Deaths of Tom Bosley and Barbara Billingsley Spark Memories of 1970s Families and TV
Pop-Ed: If you were a child of the 1970s like I was, you can't forget what your mom and dad aspired to be: Iconic TV parents.

Memories first came rushing back when Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver on 'Leave It to Beaver' (1957-1963), died on Oct. 16. And then, on Oct. 19, Tom Bosley, Mr. Cunningham from 'Happy Days' (1974-1984), also passed.

It doesn't matter that the two shows took place in different decades; reruns of 'Leave It To Beaver' had a similar effect to the new episodes of 'Happy Days,' helping children of the '70s see their parents grow up and helping the parents forget the tumultuous '60s. The shows provided pop culture models for families like mine to aspire to, and Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley led that pack.