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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    You know....I really can't remember any specific episode. At some point we switched from watching The Waltons to watching Eight is Enough and, frankly, I can't remember much of anything about either of them. They were good family shows but my interests were always more with my family than with theirs.
    I watched a couple of episodes recently, like the one where John Boy's sister sold his typewriter and they had to track it down because it was borrowed. Or the episode where a trees smashed into the churches roof on Christmas eve and everyone had to work Christmas eve to repair the Church for Christmas services...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    That's weird because (believe it or not) I only saw the Waltons for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I kinda liked the show too because it was more wholesome than half the **** you see on TV today.
    its better than 90% of the crap on TV today.
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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    You know....I really can't remember any specific episode.
    At some point we switched from watching The Waltons to watching Eight is Enough and, frankly, I can't remember much of anything about either of them. They were good family shows but my interests were always more with my family than with theirs.



    Same here.

    I just remember that it was a great show.

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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    its better than 90% of the crap on TV today.



    That's exactly what I was thinking.

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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    THE WALTONS was one of my favorite TV shows and I own many seasons of it. While the focus was on John Boy as the lead character - Waite was really the anchor that held the old thing together. I remember seeing him as the perfect father figure in many ways. Great actor and a pretty good guy in real life as well. He will live on.
    : RIP Ralph Waite. Condolences to his family and friends.

    Greetings, Haymarket.

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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    There were always lessons to be learned (for the youngin's) on that show.

    RIP.
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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Gibbs's father died?!? Oh, horrors. You all are so far in the past, he was Gibbs's father on NCIS for years. Granted only a few episodes here and there, but still.

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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    : RIP Ralph Waite. Condolences to his family and friends.

    Greetings, Haymarket.
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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Huh.

    I haven't even really thought of the show in years but we'd watch it every week.
    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    It was a great show, wasn't it?
    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    : So did we. Could he be the third in the old saying "celebrity deaths come in threes?" Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple Black, and now Ralph Waite? All had long running radio or TV shows, which is why I didn't include Whitney Houston, who was a celebrity in a different genre.
    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Gibbs's father died?!? Oh, horrors. You all are so far in the past, he was Gibbs's father on NCIS for years. Granted only a few episodes here and there, but still.

    RIP
    The Walton's is currently showing on one of the Hallmark cable channels.

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    Re: Walton's Star Ralph Waite dies at 85

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    There were always lessons to be learned (for the youngin's) on that show.

    RIP.
    There were lessons for all of us. I remember one show where Anti- German feelings were running high with WW2 and the town was burning German books. John Boy tried to talk sense into folks but got nowhere. In the last scene he asked a woman of German ancestry to pull a book from the big pile they were about to burn and read the first few lines for everyone. She started reading and it turned out to be the Bible. Nobody burned any books from that point on. It was very powerful.

    http://www.the-waltons.com/season5.html#The_Firestorm

    season 5 episode 5 The Firestorm

    I also really liked how the Ralph Waite character was spiritual but did not go to church on Sunday with the rest of the family. He would go up on the mountain or walk in the woods and that was how he observed Sunday. Now from time to time he would go to church - but that was the exception rather than the rule for him.
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