October 22, 2001
Though she says she "couldn't see much eternal impact" of
starring on Facts at the time, Whelchel, who
played Eastland rich girl Blair Warner, does now. Currently
on a cross-country tour to promote The Facts of Life
and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me , a book of
essays about her Christian faith, Whelchel, 38, says her Facts fame "gives
me the opportunity to reach a wide audience." Married since
1988 to Steven Cauble, 51, a minister (with their three
kids, Tucker, 11, Haven, 10, and Clancy, 8), Whelchel says
she "can't go anywhere without being recognized as Blair," but
has no immediate plans to act again. "If I didn't have
kids, I would definitely go back-it's such a creative release," she
says. "But id doesn't compare to being a mom."
Tiffin Motorhomes Inc., of Red Bay, Alabama, has loaned
a 40-foot Allegro Bus to Lisa Whelchel and her family for
one year. The purpose of her national tour is to gather
data for a new book, titled Discovering God in America. She
previously had written a parents' book, Creative Correction:
Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline.
Whelchel, who played the TV series from 1979 to 1988,
is now the married mother of three.
At the completion of Whelchel's RV tour, a drawing will
be held to determine the winner of a 30-day Family Dream
Vacation in the same coach.
June 10-16, 2000
What would have become of snobby Blair Warner if NBC's The
Facts of Life (1979-88) were still on? "Sadly she's
probably be divorced two or three times, if she fell
into the same pattern as her parents, as we often do," says
Lisa Whelchel, 37, who played the spoiled rich girl for
the show's entire run. "But it sure would be nice if
she found happiness." Whelchel and husband Steven Cauble,
an associate pastor with the Church of the Way in Van
Nuys, California, are finding their own happiness, home-schooling
their three children (Tucker, 10; Haven, 8; and Clancy,7).
The former Facts brat has even written a book
on child discipline, Creative Correction, due
out in October. And fans might actually get a chance
to see what became of Blair and her classmates if plans
for a TV-movie reunion pan out. Until then, Facts reruns
join Nick at Nite in the fall. Whelchel isn't surprised.: "I
think there's something about friends you make when you're
young, even if they're just friends through television."
The Good Medicine Club
Order, routine, planning, quiet time: all are key elements
in the successful homeschool program Lisa has developed
for the Cauble trio. Yet non of those words come to mind
as I watch the seven moms gathered around the table on
the Cauble's patio. Wild outburst of laughter and shouts
of encouragement are standard conduct at these homeschooling
get-togethers. Each Friday at about 1:00 p.m., the members
of "The Good Medicine Club" gather to eat, talk, play games
and, of course, laugh a lot.
Opening her home is one way Lisa is able to contribute
to the homeschooling community in Santa Clarita. After
a busy week of hitting the books at the kitchen table,
everyone's ready to blow off a little steam; and this play
group is just the ticket. It's obvious that these moms
are comfortable with each other, but they're also quick
to make a newcomer fell welcome in the group. "It's one
way to get other homeschoolers in our area, or those new
to our area, involved," says Lisa.
This community of homeschoolers uses the unique gifts
of each individual to enhance everyone's learning experience.
Lisa has compiled an extensive library of homeschooling
material and resources to share with others. Packages come
and go almost daily as Lisa trade and sells used of extra
homeschooling materials around the country.
Tucker, Haven and Clancy are getting a dose of "Good Medicine" with
their mom and friends each week and seeing firsthand how
a group of people can encourage, strengthen and help each