If you were a child of the 1970s like I was, you can't forget what your mom and dad tried to be: Iconic TV parents.
Memories first came rushing back when Barbara Billingsley, AKA June Cleaver of Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963) died on Oct. 16. And then on Oct. 19, Tom Bosley, AKA Mr. C from Happy Days (1974-1984) also passed.
Doesn't matter that the two shows took place in different decades; reruns of Leave It To Beaver had a similar effect as new episodes of Happy Days, helping children of the '70s see their parents grow up and helping the parents forget the tumultuous '60s. The shows provided pop culture models for families like mine to aspire to, and Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley led that pack.
In the '70s I lived in an ethnically mixed house; Latino father, white mother, two siblings, a mangy dog by the name of Candy. And one television ... in color. It was always on, with mom attentively watching the reruns. I'm pretty sure that's why she was our own June Cleaver. When my truck driver father was home, he would sit with the entire family during prime time and catch all the latest shows.
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