Jerry Mathers said that he and Tony Dow were very lucky during their acting careers: when they got the chance to make "Leave It To Beaver", serendipity chose good people for the roles of Ward and June. Hugh Beaumont was a Methodist Minister, but also a thoughtful, intelligent man. Barbara Billingsley had two kids of her own, basically the same age as Wally and The Beav. Both treated the kids as if they were there own and it showed.
Though Hugh hadn't been cast in the Pilot, he auditioned with Jerry, who prayed that Hugh would get the role. He had worked with Hugh in a religious tome and liked him a lot.
My parents had a really nasty divorce and I, like Jerry and Wally, leaned on Hugh/Ward as a substitute when my Dad wasn't available.
Eleanor Roosevelt: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Because My Nana told me so. And I was reminded of something Archie Bunker said on All in the Family. In an argument with Mike the Meathead he blamed Eleanor Roosevelt for "all the problems with the blacks." He said "before she started talking about them, we didn't even know they were there!"
A Man of Peace
I was in New York City near the drug area known as Alphabet City when I saw Union Square Park. I decided to take a break. The park wasn't in the best of shape, some areas had grass nearly as tall as I was. But then I noticed something, there among the grass was a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and I wasn't afraid. Proof New York is a great city.
A Man in Search of the Truth
Olga and Alexei Romanov leaving Tobolsk for Yekaterinberg on the Rus
And the saddest thing of all, they knew what awaited them: just look in their eyes.
When I was 17, I was talking to Elizabeth Adams, Administrative Secretary in the History Department at Georgia State University and she gave me a present, Two Poems printed on Posters, Rudyard Kipling's "If" and Robert Frost's "The Road Less Traveled". I asked her why, she said because they would mean something to me. Years later, I gave them to the kids of friends who were going through a rough time. I told Elizabeth and she said to me that our most valuable possessions are worthless if we hold on to them, but become priceless when we give them or share them with others.