Hi everyone,

Hope you are all really well and enjoying these last weeks of your summer. No doubt many of you will be returning to work and school come September, which really doesn't seem all that far away.

It's been another shockingly busy week. I really don't like being quite this busy, but it just seems that things are on one after another sometimes, then we can go weeks with nothing on. They are not really things we can miss out on either. James was over at school for three nights this week, once for a skill development course which the school is running (which also requires a parent to go too) and the other two for music nights, which I definitely wouldn't have missed.

Although busy, I still managed to sit down, actually it was a blessing to sit down, for a little bit and catch up on some old Waltons episodes. One I did watch a bit of was The Portrait. It was interesting, because I have one of the draft scripts for this one and I was interested to see how the script changed from the draft to the episode. Firstly, the name of the artist changed from Lane (draft) to Derek in the episode. I don't know why the name change. The plot B changed too, from being a more elaborate plot to being quite a small plot, and quite a lot of the dialogue changed too, although perhaps that comes from consultation with the actors. Anyway it really was an interesting exercise.

I have also just watched The Lost Sheep, another which I have a script for. This one is a final script. Interestingly there is still quite a lot of dialogue differences and two scenes seemed to be cut from it. Don't know if it would be a time thing or what. Perhaps next week, I'll let you know what they were and where.

Till next week, goodnight everyone,


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Just thought I would let you know that I am eagerly e-mailing Patsy...I bet you never thought you would start a pen-pal club!

I so enjoy your comments about life in Australia and the other comments made by readers. The lady from Virginia is not exaggerating when she talks about her home state. It is so beautiful and filled with history. The folks of Virginia are just so friendly and eager to share their state with visitors.

Thanks again,


KAREN'S COMMENT: Glad you've made contact with Patsy. I love all the different comments too.

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Hello everyone!! Yes, Karen, the Columbia house videos are two episodes to a tape ....the order in which i gave you the list is correct, so that you know to read it two by two . Did that make sense?? The only four episodes that are on one tape by themselves are "expanded length " and are The Crisis, The Thanksgiving Story, The Burn Out, and The Wedding.

Also, I just wanted to mention that i was just able to order A Day For Thanks via Amazon.com. I also ordered Childrens Carol, and Decade of the Waltons ...Having a bit of trouble getting the Waltons Christmas Together Again CD. At one time Amazon did have it. Once again i have e-mailed to find about this. Anyone else have any suggestions? THANKS!!

I have been receiving the digest since about March i think and i just love it. And after all these months! I'm still finding more and different info on the Waltons! From this digest and just exploring new sites ....It is very exciting to learn more and more about the people and show that you've long admired. Also, did anyone happen to see Mary McDonough (hope i spelled that correctly ) on The Rosie O'Donnell Show back in the beginning of the year? Such a sweet person, she was talking about having Lupus, and i believe she has a chair person sort of role for a foundation for Lupus ..Just found out too that she also taught acting in Sydney, Australia ...Hence the name of her daughter Sydnee. Anyway, it was all new to me so i just thought I'd pass it on.

Got to get to work now!! Goodnight everyone!!



KAREN'S COMMENT: Glad you're enjoying the digest Judy. I had heard that Mary had taught acting in Sydney, but since there was never any publicity about her being out here I didn't know if it was true or not. Maybe someone knows for sure.

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Dear Karen

The conversations about age were quite interesting. But what really puts a challenge on scripting is the changes occurring with age in the specials. John Boy's wedding takes place in the 60's, according to his job and having to return to New York for the assassination. How do they explain that he was 16, 17 or 18 in 1933, so 30 years later he would be in his late 40's? And Olivia and John would be in their late 60's or early 70's? I was always confused why they carried the specials so far into the future? Thanks for all the great stories and discussions.


KAREN'S COMMENT: It's a good question you raise Kathy. Why did they bring the specials so far into the future? Perhaps it was simply because there were some very important events happening then.

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Hello Karen:

As always, I enjoy the digest and look forward to receiving it. Keep up the great work! Here is an interesting item worth noting. I was recently watching the Game Show Network and stumbled upon a celebrity edition of Family Feud (hosted by Richard Dawson) featuring the casts of The Waltons versus The Dukes of Hazzard. Judy Norton Taylor (Mary Ellen) was the captain of the team followed by Jon Walmsley (Jason), Mary Beth McDonough (Erin), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth) and Eric Scott (Ben). Although an ecstatic Mary Beth was thrilled to give the correct answer in the second round, The Dukes of Hazzard, led by Tom Wopat ended up winning the game. Other shows that competed in the tournament were Angie, The Ropers, The Love Boat, Three's Company and Eight is Enough. Although The Waltons lost Family Feud still donated $1,000 for charity in memory of Will Geer. This telecast, in my estimation, was in 1979. What a blast from the past that was!

Take care.


KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks for this information Marc. It's always fun to come up with some of these older celebrity shows. I like The Love Boat, and shows like that for a similar reason. So many of the popular actors from series showed up on them. On our version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire the other day (a celebrity one), one of the questions was "Who was the eldest son from The Waltons". The celebrity answering though was fairly young and had to guess. :-)) She did guess correctly though.

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Hello Karen and everyone. This is just a brief letter to those of you who had requested some information on Virginia since my last posting (and there have been quite a few!). I've tried to get back to most of you directly but some are still waiting for me to get back to them. I wanted to apologize for the delay. My son's girlfriend lost her father last week in a very terrible car accident. (Very tragic, only 37 years old with a wife and three children ages 17, 11, and 7). He has been trying to be there for her as much as he can since she is in a very bad state. Since he works for the same company that I do, I have been volunteering to help out with the field crews so that they are not left short-handed, that way he is able to take the time off that he needs. This is the first day that I have been in my office for almost a week and I am going to try to get the information posted possibly this Friday night. Again, I apologize to anyone who is still waiting for information. Before I end this letter, please let me remind everyone to please hug your loved ones and tell them often that you love them. I know that Jason's girlfriend is quite upset that she did not do this prior to her father leaving the house that night because she says that they didn't normally do that sort of thing and now she wishes that they had. So please, it only takes a moment and can save so much regret later!! Thanks for listening.


KAREN'S COMMENT: Sharon, I'm sorry to hear about this awful tragedy. It must be a very difficult time for your son as well as his girlfriend and her family. Our family members are very precious and we should really try to let them know how loved and appreciated they are, each day. However, I'm sure that her father knew just how special he was to his daughter. A timely reminder too, to take care on the roads. We lose too many people from car accidents, and often they are avoidable accidents too. Take care everyone.

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