"Mel" Slozar (Trish Stewart)
was a fuel expert who had worked at NASA. It was her expertise and
scientific knowledge that made the moon salvage mission a
reality...Harry called her the "real star of the show". Melanie spent
some of her time resisting the advances of Skip...the two of them had a
relationship going at NASA in earlier years and he would playfully try
to renew it from time to time. She was independent and strong-willed
but always weighed the risks before jumping into any situation. She was
skeptical when she first joined the Salvage moon effort, but she soon
became a devoted member of the Salvage team.
Mel was played by Trish Stewart who, previous to Salvage 1, had made
guest appearances in television shows like "Barnaby Jones", "CHiPs" and
"Project U.F.O.". She also had a regular role as Chris Brooks Foster in
the serial "The Young and the Restless". When Salvage 1 came along,
Trish was excited at the opportunity to portray a female character that
she felt was more realistic than most. "She's capable, intelligent, an
activator-not a reactor," Trish said at the time. "She's involved but
still vulnerable, which I think is important." Apparently, Andy
Griffith, Joel Higgins and Trish got along quite well. "We care about
each other-all three of us-which is very nice. And it's good for the
show because that's something you can't really fake."
Trish Stewart as Chris Brooks Foster in "Young and the Restless"
Trish Stewart and Charlene Tilton in a promo shot for "Circus of the
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Contributed by Chip Rice.