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(68,644 posts)
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 05:22 PM Jul 2012

Thank you, Sheriff Taylor, the dad I never had.

I probably owe more to Andy Griffith and the skills he portrayed as a father on the Andy Griffith show for my upbringing than to any other male figure ever alive.

I came up on a defunct due to death asparagus ranch, raised by grandmother in a home with mom and sister, four years older, and attended a two-teacher eight-grade school.

Like Mayberry, I was raised in a rural setting, without even running drinking water (we had to go to a well to refill what fed a single kitchen spigot).

We had a Black and White TV that my mom bought my grandfather with her first paycheck.

Three years and 14 days younger than Ron Howard, Opie was the boy I longed to be.

And Andy was the dad that I never had, but for lack of any other came to teach me values, and morals, and kindness and goodness, and how to be happy with just the way things are, and without preaching about it.

Thanks, Sheriff. Thanks, Pop.

Rest In Peace.

PS: Fact is, my DU user name is inspired by Barney, who was once heard to say, "Andy, I think we got us an SKP!" (escapee)

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Thank you, Sheriff Taylor, the dad I never had. (Original Post) NYC_SKP Jul 2012 OP
What a beautiful post malaise Jul 2012 #1
you said it for me Thank you TeamPooka Jul 2012 #2
Is that a bullet in your pocket... pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #3
Often posted here: Andy on the Patriot Act. NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #4
Barney was just a little bit rusty on the Constitution... pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #5
His HAIR! ROFL! NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #6
The hair is what got me, too pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #8
Rusty is a euphemism malaise Jul 2012 #7
Perfect video to email for the Fouth of July progressoid Jul 2012 #9
That Barney. What a character. And Andy is such a great straight man.... Honeycombe8 Jul 2012 #12
ROFL ananda Jul 2012 #14
No Dad here, either. Slightly older. Faygo Kid Jul 2012 #10
Touching story. JohnnyLib2 Jul 2012 #11
CNN aired a clip of their last interview with Andy... pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #13
You're my Mayberry brother, SKP nolabear Jul 2012 #15
Atticus! pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #16
Wonderful post.... KoKo Jul 2012 #17


(53,339 posts)
3. Is that a bullet in your pocket...
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 05:39 PM
Jul 2012

...or are you just happy to see me?

Out of that whole series, I think the most memorable, funny thing, was Barney having a single bullet that he had to keep in his pocket.

And, of course, there was the memorable opening...



(68,644 posts)
4. Often posted here: Andy on the Patriot Act.
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 05:50 PM
Jul 2012

Though from the less nostalgic "living color" years of the AGS, it demonstrates lessons unlikely to be seen in any of today's television series.

Thanks, pinboy3niner!


(37,648 posts)
12. That Barney. What a character. And Andy is such a great straight man....
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 06:47 PM
Jul 2012

I mean "straight" in the sense of the one who doesn't have the funny lines, of course.

Faygo Kid

(21,477 posts)
10. No Dad here, either. Slightly older.
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 06:35 PM
Jul 2012

Nine when the show debuted in 1960. Much older now. My heroes were Andy and Al Kaline. I chose well.


(53,339 posts)
13. CNN aired a clip of their last interview with Andy...
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 06:48 PM
Jul 2012

...in which he said, "The theme of our show was love."


(41,928 posts)
15. You're my Mayberry brother, SKP
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 07:23 PM
Jul 2012

I wanted him to be my dad too. Him and Atticus Finch. That kindness, respect for his son while guiding him in the way he thought he should go, it's the way children should be raised. I had a dad but it was a far cry from what I needed. Interestingly, I married a man whose family hails from those NC mountains, and have spent a good deal of time in "Mayberry" over the years, really Mt. Airy, Pilot Mountain, Fancy Gap VA, and those gorgeous, gorgeous Smokies. They're in mourning there. As I am here.


(53,339 posts)
16. Atticus!
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 07:48 PM
Jul 2012

Actually, I had a good dad but I lost him in my junior year of HS when he died at the age of 49. Unlike some here, I never felt the lack of a father figure because my dad was there when I was growing up. But I sure did miss him later, at those important times of my life that I would have loved to share with him.

If your guy's from NC, he probably is familiar with Cheer Wine. I lost a friend in VN who was from Salisbury, and I was introduced to Cheer Wine when I visited his brother there. NC has every right to be proud of their local soft drink. It's great!


(84,711 posts)
17. Wonderful post....
Tue Jul 3, 2012, 08:00 PM
Jul 2012

Some of those TV stars from those days were incredible inspirations to those of us who grew up rural in compromised family situations...and thrived on being able see other family situations portrayed on those black and white TV's.

Replacement parental figures. The "Father Knows Best series"... (Robert Young) was my stand in father. Sheriff Taylor was my Brother's "father" role model. Since my brother died last year, this brings back some powerful memories.

There's not much of that around in the TV Wonderland these days that show examples to kids who truly need to have that kind of inspiration in their lives, sadly. I'm glad some of us had that opportunity though.

Andy Griffith's show was that kind of experience.


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