Wednesday, March 30, 2005

For those who remember....there was someone in the tech group that came up with the original idea for this show. There is a story that I don't know much about. Maybe Tony C. does?
Gayle DePoli

Paul HenningTV Producer Who Created 'The Beverly Hillbillies' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BURBANK, Calif., March 29 (AP)

Paul Henning, who created the hit television show "The Beverly Hillbillies" and wrote its theme song, died here on Friday. He was 93 and lived in Los Angeles.He died in a Burbank hospital after being sick for some time, his daughter Carol Henning said.Mr. Henning based "The Beverly Hillbillies," which made its debut in 1962, on his encounters with residents of the Ozark Mountains during camping trips he took as a youth, Ms. Henning said.The series, on CBS, starred Buddy Ebsen as the patriarch Jed Clampett, whose newfound oil wealth takes him and his family to Beverly Hills. It drew up to 60 million viewers at its peak and ran until 1971.Mr. Henning also wrote the words and music to "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which was sung by Jerry Scoggins while the Nashville bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo.The ballad began:
Come 'n listen to my story 'bout a man named JedA poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fedAn' then one day, he was shootin' at some food,An' up through the ground come a bubblin' crude.In 1963 Mr. Henning created "Petticoat Junction," a "Hillbillies" spinoff.He was born on a farm in Missouri on Sept. 16, 1911, and grew up in Independence. As a teenager, he worked behind the soda fountain at Brown's Drugstore, where he met Harry S. Truman, who advised him to become a lawyer, Ms. Henning said.Mr. Henning graduated from the Kansas City School of Law, but soon went to work writing for radio. He wrote for "Fibber McGee and Molly" and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show," among others.While Mr. Henning is sometimes credited with creating the television show "Green Acres," Ms. Henning said he actually helped the show's creator, Jay Sommers, cast it and served as its executive producer.Mr. Henning also worked in films. He was a screenwriter for the 1964 "Bedtime Story," starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. That film later served as the basis for the 1988 movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," of which Mr. Henning was also a co-writer.Later in his life, Mr. Henning and his wife, Ruth, donated land near Branson, Mo., to the state for a conservation area.Besides his daughter Carol, Mr. Henning is survived by another daughter, Linda Henning Adams; a son, Tony Henning; and two grandsons.

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