This article is from the All My Children FAQ, by Margaret Gibbs gibbsm@no_spam.poppyware.com with numerous contributions by others.
Bobby is the son of Joe Martin and his first wife, Helen. He
was sent to the attic to get some skis, and hasn't been heard
from since. He was on in 1970 only and apparently written
out because the writers had nothing for him storywise.
In an AOL (America On Line) interview in January 1995,
Felicia Minei Behr, exec producer for AMC, said:
Bobby was a character talked about in the first few
weeks of January 1970, the character only appeared for one
show, I think. During that show Doctor Martin, his father,
told him to go up in the attic and wax his skies and he
would be up in a minute. He was never seen again.
Agnes [Nixon] decided it was one too many Martins to
deal with and never referred to him except for one
letter from camp. He has become the missing link of the Joe
Martin clan and a source of amusement for all of us as
well as many fans.
At one point in time (years after Bobby disappeared to the attic)
Opal Gardner Purdy (Cortlandt?) was locked in the Martin's attic. She
was frightened by a skeleton. Was it something from Joe Martin's med
school days, or was it the remains of Bobby? Well - it was
wearing a ski cap that said "Bobby" on it! Yet aother sly reference
to Bobby was made by Jake (Joey Martin) on 10/31/97. A skeleton
was out at Myrtle's as a Halloween decoration. Allie Doyle asked
Jake if that was one of his patients and he said "he's just
another one of my older brothers."