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Monday, August 02, 2004

August 2, 1924 - June 21, 2001

Today marks what would have been the 80th birthday of this remarkable actor. Although a man of many talents, Carroll is of course best known for his role as Archie Bunker, in the groundbreaking series, All in the Family. I truly believe this series had a greater positive social impact in America than any other. I came from a family, working class Irish, that wasn't too far removed from the Bunkers. And through the gentle medium of humor, we gradually confronted our own prejudices and stereotypes along with Archie. In the midst of a changing, often bewildering and antagonistic society, Archie and the assortment of characters who gradually became part of his world allowed us to see people who were different from us as 'people' instead of 'types'. And I can't even count how many serious issues were discussed publicly in the average household for the first time because they were broached on this show.

Carroll also starred in In the Heat of the Night , another excellent series based on the 1967 movie.. .His son Hugh also appeared in this series. Hugh's death from drugs at age 32 was a tremendous personal tragedy for Carroll, and he spent his last years as a public advocate against drug abuse, which involved him in a celebrated courtroom battle.

Thanks, Carroll. Those were the days..


Just a few nice sites devoted to these ancient marvels..

Roman Aqueducts Today

The Aqueduct at Metz

Roman Water Systems

The Excavation of the Janiculum Mills

Today's Quote (WAV file)

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