In 1980, Odie Hawkins, wrote a teleplay for a new CBS Television Series "Palmerstown USA". The show was the results of a new formed partnership between Alex Haley, Author extraordinaire, of the groundbreaking "Roots" Novel turned television miniseries and Producer powerhouse Norman Lear (All in the Family, Good Times, The Jefferson's) I could go on but I won't!
The series aired seven episodes before it was cancelled. Well, this past weekend, Mr. Odie Hawkins, along with other esteemed guests were invited to the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, CA for a private screening of the episode he had written "Old Sister" all those years ago.
|Mr. Odie Hawkins being honored at the Paley Center's John Mitchell Theatre|
Photo by V. Wade Williams
|From Left to Right Mista Jaycee, Martin and Odie Hawkins|
Photo property of V. Wade-Williams
I was immensely proud of Odie and the work that he allowed to come through him. "Palmerstown USA" may not have succeeded as a Television program but it was and is still great Television.
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