Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Late in 1935 there came a time of excitement and anticipation on Waltons Mountain. Big things, we felt, were about to happen. Like the rest of the country, we were inching out of the worst of the Depression, and on a single day three of us attempted to take giant steps. I was applying for my first job on a newspaper, my father was attempting to expand his milling operation, and Jason was only a hair's breadth away from winning a scholarship at the Klineberg Conservatory of Music. We were all convinced that in the months ahead we would see the return of prosperity and happier days.