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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 …

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