In an interview which Beth Sullivan
did for the DQ Times, we asked her what she was trying to say
through Dr. Quinn. Here was her response-
" Don't lose heart.
An individual can make a difference. Don't feel swept up and swallowed
by the world that makes us feel so small and insignificant. Rely
on each other and help each other." -
A contest such as this
has the same subjective element for the one judging as the
one writing. How does one judge someone's thoughts and feelings?
For this reason we feel all the essays sent to us should
be considered 'winning essays' as they all captured so beautifully
what made Dr. Quinn special for that person. Unfortunately
only 4 could be chosen for the sake of this contest. Because
the quality of all the essays was so exceptional however, we
will be posting a few entries a month (not just the winning
entries)to the website.
The following 4
essays were chosen by Beth Sullivan as the winners of the
DQ Times Favorite episode contest. Each in their own way, pays
tribute to what made this program so special and why it,
and the incredible people that gave it to us, will always have
a special place in our hearts. Two runner up entries were
also chosen who will receive specially selected 'bonus' prizes.
Beth shares some insight into how she ultimately judged the
"I had a heck of a time staying
neutral between what the show meant to the audience, and what
it meant to me, so I've chosen those that I felt
best understood and felt the full breadth of what I intended
from day one. I was also influenced by the global aspect of
the show, as some of my choices aren't from the U.S. I've always
felt that the sort of humanity that needed to be portrayed
had to have no national, class, racial, ethnic, religious or
sexual boundaries, and also had to be timeless, residing in
the realm of ethics and morals that lie at the heart of what
a meaningful life is at any point in the past, present or future."-
Congratulations to our 4 essay winners and 2 runner ups!