What it was, was greatness (Updated)

Andy Griffith got his start with a comedy bit about college football. (CBS)

Andy Griffith got his start with a comedy bit about college football. (CBS)

Please pardon me if I depart from the usual subject here to reminisce a little bit about Andy Griffith, who died today at 86.

He was one of my all-time favorite actors, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him several times over the years and spending a few hours with him. He was a very nice man and a smart man and a great storyteller.

Ironically, the last time I saw him, I was riding an elevator in New York City with him and his wife Cindy, and since she was a Florida Gator and this was the mid-1980s, the subject of the 1980 Georgia-Florida game happened to come up. I got a real kick out of the fact that Andy, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a big booster of that school, teased his wife about how Georgia came from behind to take the win over Florida.

Of course, Griffith’s first big break in show business was with a comedy recording that provided a hillbilly satire on college football, “What It Was, Was Football.”

Update: My brother Jon heard from his friend Jack Murray, grandson of former UGA head coach Wally Butts, who remembers around 1954 Griffith came to Athens, stayed at Butts’ house and performed “What It Was, Was Football” at halftime of a UGA football game at Sanford Stadium. The crowd loved it, he says.

Griffith went on to star in “The Andy Griffith Show,” definitely one of the most popular TV comedies of all time, and later in the “Matlock” series. Here’s a piece I wrote a couple of years ago when the Griffith show marked its 50th anniversary:

I couldn’t begin to count the hundreds of times I’ve watched most of the eight seasons of episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” over the years. It’s my all-time favorite TV show.

And my love for Andy, Barney and Opie is something I share with my family. My brothers and I have incorporated treasured lines from the show into our everyday conversations for decades, and that tradition is now being carried on by another generation. Recently at a Grandparents Day luncheon at the assisted living place where my Dad lives, my daughter Olivia turned down another serving by echoing Griffith show character Briscoe Darling, who once declined a piece of pie by noting that three was his “high water mark.” After the server had turned away, my brother Tim shook his head in amusement, noting that Olivia was “talking Mayberry to a complete stranger.”

That’s how it is in our family. And yet when “The Andy Griffith Show” premiered on CBS at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, 1960, I wasn’t watching.

I was only 8 years old, and it was past my bedtime!

I clearly remember, though, the next morning at breakfast, my Mom told us about this new show that had been on the previous night and how cute the little boy was, and my Southern born-and-bred Dad proceeded to tell us about the episode, much in the style of Griffith’s own storytelling.

I’m not sure when I finally got to see the Griffith show that first season, but I imagine it was over the holidays when there was no school and bedtime rules were relaxed somewhat. I’m pretty sure I was watching regularly by the time summer reruns arrived. And I’ve been enjoying the show ever since, throughout its prime time run, the “Andy of Mayberry” daytime repeats in the mid- to late ’60s that made a day off from school such a treat (paired with another favorite, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”), and on through many years of continuous syndicated reshowings on various TV outlets, including Ted Turner’s old Superstation and now TV Land (where the Griffith show is the only remaining reason to tune in to that devolving cable channel).

In the never-never land of reruns, folks are still dancing to Freddy Fleet and His Band With a Beat. Ernest T. Bass is chunking rocks through the town’s windows. Charlene Darling says, “That’n makes me cry” whenever Andy and her Pa and brothers crank up “Salty Dog.” Barney takes Thelma Lou up to the duck pond and gets his face slapped. Andy and Barney get accidentally locked in their own cells. Sarah the unseen operator handles all calls, no matter what time of day or night. Barn keeps that single bullet in his breast pocket because of what Andy calls his “greasy” trigger finger. Andy and Opie start many a day down at Myers’ Lake, the ole fishin’ hole. And for only 80 cents you can still get three Vienna sausages, heavy on the tomatoe puree, a slice of bread buttered on both sides and an ample serving of succotash at the Mayberry diner. Be sure to leave a tip for Olive the waitress. She’s a poor widow, you know.

Fans of the show continue to watch episodes of the Griffith show over and over long after they’ve practically memorized them (hence my family’s Mayberryspeak) in the same way lovers of great books like to re-read them. Walking down the hall a couple of weeks ago on my way to my Dad’s room, I heard him and Tim laughing out loud. I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find them watching one of TV Land’s Mayberry marathons.

Mention the Griffith show to a fan and they’re sure to recount a favorite bit. Like the time Barney was pretending to talk to another girl on the phone to make Thelma Lou jealous and the phone suddenly rang. “You wanna get that Barn,” Andy said with a grin, “you’re closer.” Or when the new kid in town who’s taught Opie about throwing tantrums to get your way is shown up as a hopeless brat in the end. “Is Arnold gonna get spanked?” Opie asks his dad. “Don’t you think he deserves it?” Andy replies. “I don’t wanna say,” the boy answers. “After all, he is one of my own kind.”

When you still laugh even though you know what’s coming, that’s the true mark of a comedy classic.

I think “TAGS” ranks as one of the top TV series ever. The writing was superb. The characters so fully developed that viewers knew them as well as they did their own friends. Don Knotts drew most of the plaudits for his unforgettable creation, Barney Fife, but I believe Griffith deserves the lion’s share of the credit. He not only was the personable “face” of the show, he was its guiding hand behind the scenes. Although he didn’t take a writing credit, he was involved in shaping almost every episode.

As laugh-out-loud funny as many episodes are, what really sets the Griffith show apart from most sitcoms of its era are the relationships, particularly that between Andy and Opie, which to my mind is still the BEST father-son portrayal I’ve ever seen. Andy wasn’t the typical bumbling father of ’60s sitcoms and Opie was far from the typical sitcom brat.

Those characters felt real and the love between them was undeniable. I know grown men who still choke up (and, yes, I’m one of them) whenever they see the scene where Andy tries to prepare Opie for a confrontation with a bully. Words fail him. So he just lifts his son up and hugs him close.

There used to be a bumper sticker you could buy that summed up part of the appeal of the show for many folks who revel in the loving respite from the hassles of daily life that they find in the idealized little North Carolina town created by Griffiith and company. “I’d rather be in Mayberry,” it declared.

My friend Jeff Cochran, who writes for the Like the Dew online magazine, sent me some questions recently for a piece he’s doing on the Griffith show and its place in the 1960s. He asked if I thought it was the producers’ intent from the beginning to make Mayberry “a pleasant isolated spot” away from the tumult of that decade.

I told him I don’t think Griffith and producer Sheldon Leonard set out to make Mayberry a place apart from contemporary life — just a place apart from big city America, as personified by New York City. Thus the fish-out-of-water pilot episode that aired on “The Danny Thomas Show” in which Danny gets pulled over by Andy for speeding in Mayberry and is amazed by how different everything is there. Especially at the start, Mayberry was drawn very broadly, as was Andy’s character. Both moderated as the years went past.

I do believe it was intentional, however, for the comedy to be timeless. Andy has said as much over the years. Just as he didn’t want the show to be about “jokes” so much as it was “characters,” he didn’t want it to be particularly topical. A wise decision. Topical shows don’t age that well.

Mayberry, on the other hand, is forever.

Feel free to share your own memories of Andy Griffth.

177 comments Add your comment

909

July 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

Andy Griffith was a HUGE Georgia Tech fan.

Top Row Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

sogadog

July 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

Dont forget to mention Odis. I am sure he is a Dawg fan given UGA’s recent recogition as the nation’s #1 party school.

Bill King

July 3rd, 2012
11:46 am

909:
Not unless Tech has moved to Chapel Hill and wears Carolina Blue.

Dbalcer

July 3rd, 2012
11:50 am

Jacket99

July 3rd, 2012
11:52 am

Nice article, Bill.

“You ain’t heard the last of Ernest T. Bass!”

I always thought Andy Griffith was a great dramatic actor, too. I enjoyed his John Wallace character in “Murder in Coweta County.” He was folksy evil in that.

Bama in Atlanta

July 3rd, 2012
11:54 am

Andy Taylor: When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he’s getting might really be fear. So I don’t carry a gun because I don’t want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I’d rather they respect me.

I wish some kids (and some adults) still watched Andy Griffith….

SSIgator

July 3rd, 2012
11:56 am

“And my love for Andy, Barney and Opie is something I share with my family.”

And it has come back around with President Adams as Andy, Mark Richt as Barney and Mike Bobo as Opie.

Buckeye

July 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

What does this have to do with The Annointed One II (crowell) and his legal problems?

Buckeye

July 3rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Kidding aside, Andy Griffith’s death signals the death of Mayberry in America. It’s now up to the 50% plus who pay no Federal income taxes to lead us to Eden on Earth.

Jacket99

July 3rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Buckeye

July 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm
What does this have to do with The Annointed One II (crowell) and his legal problems?
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Andy Taylor was in law enforcement?

dale

July 3rd, 2012
12:07 pm

No, Adams is Aunt Bee. McGarity is Andy.

Cuz

July 3rd, 2012
12:15 pm

“What this was was football” still makes me laugh. No telling how many times I have heard it in my life, the description and narration is classic.

I guess he is now sitting on that bench on the seashore “Waiting on a Woman”.

God Bless you Andy Griffith.

beachdog

July 3rd, 2012
12:19 pm

You forgot Andy Griffith’s musical genius.

Hank

July 3rd, 2012
12:20 pm

R.I.P., Andy Griffith.

Hank

July 3rd, 2012
12:24 pm

“Kidding aside, Andy Griffith’s death signals the death of Mayberry in America. It’s now up to the 50% plus who pay no Federal income taxes to lead us to Eden on Earth.”

Unfortunately, it looks like you’re right about that. Even without the Obamination in the White House, we’ve been heading down that road for years.

Joe

July 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Andy as Richt,,,maybe,,, but not Bobo as Opie….no way!!!! m

DawginLex

July 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

SSI

Your classless comments never take a holiday

Hank

July 3rd, 2012
12:31 pm

A very nicely written tribute to Andy Griffith.

Holy Guacamole

July 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

At the risk of being insensitive at this particular moment in time, I really liked Andy Griffith as well, or at least I did until he decided to become political. He then made the rest of us suffer with his political opinions on everything, much like the rest of the pinheads in Hollywood. Shoulda stopped at Andy in Mayberry or Matlock or some of the other great work he did. Somehow I think that it diminished my opinion of him.

Flo-Ri-Duh

July 3rd, 2012
12:40 pm

Andy Griffith had morals…. something seriously lacking in our leaders today.

Joey

July 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

I liked Andy Griffith too, but watched my last rerun when he started those Obamacare ads.

Mark

July 3rd, 2012
12:43 pm

Still the funniest moment to me was when Barney pulls off in the motorcycle leaving Andy sitting in the sidecar in front of the courthouse. Great life lessons woven throughout that series.

Desert Fox

July 3rd, 2012
12:43 pm

I think the untold story here is when “we” lose one of our childhood icons (that includes family members as well) a part of us is lost and the innocence we associate w/them. Life is really short and the longer you’re around the more you appreciate those close to you and your own mortality. RIP Andy.

SSIgator

July 3rd, 2012
12:44 pm

Holy Guacamole -

Agree as well. Just like George Carlin, who was very good at what he did. Then he decided that that politics was to be his new calling and that was the last we heard of George. Sort of like bartenders that want to be football coaches.

Craig

July 3rd, 2012
12:50 pm

In addition to Opie and the Bully, the other two that always choke me up is the Christmas episode and Mr. McBeevey. When Andy doesn’t spank Opie and downstairs Barney asks “do you believe in Mr. McBeevey, he says no. But I do believe in Opie”. The timeliness of that message is incredible, particularly in an age we live in now. TV shows today don’t come close to not only being entertaining, but sending a lesson, as The Andy Griffith Show did.

DawginLex

July 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Sort of like an idiot gator who has been disowned by her own fanbase and thinks we care or find it surprising that you hate UGA’s football coach.

DP

July 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Bill, that is a superb remembrance.

piermontdawgny

July 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

loved this show along with Sanford and Son…”Ester, you are so ugly i could take your face and shove it in some dough and make gorilla cookies!….Watch it, sucker!!

DP

July 3rd, 2012
12:57 pm

Has there ever been another show for which so many people can quote so many lines from memory?

SSIgator

July 3rd, 2012
12:57 pm

Give it a rest Nancy.

TallaDawg

July 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

If you have never seen the movie “No Time For Seargents” buy, rent, or download it. It is truly hilarious, and it is the movie during the production of which Andy met Don Knotts. Without NTFS there may never have been The Andy Griffith Show.

My favorite quote from TAGS:
Young Lady (I forget her name at the moment) – “That was some rain we had the other night.”
Earnest T Bass (dressed up by Andy and Barney for courtin’) – “Yep, I was right out there in it.”

DP

July 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Holy Guacomole, that says more about you than about Andy Griffith.

Rob

July 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

Nice non sports piece! Ignore these other bumbling idiots who cannot respect that.

RCB

July 3rd, 2012
1:01 pm

Obamacare is today and a huge issue. He should never have done that commercial.

bubba4dawgs

July 3rd, 2012
1:02 pm

My fond memories of Andy Griffith have lasted a lifetime. I had the pleasure of watching him perform at halftime in Athens at the Georgia Spring game. He of course did his story of “What it was was football” and delighted everyone with laughter. A train came by at one end of the stadium and blew its whistle just as he finished and he responded with “Thanke, Thanke”! Of course, everyone probably best remembers him on Mayberry which I still enjoy watching! How wonderful it is to see how far Ron Howard has come since his start with Andy! Thank You, Andy for all your memorable years of entertainment and thank you for giving Ron his start as well!! God Bless!!

bubba4dawgs

July 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

Bill, I failed to say thank you for this marvelous article about Andy! I enjoyed it very much!!

TallaDawg

July 3rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Sure, it is absolutely your choice to hold his more recent politics against him, but that really is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The show was excellent and is still timeless.

We must get to where we can disagree on some topics (a single topic, possibly) and still find the common ground to endeavor and succeed as a society and a country. Instead, we currently spew hatred and vitriol at anyone who disagrees with us on a single point of contention.

Kevin

July 3rd, 2012
1:06 pm

Finally, something I can agree on with a Georgia fan. I appreciate your thoughts. I am sharing the Andy Griffith show with my sons as well.

Reba

July 3rd, 2012
1:07 pm

this is so sad—All the celebs in a basket together could not be what this man was to each of us!

Foxandhound

July 3rd, 2012
1:16 pm

You didn’t just visit Mayberry…you kinda lived there. Even today.

DawginLex

July 3rd, 2012
1:16 pm

SSI

You give it a rest elvira

You are the moron who comes on a blog about Andy Griffith dying and uses it as a forum to take shots at Richt

Go screw yourself Elvira

Ernest T Bass

July 3rd, 2012
1:18 pm

Old Aunt Moriah, jumped in the fire
Fire too hot jumped in the pot
Pot too black, jumped in the crack
Crack too wide, jumped in the sky
Sky too blue, jumped in the canoe
Canoe too shallow, jumped in the tallow
Tallow too soft, jumped in the loft
Loft too rotten, jumped in the cotton
Cotton so white, she stayed there all night!

Now you want to hear me sing “Eatin Goober Peas”?

DawginLex

July 3rd, 2012
1:20 pm

How could you not like Andy and Barney? Ernest T Bass was only in 4 episodes yet he is remembered like he was a regular.

Anybody ever go to Mt Airy for Mayberry Days?

When they were alive, the actors would come. Great stuff.

Big Time???? Not!

July 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Great story. I used Andy to help teach my boys (now 20 and 18) how to treat people. Always a great moral compass

nobody

July 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

incomparable….

Spanky

July 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

RIP, Andy! No Time for Seargants is also a pretty funny movie! When he snaps to attention in the latrine and the toilet seats fly up,…priceless!!

GAFan

July 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

As Raschal Flats sings, “I Miss Mayberry” found remberance of a time we probably all wish we could live in today. Andy Griffith will be ranked right up there with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jackie Gleason for being a pioneer. I still watch the show today that was funny, simple and had meaning. Yep, I miss Mayberry and will miss Andy Griffith. RIP!

2georgiadawgs

July 3rd, 2012
1:38 pm

Years ago I read a book about the Show. One thing I have always wondered is where the opening was shot when he and Opie where walking down the dirt road with the fishing poles, and Opie skips a rock in the lake?

(something on a crisp Ritz cracker, ummmmmmmm good!)

Dirty Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
1:38 pm

So many memories…from What It Was….to No Time For Sergeants (from the book by Cordele native Mac Hyman)…to Mayberry…to Matlock…how could you not love the man. Thanks for doing this, Bill.

MIchaelP

July 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Raised In Chapel Hill with family in Mt Airy , NC the prototype of Mayberry, RFD. Great show growing up.

GO DAWGS

Big Al

July 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Sadly, in the span of 2 months we’ve lost Andy, Goober, and Sam Drucker.

Jacket99

July 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Spanky

July 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm
RIP, Andy! No Time for Seargants is also a pretty funny movie! When he snaps to attention in the latrine and the toilet seats fly up,…priceless!!
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That was hilarious! Truly priceless!

GAFan

July 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

The opening along with most of the outdoor woodsy scenes were filmed were filmed north of Beverly Hills at Franklin Canyon

Stiffneck

July 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

Really, the Andy Griffith show was one of the best shows of all time. Very wholesome good clean entertainment that was very funny. Good stories and a great cast. Never will forget Barney saying “We have two rules here at the rock”. Of course he was talking about the the tiny jail cells they had.

Wish all inmates were forced to watch this show opposed to the crap that’s on now.

RIP Andy.

Legend of Len Barker

July 3rd, 2012
1:46 pm

Yes, Griffith performed at UGA.

Just a week or two ago, I was browsing some microfilm and came across an article in one of the state’s little weekly newspapers promoting it.

I think it was for homecoming as Griffith also had to put in an appearance at a dance associated with whatever was happening that weekend.

909

July 3rd, 2012
1:48 pm

Well, it’s Tuesday.

Which UGA player(s) have been

1. Arrested
2. Suspended from the team
3. Kicked out of school
4. Failed out of school
5. Failed to academically qualify for their scholarship

UGA1976

July 3rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Ernest T was trying to make a hit at Mrs. Wiley’s Tea Party–

ERNEST T: (practicing his speech pattern with Andy): How…do…you…do…Mrs. Wiley?
ANDY: Now that’s comin’ along pretty good. Now try talkin’ through your mouth more.
You’re twangin’. You seem to be talkin’ through your nose.
ERNEST T: Uh, well, I do that so’s I can talk whilst I eat.
ANDY: Let’s just keep workin’ on it!

After the Tea Party, Mrs. Wiley describes to Andy her encounter with a “creature” named
Ernest T. Bass–

MRS. WILEY: And then he burst into the house uninvited and started behaving in the most peculiar manner.
ANDY: Like what, Mrs. Wiley?
MRS. WILEY: Oh, uh, well, he stuck his hand in the punch bowl, and he ate every bit of the watermelon rind. And if that wasn’t enough, he soaked the paper napkins in the punch, and then he threw them at the ceiling.
ANDY: Well, didn’t anybody try to stop him?
MRS. WILEY: Mr. Schwump–tried to pinch him, but he just giggled and jumped away.

GAFan

July 3rd, 2012
1:51 pm

909, I agree with you on the UGA stuff, but this is about Andy Griffith, not the football team. Although it would do Richt well, along with most families out there today to make their kids sit down and watch Andy Griffith. As opposed to the corrupt crap on television today!

GAFan

July 3rd, 2012
1:54 pm

Also make all the thugs down robbing and assaulting all the students at Tech watch it too!

atl

July 3rd, 2012
1:54 pm

I loved Andy Griffith… I have several tapes and dvd’s of Andy and watch him everyday!!! R.I.P. Andy once again you and Barney are together again….best show ever!!!!!!

suwanne dawg

July 3rd, 2012
2:01 pm

Best show ever in the early years when Opie was young. The Andy / Opie scene before contronting the bully still moves me.

Jacket99

July 3rd, 2012
2:07 pm

Where is buLLdawg to give us some statistics showing that Andy Griffith is not as funny as we thought?

BC

July 3rd, 2012
2:09 pm

I loved the Romeo and Juliet story at the kitchen table with Opie and Aunt Bee. “Hark, they said hark alot in those days”. Priceless stuff that you wont see anymore. We all knew this day was coming!

Nick

July 3rd, 2012
2:10 pm

The world definitely lost a good man and a friend to everyone that watched him, even though we didn’t ever have the priviledge of meeting him. There are fewer and fewer quality people in show business these days, so even though you knew it had to happen, we’ve all lost another piece of GOOD in this world. He will be remebered fondly and missed very much.

Classy piece, by the way, Bill. Thanks.

The Rev Al

July 3rd, 2012
2:16 pm

Having grown up watching The Andy Griffith Show I feel a true sense of loss as though I am saying goodbye to a wonderful friend. His signature show offered many invaluable ‘life’s lessons’ through its simple humor and small town values of friendship, caring about others and most of all….doing the right thing. May God Bless he and his family. Somewhere, I know he and Deputy Fife will all join together again at Floyd’s Barbershop for a reunion.

Spanky

July 3rd, 2012
2:17 pm

UGA1976, LMAO!! Yeah, and how ’bout the times Andy played guitar with the Darlins, with Paw (Uncle Jesse Duke) getting the hots for Aunt Bee!….TATERRRS!!

hadleyferrydawg

July 3rd, 2012
2:20 pm

My favorite episode was of the stranger who came through town and spoke to everyone, but no one recognized him. They were about to run him out of town until he explained he had read the Mayberry newspaper that his friend received each week. He began to feel that those he read about were his own neighbors and adopted Mayberry. I was fortunate to marry into my own little “Mayberry”.

hws

July 3rd, 2012
2:20 pm

Great article about the best show ever filmed. To many good lines to list. All families need to watch and take notes. Good job Bill. God Bless and “NIP IT! NIP IT IN THE BUD!”

Bama in Atlanta

July 3rd, 2012
2:28 pm

Barney Fife:

Now here at the Rock we have two rules. Memorize them until you can say them in your sleep.

Rule number one: obey all rules.

Rule number two: no writing on the walls.

Tech Man

July 3rd, 2012
2:29 pm

Hey Andy, say hey to Barney!

Cari

July 3rd, 2012
2:34 pm

Many of my childhood summer morning started with a whistle and a trip to the fishin hole with Opie and Andy.

But what really up’d Mr. Griffith’s street cred IMO was his appearance on Arrested Development. What it was, was genius.

Wish him a nice fishin hole up in the sky.

DawginLex

July 3rd, 2012
2:36 pm

1976

Remember when Andy asked if Barney was going to Mrs wiley’s to find a girl?

Barney said: “Nah. Dogs, all dogs. If you flew a quail through there every single one of them would point!”

DP

July 3rd, 2012
2:43 pm

I haven’t seen anybody mention one of Andy’s last movie roles, in the independent film Waitress from 2007 or so. The young woman who wrote the script and played one of the main characters was tragically murdered not too long after the movie was released. It is a wonderful film and Andy is very good as an old curmudgeon who is a regular at the diner.

Al

July 3rd, 2012
2:43 pm

One of the all-time great shows. RIP Andy!
Tell Barney & Goober, Al says hey

dbc

July 3rd, 2012
2:46 pm

RIP Andy. Some of my fondest childhood memories were rushing home from school, grabbing the Charles Chips can, and watching Andy Griffith on the old WTCG. My favs were The Pickle Story and Barney’s First Car. And of course, old Earnest T.

ole dawg

July 3rd, 2012
2:49 pm

Great line Dawgin! Andy Griffith and Billy Graham are two men that I hold the utmost respect for. A rare combination of class and character that has rarely been seen. They damn sure don’t make em like those two anymore. A look at some of the idiotic comments on here that display a lack of respect for Andy creates a huge question as to whether any more like them will come along. Greatly pleased that my 20 year old son texted me the news that we had lost Andy and he said, “Daddy, we lost a good one!”

Dontsufferfools

July 3rd, 2012
2:50 pm

“Why you shootin’ at each other?” “Cause we a feudin’.” Why you a feudin’?” “Cause we a shootin’ at each other!”

Marty

July 3rd, 2012
2:52 pm

One of my all time favorites is when Aunt Bee is on jury duty. Everyone wants to convict Jack Nicholson (yes, the academy award winning great actor) except for Aunt Bee. She doesn’t have any real evidence but “He just has an honest face”. After he is set free, Jack thanks Aunt Bee. When one of the other jurists states: “thank her, you ought to pay her”. Goober threatens “Mister, don’t make me use my fists on you!” It turns out Aunt Bee was correct and all the jurists tell her what a pleasure it was to have served on the jury with her.

Bama Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
2:52 pm

Great article Bill. My mom grew up in Mount Airy, right behind the Rockford Stree School – now the Andy Griffith Theater. Granddaddy managed the granite quary where Andy’s father worked and Uncle Harry and Andy were good friends who managed to get into trouble every now and then while growing up. I remember some of the stories of their escapades and can see how Andy intertwined some of them into the show. Good memories! Thanks

Al

July 3rd, 2012
2:54 pm

“Do you know what your sheriff carries in the trunk of the squad car?”
“A SHOVEL AND A RAKE!!”
Then Goober says “Ain’t you gotta a jack?” Classic!!

daslicksta

July 3rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Hey 909,
You are a fine example of why that crowd of North Ave. Nerds are so loved in Athens; no class, no values, no common sense…
R.I.P. Sheriff Taylor/Ang/Paw…

Dawg_Mike

July 3rd, 2012
3:02 pm

Thanks for the diversion from the norm, Bill.
I grew up in the 60’s, so my memories of the AG show are still fresh. Good old fashioned wholesome entertainment. Often imitated, never duplicated.

America lost an Icon today. Andy, go find Ol “Barn” and sit on the porch for a spell. You earned it.

Taylor Maxwell

July 3rd, 2012
3:02 pm

Bill, I don’t think I could have possibly said it any better. You really hit home with this one.I am 57 years old and I remember the same way you do.Igrew up with this and the Dick Van Dyke show when I could beg to stay up late enough. I most appreciate your memories of old Andy just as I have. Bless you Bill ; we are a dying breed .

Floyd

July 3rd, 2012
3:04 pm

The Mount Pilot girls. nuff said.

J.T. Keene

July 3rd, 2012
3:05 pm

Great memories Bill. I think I know almost every line. In the Mississippi Delta a radio station carried Maberry and it was fun listening to it and knowing exactly what was going to be said next and remembering the expressions on the faces. You didn’t mention that Andy’s first picture ( I think) was a “Face in a crowd” with Patricia Neal. He was a con man that turned politician. I too wish he had never made that “care” commercial.

Al

July 3rd, 2012
3:08 pm

The “Fun Girls” Skippy & Daphne “Hello doll”

Legend of Len Barker

July 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

Griffith: It’s a major step.
Knotts: The last big thing I bought was my mom’s and dad’s anniversary present.
Griffith: What’d you get ‘em?
Knotts: Septic tank.
Griffith: For their anniversary?
Knotts: Well, they’re really hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled. Two tons of concrete, all steel-reinforced.
Griffith: You’re a fine son, Barn.

Linda Rushing

July 3rd, 2012
3:19 pm

I loved Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Barnie and all of the characters on the show. I used to dream of living in Mayberry. It was like Heaven on Earth. I still dream of it from time to time.

Aaron Murray

July 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Jeez……..give it a rest.

66DAWGnNC

July 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

Thanks for the memories Bill. The Andy Griffith show is my all time favorite. My favorite episode is “The Loaded Goat” episode. Otis states, “That’s the first time I ever fell off the bed onto the wall.” I still think that is hilarious.

Met Goober (George Lindsay) about 15 years ago at a resort in NE Florida. He had some funny stories about the show he shared with us that day. One thing he said that really surprised me was that every regular on the show (excluding Opie), had a college degree. I thought that to be very interesting.

For DawgnLex who posted much earlier, he stated that Earnest T. was only in 4 episodes and was not a regular. Not arguing with you here, but if you will notice the credits, Howard Morris (aka Earnest T. Bass), directed many episodes. Thus, he was an integral part of the show both on and off camera. Just FYI there friend, not trying to dis you or anything.

Keep up the good work Bill. It is nice to read an article about a wonderful time in American TV history. May the dimwits who still insist on posting nonsense to a serious blog get a life.

Go DAWGS!!!

bigdee

July 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

Well, now Andy will have his first vacation in a while and a chance to catch up on his National Geographics.

rotomeister

July 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

As Andy once sang in an attempt to stop town drunk Otis from learning to drive: “We shall meet, but we shall miss him.”

kingdaddy

July 3rd, 2012
3:56 pm

Nice story Bill.
Everytime Bitter post, I think about Earnest T. Bass and a pocket full of rocks…

Dirty Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Tell ya what, if you don’t like the idea that Andy Griffith would endorse health-care for all – or at least for a lot more – then you can’t appreciate who he was and certainly not the character he almost always played. The Lonesome Rhoades character in Face In The Crowd was ‘against type’ almost before we knew who Andy was and what he was to become. By the way, I believe No Time For Sergeants was his first movie.

3rd Thompson Twin

July 3rd, 2012
4:03 pm

A UGA fan talking about the 1980 season?

As much as things change, they still stay the same…

Ghost

July 3rd, 2012
4:11 pm

909, Did you wake up on the wrong side of probation? Or just sick of being dominated by Georgia for the past 55 years?

Whiskey Breath

July 3rd, 2012
4:38 pm

Years ago a reporter asked Andy if he felt like Opie’s real father. He nicely stated that was not the case, they had strickly a professional relationship. Andy could have easily talked about their close relationship, which was very true. But rather than hurt Ron Howard and his father, Andy took the high road. I think everyone learned a little about class that day. Andy was the ultimate southern gentleman, on TV and real life.

909

July 3rd, 2012
4:45 pm

U – You

G – Get

A – Arrested

ROTFLMAO !!

cb

July 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

Loved some Matlock. That blaring trumpet from its theme song is in my head now. Travel well, Andy.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

July 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

When I went to college back in the late 80s, I took my tradition of watching TAGS with me back when they still showed it on the Superstation. Well my new friends from up North teased me, called me country, said they couldn’t understand why I watched that show. Lo and behold, one of them accidentally watched an eipsode. All of a sudden, we couldn’t go to dinner until she watched “Andy”, Andy was her boy, Andy said this and Andy said that. It was funny then and it’s funny now that I remember it. His humor transcended generations and race if you only gave it a chance. Those of us who did were the lucky ones.

Bo in North Carolina

July 3rd, 2012
5:02 pm

Bill, thanks for the great article and to all the post that’s taken us down memory lane.

Beast from the East

July 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Lost a great one. Millions of us grew up watching Andy, Opie, Barney and the rest of the gang. No Time for Sergeants is still one of my all time favorite comedies. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing a classic.

AltamahaDawg

July 3rd, 2012
5:27 pm

Let me help some of you out, and make your life a lot more pleasant. IF you do watch a rerun of the Andy Griffith Show, taped 25 yrs ago..you are not actually contributing to the re-elect Obama fund. So, its fine.

In fact, considering that anything new on TV or in the theaters is no doubt filled with flaming liberal direct supporters of Obama, (not to mention the current pop culture messages in them) you are probably worse off to watch anything BUT reruns of the Andy Griffith Show.

Bright Idea

July 3rd, 2012
5:45 pm

Far from an Obama supporter here but the fact that so many comments about Andy Griffith drift into politics tells you what a mess our country has become. Watching that show provides a brief break from the insanity but we are so preoccupied with the two party nightmare we won’t let ourselves enjoy it. “Mayor, you beat everthing, you know that, you beat everthing!” Sheriff Andy Taylor while in a tree with a meddling mayor hiding from a bear.

Tommy Tarheel

July 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

Well said Bill. Loved those Darlings.

Michael

July 3rd, 2012
6:08 pm

America would be a better place if it were run by Sheriff Andy Taylor

UGADawg83

July 3rd, 2012
6:14 pm

A batch of Aunt Bea’s kerosene pickles could ruin any good tailgate and folks like 909 and SSIGator can ruin any blog.

long-time dawg

July 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

He was-and is-one of the unforgettable characters of my life. I loved him and will miss him.

GATiger

July 3rd, 2012
6:50 pm

Wow! Thanks for reminding us of that record “What it was was football”. My dad used to play that old 45 over and over and we laughed every time like it was the first time we heard it.

Big time??? Not

July 3rd, 2012
7:00 pm

For all you bumblers who can’t seem to stay off dog sites, I just noticed your sale pitch for 2012. “a season of fun. $99″.

Does it beat four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes? Losers.

SEC Fan

July 3rd, 2012
7:40 pm

The world will continue to revolve about its axis. No big deal.

It's me, it's me - Earnest T...

July 3rd, 2012
7:46 pm

…the best rock thrower in 3 counties. And then he graduated from the 6th grade and Helen couldn’t find words to express what he had learned, so she just said “for learnin”…

Anyone remember when Earnest T was trying to marry Charlene Darlin, and he “stole” her during the ceremony – he’s telling her his virtues and he asks her “how about it”? And under the veil is Barney who says “I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last person on earth!” – great classic stuff -

And DawginLex is correct – Earnest T was only in 4 episodes but it seemed like he was a regular.

Thanks for the memories, Andy, and you, Bill, for providing a walk down memory lane…

Dirty Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Have to correct myself, As it turns out, Face In The Crowd was his first movie. He did No Time For Sergeants on Broadway and, as it turns out, TV, before the movie was made. An interesting change, at least to me, in the movie (NTFS) from he book was that in the movie the Officer that Will Stockdale couldn’t believe, didnt salute, was a female, whereas in the book it was a black man. Guess we weren’t ready for Southern views of life back then.

Mike

July 3rd, 2012
8:03 pm

The great thing about TAGS for me: I watched it with my mom and dad, my daughter watched it with me and her mother, and I’m sure my gdaughter will watch it with her mom and dad, and gma and gpa. The show willnever lose its appeal. Surely heaven would be stopping in at Floyds bshop visiting withFloyd, Goober, Barney,Andy and Opie. Then somehow pass thru time and wind up at the Longbranch with Matt, Kitty, Festus, and Doc.

Dirty Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
8:07 pm

And one more thing, couldn’t let this go by without mentioning my all-time favorite AGS episode…the one where Barney thought he could sing and was all set to perform in the church, or Mayberry, choir. Fact is he was terrible and they convinced him that the mic was so sensitive that he should only whisper – actually mouth – the words, while unknown to Barn they had someone else singing off stage…well perhaps you had to actually see it to appreciate it, but trust me it was great.

Tallcarl

July 3rd, 2012
8:26 pm

Two things Bill, No one has mentioned ”No time for sergeants”. Also I teach English in Colombia (long way from Warner Robins) at a small private school and often reward the kids on Friday after a good week of work. This year I began letting them watch ”The Andy Griffin Show” and they fell in love with it because it has a simple plot, good moral and includesa family sticking together. .. Keep up the great work from a alum that never gives up on our teams. Go Dogs

Tony Clifton

July 3rd, 2012
8:32 pm

What is this article, some kind of redneck joke? Andy Griffin was a good singer, almost as good as me. My favorite Andy Griffin song was Midnight Special.

WELLLLLLLL, IT’S THE MIDNIGHT SPAY-SHULL, SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON MEEEEEEEE, THE FREAKIN MIDNIGHT SPAAAAYY-SHULLLLL, SHINE YOUR EVER LUVIN LIGHT ON MEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Tater in AFG

July 3rd, 2012
9:07 pm

Hearing AG tell the stories of Romeo & Juliet, Carman (the opera), How Christopher Columbus discovered America, and Hamlet will make you wet your pants laughing.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2012
9:19 pm

“Us town drunks have a code we live by!”. What a line. RIP Ange!

bardawg

July 3rd, 2012
10:14 pm

I think that there are soo many wonderful memories of Andy Griffith,I certainly loved the show (until they began broadcasting in color,about the time Don Knotts left the program). I’d have to say the episode when Otis came riding into town on Flossie the cow was priceless,as was the episode when they were building a new underpass and had to corale the “loaded goat”. Nobody will ever come close to recreating the timeless humor we all enjoyed in Andy. May he rest in peace.

Bogey

July 3rd, 2012
10:27 pm

“There once was a deputy named Fife,
He carried a gun and a knife,
The gun was all dusty, the knife was all rusty,
cause he never caught a crook in his life.”

I’ve seen all episodes many times and now look forward to watching them again. RIP, Andy

duronimo

July 3rd, 2012
10:27 pm

Well written piece Bill, and a wonderful break from the usual sports banter. That show offered comedy attached to a moral lesson. Andy’s solutions to life’s problems continue to resonate in the lives of average Americans. It’s great to see every new generaton discovering what America we grew up with.

PLO

July 3rd, 2012
11:03 pm

Yessar, “Permanent Latrine Orderlie”

William

July 3rd, 2012
11:23 pm

RIP, Andy. My all time favorite show. You will be missed. You were like a second father to me growing up. I’m so sad right now.

RED DOG 77

July 4th, 2012
12:19 am

I grew-up watching Andy and loved every minute of his shows………..Now is the time to mourn, my friends…………..But remember on the 4th and past, Andy made a grave mistake by backing the Socialist Obama……………We ARE losing our country, and that is far more important than any football game or team…………..God Bless America…………Now is the time to fight for your country my friends…………Make your voices heard this November………….RED

bill

July 4th, 2012
12:32 am

No Time for Sergeants is an excellent movie-check it out. Also, AG could play some very evil characters. A very good villian. An excellent actor all around. A lot of well known actors came out of the old Mayberry show.

ccb

July 4th, 2012
2:14 am

REDDOG77. Please go Tea Bag yourself. People like you are the reason Andy was so special. Go live in a redneck cult and wait for Machete. Peace…

Red Dawn

July 4th, 2012
3:51 am

Andy Griffith Show is my favorite TV program of all
time!! In Nashville, Tn I watch back to back esp’s
that come on at 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm and sleep
like at baby after ti goes off!!

Columbus Dawg

July 4th, 2012
5:46 am

Andy Griffith trivia, While it is true that Earnest T was only in four episodes, Howard Morris also played the part of “George” the TV Repair Man in one episode.

RED, you are so right, and ccb, you are a blithering idiot.

legionaire

July 4th, 2012
6:21 am

I was in high school when he die the “what it was was football” , Enjoyed his series over the years because the whole family could watch. It made me sick when he decided to shill for AARP and their backing of Obamacare. I lost respect in him as a man but not his acting ability.

65dawg

July 4th, 2012
7:54 am

As a skinny college kid in the early sixties, I worked in the summers for a Georgia Power construction crew, working for the same foreman every summer for four years. He thought I looked like Barney Fife, so naturally that became his nickname for me. Until his death, just a few years ago, he called me Barney every time I saw him. What an honor to be linked to the greatest TV show ever!!!!

Columbus Dawg

July 4th, 2012
8:03 am

Hey Bill, hate to change subject but chatter on another blog concerning academic eligibility problems for Big John Jenkins. Can you try to find info on this?

Neutral

July 4th, 2012
8:59 am

Goodness sakes Mr 909…….this is not about UGa issues or about GT rapist coaches, GT players arrested in Athens or even GT’s probation or even GT murderous former basketball player. let it go dude and quit throwing stones in your glass house. P.S. Great article about a great man….thanks Bill.

AltamahaDawg

July 4th, 2012
10:21 am

Sure I can sing acapella. Aaaa Ca pellaaaa.

Dirty Dawg

July 4th, 2012
10:25 am

ccb…if you haven’t figured it out by now, folks like red dog and columbus will never admit they’re wrong so what’s the use in trying to convince em? They’ve become part of a ‘movement’ that has given themselves over to hate, greed and bigotry. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve always been with us only that at one time we shrugged, or laughed, em off – you know the J.B. Stoners of our past – a past that sadly, is revisiting us…in spades. Andy Griffith was a good man, with wonderful values…and what’s up with these folks that have a problem with the US attempting to improve its healthcare ’system’, or at least make it available to even ‘the least of us’?

441North

July 4th, 2012
1:34 pm

Wrong or right, I’m her to fight…………………..

441North

July 4th, 2012
1:35 pm

Uhhh……here

Mr. Dawg

July 4th, 2012
4:06 pm

Great article Bill. The day of Andy’s passing coincided with the birthday of my Grandpa who passed away 8 years ago. Grandpa was a man who valued American history and had a great sense of humor. I believe I inherited both. TAGS is my favorite TV show of all time. In a tribute to both men and in recognition of the July 4 holiday which we celebrated with Grandpa along side his birthday every year when I was growing up, I posted a YouTube video on my Facebook Page. The video is lifted from a TAGS episode where Barney brags to Andy that he still has memorized the Preamble to the US Constitution as written in his eighth grade high school history book which he had dug up. I’m sure you know the scene. Barney as it turns out can’t recall a single word of it and Andy with book in hand ultimately guides him through it from begining to end even breaking up words by syllable. Like you said, No jokes or punchlines. Just two of the great characters in TV history in on of their many, many great and hilarious scenes together

BiggDawgK

July 4th, 2012
4:08 pm

If you want to see an example of how great a dramatic actor Andy was as well check out A Face In The Crowd. It’s a role unlike anything else he ever did and it is more relevant today than ever.

441North

July 4th, 2012
4:29 pm

Ol’ man Kelsey’s ocean ! ! !

Danny Wofford

July 4th, 2012
6:21 pm

Andy Griffith was the greatest! I loved the show and still watch it faithfully although I have seen all the episodes. I never tire of the special nature of that show. There was no violence, hatred, or bigotry…just good stories that captivated the sensibilities.

Rabid Dawg'84

July 5th, 2012
12:10 am

How about teh deep throaty voice, “Hello, Doll” and the high pitched, “Oh, Berney!” I surely hope that eh is with the Lord Jesus.

Rabid Dawg'84

July 5th, 2012
12:27 am

Bass:
“The only thing betwixt me and sweet love is a …uniform”

Rabid Dawg'84

July 5th, 2012
12:44 am

Turning 50 and got an AARP card and app in the mail. I wrote on it, “YOU SUPPORTED OBAMACARE, SO I WOULDN’T JOIN YOU’RE CRAPPY LIBERAL ORGANIZATION. STOP TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY!’

RED DOG 77

July 5th, 2012
1:07 am

Dirty Dawg, and ccb……….Actually what is so very sad is people like yourselves fail to study history. History will prove without any doubt Socialism has never worked. Hate? you say hate?……Give me one example of Socialism working. Dirty Dawg, you implied perhaps you may be a member of the “least of us”…………..and that Obama was making healthcare available to you…………Nosereebobtail Dirty Dawg………..Columbus Dawg and I make or rather are forced to pay for your healthcare…………Yup, we work, you sit, eat pizza, drink beer collect food stamps, support a government who puts a gun to my head so you can have what you are not willing to work for…………And you say hate? I work and lazy losers like you take from me and you say hate?…………..Dirty Dawg I grew-up in the 60s and am one birthday away from being 60………I have always stood against racism, bigotry and the like…………..This has nothing to do with race, and you know it………….Perhaps you are the racist…………We know you are the thief………And you say hate?………………Read and study, the truth will set you free…………….RED

hws

July 5th, 2012
7:49 am

well said red dog

Festus dog

July 5th, 2012
8:16 am

Man it’s the best show ever. There are so many favorites and so many funny lines. One i haven’t heard mention is when Barney and Gomer were having to get Andy and Helen out of the cave. Barney was in charge and having to round everyone up. He told Gomer to go get his stupid cousin Goober, And Gomer says he aint stupid, Barney say’s what, Gomer say’s he aint stupid, He might be ugly but he aint stupid, LOL…… So Funny. Thanks Bill for letting us all remember. Love Andy and all the characters.

Old Dawg

July 5th, 2012
8:29 am

Andy Griffith’s character on the show reminds me of my father. He had rules, but he also had a brain and heart to help us through our problems.

I agree that the show’s the best depiction of a father-son relationship. If only more shows would work to heighten their presentation of those relationships. I think we’d all be better off than what we have now.

Very nice piece, Bill. Go Dawgs!!

Hatfieldgeoff

July 5th, 2012
9:23 am

Hey Holy Guacamole,

One of the basic problems with this country today is everyone forming their opinion of others on how they vote on election day. Andy Griffith was an American with the right to voice his political opinion, just like every other American. I don’t like John Wayne any less because he was a Republican. If you think less of anyone because of their political affiliation alone that is you shortcoming. And unfortunantly one you share with far too many Americans.

J.T. Keene

July 5th, 2012
9:45 am

I could be wrong and I know someone will correct me, but I think Ernest T. was in 5 episodes. One when he was called I think “Ralph”. He played a t.v. repairman, Andy & Helen were on a picnic and Helen left the key to the house under the mat and Barney brought him out and interrupted the picnic because Barney didn’t agree with what Ralph said needed to be done to fix the t.v.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2012
10:13 am

“I don’t like John Wayne any less because he was a Republican.”

Well, obviously.

Crowell's bail bondsman

July 5th, 2012
11:27 am

Greatness… 1980 national championship. Best team ever. Alabama/Florida stink forever.

'94 UGA Alumnus

July 5th, 2012
11:53 am

Great post Bama in Atlanta.

Class of '98

July 5th, 2012
11:59 am

I too love Andy Griffith, but the advertisement he did a couple years ago in favor of Obamacare was very dissapointing.

BP85

July 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

TallaDawg-
The young lady’s name was Ramona, and Ernest T. pronounced it, “Romena.”
The cast of Mayberry will live on through us and future generations forever. The greatest show of all-time.

Frank

July 5th, 2012
5:28 pm

Enter your comments here
I went to boarding school in the North. The others make fun of me because of my southern accent. When they show came on the next year, Andy made me proud to have one. And in the face of that immature kidding, I chose to rise above it. And you know what, so did they. By the ninth grade everyone in my class could do a really good, dignified, southern accent. And the guy from Vermont did one of the best “Barneys” — ever.

However, my Floyd had no equal.

Frank

July 5th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ernest T was is six. He told me this back in the early 80’s when I hired him to direct a TV commercial.

David

July 5th, 2012
6:15 pm

One of my all time favorites was Barney’s Jinx breakers:

“Fly away buzzards, fly away crows, way down south where the winds don’t blow. Rub your nose and give two winks and rid us of this terrible jinx.”

I still use it today and it’s finally beginning to work against Florida a little!

Poor old Henry though had really bad luck…he pulled the hat size 7 3/8 out of the hat when they had rigged the drawing. If this doesn’t ring a bell, you haven’t watched enough Andy Griffith Shows.

I feel like I lost a family member.

Spanky

July 5th, 2012
7:02 pm

Earnet T Bass, LOL!! I smile when I think of the Georgraphy lesson he learned : “Pastific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Old-Man Chelsea’s Crick, Old-Man Chelsea’s Ocean!!”

FLA DAWG

July 5th, 2012
8:29 pm

Bill,

I absolutely loved the guy. He and Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show were often the best part of my day growing up.

I must admit his commercials a couple of years ago that tried to put the fears of the elderly at ease with Obama cutting about a half a trillion dollars from Medicare to pay for Obamacare disappointed me in the man at the end though.

Sam

July 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

I’m saving my Andy Griffith DVD’s because, when the going gets rough, I always want to be able to return to Mayberry. Of course, you want to go back before Barney left town. After that it wasn’t the same.

Sam

July 5th, 2012
8:36 pm

By the way, Bill, that comment about TV Land was right on target.

RED DOG 77

July 6th, 2012
1:05 am

I simply loved Andy’s acting and southern charm as stated earlier. To those who would disagree with me, that’s ok too, but our country is litterally on the brink. When government takes from one to give to another, that’s Socialism……………That has never worked in the history of man, and never will. When a man takes what he has earned and freely gives to those without, that is charity, or love………..and as the Bible says……….Is the greatest thing of all…………….God Bless……………RED

Hobnail Boot

July 6th, 2012
7:50 am

Nice article, Bill. Andy was indeed a great story teller. RIP Andy…

Jimmyraybillybob

July 6th, 2012
9:45 am

One of the best t.v. shows ever! You’re right, Andy made that show even though it seemed that others often got the punch lines. I too loved the father and son relationship that Andy and Opie had. And if you wonder about the show’s demographic appeal, a few years ago for an event held on our town square, I dressed up like Barney, complete with bullet in my pocket. At one point I even direccted traffic in typical Barney fashion. I was a rock star! Adults and children loved it b/c it was like Barney was there. That show added so muchto our pop culture, unlike today’s shows.

DawgStudent2013

July 6th, 2012
1:32 pm

I will never forget how my Dad taught me to whistle using the Andy Griffith theme song when I was a little boy. We used to watch it every weekend when he was home and we’d watch TAGS and I’d practice my whistling over and over. Great man.

FLA DAWG

July 6th, 2012
6:59 pm

An American Icon. A heck of a good / natural actor. Gave Jim Nabors his first shot. Gave our entire country something to remember about what we should be all about.
Pity he was hoodwinked by Democrats into doing commercials to ease the fears of seniors regarding obummers cutting of almost 500 billion from medicare.

The man has the right to voice his opinion. He has little right to present himself as an expert on obummercare when even the dems didn’t know what was fully in it.

Of course this is just my opinion.

FLA DAWG

July 6th, 2012
7:31 pm

I am not reposting.

Someone is reposting my earlier blog under my name.

FLA DAWG
Class of ‘79

FLA DAWG

July 6th, 2012
7:46 pm

He should’a married Ellie.

I mean, Hellen Crump!?

Sussex Club

July 7th, 2012
12:10 pm

My favorite line was Barney saying:

” Nip it in the bud “

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

July 7th, 2012
12:30 pm

We agree, the osama ben obama commercial was waaaaay toooo much.

The REAL sugarHillDawg

July 7th, 2012
12:46 pm

I woulda loved him even more if he hadn’t been a Obamacare HACK .

Reagan Democrat

July 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

George W. Bush ruined this country
with his socialistic ‘bail out’ of the crooked bankrupt corporations.

Corporate Welfare Socialism
thanks to the Bush/Cheney Administration.

Brainiac(Dawg/Richt fan for life)

July 7th, 2012
1:38 pm

Bill:

My math concludes that you are now 64 years old!!!!!!!!!!

Is that picture of you or your father/grandfather???

If it is you I believe you have a case against your photographer!!!!!!

I’m 73 and that picture looks consiserably older than me!!!!!!!

Just kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the great work and boot ALL the idiots that continue to claim CMR recruits thugs only. Most of said “thugs” were heavily recruited by many other prominent teams. CMR has to adhere to a lot of restrictions that would not cause a raised eyebrow at most other schools.

Bill King

July 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

Brainiac:
Your math is off. I graduated from UGA in 1974.

Vote Obama!

July 7th, 2012
9:33 pm

If you enjoy mediocrity! Romney probably won’t be much better, but it can’t get any worse.