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Kitt
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09-05-2000

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:28 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitt a private message Print Post    
I was getting really nervous for her, because at the beginning it seemed like she was going to hear horrible things about her granddad, who it seems like she'd actually known throughout her childhood. Luckily it became clear later on that the grandmother was an extreme alcoholic and probably lied about the abuse.

After the show she tweeted asking if anyone had any more information. I hope she can fill in some of the gaps.

Mameblanche
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08-24-2002

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:53 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mameblanche a private message Print Post    
Dang, missed it. :-(

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:26 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
I just finished watching on my dvr. That was so sad, with such a heartwarming, touching ending! I'm still wiping tears.

MameB, it might replay next week before the next new episode, because that is what happened this week.

Mameblanche
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08-24-2002

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:00 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mameblanche a private message Print Post    
Great, thanks Makkie! I hope someone posts when they know it's on again... (beg, whimper)

Kitt
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09-05-2000

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:05 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitt a private message Print Post    
On my schedule it doesn't have a repeat of the Christina Applegate episode until just before the next episode (Chelsea Handler). So that's Tues Aug 6th at 5pm (I guess 8pm for you). Chelsea is at 6 or 9pm. It's now on TLC not NBC if that's what's stopping it taping for you.

Mameblanche
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08-24-2002

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:15 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mameblanche a private message Print Post    
Thanks Kitt! BTW, I can't stand C.H., but curious about her 'story' nonetheless.

Cricket
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08-05-2002

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:18 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Cricket a private message Print Post    
Christina's story was one of the saddest yet. I watched it this morning and it made me cry.

Her grandmother had a lot of sadness in her life. I do think the grandfather abused her and then when he tried to get her child from her she handled it by drinking, since she was losing him to the father's family. I wish Christina had asked her father if his father was at all abusive or controlling.

How very odd Christina's Dad doesn't remember his mother at all. I'm glad he put a gravestone on her burial site and it seems to have brought him and Christina closer together.

Her grandmother's sister must have died pretty young as well, right?

Mameblanche, when you record it on your DVR, add a few minutes because mine stopped before the very end...maybe a minute short. I'm going to add minutes next week.

Lakecat
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10-01-2006

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 1:09 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Lakecat a private message Print Post    
Good episode. I cried too. I got the feeling that the grandmother was a bit of a floozie and a drinker which made the grandfather angry and abusive. Christina's father did not have good parental role models that's for sure. Who is next weeks?

Angelicfairies2
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07-18-2004

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:27 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Angelicfairies2 a private message Print Post    
Chelsea Handler, Lakecat

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 6:57 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
When Christina began telling her father the story, I could see the confused and hurt little boy inside. It broke my heart. I am so impressed with Christina for giving him that heartfelt affirmation and for "parenting" him in that moment.

As Bombaycat said, kudos to her for sharing the story. It is good to show anyone interested in their ancestry that you don't know what you will find when you start poking around.

Angelicfairies2
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07-18-2004

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 6:39 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Angelicfairies2 a private message Print Post    
I really need to look into my background, my grandmother when I would ask her info she'd never give anything up

Lakecat
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10-01-2006

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 9:50 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Lakecat a private message Print Post    
Thanks Angel. I also thought she was good when her dad said, "do you have any good news?" She said yes,that you broke the spell and raised great kids that went on to do great things.

Brenda1966
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07-02-2002

Friday, August 02, 2013 - 9:12 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Brenda1966 a private message Print Post    
Yes, it was very touching that she was able to turn it around into good news, and it was as her dad obviously had few role models bouncing from home to home. I'm not surprised he has no memory of his bio mom, he was 4 when his maternal grandma died, so if that's when he went to live with his paternal grandma -- kids really don't have many memories from those ages. I think we often think we do because of photos or stories we hear, but my DD has few vivid memories of her preschool or any of the kids and teachers she spent years with.

It's hard to know who to believe in the court docs. It would seem that she was a heavy drinker, partier and maybe that's how they met, but then when you're married and have a kid on the way he wanted her to tone it down and got mean and angry about it. It makes sense that she won custody but then had to give the child up when she couldn't take care of him and support him. And how touching that the maternal grandma bought a cemetery plot for her grandson. Heartbreaking really.

Brenda1966
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07-02-2002

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 10:45 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Brenda1966 a private message Print Post    
Another interesting episode. I particularly loved the part where she spoke to the soldier in France. Also so interesting how well the pow's were treated -- so evident in the photo of her grandfather. How wonderful that she was able to clear up some of the mystery and so great that she had the journal from her grandmother. Too bad we all can't have something like that to read.

Ophiliasgrandma
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09-04-2001

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 6:45 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Ophiliasgrandma a private message Print Post    
I had never heard of her, but enjoyed her journey nonetheless.

Brenda1966
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07-02-2002

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 6:56 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Brenda1966 a private message Print Post    
I don't think you'd like her style of humor OG, but she's a gifted comedian. Her books are LOL funny, biting.

Jag2000
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07-01-2009

Friday, August 09, 2013 - 11:26 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jag2000 a private message Print Post    
I have watched Chelsea Lately forever. She can be ridiculously funny. She has a great round table every night and there is no filter. Love her show.
I felt Christina's journey into the past was very touching. One of the best I've seen. Glad her dad got some answers about his childhood.

Goddessatlaw
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07-19-2002

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 7:50 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Goddessatlaw a private message Print Post    
Loved all three of these episodes (just watched them online). Kelly Clarkson's amazement over everything they found (especially the look on her face when she first saw the photo of her ggg-grandfather) was wonderful to watch. It's kind of the reason we all do genealogy - that thrill of finding the unexpected and looking into an ancestor's face (or story) for the first time.

I loved the WWII soldier that escorted Handler through the capture site. You know, if he was a loving grandfather to a bunch of Jewish grandchildren, he couldn't have been too close to the Nazi cause. Interesting about the U.S. internment camp as well.

Applegate's father just wrecked me. Talk about heart on the sleeve. I just wanted to give him a big hug. He did good.

The show seems to have a bit of a different format under new management. They pick one interesting relative and don't move past them. On the one hand, it's a great illustration of why people should care about the stories as opposed to the list of names. On the other hand, I want to know more about where these highlighted people came from. Clearly Rose (Kelly Clarkson's relative) should have had much more information available if he was here and active in the Civil War. How did he become so energized with the abolitionist side of the war at such a young age? Who were the people who raised him and where did they come from? I'm guessing he had a pretty American history that well predated his entry into the Civil War (although German immigrants were known to be actively and avidly anti-slavery and didn't hesitate to sign up - I don't know if he was German).

So glad the show is back!!

Mamie316
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07-08-2003

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:16 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mamie316 a private message Print Post    
I love Jim Parsons a bit more after watching tonight's episode. The love he has for his father is so sweet. He seems to hold himself with such grace and kindness.

Brenda1966
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07-02-2002

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:08 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Brenda1966 a private message Print Post    
I got caught up on Tricia and Parson eps last night. I so enjoy this show and the glimpse into history it provides. So sad that the season is over! :-(

Has anyone every watched the UK version? I wonder if it's worth seeking out.

Kitt
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09-05-2000

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:26 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitt a private message Print Post    
You can, or used to be able to, find a few of them on youtube. They're usually pretty good. The season airing is season 9, this is Patrick Stewart's one if you wanted a taster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZRMGQ-Au4A

Goddessatlaw
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07-19-2002

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:37 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Goddessatlaw a private message Print Post    
Loved love LOVED the Jim Parsons episode.

Goddessatlaw
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07-19-2002

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:29 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Goddessatlaw a private message Print Post    
TLC has renewed the show for another 10 episodes. Woot!!

Ophiliasgrandma
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09-04-2001

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:42 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Ophiliasgrandma a private message Print Post    
I too love the Jim Parson's episode. Funny though, I couldn't see any trace of Sheldon. Shows just what a good actor he is.

Windowbox
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05-10-2011

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:53 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Windowbox a private message Print Post    
I have loved all the episodes! I am thrilled they have been renewed for another season!

Brenda1966
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07-02-2002

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:08 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Brenda1966 a private message Print Post    
Yay TLC! I hope we don't have to wait a year for the 10 new eps.

Mameblanche
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08-24-2002

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:45 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mameblanche a private message Print Post    
This was the one I've been waiting for. He's just such a sweetie. So genuine. Very UNhollywoodish, which I found extremely endearing. I could see so much of his goofy Big Bang Character come through - in a good way!

Lakecat
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10-01-2006

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:57 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Lakecat a private message Print Post    
I was astonished to hear him say he was 40. I figured 29. I've never seen BBT so wasn't to familiar with him. He's a fellow Texan.

Roxip
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01-29-2004

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:03 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Roxip a private message Print Post    
My daughter started watching BBT this summer on reruns and I have caught more than my fair share of episodes watching with her - it really is a funny show and of course Jim Parsons' character of Sheldon definitely makes the show. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy on this episode too.

Willsfan
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09-04-2000

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:37 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Willsfan a private message Print Post    
I knew he wasn't in his 20's but 40? No. Even though I am not a fan of BBT I think he is a good actor and seems to be a nice person in real life.

It was touching watching him look at the church knowing that his ancestor designed it. That must have been amazing & a memory he will have forever.

Rieann
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08-26-2006

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 4:05 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Rieann a private message Print Post    
I just watched the Jim Parsons episode and thought he was a real sweetheart. It was nice to get to know the man behind "Sheldon".

I was really touched by him in the church as well, Willsfan. It was such a beautiful and elegant church. It was so amazing to find the connection to John Adams and Benjamin Franklin too.

Roxip
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01-29-2004

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 7:47 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Roxip a private message Print Post    
Quite honestly the only one I have really liked was Trisha Yearwood, because her relative turned out to be a common person who managed to survive despite being marked for death. Kelly Clarkson irritated me when she was so afraid that her relative would have fought for the South...what would she have done if she had found out differently - not liked the relative regardless of whether he had ever been a slaveowner?

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