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ALL ABOUT SYDNEY

Try to imagine Alexis Carrington at 16. That would be Sydney.

Sarah Michelle Gellar described the character thusly in an interview with TEEN PARTY magazine: "Sydney is kind of like the town witch. She doesn't really care about anyone else's feelings and she feels that everything revolves around her, and it usually does."

The full name is Sydney Orion Rutledge. The middle name is not shown in the credits and is only mentioned once in the show. The pronunciation given to it (by Nancy) suggests it might be spelled Orien or Orienne. The IMDB, however, is going with Orion and so am I. She was born 13 March 1978 around 11:45 pm at Swans Crossing General Hospital during the Great Flood. See Sydney's Horoscope. Sandy Swan was born at approximately the same time and place. The daughter of Mayor Margaret Rutledge and granddaughter of the late Cyrus Rutledge, Sydney has the same initials as her grandmother (S.O.R.). There is no reference in the series to Sydney's father, a fact which lends itself to speculation as to what could make an entire community refuse to mention him or his side of the family at all.

Sydney gazing out her bedroom window toward the Booth house Sydney tried to never wear an outfit more than once, only bit her nails when she was really stressed, read books about horses (she was an accomplished equestrian), was always in the mood for shopping, and had her own phone line and answering machine message (pre-cell era). Her horse's name was Sugar, and the riding collar had her initials on it. Sydney got her first horse before Nancy and got the name for the horse that Nancy wanted (which was Sugar).

She loved a challenge, couldn't think when nervous, and always liked finer foods, lemons, and Garrett.

The following observations were made during the course of the show, possibly to cause the audience to perhaps give some credence to the notion that Sydney and Sandy might have been switched at birth:

  • Margaret once said "ten generations of Rutledge women and Sydney is the first one not to have light eyes." (If Mayor Rutledge found this significant, it would imply that the Mayor had little knowledge of genetics. The inheritance of eye colour is a complicated thing and no single gene controls it.)
  • Sydney is not exceptionally smart (that she was actually worried by the eye colour observation is some evidence of this), and the extension of this is her mother's observation that she was "an ordinary baby". That her mother regarded Sydney as unexceptional as a baby implies a lack of maternal bonding, as Sydney was her only child.
  • Sydney has smaller feet than Nancy. (A point was made of this, and that sort of thing might well be a family characteristic.)
  • In the fifth grade Sydney had "pigtails and buck teeth". (Don't know if any other Rutledges or Swans were so afflicted.)
  • Sandy is the only Swan to have been born a blonde. (The genetics of hair colour is not fully understood. This indicates nothing about lineage.)

The signal Garrett used to tell Sydney he wanted to meet her in No Man's Land was the hanging of a shade with a picture of Fabian on it in his sister Glory's bedroom window.

Garret always gave Sydney a red rose. He gave her one before he left for France

Sydney and her mother the Mayor (played by Ziska Beveridge) Sydney was insecure, and felt that no one ever helped her and everyone she cared about left her. She was afraid of the rumors, suspicions, and even just what the gossip would do if Garrett revealed that she "was Sandy"

Her favorite color was red

Her mother (the Mayor) named her Chairperson of the Rock Concert Stage Commitee

When Nancy got a horse without telling her parents, Sydney helped her hide it in her room (evidently a very large room) and the plan worked until Nancy jumped over her bed with it. Nancy got to keep the horse. (This is discussed but not shown.)

She had three dream sequences, all rather nightmarish. These dreams occur in episodes 28, 53, and 55. The first involved a wizard who transformed her into Sandy Swan; the second an antique slot machine (in the background were coloured lights and giant dice); and in the third, several of her friends mock her while being served canapes by Ralph.

After the third dream sequence, at 5 am, she went to the dock and dropped her grandmother's locket into the water. After diving in to retrieve it, she got her hand stuck under a rock and Callie had to save her.

QUOTES FROM SYDNEY

"All men love surprises."

"Watch out for the boys that always smile at you"

"Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride."

Gellar at Boogies Diner in New York City circa 1992


SWANS TRIVIA

THE FABIAN SHADE

The Fabian Shade in the window of the Booth house on Swans Crossing

About that Fabian shade that Garrett displayed whenever he wanted Sydney to meet with him at the wall between the properties of the Booths and the Rutledges. Fabian was a pop star whose career flourished between 1958 and 1963. He did release one single in '89 but the question is: Why Fabian? Of all the popular recording artists or personalities to choose from in 1992, why pick Fabian to put on the shade? Were they just too cheap to buy the rights to use a current performer's image? It just seems unlikely that Garrett, Sydney, or Glory would have listened to any of Fabian's music. It's something that Mayor Rutledge might have enjoyed.


SWANS CROSSING THEME and END CREDITS

The Swans Crossing Theme was written by Steve Lane and Richard W. Winzeler. They most recently teamed to do the music for the musical production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2010.


SWANS CROSSING, AUSTRALIA

The only actual place named Swans Crossing seems to be a large camping area
in Kerwong State Forest, Australia.

Below is a photo:

Swans Crossing Campground, Australia


THE DOLL CONSPIRACY

The Doll Conspiracy is the theory that Swans Crossing was conceived by toymaker Playmates as a means of selling, not only Swans Crossing dolls, but other toys as well. When the Swans Crossing dolls did not do well, the show was cancelled. Supportive of the conspiracy theory is the fact that while it was on the air, one of its main sources of advertising revenue was from toy companies marketing Star Trek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys and the like. Swans Crossing dolls were advertised during the show, in violation of Federal law.

Sarah SkiltonSarah Skilton blogged about THE DOLL CONSPIRACY, a theory that has pretty much disappeared from the web.

Playmates Toys is located in Costa Mesa, California, and is a subsidiary of Playmates Holdings Ltd in Hong Kong.

There are many Swans Crossing dolls up for bid on eBay.


THE GUY IN EPISODE 14
WHO LOOKS A LOT LIKE SPIKE LEE

Spike Lee (?) - at Swans Soda Shop

At the very beginning of episode 14, there is a brief scene with a waitress who is never seen again on the show serving a milkshake to a man sitting alone at a table in Swans Soda Shop. The man looks a lot like New York filmmaker Spike Lee. And there is a possible connection between Lee and the show. Both Spike Lee and David Toney (who played Bryce Atwater) were in the 1990 film LONELY IN AMERICA.


BRITTANY DANIEL LETTER

Letter from Brittany Daniel to "Lynne" circa 1992

Above is a letter written by Brittany Daniel while she was doing Swans Crossing. The letter reads: "Lynne, Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much we appreciate all of your support for Swans Crossing. Hope to meet up with you at the Youth Film Awards in L.A. My twin sister and I will be attending the awards, as I have been nominated Best Young Actress on an Off-prime-time Series. I also believe three other Swans Crossing cast members have been nominated as well. Thanks again for all your support. See you soon! - Brittany"


KRISTINE BYERS (Dolores)

Kristine Byers as Dolores

Not a lot of current information is available about Kristine Byers, who was Dolores in episode 35 of Swans Crossing (the Nudibranch Benefit). This packet of info has surfaced:
Height: 1.7 m
Weight: 51 kg
Hair Colour: Light Auburn
Eye Colour: Green
Measurements: 86-61-86 (cm)
Dress size:4
Inseam: 86.3cm
Shoe size: 7 1/2


SWANS CROSSING CAST BIRTHDAYS

Devin Doherty - 1/2/78 - Larchmont, NY
Kristen Mahon - 1/13/79 - New York City
Jason Culp - 1/15/61 - Los Angeles, CA
Holter Graham - 2/11/72 - Baltimore, MD
Carisa Dahlbo - 2/12/77 - Kansas City, MO
Laurie Kennedy - 2/14/48 - Hollywood, CA
Brittany Daniel - 3/17/76 - Gainesville, FL
Charlie Sara - 3/19/67 - Teaneck, NJ
Eddie Tyclus Robinson - 4/2/78 - ?
Sarah Michelle Gellar - 4/14/77 - New York City
Cast of Swans Crossing with Gellar at center
Susan Ward - 4/15/76 - Monroe, LA
Shane Mcdermott - 4/24/76 - Middleton, NY
Evan Ferrante - 5/6/79 - ?
Nick Wyman - 5/18/50 - Portland, ME
Alvin Lum - 5/28/31 - Honolulu, HI
John Cunningham - 6/22/32 - Auburn, NY
Don Symington - 8/30/25 - Baltimore, MD
Tom Carroll - 9/13/75 - Bucks County, PA
Gerry Bamman - 9/18/41 - Independence, KS
M.B. Battisti - 9/26/65 - Ephrata, PA
Mira Sorvino - 9/28/67 - Tenafly, NJ
Alex Tanaka - 11/2/74 - Huntington, NY
Kristy Barbera - 11/3/77 - Fair Lawn, NJ
Wai Ching Ho - 11/16/43 - Hong Kong
Barry Papick - 11/16/xx - Jersey City NJ
Stacey Moseley - 12/20/75 - Chesapeake, VA


The phone number for Swans Soda Shop was mentioned in the show (234-643-xxxx The last four digits add to 19. All four digits are different. Three of them are even numbers. The largest of the digits is the second and the smallest is the fourth. Digits one and two divide evenly by a common third number >1, as do digits three and four. None of the digits is twice any of the others.) At the time the 234 area code did not exist. Presently, however, it is located in northeast Ohio. The number does belong to someone now, but it is unlisted.


J.T. THE POET

J.T. (Tom Carroll) delivers a poem to Glory

Stars shine, but you shine brighter.
Gold glitters, but you're worth more
Diamonds are hard and cold
But you are sweet and pure
Because of you in every soul I see a miracle
You flash in my heart like a light from the sun
And I take your warmth with me all day long
Through you, I know every soul is a miracle

    ---  J.T. Adams

3 More poems by J.T. Adams are in the EPISODE GUIDE


Carisa Dahlbo

Carisa Dahlbo was born in Kansas City, Missouri 12 February 1977. She has a brother named Brandon and a sister Amber. At the time of Swans Crossing she was 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 88 lbs.


THE SWAN PERISCOPE

Swan periscope belonging to Captain Walker's submarine

Captain Walker's undersea houseboat had a periscope disguised as a swan. This wouldn't be good camoflage everywhere. Swans live in temperate climates although they migrate northward as far as Alaska and Siberia. There are few if any in the tropics and none in Africa.




FAN FICTION

SWANS CROSSING: THE RETURN

A novel in forty chapters by Stephanie Blydenburgh.

MARINER II

An introduction and seven chapters of an incomplete Swans Crossing novel written in 1998 by James A. Miller, who was apparently attending the University of Toronto at the time.

  1. Introduction
  2. Take This Heart
  3. Late in the Evening
  4. Son of a Preacher Man
  5. Town Without Pity
  6. Don't You Want Me?
  7. Everybody Have Fun Tonight
  8. Everybody Wants to Rule the World

THE SEASON ENDING EPISODES

This series of fan fiction episodes was written to follow the last episode of Swans Crossing and serve as a series finale. They used to be on MISS SWAN's PAGE before it went away with the rest of geocities. There were supposed to be nine of these, but I have been able to locate only five. Anyone knowing the location of the other four please CONTACT PIXEL 51

More Swans Fan Fiction at FANFICTION.NET.

SWANS CROSSING aired 29 June to 25 September 1992 and Ran 13 weeks (65 episodes) in syndication. 50 episodes ran on USA network in 1993-94. The show was created by Ned Kandel and Mardee Kravit and taped at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York.
SWANS CROSSING CAST NEWS - updated 21 May 2014


THE LOCATION OF SWANS CROSSING

The Baldies' map (on the screen of their fabulously advanced computer)
seems to indicate the vicinity of Providence, RI as the location of Swans Crossing.

The rescue of Mila Rosnovsky seems to indicate a more northerly location.

The computer the Baldies are using is an IBM PS/2 Model 50, which came out in 1987. It was a PS/2, which had the Intel 80286 processor (12.5 Mhz - 16 bit). The PS/2 introduced the Micro Channel bus, VGA graphics and the 3.5" floppy disk.

Professor Vann's address

Part of an envelope sent to Professor Vann, the personna used by Neil and J.T. to disguise their scientific activities, is shown in the show. Note the zip code (which I have enlarged). The zip code shown is a New York City zip. The name Professor Vann was derived from one Stevie Vann, a classmate of Neil and J.T. in the third grade who thought he was smarter than J.T. and hence was dubbed "professor".


SWANS CROSSING DOLLS - SLIDESHOW

There were four types of dolls: Dance Party, Slumber Party, Rock Concert, and Hangin' Out. Not every character had all four types of doll. The first doll I've seen for a male character is the John Troy "J.T." Adams doll. I do not recall the full name ever being mentioned on the show, but the doll is labeled that way.

There was, apparently, a Garrett Booth Dance Party doll. On the back was Swans Crossing Society News. John Troy Adams was the only other male Swans crossing character to have a doll.

Miss M wrote on the blog DIARY OF A DORKETTE on 7 February 2012 about the Swans Crossing dolls.

  • Callie's Motor Bike
  • Callie Doll
  • Dance Party Glory
  • Dance Party Mila
  • Garrett Booth Doll (reverse)
  • Garrett Booth Doll
  • Slumber Party Glory
  • Hangin' Out Glory
  • Hangin' Our Mila
  • Hangin' Out Sydney
  • J.T. Adams Doll
  • Rock Concert Glory
  • Rock Concert Mila
  • Rock Concert Playset
  • Slumber Party Callie
  • Slumber Party Mila
  • Slumber Party Playset
  • Slumber Party Sydney
  • Gellar Signing Swans Merchandise
  • Cast Signing Merchandise
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NUDIBRANCH BENEFIT

The nudibranch - subject of benefit thrown by Countess Rosnovsky Poster for nudibranch benefit Synchronized swimmers were entertainment at nudibranch benefit

The benefit was undertaken by Countess Rosnovsky in the hope of getting someting going with Captain Walker. The synchronized swimmers were from Waterworks Foundation Inc. in New York. The harpist at the benefit was Simone Cunars.

Commonly called a sea-slug, the nudibranch is a soft-bodied, marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk which sheds its shell after a larval stage. The name is latin for "naked gills". There are over 3,000 described species. They live at all ocean depths, but are most common in warm, shallow waters. The smallest are 20mm long. The largest are some 600mm long. They are carnivorous and hermaphroditic. It is interesting that the food served at the benefit consisted mainly of shellfish.



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