Barney Fife: TSA Agent?

Barney Fife ready for his Skype interview with TSA

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


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 […]

What Would Andy Do?


The siren wound down in mournful disappointment, echoing the troopers’ feelings at having lost these bad boys, long gone when the squad car rolled up to the abandoned truck.  Their chase ended on a lonely stretch of the Avenue of the Giants, bordering the towering redwoods of the Rockefeller Forest. As a newly commissioned ranger, it […]

A Special 2013 Christmas Episode


What if you were given the opportunity to travel back in time, write your own Andy Griffith Show Christmas episode and all cast and crew were asked to commit to the moment? What have you always wanted to see in a scene? Or perhaps it’s not a what but a who? What if you could […]

Andy Griffith Show: They Just Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore


The Andy Griffith Show is one of the most well-loved television series during the 1960’s. It was funny, family-oriented, and always teaches a lesson at the end of each story. It was so well-loved in fact, that it lasted 249 episodes. The 1960’s up to the 1970’s was a decade of great television series that […]

Aunt Bee: The Super Aunt

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You have probably seen reruns of The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry.  If you have, your favorite character is most likely Aunt Bee – everyone seems to love her.  She is Beatrice Taylor and Sheriff Andy Taylor’s paternal aunt. There are a number of reasons why people (myself included) loved Aunt Bee’s character. She embodies the characteristics […]

Mayberry A Town of Characters

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How well do you remember some of the characters that appeared in Mayberry during the Andy Griffith show? Helen Crump was Opie’s elementary school teacher.  Opie and his friends don’t like this new teacher.  Opie complains to his father about a history assignment and Andy gives him some advise from his own time in school.  […]

Mayberry’s Aunt Bee

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Many of us delighted in watching Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) on the Andy Griffith Show and later on Mayberry R.F.D.  Aunt Bee was the beloved maiden aunt of the widowed Andy.  After his housekeeper left to get married Aunt Bee moved into the house to take care of Andy and Opie. Even though she never […]

Loveable Deputy Barney Fife of Mayberry

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He was only allowed to have one bullet for emergencies.  He was supposed to carry this one bullet in his shirt  pocket.  Somehow it would find its way into the gun and often the gun would “accidentally” go off. We are, of course, referring to Barney Fife (Don Knotts)  the fictional deputy sheriff of Mayberry […]

A Special Town Called Mayberry


Mayberry was the fictitious town from the Andy Griffith series and the home town of Gomer Pyle in Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Unlike today, in Mayberry everyone knew your name and everyone respected their neighbor.  It was a much slower pace of life where family life and friends were of utmost importance.  People respected each other […]