Farewell, Andy Griffith———TV Icon Dead at 86

In the show, Griffith’s character was a widower, raising his son with the help of his Aunt Bee. Griffith and talented child actor Ron Howard (l) convincingly portrayed a warm and loving Father-Son relationship throughout the run of the series. (Photo: CBS)

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.

Griffith receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush in 2005. (Photo: Reuters)

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.

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3 thoughts on “Farewell, Andy Griffith———TV Icon Dead at 86

  1. kneonknight says:

    Andy Griffith was not only a fine actor, but had a successful comedy career as well. My father owned several of his albums, and the material still is still hilarious over half a century later. Even better, it’s kid safe, with no foul language. Well worth the price if you can find them on DVD.

  2. milton says:

    He was like a member of
    The family, and will be truely missed.

  3. Gary says:

    I still have the Andy Griffith Show tune in my head….it’s a part of me! “Andy Taylor” taught us morals and values. I agree he will be truly missed…

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