Imposter John Boy

I grew up during the 1970s watching The Waltons as part of our regular family viewing on our one-and-only TV set for the entire house. I remember it as one of those feel-good shows depicting the life of the large extended Walton family growing up in the beautiful Virginia mountains during the 1930s and 1940s, and maybe even the 1950s.  The well-known characters became like friends, and so we grew up with them, sharing their dramas and difficulties, trials and tribulations.

Somewhere along the line I must have stopped watching it altogether as my mid-teenage years found me focusing more on spending my evenings either listening to pop music in my bedroom or on chatting on the phone with my schoolfriends, no longer joining in with traditional family viewing time. I dropped the schmaltzy stories of John Boy Walton in favour of swooning over the songs of Donny Osmond and David Cassidy without a second thought…

Roll on several decades, and this long Easter Bank Holiday weekend just gone I found a back-to-back Walton movie-fest on one of our cable channels, so decided to give it a whirl and see what had happened to my old friends in later years. But what a shock I had in store – somewhere along the line an imposter John Boy had appeared, and yet everyone was still treating him like he really was the John Boy we all knew and loved! Thankfully, by the following movie, order had been restored and John Boy was himself again.

Incensed, I consulted my good friend Google, only to find out that a different actor, Robert Wightman, had actually replaced Richard Thomas as John Boy Walton not only for the last few TV series but also in one of the later movies. So I suppose as I was the one to abandon them in the first place, I have no place to complain about feeling cheated just because a replacement actor played the main character who didn’t even appear in person in every episode anyway…

G’night John Boy! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Imposter John Boy

  1. I was a fan of the waltons too! Over Easter I watched the film when they were all grown up and the real John boys wife had twins. I really enjoyed it. It’s only now after reading WordPress that I actually believe that people actually live like they did with lots of land around them. What would they think of our built up areas 😬
    Goodnight Mary Ellen😉

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