It is some forty years ago when the extremely controversial show, ‘All in the Family’, first hit the television airwaves. We watched it on our black and white sets and couldn’t wait to hear the pearls of wisdom that would drop from Archie’s, Carroll O’Connor, mouth each and every week. He was bigotry at its infamous best.
Perhaps it was the first time that America threw open the windows and allowed a peek into the mind of the passing generation. Archie said things aloud that many people secretly harbored in their hearts. It was shock TV and we ate it up.
For years Rob, Archie’s liberal son-in-law played by Rob Reiner, was the recipient of his father-in-laws confused, mean, wrong, and half-baked outbursts. Debates that would ensue were priceless. One that stuck with me and I think about each and every day was a Sock a sock, a shoe a shoe.
Archie became outraged when he discovered that when dressing Rob would put a sock and a shoe on one foot, then complete by doing the same on the other, rather than sock sock, shoe shoe. He shouted all the reasons Rob was a meathead for doing it his crazy way. One reason being, if you had to rush out of the house suddenly wearing only one sock and one shoe it would necessitate having to hop around in the snow. Of course it would be snowing.
This scene has stuck with me all these years. Just the other day I rebelliously donned a sock and a shoe and intentionally hopped around the bedroom for a minute. Then I got nervous that it might snow.
I would be remiss if I did not give a nod to the great Edith, Jean Stapleton, and Gloria, Sally Struthers, who completed the genius casting.