Norman Lear is a television legend. He is the man who gave us such iconic television shows as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Good Times.”
Lear is also 99 years old. Needless to say, his many years working in television – and just living – have made him a very wise man. So, it’s not all that surprising that people ask him about the secret of success and of living a long and happy life.
He shared these words of wisdom during a recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Unsurprisingly, Meyers asked the “All in the Family” creator to share a bit of his knowledge with him and his viewers.
“You are 99, which means you’re in your 100th year. And I’m assuming you get asked this all the time. You’re probably exhausted answering it. But how do you do it, Norman?” Meyers asked.
The television icon answered in true Norman Lear style: “Uh, I wake up every morning,” he deadpanned much to the delight of Meyers and his audience.
‘All in the Family’ Creator Norman Lear Shared Two Words People ‘Don’t Pay Enough Attention To’
All joking aside, the man behind “All In the Family” then shared other words of wisdom. “I always think about two little words we don’t pay enough attention to. ‘Over’ and ‘next,’” Lear also explained. “When something is over, it’s over. And we are all on to next. And if there was a hammock in the middle, that would be the best definition I could give of living in the moment. So, I think that’s what I’ve been able to do.”
Lear also described how it feels to live in the moment. “The fact that my life is – it’s taken me every split second of my life to finish this sentence. And it just took every split second of your life to (laugh). So, it’s an important moment,” he shared.
One reason Norman Lear appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” was to promote his new book. It is a book about one of his most famous shows. The book is titled, “All in the Family: The Show That Changed Television.” It will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
“It was lovely to read about his show,” Meyers said of the book. “It must be nice going back and revisiting it in your memory. I want to ask, you know, now I think, people would not even begin to think that it would not have worked. But, you know, no show is guaranteed success. When did you know it was working?”
Uh, you know, I made it three times before it went on the air. (I) made it in New York twice and once here before it went on the air. Always with Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton. But the first two times absent Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. We made it with two other young people,” Norman Lear also shared.