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My Home Page on The Waltons

Note:  Portions of this section are from my news entry on July 16, 2001, describing my 2001 visit to Schuyler, Virginia.  Three years later, that visit inspired me to create this section of my website, devoted to The Waltons.

 

It's probably hard for you to believe, but I was actually young once.  Back in those days (I'm talking here about the 1970s), The Waltons was my favorite television show.  In fact, I think it was one of the best television programs ever produced.  Yeah, I know, guys aren't supposed to like The Waltons -- or at least they're not supposed to admit that they like The Waltons.  But what the heck, I've never done all those things that I'm "supposed" to do, like get married, have a family, and not quit a good job to go traveling for a few years.  Yep, I'm a Waltons fan and I'm darn proud of it.  Now, I couldn't write a 400-page website without honoring my favorite television show, so I decided to create this section devoted to The Waltons.

 

 

Above:  The Waltons (left to right):

Front:  Elizabeth, John, Olivia, John-Boy, and Mary Ellen.  Rear:  Jason, Grandma, Ben, Jim Bob.  Grandpa and Erin aren't shown.

 

In case you lived in a cave during the 1970s or, perhaps more likely, weren't even born yet, The Waltons was a much-beloved, critically-acclaimed, and top-rated television series that ran on CBS from 1972 until 1981.  The show was about a poor-but-contented family, headed by John and Olivia Walton, who lived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  The family-oriented series centered on John and Olivia's oldest son, John-Boy, who, during the show, grew up to become a writer.  The other key cast members included John's parents (Grandma and Grandpa) and John and Olivia's six other mostly-red-headed kids:  Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth.  Living in rural Virginia, they all spoke with a slight drawl which, oddly enough, disappeared after the first few episodes.

 

The Waltons was a semi-autobiographical story created by writer Earl Hamner, the "John-Boy" character portrayed in the series.  Earl had grown up in a large family during the Depression in the small town of Schuyler, Virginia and wrote several books about his real-life experiences, including Spencer's Mountain and The Homecoming.  In 1971, The Homecoming was developed into a highly-acclaimed made-for-TV movie and it was expanded the next year into a CBS series called The Waltons.

 

The overriding theme of the The Waltons is that family bonds and personal relationships are more important than money and possessions, and each episode stressed the homespun values of compassion, resourcefulness, heritage, simplicity and perseverance.  Of course, those values are unfortunately becoming rare in today's increasingly materialistic society, which is I why I believe The Waltons will and should become a permanent reminder of the way our lives should be lived.

 

The Walton's Eternal Message

I was fortunate to have grown up in a stable household with two parents who were both wonderful role models.  Nevertheless, and although I didn't realize it at the time, watching The Waltons when I was young helped to cement the positive values that I'd been raised with, values like honesty, hard work, and judging people not based on how much money they had, but rather on their character and integrity.  With recent surveys showing that most American high school students cheat on tests, perhaps we could use more shows now like The Waltons and fewer shows like The Osbornes or Jersey Shore.

 

It's been 30 years since I've seen The Waltons, but I recently started watching reruns of it on the Hallmark Channel.  From watching the reruns, I realized what a positive impact the show had on my life, both in the abstract, like not judging others based on their wealth, and in specific, simple things, like wanting to play the harmonica when I was younger (I was terrible, not anywhere near as good as Jason) and always wanting to date a woman named Jenny (as in John-Boy's "Jenny" from episode #17, "The Love Story" -- I never got my wish, by the way). 

 

Yes, The Waltons looks a bit dated now, but its message about family harmony is timeless.  To honor the show and to promote its eternal message, I've dedicated this section of my website to celebrate The Waltons.   I hope you like it. 

 

And if your name happens to be Jenny, drop me a line...

 

 

Here's The Waltons theme song.

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And here's a Waltons "Good Night" with Earl Hamner talking about his grandparents.  It's from episode #38, The Bequest.

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Table of Contents:

The Waltons

My Home Page on The Waltons

The Story of The Waltons

The Waltons Cast

The Waltons Episode List

The Waltons Introductions

Introduction: First Season

Introduction: Second Season

Introduction: Third Season

My Visits to Schuyler, VA (1985 & 2001)

My Favorite Waltons Episodes

"The Conflict" (#51-52)

Waltons Trivia

Earl Hamner's Acting Debut (#26)

The Story of Martha Corinne (#51-52)

That Beguiling Darlene Carr (#68)

The Waltons' Screen Doors

The Rockfish Post Office

The Rockfish Post Office Dogs

Waltons Links and Other Info

The current page is shown in bold.

 

 

 

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