During the fall of 1972, CBS television premiered The Waltons, a show about a large, rural American family and its experiences living through the twin crises of the Depression and World War II. America quickly grew quite fond of this family, especially its demonstrated strong moral values, values which many Americans at the time agreed were rapidly vanishing from the American landscape.
In this light, many found The Waltons therapeutic, a weekly, salutary dosage of scrupulous principles far removed from their own spun-out-of-control world of Watergate, Vietnam, and counter-culture protests.
What many found most striking about the series was how the family always stuck together, through both good and bad times—supporting one another, palpably acknowledging each family member’s innate worth. Understandably many of the series’ most devoted fans wistfully wished that they themselves had been raised in a Waltons environment, one so very different from the “Me Generation” ethos then spoiling down upon American culture.
Which brings us to our special guest. One of the Waltons’ main characters is Mary Ellen, the eldest of the Walton daughters, played by Judy Norton. Whiny and rebellious as a teenager, increasingly wise and sophisticated as she matures into adulthood, Mary Ellen ends the series as a successful doctor.
We are delighted to have Judy Norton with us as our guest on our next episode of Ken Boxer Live. Ken and Tai invite you to join them during this sure-to-be exciting interview.
We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, February 22nd. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.
(This episode first airs Thursday, 02/25/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)