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April 25, 2013

National Archives Presents Good Times Actor Jimmie Walker, May 3 at Noon

Dynomite! Good Times, Bad Times, Our TimesA Memoir

Washington, DC…On Friday, May 3, at noon, the National Archives will host 70s TV show Good Times actor and comedian Jimmie Walker in a discussion of his new book, Dynomite! Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times—A Memoir. A book signing will follow the program.

The free program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Use the Special Events Entrance, located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

The program will be webcast live (and immediately archived) on the National Archives UStream channel [http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives].

Jimmie Walker got his start performing comedy in small clubs, and ultimately became a 1970s icon playing J.J. Evans on Good Times. Walker was the first successful young black sitcom star, and his catchphrase—"Dyn-o-mite!"—remains an indicator of the era. In Dynomite!, Walker talks candidly about his rise and the tensions on the set of Good Times that contradict the show's image of a close-knit blue-collar family.

During the run of our current photographic exhibition, "Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project," the National Archives presents programs relating to events of the 1970s. The free exhibit is on display through September 8, 2013, in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To verify the date and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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