Leaving Behind a Legacy

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Andy Griffith is a legend in all rights. His lost was a devastating blow to friends and fans alike back in 2012. As a TV legend, he has 53 credits to his name and as an actor; he earned 12 credits for appearances. This small town hero from Mount Airy, North Carolina left us a […]

Funny Man in the South Pacific

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When WWII came, Don’s education was interrupted for a brief time for a stint with the Army Special Services Branch, entertaining the troops in the South Pacific as a comedian in the Stars and Gripes revue. Following demobilization, Don returned to college, graduating with a degree in theater in 1948.Don Knox’s was in the military […]

A Few Little Known Fun Facts About The Andy Griffith Show

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The Andy Griffith Show aired between 1960 and 1968. It was a fun classic comedy about a few people from a little town called Mayberry in North Carolina. The main character was Andy who was not only a widower but the sheriff of the small town. He lived with his son, Opie and his aunt […]

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 Would Andy Do?

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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 […]

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.  […]