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Goodnight, John Boy: A Celebration of an American Family and the Values That Have Sustained Us Through Good Times and Bad [Paperback]

By Earl Hamner (Author) & Ralph Giffin (Author)
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A memory book of "The Waltons, " the number-one television show of its time, this volume is filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and profiles of people who appeared on the show plus reminiscences, comments, and personal feelings from those connected with the series. Photos.

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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 work, respect, responsibility, self-sacrifice, and kindness. As is true in most families, the Waltons faced many challenges, occasionally stumbled along the way, but they struggled to live their lives within the framework of the values they believed and taught.
"Goodnight, John-Boy" is a memory book of "The Waltons," the number-one television show of its time. Filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and profiles of people who appeared on the show, it introduces readers to the Hamner family members who later became characters on "The Waltons," suggests events and locales that inspired many of the episodes, and traces Earl Hamner@s life as a writer from Virginia to New York to Hollywood.
Included is a description of each episode plus reminiscence, comments, and personal feelings from numerous people connected with the series-writers, actors, directors, producers, family, and fans. Heavily illustrated with publicity shots and personal photographs taken by cast, crew, and others, "Goodnight John-Boy" will be a welcomed book by millions of loyal fans.
When "The Waltons" first aired in 1972, it was at the bottom of the Nielson ratings-by December it led the list. That dramatic leap came about because fans told their friends about it and wrote the CBS network to praise the show and to plead that the show not becanceled. Thirty years later, "Goodnight, John-Boy" is sure to touch the hearts of the show@s fans again.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cumberland House
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   CUMBERLAND HOUSE #572
ISBN  1581822987  
ISBN13  9781581822984  

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More About Earl Hamner & Ralph Giffin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Earl Hamner Jr. was born in Schuyler, a village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A novelist, author of award-winning teleplays and a respected television producer, his other books include "Fifty Roads to Town, You Can't Get There From Here "and "Spencer's Mountain. "Mr. Hamner lives in Los Angeles.

Earl Hamner currently resides in Studio City, in the state of California.

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It was interesting - and fun to read while watching the shows.   Dec 12, 2008
I just spent a month home in bed - and got to catch up with my Walton friends from years ago. I watched them all - and now am looking forward to the 8th year coming out.

The book gave you insight into some of the programs. I just wish it was longer and move in-depth.
Goodnight John Boy...  Oct 11, 2008
The book arrived in pristine condition, and in only a few days from the time of ordering it. My wife is a huge Waltons fan, and she loved the book!
Good Night John Boy  May 6, 2008
I have always loved the Walton's. I have been enjoying watching the reruns on the Hallmark channel each morning. I bought the book to go along with the shows I have been watching. It is a great little book for anyone interested in this 70s show. I am 61 now and seem to be getting alot more out of the show than I did 30 years ago. The book helps me get a running idea of the development of the show since the reruns jumped from year one to year 7 in a three week period.
Enjoyable supplement to the Walton series  Mar 27, 2008
I didn't realize that the Waltons was "loosely" based on Earl Hamner's young life. I enjoyed reading about his life and how he was able to get jaded Hollywood to see that people liked this kind of family show. I also liked reading about each of the actors and what each tv episode was about. It is an easy and enjoyable read.
Good Night John Boy  Jan 28, 2008
I really think people should read this book. If you are a TRUE Waltons fan like myself; you will enjoy it over and over again. It is what a family did to survive the depression times. I sometimes wish I lived back in that time with the Hamner family because they knew what life was all about and clung to their beliefs as a family. Family is the most important part in life and we shouldn't take them for granted.

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