Wednesday, July 4, 2012

RIP Andy Griffith

It's hard to ever forget that opening scene with Andy and Opie, fishing poles in hand, and all that light hearted whistling in the background.  No man would want to.   And I'm quite certain it was those acts of simple 1930's era good common sense that, without ever an exception, always weaved itself through  the Mayberry RFD story line --  along with those southern manners which were  above all else so central within Andy and the people of Mayberry --- that appealed to so many of us for so long. In some small part, that kind of home spun tolerance is what drew this "yankee" Buffalo boy to open the door towards ultimately becoming a southerner himself.  I've lived in the South for thirty-two years and I can't think of one thing about it that appeals to me more then to still witness some semblance of those old Andy Griffith southern ways shine through.   In the early to late 1960's when the show aired, every boy without a father in his life longed to be part of  that  opening scene.  Andy Griffith gave it to us.  I kind of want to thank him for that.  My condolences to his family. RIP Andy.