TV Thursday: The Jeffersons (1975-1985)

In my youth thanks to TBS I was able to watch quite a bit of the Jeffersons during dinner, sitting far too close to the television tube and eating off my Popeye television tray.

For those that haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the series it deals with George Jefferson (The Jeffersons originally appeared as characters on All in the Family back in 1971, though George didn’t appear until 1973.), a now well off owner of seven dry-cleaning stores in New York City, and his family who have moved from Queens to a luxury apartment in Manhattan. His wife Louise (Isabel Sanford) and their son, Lionel (Played by Mike Evans for season 1, 6-8, and 11. The role was played by Damon Evans beginning with season 2-4. The two men are not related.), were also joined by their maid, Florence Johnston (Marla Gibbs). While being less edgy than All in the Family it still had shows that dealt with racism, suicide, and gun control.

A Letter from Isabel “Weezy” Sanford

Your school is having an auction to raise money for the poor and hungry. Your challenge? Find something worth auctioning. Your first step? Contact Isabel “Weezy” Sanford.

I wish I could say that letters were written to multiple TV stars in a shotgun-style attempt to get auction items, but that just ain’t true. Only one letter was sent and it was to Weezy from “The Jeffersons”. Why you ask? Because “The Jeffersons” kick butt, and if you watched it, you could tell that Sanford was the classy type of lady who you knew you could count on in a pinch. About a week after receiving this, the script was sent. The auction was a success by grammar school standards and my respect for Sanford shot up even higher (To Bea Arthur levels).

Some fun things to note about this letter.

– This was pre-computer so this was a fancy typewriter her assistant used to respond. That’s not the courier style font I am familiar with.

– I love that she has “Weezy” pre-printed on her embossed stationary.

– The drama/comedy masks…just awesome.

– Its hard to tell, but this letter is laminated. Which does not sound unusual, but this letter came this way. I guess Isabel realized that this letter would become a precious keepsake and had the forethought to help out a kid who didn’t have access to lamination technology.

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