Author/producer Earl Hamner Jr. was born in Schuyler, Virginia on July 10, 1923. He drew upon his memories of growing up in rural Virginia when he created the award-winning television series “The Waltons” in which the oldest son John-Boy was loosely based on his own teen years.
In addition to “The Waltons” Hamner was a writer/producer of the shows “Falcon Crest” and “Boone” and wrote eight episodes of the classic series “The Twilight Zone.”
His books include Spencer’s Mountain, You Can’t Get There From Here, and Goodnight, John Boy. He died on March 24, 2016.