Ward, I’m Worried About the Beaver’s Principal


Leave it to Beaver letter gibberish nonsense

In Season 2, Episode 6 of Leave it to Beaver, Ward Cleaver receives a letter from Beaver’s principal. The letter appears only briefly on camera, and when it aired on November 6, 1958, the resolution of televisions was so low that there was no expectation that the text of the letter would ever be publicly read.

Thanks to the high resolution of 21st century televisions, the letter that was written merely as a prop is now plainly visible. It reads as follows:

Mr. Ward Cleaver
485 Mapleton Drive
Mayfield, State

My Dear Mr. Cleaver:

This paragraph has absolutely nothing to do with anything.  It is here merely to fill up space. Still, it is words, rather than repeated letters, since the latter might not give the proper appearance, namely, that of an actual note.

For that matter, all of this is nonsense, and the only part of this that is to be read is the last paragraph, which part is the inspired creation of the producers of this very fine series.

Another paragraph of stuff. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. My typing is lousy, but the typewriter isn’t so hot either. After all, why should I take the blame for these mechanical imperfections, with which all of us must contend. Lew Burdette just hit a home run and Milwaukee leads seven to one in the series. This is the last line of the filler material of the note. No, my mistake, that was only the next to last. This is last.

I hope you can find a suitable explanation for Theodore’s unusual conduct.

Yours truly,

Cornelia Rayburn

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