Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Almost fifty years ago I was enrolled in a painting workshop.  
Our instructor, Mary, asked us to do her a favor.  
Her friend Norman was about to launch his first TV show.
She wanted us to watch it.  
She said it would be different from anything we'd ever seen.  
We did & it was!! 

Her friend was Norman Lear & the show was "All in the Family".

I couldn't find a video of the first show, but this clip from their 20th anniversary
should explain why I & a whole lot of other people were so pleasantly surprised:

Did you know that  Jean Stapleton's (Edith Bunker) mother was trained as an
 opera singer & so was Jean?

These are full 1/2 hour episodes:

Here is a clip from one of the best episodes:

Archie Bunker is well known for malapropisms. He calls Orthodox Jews “off the docks Jews” & refers to the Women's Liberation Movement as the “Women’s Lubrication Movement”.  Some of his others:

"A witness shall not bear falsies against thy neighbor."

"The hookeries and massageries…the whole world is turning into a regular Sodom and Glocca Morra."

"Last will and tentacle…"

"Patience is a virgin."

"In her elastic stockings, next to her very close veins."

"Buy one of them battery operated transvestite radios."

Sometimes, when you cry, no one sees your tears.  Sometimes, when you are worried, no one 
sees your pain.  Sometimes, when you are happy, no one sees your smile.  But fart just one