In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, during the Great Depression, the Walton family makes its small income from its saw mill on Walton's Mountain. The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The saga follows the family through economic depression, World War II, and through growing up, school, courtship, marriage, employment, birth, aging, illness and death. Written by
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Ike had a cool Harley with a sidecar. As postmaster he would have been provided this as a means to deliver parcels between the " post mid ". If the nearest posts were 10 mi and 7mi Ike had to deliver 5mi toward one and 3.5mito the other. He would be a sworn agent of the gov't, issued an ID and badge, pistol, shotgun, rifle, ammunition and a bi- monthly stipend (approx 10$ per day in the time period of the show. Although he was proprietor of a mercantile, his store would have been considered General since you could post and parcel there. Prior to having a telephone he would need to visit the nearest telegraph office 3 times a week for "rural pick up". Living on site was required, making his store with a "Post" a "corner' meaning any delivery agent could feed and water himself and his team or his "dob" as needed at no cost. In some areas postmen still refer to mail trucks as "dobs" and gas stations as corners. The gov't had responsibility for the installation of his phone or "drop" and a postal inspector would check weekly to insure that it was in good working order and he would work closely with the local operator to make sure long distance patches made from his drop were accounted for and billed out properly. Ike was the defacto civil air patrol officer for his area and needed to work closely with the local law enforcement and National Guard. Cities and towns would grow around the "post " and to this day there postal locations that predate the founding of the USA. See more »
The family got a phone during the later episodes but subsequent to that, they still seemed to be getting their phone messages through storekeeper and manager, Ike Godsey. See more »
I hate this draft job, Liv. I can't stand playing God to my neighbors' sons!
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Television has been going to the dogs over the past few years. I recently picked up the DVD set of the first season of The Waltons and have been engrossed with every episode. Each episode is like a miniature movie, with good acting and stories. And what people used to make fun of (the syrupy quality of the show) now is a welcome relief. I'd watch this over 99.9% of the junk on TV these days. One could have a field day writing about this show and comparing/contrasting it to The Sopranos. The Sopranos, a show that I enjoy equally for other reasons (I'm not counting HBO's shows as regular TV shows), is the polar opposite. That family is rich, profane, powerful, violent, confrontational, unhappy--while the Waltons are struggling (not exactly poor, despite the fact that it takes place during the Depression), wholesome, spiritual, loving, and HAPPY. The only thing I can quibble about The Waltons is the outdoor scenery. The tall mountains and pine trees are clearly in California, not Piedmont Virginia. The real Waltons mountain and home is not too far from where I live. There are signs off U.S. Route 29 directing tourists to the home, which I believe is now a museum. It may be worth a visit. All in all an excellent program. Definitely a collector's item.
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