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Regional Premiere For ‘Earl Hamner: Storyteller’ Dec. 7

Earl Hamner Jr.
Earl Hamner Jr.
Earl Hamner Jr.
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Earl Hamner Jr.

The career of EarlHamner– the formerWLWwriter who created “TheWaltons,” and wrote “Charlotte’s Web” and more than 100 TV scripts – will be celebrated with a documentary and discussion Monday, Dec. 7, at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington.

A new 90-minute documentary, “Earl Hamner: Storyteller” will be introduced at 7:30 p.m.by actress Mary Beth McDonough, who played Erin on “The Waltons,” a CBS family drama (1972-81) based on Hamner’s childhood in rural Virginia. 

“Storyteller” director Ray Castro, producer Tim McAbee and McDonough will answer questions about the film after the screening.

The event benefits , the local nonprofit broadcasting archives which has displays at the Voice of America Museum in West Chester. Tickets ($20-50) are available at  (click on purchase tickets) or calling the box office at 859-957-1940. A meet and greet with the producers and McDonough starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie gallery, 1028 Scott Boulevard.

Young Earl Hamner Jr.
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Young Earl Hamner Jr.

Hamner, 92, a Los Angeles resident, grew up near Schuyler,Va., listening to programs onWLW-AM’s500,000-watt signal in the1930s. He attended Cincinnati’s College of Music, and started his career as a staff writer atWLW in 1947. Former Cincinnati Post TV critic Mary Wood told me thatHamnerloved to tell stories about his colorful relatives in the Virginia mountains, which became the basis for “TheWaltons”and his “Spencer’s Mountain” novel. He was presented an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Cincinnati in 2008.

His writing credits include “Falcon Crest,” eight episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” “A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion,” “A Walton Wedding,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Gentle Ben,” “Nanny and the Professor,” “The Homecoming,” “Heidi,” “Lassie: A New Beginning,” “Apple’s Way,” and “Wagon Train.” 

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