Happy 100th birthday to Norman Lear! | Chaz’s Diary


“‘One Day at a Time’ Goes Pop”: Last March, Allison Shoemaker reviewed the fourth season of Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce’s acclaimed remake of the classic Norman Lear sitcom (Lear is executive producer of the new issue).

That’s the most wonderful thing about the Alvarez family. Watching them is a warm and wonderful experience, the epitome of comforting television, and yet the world they inhabit is clearly our own. (Now operating on a network schedule, the show closed production this month along with the rest of Hollywood; when it does return, it’s hard to imagine Lydia won’t have anything to say about the Coronavirus behind these curtains.) Neither they nor their writers ignore darkness; it is still there in one form or another. The only thing about them that’s idealized is the feeling at the end of each episode that everything will be fine, but it’s not because it’s too sunny or blindly optimistic. That’s because what matters is what they have for each other, and another day to look forward to: another breakfast Lydia makes while dancing, another group therapy session. with a room full of smart, quick-witted women for Penelope, another esports tournament for Elena or a sneaker run for Alex, and some more lovely affectionate pathos from Schneider and Dr. the theme song went, one day at a time – and, you can still hear the song on YouTube, so even this loss is survivable.


“Norman Lear: Even This I Get to Experience”: On Norman’s official website, you can order a copy of his beloved 2014 single below.

In my nineties, I have lived a multitude of lives. In all those lifetimes, I’ve had a front-row seat to the birth of television; has written, produced, created or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People for the American Way; was labeled the ‘No. 1 Enemy of the American Family’ by Jerry Falwell; is on Richard Nixon’s “enemies list”; received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton; purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it for ten years in all fifty states; blew a fortune in a series of bad investments in failing companies; and I reached a point where I was informed that we might even have to sell our house. Having heard that we had fallen into such a situation, my son-in-law called me and asked me how I felt. My response was, “Terrible, of course,” and then I added, “But I must be crazy, because despite everything that’s happened, I keep hearing that inner voice saying, ‘Even that, I can experience it.


Norman Lear on the Declaration of Independence road trip. Courtesy of the Norman Lear Centre.

“The Norman Lear Center”: The nonpartisan public policy and research center (named 2000) that studies the social, political, economic and cultural impact of entertainment on the world.

In 2001, Norman Lear launched the Declaration of Independence road trip to exhibit the document across the United States on a three-and-a-half-year tour across the country. He and his wife Lyn Lear purchased a copy of the Declaration of Independence to inspire Americans, especially young people, to see citizenship as an opportunity to participate in civic life, exercise their rights, and most importantly, to vote. In 1981, Lear joined Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and a group of business, civic, religious, and civil rights leaders who were disturbed by the divisive rhetoric of the newly politicized televangelists. Together they founded the advocacy affiliate People For the American Way.

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