TJMS Talks with Jimmy “JJ’ Walker

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  • If you haven’t even seen an episode of “Good Times,” especially if you’re over 35, your black card may have to be revoked. Just about everyone from that era remembers the joys and struggles of the Evans family who loved each other despite the harsh conditions in their Chicago project. Jimmie Walker, who played the family’s oldest son J.J. Evans on the show for its 6-year-run from 1973-1979, has penned his memoir, called, appropriately enough “Dy-no-Mite!”

    In it, Walker recounts his life story. Now 65, the Bronx, N.Y. native never married nor had children. He started his career as a standup comic and landed on “Good Times” with no audition. At one point, Walker was one of the top standup comics of the 60’s and 70’s, working with future comedy legends Jay Leno and David Letterman. At one time, he was the official comic for The Black Panther Party. A friend of Richard Pryor’s “Good Times” changed his career.

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