Andy Griffith had nothing to do with GIjOE. But I wanted to mention his passing today because he was a very important part of my life. Like most children of the 1960s, I grew up with Andy and Barney, Opie and Aunt Bee, Thelma Lou and Helen, Goober and Gomer and Floyd the Barber.
The quaint, intimate Andy Griffith Show brought Andy’s fictional town of Mayberry to life and became one of my favorite shows. I don’t know if it even still exists, but I was once a member of the Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watcher’s Club (AGSRWC); a club dedicated to nothing more than sitting around, watching and enjoying reruns of the show. What a great idea!
I remember receiving monthly newsletters for years, complete with information about cast reunions, interviews with the stars and more. I bought and read books about the show. I followed Andy and Don Knotts into their movie careers, then back to television on shows like Three’s Company and Matlock. Those programs were fine, but never came close to capturing the magic of the original Andy Griffith Show.
Though no longer a dues-paying member of the AGSRWC, I continue to return to Mayberry regularly on my own, to revisit America’s favorite “Pa” in one of my all-time favorite shows. Read more about Andy Griffith’s wonderful life HERE.