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 […]

Beaming Down to Mayberry

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No doubt many of you went out this past weekend to see Star Trek Into Darkness, the latest Trek movie to hit the big screen. I thought the release of this new film was a golden opportunity to reflect on my favorite episode of the original Star Trek series, “The City on the Edge of […]

The Mayberry That Might Have Been

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The Andy Griffith Show is a classic example of the right cast coming together to form an unbeatable combination. Indeed, it is nearly impossible to think of any other actors playing the various citizens of Mayberry. Still, on several occasions, The Andy Griffith Show came close to having different actors in key roles. In fact, […]

Into The Mayberry Courthouse

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Sing to “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty Andy waited until Barney was through They picked Helen up, and Thelma Lou They went to Goober’s for a pop and some fuel, The Courthouse was wide open Went to the diner, which they both could afford, Barney was happy, but Andy looked bored He […]

Love Lessons from Ernest T. Bass

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Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. If you are a man, and single, perhaps you are looking for a special lady with whom you can celebrate this big day. Sadly, not all of us can be a lady-killer like Barney Fife. Indeed, most of us can only dream of being a suave playboy like ol’ […]

Go Home…Take a Little Nap…Then go Over to Thelma Lou’s to Watch TV!

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Whenever my best friend Chris and I have conversations on the telephone, it often leads to discussing all of the stresses and challenges we are facing.  Jobs, kids, ex-wives, finances, and car problems are often part of the wide-range of issues that frequently dominate our chat time.     However, it isn’t long before one of us […]

Baer of a Mayor

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One of the many reasons I enjoy watching The Andy Griffith Show is because of the various actors who appeared on it as guest stars or in supporting roles. There were many notable performers that appeared as citizens and visitors to Mayberry. Some of these men and women had careers that went back to the […]

The Colorful Friends of Mayberry

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When I was a kid, I didn’t much care for the color episodes that made up the last three seasons of The Andy Griffith Show. These shows just never seemed as good to me to me as the earlier black and white episodes. As I got into my teens, I realized that what really bothered […]

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 […]

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 […]