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For eight wonderful years "The Waltons," the story of a family living in the foothills of Virginia@s Blue Ridge Mountains during the Depression, entertained America and the world. Yet this television show was more than entertaining. Each episode combined wonderful stories and "teachable moments" in which adults and children alike learned the importance of honesty, hard wor ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Cumberland House
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I'm not ashamed to admit that I watch the Waltons almost every day. Grandma and Grandpa and John Boy just warm my heart.
This book is about the life of Earl Hamner, the creator of the Waltons. The Walton family is based on his own parents, grandparents, and siblings. It also describes how the TV show came to be.
I loved it.
As a long time fan of the Walton's, I found this book a must read. Starts with the history of the real family the show was based on and then gives a episode snapshot of each show. It was interesting that many thought the show would never make it. In the disappointing reality tv era we are in now, it is refreshing to watch a show that not only tells a story, but teaches a lesson as well. Reading about the actors bringing to life these stories was quite interesting. If you love the Walton's, read ...more
For fans of The Waltons, this is a must-read. It was the story of Earl Hamner's real family, a little blurb about each actor, synpses of each episode and a description of The Walton's museum in Virginia. It's a reference book to keep handy while watching the show.
Nice companion book for the series if you are a fan. However, it left me wanting more..in a bad way. The tidbits during the episode guide section, most didn't make sense where they were placed. A lot of them were just summaries of what I had just read in the episode description. I am 95% one of the episode descriptions was wrong (will confirm when that episode reruns). There is ZERO mention of the second actor who played John-Boy. The only place you see his name is in the cast list at the back o ...more
I loved it! The first half was interesting to me, as a writer; and the second half enabled me to relive the TV series. When a particular episode sparked my interest, all I had to do was go to youtube and watch it again. How fortunate we are to have such resources!
If you loved The Waltons, you'll love this book. Lots of background info from creator Earl Hamner Jr. and reminiscences from the cast, directors, writers and many fans. (A couple of glaring typos too, but what can I say, I'm a proofreader!) Very heartwarming, just like the show.
Loved this little soft cover book. As a fan of the Walton television series, I wanted to see what Hamner said first hand. Loved the pictures and the commentary. Would recommend for anyone interested in southern living during depression era and the Walton TV series.
Earl Henry Hamner Jr. (born July 10, 1923 in Schuyler, Virginia), was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running CBS series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer’s Mountain, which was inspired by his own childhood and formed the basis for both the film of the ...moreMore about Earl Hamner Jr....