|Andy Griffith (1926 - 2012)|
"Mornin' ladies, my goodness don't you look happy!
Must be cuttin' somebody up pretty good."
~Sheriff of Mayberry, Andy Taylor
As Americans everywhere were celebrating the Fourth of July weekend in 2012, some very sad news arrived. Andy Griffith passed away at the age of 86. And just about everyone from the very young, to the very old knew exactly who this man was, and was saddened by the news. He was Sheriff Andy Taylor--he was Ben Matlock. If you were too young to remember the shows when they were first on television, you remember watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock (and still can just about any time day or night). I saw an interview with Andy Griffith, and in it, he said he saw himself as a storyteller. He certainly was. And he surrounded himself with a cast of some of the most unique actors, who portrayed some of the most interesting characters in television history to tell those stories. There had never been prior, nor is there ever likely to be another cast quite like the one that populated the fictional town of Mayberry. It seems like everyone took a moment over the weekend to pause, and remember all the hours we've spent with him in our living rooms watching him on television, and feeling as if we knew him.
|Recieving Medal of Freedom from President Bush--|
still think he should have worn the grey Matlock suit
Was he a Freemason? Andy Griffith was one of those individuals that when I was writing my Famous American Freemasons series I checked on--along with Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Don Knotts, Peter Falk, etc. That was my "wish list" when I was looking for Freemasons to profile in my books. His name did appear on a few lists at the time, and I had very much hoped he would be somebody I could include in my books. However, Andy Griffith was not a Freemason. Although as I've said about others in the past, he certainly possessed all the prerequisites. Freemason or not, what a great legacy he left behind, that I'm sure Americans will continue to enjoy for generations to come.
Goodbye Andy. You will be missed.
What was your favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show? Mine has to be (and I think my dad would agree) the one where the goat ate a box of dynamite . . . what's yours?