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Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

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Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

Is there any type of plaque / monument / tourist spot for the connection of Radar O'Reilly and Ottumwa?

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1. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

Welcome to the Iowa forum, Dan! If there is a Radar O'Reilly monument of any kind in Ottumwa, it is well concealed from internet searches. I found nothing. I haven't been to Ottumwa in years. The best monument dedicated to a fictional television character is in Riverside, Iowa. "Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk". http://poastcards.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/kirk-birthplace.jpg

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Dan R.: The closest thing I have found to a "tourist spot" in Ottumwa regarding Radar O'Reilly, M*A*S*H, and the real "Radar" Don Shaffer is a small display at the train station <http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/OTM>. I believe there is more in the county museum upstairs - but I haven't visited it yet. There are some great locally owned restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops close to the train station. Best wishes.

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3. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

Rosanne Barr's Ex was from Ottumwa I believe. I forget his name.

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PS Tom Arnold

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5. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

That is too bad, I would like to visit Ottumwa but I would like to come back with a picture showing that it has ties with my favorite TV show and one of my favorite characters.

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6. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

Hi MASH4!

Why don't you print a life size photo of Radar and bring him along with you ala "Flat Stanley"?

You can probably get pictures of yourself with Radar all over town, especially near Ottumwa signs.

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7. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

No I do not believe so. Don Shaffer formerly of Otumwa is the real person who was called Radar in the book and series though. http://ktvo.com/news/local/radar-oreilly-is-leaving-ottumwa

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Tom Arnold.

Pella, Iowa
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9. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

I have yet to visit the Wapello County Museum (upstairs in the railroad station), but apparently there is a room devoted to Radar O'Reilly http://www.wapellocountymuseum.com/ . I have seen the small M*A*S*H collection on the Amtrak level http://www.trainweb.org/usarail/ottumwa.htm .

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10. Re: Ottumwa and Radar O'Reilly from M*A*SH

Radar now calls Crystal River Florida home and is super low key. He will talk to you if you see him but prefers to stay out of the limelight.

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