At ten, he got his first shotgun.

He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and committed suicide in Ketchum, Idaho.

He also enjoyed a good fight; boxing was one of his passions.

rc: John-Boy is intrigued when he is sent by the local newspaper to do a story on a wing-walker who is performing at the local fair. He is even more intrigued when he discovers that the wing-walker is a woman. He invites her to stay at the Walton home and emotional entanglements follow. Bobbie Strom, the wing walker, discovers that she is being courted when she receives small gifts of things such as flowers, but thinks that the young man involved is John-Boy. Conflict arises though when Bobbie kisses John-Boy, thinking he is her assailant, and the real besotted young man is revealed.

IntroductionOak Park produced a tall, handsome man, strong, smart and ambitious.

He was mentored there by Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.

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He had already learned the art of hunting and therefore was no stranger to killing.

Mary Ellen becomes very overprotective of her son, John Curtis, and neglects her career. Since Curt's death she fears that she may lose her son too. Ben enters a photo of Erin in a contest only to find that the photo is turned into Camp Lee's official pinup.

Some of his Nick stories seem partly based on his experiences at this time.


Sadly, Hemingway couldn't use this attitude in life.

Jason and one of his friends have to deal with the question of killing others during wartime. At home the rations board is investigating Ike and Corabeth.

Maybe the pressure simply was too high.

Mary Ellen becomes increasingly frustrated that her family and neighbors are being put at risk because there is no doctor at Walton's Mountain. After much consideration she decides that she would like to pursue studies at medical school and gradually become the doctor at Walton's Mountain. She encounters a great deal of opposition to her plans from some of the other hospital staff, who do not see the value of a woman becoming a doctor.

They only had an abstract ideal they knew from his books.

John enlists Harley Foster's help with the delivery of an out of town order. Whilst in the town they have to contend with a great deal of prejudice and bigotry, and finally Harley is arrested for a crime he committed many years before. It is left up to John to seek a pardon for him from President Roosevelt.

Even his close friend James Joyce mixed him up with his characters.

John enlists Harley Foster's help with the delivery of an out of town order. Whilst in the town they have to contend with a great deal of prejudice and bigotry, and finally Harley is arrested for a crime he committed many years before. It is left up to John to seek a pardon for him from President Roosevelt.

Joyce once said: "He's a good writer, Hemingway.

All the family is preparing for Grandma's birthday and her present is to be a photograph album. This allows us to look back on important moments throughout the series, such as Mary Ellen's wedding (episodes 107-108), John-Boy's departure from the series (episode 125), Grandpa's death (episodes 152-153), Grandma's coming home after her stroke (episode 151), and the Walton house fire (episodes 93-94). Earl Hamner wrote this episode and appears throughout it to tell us about his family, his own mountain in Schuyler, Virginia and about the show itself. At the end of the episode we are introduced to the Hamner family, on whom the show was based, and the actors get to meet their counterparts.

He's a big, powerful peasant, as strong as a buffalo.

John-Boy falls in love with a determined French girl. At home Cindy sees an apparition of Ben in the house, then learns that he has been captured and is now a POW.