Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: Remembering "The Walton's" & Earl Hamner Jr. (Part 1)


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Do you remember The Walton's TV show? It might seem rather quaint now but it portrayed a real family in relationships that are seldom seen anymore in our dysfunctional culture. I remember as a teenager in High School in a family that was falling apart at the time how the program gave me some hope that life could be better.

There is skill groups, families that seek the more traditional nuclear family that God intended, the Amish come to mind. But across our land many Christian's home school and work hard to have families where there is love and forgiveness and sacrifice.

Where does this attitude begin? It begins with Christ! Let us all repent and seek our Lord!


"THE WALTONS first aired on commercial television in 1972 and became a hit. The series, based on the life of the Hamner family of Schuyler, Virginia, was written by brother and author Earl Hamner. This special presentation features interviews with the Hamner brothers and sisters, the stars of THE WALTONS at the series' Silver Anniversary celebration, and the residents of Schuyler. The Hamners discuss their strong family ties, tell about growing up in Nelson County, relay how the commercial series was different from real life, and remember what it was like to have their lives and community portrayed on national television. The presentation visits Schuyler, the Hamners' childhood home, and the Walton Museum." from video introduction.


Walton's Mountain Museum (link)

Waltons family
The Walton's TV Show


White House
Original Walton's Home



School building
Walton's Mountain Museum


EARL HAMNER, THE FORGOTTEN TWILIGHT ZONE WRITER


Swimming pool
The Bewitchin Pool


"Earl Hamner, Jr. may have moved on to become King of the (Walton) Mountain, but his contributions to one of the most influential television series of all time are occasionally lost in the Twilight Zone.

by Tony Albarella (copyright 2000)

Reprinted by permission of the author. Earl Hamner: The Forgotten Twilight Zone Writer originally appeared in: FILMFAX magazine, December 2000 – January 2001.

This article provided the context for the collaboration The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner (which included scripts by Earl and commentaries by Tony), Cumberland House Publishing, 2003.

Earl Hamner, Jr. may have moved on to become King of the (Walton) Mountain, but his contributions to one of the most influential television series of all time are occasionally lost in the Twilight Zone.

Ask the casual science fiction and fantasy fan to name the most prolific Twilight Zone writers, those that have made multiple contributions to the original show. You’ll hear of Rod Serling, certainly, and the names Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont are sure to pop up simultaneously. George Clayton Johnson will come to mind without too much hesitation. No, Ray Bradbury only wrote one episode so he cannot be included... from the article (link)



swimming pool
Written by Earl Hamner Jr.



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