At 50, TV’s ‘The Waltons’ still stirs fans’ love, nostalgia

              Richard Thomas participates in the 2017 Tony Awards Meet the Nominees press day at the Sofitel New York hotel on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in New York. Now 71 and starring as lawyer Atticus Finch in a touring production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the former "The Waltons" star said he still hears fans call “Good night, John-Boy!” after each performance. “It’s kind of astonishing that we’re still talking about a show 50 years later,” he says. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
              This photo provided by CBS in September 2022 shows actors in the television series "The Waltons.” Bottom row from left are Judy Norton-Taylor, Eric Scott and Mary Elizabeth McDonough. Second row from left are Jon Walmsley, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Kami Cotler and David W. Harper. Top row from left are Michael Learned, Richard Thomas and Ralph Waite. (CBS Photo Archive via AP)
              This 1974 photo provided by CBS shows, from left, David Harper, as Jim-Bob Walton; Eric Scott, as Ben Walton; Michael Learned, as Olivia Walton; Kami Cotler, as Elizabeth Walton; Richard Thomas, as John Boy Walton; Mary McDonough, as Erin Walton; Judy Norton, as Mary Ellen Walton; Ralph Waite, as John Walton; Ellen Corby, as Ester “Grandma” Walton; Will Geer, as Zeb “Grandpa” Walton; Jon Walmsley, as Jason Walton, in the television show The Waltons. (CBS Photo Archive via AP)