Perhaps you’ll remember one of my favorite “almost” Lynchburg sons, Earl Hamner, Jr., the television writer and producer. Y’all won’t be amazed that my favorite TV program was “The Waltons.” I visited Hamner’s childhood home in Schuyler, 40 miles north of Lynchburg, where he grew up as the eldest of eight during the The Depression. In the script, there were only seven children. Two brothers were poured into Ben.
On October 16, 1992, it was my privilege to meet and interview Hamner and the cast members as they celebrated the opening of the Walton Mountain Museum in Schuyler. It was fun watching them interact and having such a great time remembering, quite literally, their growing up years. Little Elizabeth was all grown up. The Godsey’s and their humor hadn’t changed a bit. This gathering was so real that the Baldwin Sisters, age 85, offered to make some of “The Recipe” for everyone. The Museum has ongoing activities and the kitchen, parlor, John Boy’s bedroom, living room, Ike and Corabeth’s store, and several exhibits including “the recipe machine,” are recreated in the museum. If you were a fan, go!
Recently I discovered, “You Me and the Lamp Post,” Earl Hamner’s blog. This is what he posted on March 23, 2009, “Someone asked me recently how old I am and I said I am eighty-five but I only feel eighty-four….Physically I am a pathetic old thing to look at, but the vital organs work as well as they ever did. Mentally I’m nothing to boast about, but I get by with what’s there.” I laughed through the whole thing. I hope if you have an interest in this delightful author, you’ll look this up. God Bless until next time. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Traveling.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”