sometimes seen.
                             Excellent gourme Pizza.  

  Pennsylvania Station       1st and Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Never featured, front sometimes seen.
                             Little cafe.  

  Brick Tavern               1 Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Ads declare: "The oldest operating saloon
                             in the State of Washington", "Established
                             1899", and "Complete with running water
                             spittoon"

  Central Sundries           2 Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Ruthanne's general store.
                             Hot set warning ribbons draped about
                             front of store.  Some NX stuff.

  Pioneer Restaurant and     3 Pennsylvania Avenue.
  Sody-Licious Bar           Never featured.
                             Fine dining, great food and atmosphere.
                             Surprisingly impressive.  Micro beers on tap.

  Northwester Improvement Co. Corner of Pennsylvania Avenue.
  (NWI building)             Seen frequently from outside.

  Memory Makers              NWI building.
                             and 1st Street.
                             Never featured.
                             NX gift shop.  Lots of NX info & stuff.
                             Takes up two thirds of NWI building.

  Minnifield Communications  NWI building.
  Network (KBHR radio station) Locked set.

  Roslyn Brewing Company     33 Pennsylvania Avenue.
                             Never featured or shown.

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  Houses of featured characters
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  Ruthanne's house           12 5th Street.

  Marilyn's house            25 5th Street.

  Maggie's old house         8 West Washington Avenue.
                             Replica was built on vacant lot beside it to
                             look like original house.  Replica was burned
                             for show.

  Maggie's house             Corner of E Street and Washington.

  Maurice's house            8 E Street.

  Maurice's family Home      In backyard of 16 North First Street.
                             Privately owned.
                             Built in Ronald.  Moved through Roslyn
                             Given to Roslyn Resident.  With a little
                             work would actually be livable (but REALLY
                             small).

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  Other sites
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  Maggie & Joel              Fish Lake area.
  emergancy landing site

  Frequently show lake       Lake Cle Elum,

  Where Maurice & Holling    Salmon La Sac Campground close to bridge.
  slipped w/ Dead friend

  Little white church        Town of Easton, corner of 1st and Depot.

  Site of Maggie's halucination   Toward source of Cle Elum River.

  Rick's final campsite      Disguised vacant lot in Town.
                             Too snowy in forest, had to move into town.
                             Kludged lot into makeshift set to have
                             greater camara visibility.

  Where Ned Svenborg         Roslyn Cemetary.
  visits the grave of Roslyn Interesting breakdown of ethnic groups and
                             lodges.  For example, if you were part of
                             the Moose Lodge then you would have a grave
                             waiting for you.

  Flung Piano                In Teanaway Area at the Crossetti Ranch.

  Mechanic Garage scenes     Cascade Motors at 1st and Dakota Avenue.

  Statue of Rick             In Memory Makers.

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  Where is Cicely?

  An offshoot (and popular disussion) is, where is Cicely? Nobody knows
  for sure-- it's right next door to Springfield, USA. Like The Simpsons,
  the producers and writers of NX have sprinkled enough misleading clues
  that it cannot be pinpointed exactly. Some include:

	It's in the 63rd parallel, placing it in the main body of the
	state. [Hello, I Love You]
  
	You can travel from Cicely to Cantwell on Route 8 (Ruth-Anne and
	Walt did), which again places it in the main body of the state.
	[Hello, I Love You]. And Route 6 also leads into town [Una Volta
	in L'Inverno]

	The men run naked out to Highway 1 when the ice breaks [Spring
	Break]

	It's just across the border from Sixty Mile, in Canada. [Northern
	Hospitality]

	It is within a 75 mile radius of 143 degrees W, 62 degrees N,
	according to the ice-sculpture at Maurice's feast. [The Big Feast]
  
 	The address on the post card that Joel sends to Maggie is

 	   Maggie O'Connell
 	   P.O. Box 86
 	   Cicely, AK 99729

 	An alert reader of the group notes that 99729 is the zip code for
 	Cantwell, AK.

	It's north of the Arctic Circle because they spend some days in
	complete darkness [Northern Lights] and some days in complete
	light [Midnight Sun]
  
	It's south of the Arctic Circle because they don't have
	permafrost [Survival of the Species]

	It's 40 air-minutes from Anchorage, the nearest hospital. (Joel
	tells Shelly she'll be going there to deliver. [Baby Blues])
	Maggie also receives her flight service briefings from Anchorage.

	It's 200 miles from the next nearest town. [Ill Wind]

	It's 200 miles from Sleetmute, and not too far from Unalaklee.
  
	It's 400 miles from Soldotna (the length of the drive for the
	owner of "Rick" the dog.) [Animals R Us]
  
	It's 500 miles from Sourdough. [Spring Break]
  
	It's located along a river (or at least Roslyn, WA is), and is
	1000 miles from Anchorage [Kaddish] (which of course, means that
	Maggie's little Cessna 170 travels at 1500 miles an hour :-)
  
	It's in the panhandle, because the specific Indians mentioned
	are Pacific Northwest tribes (Tlingit and Haida.)

	It's in the panhandle portion that runs along the coast next to
	Canada ("The cusp of the new Alaskan Riviera" - premiere episode)

  At least we know that it's on a major log truck route, and there
  are paved roads nearby [premiere].
  
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  The fling thing
  
  That thing is called a trebuchet (pronounced tray-boo-shay). For more
  information, I quote a post by Hank Nunes:
  
  ""Car & Driver" did a whole article on the 'trebuchet.'  It was called
  "Seige the Day."  Two guys in England built a replica and fling toilets
  filled with gasoline and small cars and people.  They thought that they
  might sell a few of these, but at the time of the article, they had only
  sold one-- to NX.  If you want one, they only cost $18,000.00."
  
  Some references/cites:

	Car & Driver, June 1992
	"All Things Considered", National Public Radio, Jan. 2 1992.
	The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 1991
  
  Items that have been flung:

	Maggie's burnt piano [Burning Down the House]
	Chris' dead friend Tooley [Heroes]
  
  The exact quote by Chris about the fling:
  "It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself." [Burning Down the
  House]
  
  The trebuchet was sold at the auction for all props. It is now in Monroe, WI.
  The owner is John Cyra, who wants to either sell or display it. There is a
  web page for it: http://www.eskimo.com/%7Everne/treb.html

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  How have the various boyfriends of Maggie O'Connell met their deaths?
  
  This is known as the curse of Maggie O'Connell-- every man she has ever
  slept with has died in some gruesome accident. The latest was Rick
  Pederson, who was played by Grant Goodeve in the first season (until
  Rick's untimely demise).  Until her house burned down, Maggie had kept
  small shrines to each boyfriend.
  
	Harry	= potato salad at a picnic
	Bruce	= victim of a terrible fishing accident
	Glenn	= took a wrong turn in his Volvo onto a missile test site
	Dave	= fell asleep on a glacier and froze to death
	Rick	= merged with a satellite
  
  This is from the eulogy given at Rick's funeral by Chris [Slow Dance].
  
  Additions after "Northwest Passages":
  
	Steve	= struck by lightning while working on an oil rig
	(revealed only during Maggie's hallucination)
  
  Maggie has "cured" at least one boyfriend (Mike Monroe), and she had
  slept with Fleischman [Ill Wind] but he hasn't died (yet). We will never
  know about Chris.
  
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  The Raven

  A long time ago, the Raven looked down from the sky and saw that the
  people of the world were living in darkness. The ball of light was kept
  hidden by a selfish old chief. So the Raven turned himself into a
  spruce needle, and floated on the river where the chief's daughter
  came for water. She drank the spruce needle. She became pregnant and
  gave birth to a boy, who was the Raven in disguise. The baby cried and
  cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with. As soon
  as he had the light, the Raven turned back into himself. The Raven
  carried the light into the sky. From then on, we no longer lived in
  darkness.
  
  From "Seoul Mates," as told by Marilyn Whirlwind.

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  The Eagle

  [Marilyn]: The Eagle wasn't always the Eagle.
  The Eagle, before he became the Eagle, was Yucatangee, the Talker.
  Yucatangee talked and talked. It talked so much it heard only itself.
  Not the river, not the wind, not even the Wolf.
  The Raven came and said
  "The Wolf is hungry. If you stop talking, you'll hear him. The wind
  too.  And when you hear the wind, you'll fly."
 
  [Nadine]:  So he stopped talking.
 
  [Marilyn]: And became its nature, the Eagle.  The Eagle soared, and its
  flight said all it needed to say.

  From "Birds of a Feather," as told by Marilyn Whirlwind to Nadine
  Fleischman.

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  The Warrior

  [There was] a warrior who had a fine stallion.  Everyone said how lucky
  he was to have such a horse.
  
  "Maybe" he said.
  
  One day the stallion ran off.  The people said the warrior was unlucky.
  
  "Maybe" he said.
  
  The next day the stallion returned, leading a string of fine ponies.
  The people said it was very lucky.
  
  "Maybe" the warrior said.
  
  Later, the warrior's son was thrown from one of the ponies and broke
  his leg.  The people said it was unlucky.
  
  "Maybe" the warrior said.
  
  The next week, the chief lead a war party against another tribe. Many
  young men were killed.  But, because of his broken leg, the warrior's
  son was left behind, and so was spared.
 
  From "Bolt from the Blue" as told by Marilyn Whirlwind.

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  The Wedding Vows

  I am the sky says the Hindu bridegroom to the bride. You are the earth.
  We are sky and earth united. (The ring, Joel) You are my husband. You
  are my wife. My feet shall run because of you. My feet shall dance
  because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because
  of you. My mind think because of you. And I shall love, because of you.
  (Are you guys cool with that? Then kiss)

  From "Our Wedding", the wedding ceremony as recited by Chris.

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  Related shows and films
  
  "Local Hero" is a film by Scottish director Bill Forsythe. In Local
  Hero, an upwardly-mobile young professional (oilman) goes to a remote
  part of the world (northern Scotland) where he is initially annoyed by
  the lack of modern conveniences but eventually enchanted with the local
  culture.  At one point an old Russian town friend stumbles into the
  scene, both towns are run to some extent by an enterprising man in many
  roles, and the main character deals with a kind, elderly store-keeper
  woman.
  
  "Going to Extremes" is another Brand/Falsey creation. It has been
  described as "St. Elsewhere" on the sand with characters from NX thrown
  in.  Comparisons to NX are natural-- doctors thrown into a foreign
  culture with lots of colorful local characters. It was cancelled shortly
  into its first season.
  
  "Doc Hollywood" is a movie that was released in the summer of 1991. It
  stars Michael J. Fox as a doctor, who while travelling to Beverly Hills
  to begin a career as a plastic surgeon, ends up stuck in the small town
  of Grady, trying to pay off a debt by filling in as the town doctor. No
  one can be certain which came first: NX or "Doc Hollywood." Rumor has it
  that the script for DH had been floating around Hollywood for years, but
  NX was created by Brand and Falsey after talking to a doctor friend of
  theirs.
  
  A DH/NX connection is that Roberts Blossom played both the judge who
  sentenced Fox's character (Ben Stone) to community service in DH, and
  the elder Ned Svenborg [Cicely].
  
  "Twin Peaks" has also been compared to NX. TP was also filmed in the
  state of Washington (in Snoqualmie) and took place in a town filled
  with colorful characters. But while TP was mainly about a series of bad
  events in an generally evil place, NX is mainly about a series of
  slightly odd events in a generally nice place (this is entirely the
  FAQ's author's opinion, who has seen both shows and infinitely prefers
  NX over TP).
  
  NX has done an homage to TP. In "Russian Flu," Holling, Joel and Elaine
  visit a scenic waterfall (Snoqualmie Falls-- the same falls used in TP),
  there is some vague TP-type music playing in the background (which they
  hear and snap their fingers to), and they talk about coffee and cherry
  pie.

  "Picket Fences" is another show that is often described as "quirky,"
  a' la NX and Twin Peaks. It is set in the town of Rome, Wisconsin, and
  is currently showing on the CBS network at 10:00pm Fridays. Picket
  Fences recently won a number of 1993 Emmy awards, including best
  drama.

  "Mediterraneo" (Italian, 1991) Takes place during WWII, eight
  Italian soldiers who land on a small Greek island to secure it for
  the Axis forces and end up staying until the end of the war, partly
  because their ship was sunk and also because they fall in love with
  the people and the place. The main female lead is also "resourceful"
  and brunette (but definitely in a different line of work than Maggie!)
  
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  Satellite feed times

  The feed for syndication has changed - it is now on Telstar 402R [T4-5]
  at 5:30am EST.

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  Syndication information
  
  As of September 26, 1994, NX is in syndication! The episodes are being
  shown in production order. The episodes are also edited to allow time for
  more commercials. All syndication runs off the same satellite feed (see
  above) so it is not possible that your hometown station is running the
  unedited episodes while everyone else is seeing edited episodes. Kimiye
  Tipton is currently keeping a NX Syndication Guide listing the times and
  stations for various towns.

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  NX Merchandise
  
  NX merchandise is sold by a number of catalogs, and shops.

  Universal Studios Theme Park, Orlando, FL.

 	Look for stuff in their souvenir shop that contains merchandise from
 	their various tv shows and movies.
 	(has anyone been down there lately that can confirm whether they still
 	have merchandise?)
  
  Wireless, the catalog of National Public Radio
 
 	There hasn't been any NX merchandise in the catalogs for a few months,
 	but something may show up as a clearance item.

  Memory Makers - Home of Northern Exposure Gifts and Souvenirs
	PO Box 369, Roslyn, WA 98941, (509) 649-2557.

	This is the shop right smack in the middle of everything. They
	have everything imaginable with a NX logo on it.
 	(has anyone been to Roslyn lately who can confirm that the shop is
 	still open?)
  
  The CBS store.

	Merchandise from different CBS shows and productions. Not known if
	they are still carrying NX merchandise.
	Phone is 1-800-882-5795. AMEX, MC, and Visa accepted (no checks or
	C.O.D.)
	Hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm (California time), Monday through Friday.
	Their address is:
	7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036"

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  Dedication
  
  There was a dedication at the end of March 15, 1993 episode [Homesick]
  for John "Yomi" Rothlisberger, but no explanation about him.
  
  Rothlisberger was an elderly farmer who lived in Roslyn, Wash.,where the
  show is filmed, and he appeared in virtually every episode as an extra.
  When he died recently, the producers and crew felt as if they had lost
  an adopted cast member.
  
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  Videos
  
  MCA is releasing episodes of NEXP on both VHS and Laserdisc format.
  
  For those interested, here is some info:
  
  Laserdiscs: $34.98 each

	MCA41568LD Pilot/Aurora Borealis
	MCA41569LD Cicely/Northwest Passages
	MCA41682LD Thanksgiving/Seoul Mates
	MCA41985LD The Body in Question & Burning Down the House
	MCA42021LD The Big Feast & Northern Lights
  
  Videotapes: $14.98 each

	MCA81482   Pilot
	MCA81559   Cicely
	MCA81560   Spring Break
	MCA81562   Northwest Passages
	MCA81483   Aurora Borealis
	MCA81644   Thanksgiving
	MCA81645   Seoul Mates
	MCA81920   Burning Down the House
	MCA81685   The Body in Question
	MCA82016   The Big Feast
	MCA82015   Northern Lights


  PAL format:

	VHR1696   Pilot, Aurora Borealis, Spring Break
	VHR1697   Body in Question, Seoul Mates
	VHR1698   Burning down the house, Cicely
	VHR1699   Northwest Passage, Thanksgiving

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  Voice-Overs & Other Roles
  
  The following is the current information that we have on voice-overs and
  other roles that the NX actors have undertaken currently and in the
  past. Thanks to Bill Pulliam who ran the names through the movies
  database and came up with a lot of missing stuff.
  
  Adam Arkin

	All Together Now, Babies, Big Wave Dave's, Chicago Hope,
	Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, The Doctor, Full Moon High, Heat Wave,
	It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy, The Monitors, Necessary Parties,
	Pearl, Personal Foul, A Promise to Keep, Teachers Only, Tough Cookies,
	Under the Rainbow, A Year in the Life
	Baseball (voice-over)

  Doug Ballard

	Fearless, Sunset Grill

  Darren Burrows

	Casualties of War, Class of 1999, Cry Baby, Dazed and Confused, Dragnet,
	Hard Times on Planet Earth, TV101, 976-EVIL

  John Corbett

	Flight of the Intruder, MTV motorcycle series, The Osiris Chronicles,
	Wonder Years, Tombstone
	Isuzu (commercial, voice-over)

  Barry Corbin

	Any Which Way You Can, Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,
	Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Bitter Harvest, Boone, C.A.T. Squad,
	Career Opportunities, The Chase, Conagher, Critters 2: The Main Course,
	A Death in California, The Defiant Ones, Fantasies, Fatal Vision,
	Firefighter, Flight #90: Disaster on the Potomac, Ghost Dad,
	Hard Traveling, Honkytonk Man, The Hot Spot,
	I Know My First Name Is Steven, It Takes Two, The Keys,
	LBJ: The Early Years, Last Flight Out, Lonesome Dove,
	Man Against the Mob, The Man Who Loved Women, MASH(tv), Murder in Texas,
	My Science Project, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,
	Nothing in Common, Off the Mark, The People Across the Lake,
	Permanent Record, Prime Suspect, Rage, The Ratings Game,
	Red King, White Knight, Secret Witness, Short Time, Six Pack, Spies,
	Spooner, Stir Crazy, Stranger on My Land, The Thorn Birds, Under Cover,
	Under Siege, Urban Cowboy, WarGames, Warm Hearts, Cold Feet,
	What Comes Around, Who's Harry Crumb?, Young Harry Houdini
	Dominicks' (commercial), Portland General Electric (commercial),
	Lipton Iced Tea (commercial, voice-over), Moon Shot (voice of Deke
	Slayton)

  John Cullum

	1776 (film), The Act, All the Way Home, Buck James,
	Carl Sandburg - Echoes and Silences, Edge of Night, Doctors,
	Hawaii, Tom Brown's School Days (aka Adventures at Rugby),
	The Day After, Hamlet, The Man Without a Country,
	Marie (aka Marie: A True Story), Mattie's Choice,
	Money, Power, Murder, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Broadway),
	One Life to Live, The Prodigal, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,
	Shenandoah, Shootdown, Spenser for Hire, Sweet Country,
	Quantum Leap (episode "Catch a Falling Star", with Janine Turner),
	With a Vengeance
	EggBeaters (commercial, voice-over)
	Washington Mutual Bank (comm., voice-over)

  Richard Cummings, Jr.

	Eve of Destruction, Hyundai (commercial, voice-over), Project X,
	thirtysomething, Throb, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
	The Wall Street Journal (commercial, voice-over)

  Diane Delano

	Bakersfield, P.D., Heart Like a Wheel, LA Law, Quantum Leap, 
	Miracle Mile, Platypus Man, The River Wild, Sleepwalkers (aka Stephen 
	King's Sleepwalkers), Wild Card

  Anthony Edwards

	Delta Heat, Downtown, El Diablo, E.R., Fast Times at Ridgemont High,
	Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story, Gotcha!, Hawks,
	Heart Like a Wheel, High School U.S.A., Hometown Boy Makes Good,
	How I Got Into College, The Killing of Randy Webster, Landslide,
	Miracle Mile, Mr. North, Pet Sematary II, Revenge of the Nerds,
	Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Summer Heat, The Sure Thing,
	Top Gun, It Takes Two
  
  Cynthia Geary

	Adam 12, Dangerous Curves, Divorce Court, Fame (TV),
	For the Love of Mike, Rich Girl, Superior Court,
	To Grandmother's House We Go, Us, War Dancing, The Young & the Restless,
	8 Seconds

  Graham Greene

	Benefit of the Doubt, The Broken Chain, Clearcut, Cooperstown,
	Dances with Wolves, Earth and the American Dream,
	The Last of His Tribe, Maverick, North, Powwow Highway,
	Rain Without Thunder, Revolution, Running Brave, Savage Land,
	Thunderheart

  Jessica Lundy

	Doogie Howser, M.D., Hope and Gloria, The Second Half, Seinfeld

  Valerie Mahaffey

	Fresno, Her Secret Life (aka Code Name: Dancer), L.A. Law, Quantum Leap,
	Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder, The Powers That Be,
	Till Death Us Do Part, Wings, Woman of the House, Women of Valor

  Don McManus (note: this may or may not be Don R. McManus (Erick))

	The Bonfire of the Vanities, Double Standard, Gunsmoke: The Long Ride,
	Head Office, Josh and S.A.M., Killer Party, Knight Rider 2010,
	Telling Secrets, True Colors, White Mile

  Rob Morrow

	Fame, Private Resort, Saturday Night Live, Spencer for Hire, Tattingers,
	Quiz Show
	Mastercard (commercial, voice-over), Dentyne (commerical)

  Peg Phillips

	Chase, Dangerous Affections, Dogfight, Plainclothes,
	Waiting for the Light
	Dominick's (commercial)
 
  Teri Polo
 
 	Mystery Date, Aspen Extreme, Golden Gate

  Paul Provenza
 
 	Comedy Tonight, Comics Only, Empty Nest, The Facts of Life, 
	Pursuit of Happiness, The Sunday Comics

  Rita Taggart

	1941, Almost Grown, Born to Be Sold, The Cartier Affair,
 	The China Syndrome, Coach, Coupe de Ville, Crossing the Bridge,
	The Horror Show (aka House III), Inmates: A Love Story, Mae West,
	Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case, Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris,
	Splash, Too, Straight Time, Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home!,
	The Webbers, Weeds

  Janine Turner

	The A-Team, The Ambulance, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, General 
	Hospital, Knights of the City, Knight Rider, The Love Boat,
	Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear, Quantum Leap (episode "Catch a
	Falling Star", with John Cullum), Steel Magnolias,
	Tai-Pan, Young Doctors in Love
	Chevrolet (commercial)

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  Did Cynthia Geary do her own singing?
 
  In the episode "Old Tree," Shelly discovers that she can no longer talk;
  all that comes out of her mouth is music. After both airings of this
  show, the latest burning alt.tv.northern-exp question was "Did she do
  her own singing?" (Shelly is now song-less, having lost the ability
  during her 18th week of pregnancy [The Three Doctors].)

  Yes, Cynthia Geary did all of her own singing for this episode. She has a
  degree in voice from Univ. of Mississippi. The songs in the brick and
  their apartment were pre-recorded and played back during filming (lip-
  synched); the scene in Joel's office is live and a'capella.
 
  The song about the lady and the snake is not original; that is, the story
  goes back a long time (other versions of the parable include a frog and
  a scorpion.) All of her other songs were written for the show.

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  Contacts
 
  Pipeline Productions has shut down and can no longer accept
  mail about the show.

  To order copies of scripts:
 
  Script City
  8033 Sunset Blvd.
  Suite 1500
  Hollywood, CA  90046
  1-800-676-2522

  They have a limited set of scripts, for only these episodes:
  The Pilot, A-Hunting We Will Go, Animals R Us, The Big Kiss, Blowing
  Bubbles, The Body in Question, The Bumpy Road To Love, Burning Down the
  House, Cicely, Dateline: Cicely, Democracy in America, The Final Frontier,
  Get Real, Head Thyself, Homesick, It Happened in Juneau, Jules et Joel
  (incomplete), My Mother/My Sister, Northern Hospitality, On Your Own, Our
  Tribe, Our Wedding, Oy Wilderness, A River Doesn't Run Through It, Roots,
  Seoul Mates, Thanksgiving, Things Become Extinct, Wake-Up Call.

  The Pilot script costs $19.95. All others cost $14.95.

=======================================================================
  
  Acknowledgements

  Much thanks to the following people for helping to edit this document,
  and for helping with contributions to this document (whether they realize
  it or not :-):

  Richard Ahrens, Iain Anderson, Melanie Arabsky, Fred Azier, Pam Baker,
  Jason Bassford, Andy Bates, Rob Bednark, Terje Berg, Fred Bertelsen, 
  Tin Blaskovic, Greg Bole, Brian Boutel, David Bowen, Ken Brody, 
  Melissa Brown, Rodney Brown, Stan Brown, Denise Bryngelson, John Cohen, 
  Tad Cook, Claudio Costa, Cliff Chen, Terence Chua, Michael E. Costello, 
  Tony Daniel, Eric DeMund, Anton de Weger, Adam Dobrzycki, Peter Douglas, 
  Maureen Dyokas, James Easton, Ulrich Fieseler, Nick C. Fotis, Ralph Foy, 
  Brian Fristensky, Howard Gershen, Maria Giannoni, Gordan Gledec, 
  Gary Goldberg, Dan Goldstein, Lee Groves, F.F. Jacot, Guillarmod, 
  V. M. Haas, Eric R. Hanson, Rob Heerdink, Peter Hillstrom, 
  Doug Hogarth, Anthony Horan, Wendy Hui, Tatsuaki Ihata, Heather Jarman, 
  Thomas E. Janzen, Kay Jones, Kerrin Rhys Jones, Joe Kirby, Larry Klaes, 
  Visa Kopu, Sascha Krasny, Anne R. Kubelik, Herman Kuiper, Sean Lamont, 
  Jack Lee, Michael Lefever, Chris Lehto, Larry J Lennhoff, Wm. Linden, 
  Joe Lynn, Rick Maddy, Declan Malone, Matt Mccoy, Michael Robert McGrade, 
  Bob McQueer, Doug Merrett, George Mitchell, Pekka Makela, Davorin Mestric, 
  David G. Moore, Tim Moors, Ronan Mullally, Andrew P. Murphy, Aaron Naas, 
  Bill Newman, Henry W. Nunes, Il Hwan Oh, Tom Owens, Tomasz Papszun, 
  Tomaz Craig Patten, Louise Penberthy, Pascal Peng, Aveline Perez, 
  Kate Perkins, George Pete, Tim Pierce, Richard J. Pugh, Bill Pulliam, 
  A.E. Rednick, Darren Reiniger, Douglas J Renze, Evan Rosser, Martin Rothaemel,
  Gunther Sablon, Melissa Safran, Timothy W. Saffel, Erin Sasaki, AJ Schricker, 
  Debbie Schwartz, Jude Shabry, Tim Short, Craig Smith, Forrest Smith, 
  Werenfried Spit, Hal Stein, Gary Stephens, Rick Stickle, Kimiye Tipton, 
  Wendy Toiwan Hui, Lee Tsen-Ta, Micheal Tucker, Steven Vest, Larry W. Virden, 
  Steve Webb, Jeff Witzer, Gordon Wong, David Yang, Artur Zaroda, 
  Oliver Zechlin, Eriks Ziemelis, 
  Reid (urrraymon@msuvx1.memst.edu), pgut1@cs.aukuni.ac.nz,
  Dan <johnkey@maths.tcd.ie>, The Bean <kds52568@uxa.cso.uiuc.edu>,
  <a1burokas@aol.com>, <joel@cs.utexas.edu>, yox@news.delphi.com,
  jailbait@valhalla.intercon.com, ZOOL190@csc.canterbury.ac.nz,
  mertonb@aol.com (MertonB), dougho@microsoft.com, CECILS@delphi.com,
  SANT_M@CHO004.CHO.GE.COM (Martan), Brenda <frsbear@aol.com>,
  Kristi <racer@racerrecords.com>

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