|1986: As the World Turns featured the funeral of Chris Hughes.|
- Alexis de Tocqueville
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1933: The Romance of Helen Trent premiered regionally in Chicago. The show began airing on CBS Radio that October and remained on the air until June 24, 1960. During its 27-year run, three actresses played Helen--Virginia Clark and Betty Ruth Smith in Chicago, and later Julie Stevens in New York. The Romance of Helen Trent had a following so intense that at the height of its popularity the show received 1,000 letters a week offering advice on her many problems.