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Those Were the Days

All in the Family is on my mind today — not so much the book by Robert O. Self, but rather the 1970s television show, produced by Norman Lear, starring Carroll O’Connor as “Archie Bunker” and Jean Stapleton as his long-suffering wife “Edith.”[1]  Stapleton died today of natural causes; she was 90 years old. When I read Self’s book last semester, I assumed that Self would at least mention the television show.  However, unless I missed it in a footnote, Self never invoked Edith or Archie Bunker, Gloria, Meathead — nor even Norman Lear, who brought them to the television Read more