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Mayberry – and the rest of us – in mourning

Post by Cheryl Tucker on July 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm with 2 Comments »
July 3, 2012 2:15 pm
"The Andy Griffith Show" starred Don Knotts, from left, Ron Howard and Griffith, who died Tuesday at age 86. (Viacom/The Associated Press)

You know you’re getting old when your favorite TV characters – I mean actors – from your youth start passing away.

In February, baby boomers were shocked by the death of “the cute Monkee,” Davy Jones. Today we learned that Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor – Andy Griffith – has died. (I think a little confusion comes from the fact that their TV characters had the same first names as the actors.)

Jones’ death at 66 was more of a surprise than Griffith’s; he was 86, after all. But if my reaction this morning upon hearing of Griffith’s passing – a few spontaneous tears – is any indication, this one will be little tougher to process.

To many of us who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s watching “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960-68) on one of only three channels, Sheriff Andy was the warm, kind neighbor we wished we had in real life. We watched him wisely deal with his mischievous son Opie; feisty Aunt Bee; and the barely competent deputy whose name, Barney Fife, became synonymous with hick-town police everywhere. We all wished we could go fishing with Andy, whistling all the way to the crick.

Later, of course, Griffith would play a country lawyer in “Matlock,” but for those of us who were kids when “The Andy Griffith Show” aired, we’d always think of him as Sheriff Andy.

The last role I saw him in was as the crusty, profane diner owner in “Waitress.” I thought he was great, although Aunt Bee would have washed his mouth out with soap.

Thanks for the memories, Andy.

 

 

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  1. Sroldguy says:

    “To many of us who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s watching “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960-68) on one of only three channels.”

    KING (5) November 25, 1948
    KTNT (11) March 1, 1953
    KTVW (13) August 2, 1953
    KOMO (4) December 10, 1953
    KIRO (7) February 8, 1958

  2. cheryltucker says:

    I didn’t live here during that time. We lived in a small town in central Texas. Three channels was all we could get with our rabbit ears antenna!

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