Did Ernest T. Bass Kill Osama Bin Laden?

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The recent Memorial Day weekend made me appreciate even more the job our men and women of the arm services have done for us in the past…and continues to do.   I couldn’t help think back to the men in uniform on the Andy Griffith Show. Of course, Andy and Barney in their sheriff and deputy […]

Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here in Mayberry…

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As we head into spring and summer we all know it’s the start of wedding season.  I was recently asked to do a reading at a family wedding we have coming up in June.  I agreed to do the reading with one stipulation…I get to pick what I read. The bride, groom and the pastor […]

Aunt Bee: Sex Symbol and Diva?

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A young Frances Bavier publicity photo as a fledging  Broadway stage actress. Aunt Bee was a looker!  No, I am serious.  Briscoe Darling, the various traveling salesmen, and all her other suitors on the Andy Griffith Show had it right.  She was some catch…but no one ever did! Frances Elizabeth Bavier was born in New […]

And the Andy Goes to…

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I thought it was long overdue to hand out awards centered on the Andy Griffith Show.  But, instead of the Oscar, we’ll be giving out the Andy!  The statue for the Andy represents a lawman that doesn’t have a gun…fitting image for this prestigious honor. So picture this…The whole town of Mayberry is gathered in […]

Mayberry Had the Original Kardashians

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I sometimes wonder which Andy Griffith Show character(s) would have made the best reality show?   Now mind you, I am not a fan of reality TV…quite the opposite.  I think the networks got lazy and hit on a formula that brings them huge numbers of viewers and revenue with very little investment of time, money […]

Barney Fife: TSA Agent?

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Serious fans know that Deputy Barney Fife left the Andy Griffith Show in 1965 to pursue work as a detective in the big city of Raleigh.  Even while he worked at the Sheriff’s Office, he tried his hand at some second jobs…shoe salesman, real estate agent, and of course the boss behind the Mayberry distribution […]

What ‘School Violence’ In Mayberry Looked Like

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I am 52 years old and can remember a kinder, gentler, easier going era, where people didn’t take guns into an elementary school and murder innocent children.  As I watched the news coverage of the Connecticut tragedy, I couldn’t help but think of the town of Mayberry. You know how when you are being too […]