Hi Earl. It was nice to see your post here. I had heard of your site and already joined, It is really interesting and I like it alot. Hope all is fine in California. Missouri weather getting better. Chrisusa
I hope this is not a stupid question but I was wondering if there was any way you might be able to help Mary McDonough get her book published. She has worked so hard on it and a lot of us Waltons fans would like to see it. Being the well known writer that you are and good whiter that you are I just thought you might have some influence with someone to help her out.
Thank you Earl. I have enjoyed "The Waltons" since the early '70s. The story about the changing seasons that is on your web site, stirred my memories of growing up in the 1940s on the Piedmont of North Georgia in the shadows of the Southern Appalachians. Your description of the seasons, of selecting the Christmas tree in July, of picking the last vegetables of the year, the smells coming from the kitchen on holidays and special occasions, services and performances at the Presbyterian Church, the colors of spring and autumn, rocking on the front porch and listening to the grown ups talk, and listening to Fibber McGee and Molly on the radio are also my experiences. However, the cawing of the crows on an early autumn's morning is not a cherished memory! And now, with children living in Charlottesville, I have had the privilege of visiting your home place and sharing with you the reality of a place held dear.
Post by dancinglady on Mar 10, 2009 18:21:02 GMT -5
Earl, I wanted to say thank you. I have watched the Walton series so much I think I have memorized the entire series. I never tire watching the same ones over and over again. I wish I could pick my favorite but when I think I have one, it is too hard of a pick. You have done marvelous work as a writer and your choice of John-boy was great. My sons grew up watching the show. I have gone to the museum and have met your friend. I can not wait until the house opens to the public. I love the mountains and go there all of the time. At the time your show started I lived in Iowa, I now live in VA and can see the mountains within an hour's drive. This show and your memories will live forever. Again thank you and I thank God for your gift of writing. I hope you never ever get stickened with Alzheimers. It is a robbing and horrible disease.
You have no doubt heard countless people tell you how their spirits were raised and lives enhanced by the immense beauty of your work. Especially people raised in an abusive background. Well, my childhood was marked by extreme physical and emotional abuse, yet I'm a gentle and confident man today thanks in large part to the beautiful and inspiring life lessons you brought to the screen. You've had a direct and positive effect on this man's life and I can't thank you enough. Warmest regards.
I daresay this is the probably the wrong section for this comment... but this is my first time here so please bear with me.. In Canada we watch the Waltons every day on Vision network (5 p.m. Eastern) and enjoy it as much now as we did years ago. There is so little worth watching on TV these days.....in my opinion the two greatest family shows in my lifetime were The Waltons and Little House... Now, the reason for my comment.......is there ANY CHANCE whatspever there could ever be another..final..Waltons reunion show. <My wife and I have said so many times we would love to see them once more..as they are now .....grown into middle aged people...so many memories......is there a chance at all??? Thanks for allowing me to comment dodger
I feel the same way dodger. It would be awesome to see them in another Walton's special with the original siblings. I'd love to see them all grown up. What do you think Earl? Will it ever happen? I just bought a dulcimer & I'm hoping one of these days I'll be able to play The Walton's theme song.
Post by oliviawannabe on May 5, 2009 20:57:35 GMT -5
Dear Mr. Hamner,
You have had an enormous influence in my life. In the early 1970's I was entering high school. My friends all thought having a career like Mary Tyler Moore's character was "The Thing". I was alone in my desire to be the mother of a large family living in a rural setting. I took a lot of flack. Having been raised by very strong women I was determined. Today I am the Mother of 8 and new Grandmother of 1. My husband and I live on 8 beautiful acres in N.E. Wa State. We have a garden, a few chickens, pigs and Goats. I love my life! Not far down the road is The Backwoods Store. My children still at home ages 12 down to 7 call it Mr. Godsey's.
I homeschool the 5 children still at home. We have some very traditional values and I love that I can put in a DVD of the Waltons and not worry what my children might see or hear.
Truly, your show has been a blessing in my life. I loved the characters of Grandma and Grandpa. What treasures Ellen Corby and Will Geer were. Thank you again Mr. Hamner for encouraging a young girl to seek her dreams!
Post by tropicjeff on Aug 11, 2009 12:48:41 GMT -5
Mr. Hamner's website is fascinating. I especially enjoyed his blog entry about his home town and have printed it up to use as a travelogue/directory when we get up that way for a nostalgic Walton vacation....