Make Earl Hamner Jr. a 2016 Honoree
Earl Hamner Jr. was born in Schuyler, Virginia, July 10th, 1923. Mr. Hamner was the oldest of eight children. He grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and began to write at a very early age. Mr. Hamner is best known for his television series The Waltons. He also provided voice-over narration for the series.
Earl Hamner not only gave us The Waltons but he brought us Falcon Crest and several episodes of The Twilight Zone. He also brought us the animated adaption of Charlotte’s Web (1973 film). He produced great Novels like; Fifty Roads to Town (1953), Spencer’s Mountain (1961), You Can’t Get There From Here (1965), The Homecoming: A Novel About Spencer’s Mountain (1970), and Generous Women: An Appreciation (2006). He also gave us great TV movies like; Heidi (1969), Appalachian Autumn (1969), Aesop’s Fables (1971), The Homecoming (for CBS, 1971), Where the Lilies Bloom (1972), The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983) and more! These are just some of the reasons Mr. Hamner should be an Honoree. We the undersigned call on you to honor Mr. Hamner in 2016 with this WAY OVER DUE recognition!
Go to the Kennedy Center Website and submit Earl's name directly to them for 2016. Do this even if you have already signed the petition and/or if you submitted for 2015. Look for the button that says "Recommend an Honor". Click that button and fill out the form.
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- Chairman David M. Rubenstein
The Kennedy Center Honors
- President Deborah F. Rutter
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Dear The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
Please find attached our petition urging you to award Mr. Earl Hamner Jr with a Kennedy Center Honor. We had a lose effort in 2014 and a somewhat more defined effort in 2015 to show our support for Mr Hamner to be an Honoree. Mr. Hamner did not make it on either year so we wanted to step up our effort for 2016. As you likely know Mr. Hamner is progressing in years and we feel it is well past time to honor this gentleman for his countless contributions to our entertainment for many years.
Earl Henry Hamner Jr. (born July 10, 1923), is an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running CBS series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he is best known for Spencer's Mountain, which was inspired by his own childhood and formed the basis for both the film of the same name and the television series The Waltons, for which he provided voiceover narration.
In 1954, Hamner wrote “Hit and Run”, an episode of the NBC legal drama Justice in which guest star E.G. Marshall played a man haunted by his crime of striking a newsboy on a bicycle and fleeing the scene of the accident. He reprised the theme in the 1964 You Drive episode of The Twilight Zone.
Hamner contributed eight episodes in the early 1960s to the CBS science fiction series The Twilight Zone. His first script acceptance for the series was his big writing break in Hollywood. He also wrote or co-wrote eight episodes of the CBS animal series Gentle Ben (1967-1969) and four episodes of the ABC sitcom Nanny and the Professor (1970).
He created two other series, Apple's Way (1974-75) and Boone (1983–84).
Some of Mr. Hamner's novels include: Fifty Roads to Town (1953), Spencer's Mountain (1961), You Can't Get There From Here (1965)
The Homecoming: A Novel About Spencer's Mountain (1970). Some of his Non-fiction: The Avocado Drive Zoo (a memoir) (1999),
Good Night, John Boy (reminiscences of making The Waltons TV series) (2002), Generous Women (collection of memoirs) (2006).
Some of Mr. Hamner's screenplays: Palm Springs Weekend (1963), Charlotte’s Web (1973). Teleplays: Highway (1954), for The Twilight Zone: "The Hunt" (1962), A Piano in the House" (1962), "Jess-Belle" (1963), "Ring-a-Ding Girl" (1963), "You Drive" (1964), "Black Leather Jackets" (1964), "Stopover in a Quiet Town" (1964), "The Bewitchin' Pool" (1964). Heidi (1969), Appalachian Autumn (1969), Aesop's Fables (1971), The Homecoming (for CBS, 1971), Where the Lilies Bloom (1972), The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983), The Story of Little Tree (1993). Mr. Hamner also narrated Little Tree.
So you see this is why he is deserving of this honor.
Thank you for your consideration,
Randy Highsmith on behalf of thousands of Earl Hamner Jr fans.
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