47 years ago today All In The Family debuted on television. It was 1971. I was 10 years old. I remember being shocked even as I was laughing at the show. It was so controversial at the time. Here was the main character, Archie Bunker, who showed the worst of every quality: He was loud, obnoxious, bigoted, and his use of language was crude. His character was a magnification of everything that was wrong with our country. And he stayed pig-headed and wrong despite everyone in his life trying to show him a better path. It’s all in the family sounds like something that we’re living through right now.
Here is a phrase straight out of (outta) Archie Bunker’s mouth for you to write a story with.
True story. Carol O’Connor was so convincing in his role as Archie Bunker that for the longest time I wouldn’t watch him in anything else. I was wrong. Archie was a jerk, but Carol was a fantastic actor. I missed the first two years of In The Heat of the Night because of this!
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*Please note, I had this ready to go before our infamous President made his disgusting comments on Thursday. I guess he patterned his thoughts after fellow Queens native, Archie Bunker. What a hero to emulate.
**I know some might be wondering why I didn’t pick a picture with a family in it. I couldn’t find the picture that I wanted, so I picked a dark nature picture that has a big X in the middle. I guess I wanted to point out the wrongness of this type of thinking through the picture.