Good Night John Boy!

The Waltons

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September 14, 1972 was the kickoff to the successful running TV series, The Waltons. Earl Hamner Jr. who was the show’s creator and narrator, based on his book Spencer’s Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. This series is about his life growing up. The show takes place during the Depression and then during World War II. John & Olivia Walton had eight kids, three girls and five boys.

The life of a Depression-era family in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the subject of this wholesome series. The show is seen from the point of view of eldest son John Boy, who eventually goes to college, serves in World War II and becomes a novelist. The main story takes place in Walton’s Mountain, a fictional town at the foot of a mountain in fictitious Jefferson County, Virginia.

At the end of each episode, each child lovingly took turns saying good night to each other. When you would hear everyone saying, “Good Night, John Boy” it was probably the most memorable, heart-warming way to end the show. Happy 43rd Anniversary to The Waltons!


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