WALTONS DIGEST 1-2002:

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the first Waltons Digest for 2002 and Happy New Year to everyone. As you can see, I have arrived safely back in Melbourne from Fiji, after a wonderful and relaxing week away. What a superb place to visit. It was hot, really green, and the Fijian people were such happy and lovely people. After such a busy year it was just nice to have some time away where we did absolutely nothing other than swim, laze around in the sun and read. It was so different to Melbourne, where the weather has just forgotten that it is summer! So far this summer we have had two hot days and loads of rain. It would seem that we weren't the only ones escaping the weather though, as we met lots of people from the USA...Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Oregon, all of whom were also enjoying the sun.

For those of you who have written, concerned about the fires here in Australia, Melbourne has escaped them so far, but our really hot weather and danger times for fires, comes in February mostly. It's Sydney and New South Wales where the dreadful fires have been, including around my beloved Blue Mountains area. They have been just shocking, and with hundreds of people being evacuated and the last I read there were around 180 homes which had been burnt. Not only have they had scorching hot weather up there, but terrible winds as well. I notice this morning that there has been some rain in some of the areas which has helped, but they say the danger is not over yet. Kaz Sheppard, a member on our list, is from Newcastle in NSW. Hopefully she and her family are safe from the fires.

Coming home in the plane, we could actually see some of the fires from the air. I guess what's really tragic about these fires is that so many of them were apparently deliberately lit, and many by young people. You really have to wonder at society don't you! So many people lose such irreplaceable things when they lose their house in a fire. It's interesting to look at The Burnout and see what sorts of things The Waltons tried to save from their home. Obviously John Boy wanted his manuscript, and Erin saved her dress. What other things could they have tried to save? Perhaps Olivia might have wanted her friendship quilt given to her when she had polio, during The Easter Story, or maybe Jason might have wanted to save the recorder which his friend Seth made, and gave him before he died. I'm sure you have loads of ideas.

Just before I go I wanted to let you all know that Digest member Judy has sent me an email from Columbia House videos. It says that the series is still available, but that they have no further episodes available as yet. If you are interested in signing up with them please let me know ASAP and I'll send  those interested, the email in a couple of days. Thanks for your help with this Judy.

Well goodnight everyone.

Karen.

P.S.  I've had a several letters during the week telling me that The Waltons is on in Israel. :-)

The idea of the Waltons being split into two shows was an idea that was proposed and immediately shelved in about 1976 or 1977. All the information I mentioned is on the transmittal I sent the other day.

Donald

KAREN'S COMMENT:  I was very interested in this as it is not something that I've heard of before. It certainly was the era for spin offs and I guess that Mary Ellen and Curt would have made a good spin off, but it is the first that I've ever even heard of the possibility. I wonder how seriously it was considered. With Richard Thomas leaving about that time too, perhaps it wouldn't have been a wise move.

Hi Karen!

I haven't written to the digest since my return to receiving it. I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy NEW YEAR!! I felled to get one in time for Christmas but I do want to wish everyone a very happy , healthy, and safe, New Year. I have been dealing with some very serious health issues and was even in the hospital the day after Christmas. hopefully things will be better for me soon. I have faith that they will!!!

God Bless you all.

Scott

KAREN'S COMMENT: I do hope you're starting to get well again Scott. Take care.

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had very happy holidays. My daughter and I went to Disneyland for 3 days before Christmas. She worked hard on her finals and I thought she deserved a treat :)

I have a Waltons sighting! I saw Ellen Corby on the program Gomer Pyle USMC. She played a lady who rode a bus with her son, and then tried to steal Gomer's money. This show was aired a year or two after she played Mrs. Letch on the Andy Griffith Show. The episode was called "Barney's Car".

Is there any news about TNN's schedule? Will they still be airing the Waltons in 2002? They stopped airing The Real McCoys, (another one of my favorites).

Happy New Year.

Goodnight everyone,

Silvia

KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks for your Waltons sighting. Hope you had fun at Disneyland. I have a Waltons sighting of sorts too. David Huddleston (The Literary Man) was on one of my new faves last week, The Gilmore Girls, playing one of the townsmen re-enacting a war scene.

Karen,

I am starting to feel much better now thank goodness. This Bronchitis has been very bad. Hope you have a great trip to Fiji!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway a Gypsy Christmas is similar to a Christmas we all celebrate except "A Table" is set up which contains loads of food. This is a buffet table and usually has a ham, turkey, and roast beef as well as roast potatoes, vegetables, salads, seafood as well as pickles, onions and many other gravies, sauces, cranberry etc. You invite as many people as you can who have no where to go over the holidays and the food is there if people want. Later a dessert table is laid with loads of desserts, cookies etc and fruit plates. Presents are handed out especially to the kids. Then there is Gypsy music played (similar to Hungarian) and people dance. This year Gary's business partner had 15 people over and more came later on during dessert. It was wonderful. Much alcohol flows which I did not have much of as I was on medication.

Cally!

KAREN'S COMMENT: It sounds like a wonderful idea Cally, and you would get a Waltons nod of approval for it I'm sure. :-))

Happy New Year to all of you!

You won't be reading this until Karen is back from Fiji.....oh lucky Karen!.....but I'll wish you a happy and healthy new year anyway!

In the latest issue of the digest, Donald mentions that they thought about splitting the Waltons into two series. I was intrigued by this, as I'd never heard it before. I wonder what their reasoning for this was. Anybody know??

Also, I've always wondered why the actor that played the original Curt left the series. On the Waltons he had a fairly major part, and in everything he's done since (and he has worked continuously ever since the Waltons) he's always played very minor roles. Anybody have any thoughts on that?

Last night I watched part of the movie "One Thousand Men and a Baby" which starred Richard Thomas as a navy doctor. It's based on a true story during the Korean War. If you ever get a chance to see it, it was quite a nice movie. I liked Richard Thomas in this role.

That's all for now. My wish for all of you during the coming year is good health, and peace. --Nancy

KAREN'S COMMENT: I've wondered that too Nancy. In Tom Bower's biography on www.imdb.com it says that he was in a show called The Dain Curse in 1978. I wonder if maybe this was going to be a series which didn't go ahead? Maybe that's why he left. Anyone know?

Hi Everyone and Season's Greetings for the New Year,

The only place that, I was able to find to be lucky to have The Homecoming, A Christmas Story to air was people that lived around Vancouver, B.C., Canada. It was shown at 10am on Christmas day on a channel 8 global station.

There has been a great number of people asking as to where they could buy a copy, but again I am sorry that just about all the places that I checked have them sold out or no longer sell it. Yes! Ebay has copies up for sell from time to time and the price does get a bit high.

I had a great time with my two boys on Christmas Day and we went over to my sister's place for Boxing Day and we all had turkey and pumpkin pie there. I think I have seen my share of turkey for awhile :-)

there was snow here Christmas Eve and a bit on Christmas day. And the weather here has been pretty warm for December with the coldest being -15C. Oh yes! my son gave me the video tape "Cast Away" for Christmas, it's the one that has Ike Godsey in it. I plan to watch it on New Year's Day.

I wish you all the best for the New Year.

Shirley

KAREN'S COMMENT: I also have a lot of people asking about The Homecoming. I think it is still available from www.amazon.com  using Richard Thomas as the search.

Hello everyone!

Merry Christmas! A bit late, I'll admit, but at our house it's not over. My Grandparents are here and tonight we're having a dinner with my aunt and uncle. We had a good Christmas day, one of my presents featuring The Homecoming! I was very happy to finally get it. I just finished seeing it and I must admit, I was a bit disappointed. I was unimpressed with Patricia Neil and whoever played John. The kids were perfect as usual, and I was glad to see Ellen Corby. Grandpa wasn't too bad, but no one will ever replace Will Geer. Speaking of him, the crossword had a Waltons question this week. " Will of the Waltons." We can all answer that one! Well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! We too were blessed with a White Christmas! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their break!

Goodnight Everybody,

Robin

KAREN'S COMMENT: I think that the actors from the series have probably won their way into our hearts forever Robin. I'm a bit like you. Patricia Neal I felt was not right as Olivia and nobody can possibly take Grandpa's role from Will Geer. :-) Still it is nice to have. Perhaps we should have some other views on The Homecoming this week.

Hi Karen! Hello fellow Waltons fans!

I have inquired at the Columbia house web site as to the status of their Waltons collection .. they were on the site when I looked it up a few days ago. Thought I'd let you know! I will probably know more in a couple of days! Be back with you soon!! After the holidays I will be able to get more into the discussions you have had on certain episodes ... right now I am still in holiday overdrive!! Take care everyone!

Judy

KAREN'S COMMENT: Judy thanks for getting back to us about this. Remember, anyone wanting the email can just let me know and I'll forward the information on to you.

Hello Karen,

I haven't contributed to your digest for a long time, but I want to let you know that I enjoy receiving it as much as ever and I think you are doing a great job!

Keep up the good work. My reason for writing this time is that I have just realized, I never did write and let you and the other digest recipients know that I have a few photos from the October 2001 reunion on my website at http://webpages.marshall.edu/~irby2/waltons/reunion2001.html.

Happy New Year to you and your family and all Waltons fans.

Brenda

KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks for the link Brenda. It was nice to see some familiar names on your site and be able to put faces to names. :-)

Hello Everyone - I don't think I've responded "to all" before, but I'm confused about something that Donald and Erin the Cat wrote. I though Curt was killed in Pearl Harbour. How did they "bring him back alive?" And when?

Jennifer

KAREN'S COMMENT: Good question Jennifer. Sometimes we Waltons fans wonder that too! What Donald meant was that Curt was killed during the Pearl Harbour attack, however during season 9 there was a storyline (The Tempest) where Mary Ellen was told that Curt was alive and she arrived at his house to find a very changed man who wanted nothing to do with her or John Curtis.

Hi Karen and All,

I hope you enjoyed your vacation, Karen. It sounded wonderful and I can't wait to hear about it.

I don't have a lot of Walton news this week, but on ebay, David Harper's (Jim-Bob) parking sign from the studio lot is up for bid. That is a pretty cool piece for any collection!

That is all from here.

Good Night Everyone, -----Jennifer

KAREN'S COMMENT: Wonder where that's been all this time.