The road John Schneider has traveled has not always been an easy one. His success on TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville and, currently, The Haves and Have Nots; in many films over the years as well as a continuing recording career, have been countered by a marriage that didn\u2019t last, his independent film studio in Louisiana being destroyed by flooding and financial difficulties. Yet spend five minutes with him and an underlying optimism, coupled with a genuine love of people, becomes obvious. This was proven most recently when he participated in the Truckers Parade Against Cancer held in Hillsville, Virginia. He happily interacted with other people, chatting with them like they were all old friends. And joining him was second wife, Alicia, who he described as a stage four breast cancer survivor (which could explain, at least partially, why he was there). But the amazing thing is that through it all, his 1979 to 1985 television series The Dukes of Hazzard was ever-present. John Schneider on why fans love 'The Dukes of Hazzard' to this day And this is not due solely to John\u2019s inherent Duke-ness, but by the fact that the General Lee (the car that was like a fourth character to John\u2019s Bo, Tom Wopat\u2019s Luke, and Catherine Bach\u2019s Daisy Duke) was there as well. \u00a0And a genuine love for the show held by everyone attending, which many from the outside may not quite understand. But John does. RELATED: Michigan Driver Arrested For Stunt Right Out Of 'Dukes of Hazzard' In an exclusive interview conducted prior to the Hillsville event, he shares, \u201cI\u2019ve heard people say why they love the show over and over, and the number one thing they say is, \u2018I used to watch that show with my grandparents every Friday night,\u2019 or, from the next generation, \u2018I used to come home from school and I\u2019d watch it with my brother and sister.\u2019 There was a real sense of family for what they used to call appointment television.\u201d A Sense of Community Those are the people who would, he points out, drink something out of a Dukes of Hazzard cup, eat off a Dukes TV tray or maybe head to school armed with their Dukes lunchbox and thermos. \u00a0\u201cIt was a unifying element of their family, just watching the show,\u201d he muses, \u201cbecause everybody watched it at the same time. That\u2019s something we\u2019ve lost a lot of now, with people just watching whatever they want whenever they want and, I think, usually alone. Which is kind of sad when you can\u2019t turn to somebody and say, \u2018Hey, wasn\u2019t that amazing?\u2019\u201d The sense of community as represented by the people of Hazzard County is an important component of it all, John feels. Friendship as well. \u201cWe knew that we couldn\u2019t get through the day or the episode without the help of our friends and that they needed us, too,\u201d he says. \u201cWe felt like we belonged somewhere. And we did. We couldn\u2019t save the orphanage if somebody didn\u2019t stop the police car. Again, we needed everybody, and I think we\u2019ve lost a lot of that now, too.\u201d That may be true, but he is constantly given hope by all those people he interacts with. Driving home that point, he refers to last year\u2019s \u201cBo\u2019s Extravaganza,\u201d one of a series of festivals mounted by he and Alicia throughout the south. That one brought together 10,000 people made up of celebrities and fans. And the love for The Dukes of Hazzard was obvious there, too. Enthuses John, \u201cIt\u2019s so totally and wonderfully gratifying. At last year\u2019s Extravaganza I was in my car going from thing to thing, but a couple of times when there were just one or two people off walking somewhere, I\u2019d stop and say, \u2018Hi,\u2019 and they\u2019d go, \u2018Oh, would you sign our General Lee for our 6-year-old?\u2019 I\u2019d say, \u2018Sure, where is it,\u2019 and they\u2019d say, \u2018In the car.\u2019 I had my security team with me, so I was feeling important, and I said, \u2018Hop in and show me where your car is.\u2019 So I drove over, her husband got their General Lee for their 6-year-old and I signed it for them. \u201cIt was so great to be a part of a stranger\u2019s life like that,\u201d he closes. \u201cAnd now, they\u2019re not a stranger anymore.\u201d Welcome to Hazzard County.