Another American icon has departed. Andy Griffith, star of TV and movies, humorist, guitarist and singer, was a guy everyone thought they knew. Losing him is almost like losing a family member. From all accounts, he was as good in private life as the one he usually portrayed on the screen.
He's best remembered as Andy Taylor, sheriff of Mayberry, tolerating in good humor Deputy Barney Fife and offering “good sense” parenting to his son, Opie, played by Ron Howard. Howard describes Andy as a second father, a man who planned the show around his school and little league baseball. The scenes were priceless Americana. Whatever was happening in our own lives, we could count on laughs once a week with “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Norman Rockwell, in the twilight of his life, was asked if he thought his paintings really portrayed American life. He replied, “Maybe, or maybe just the way things ought to be.” Perhaps the lights of Mayberry have dimmed, but the place will forever live in our dreams as “the way things ought to be.” Thanks, Andy. You'll always be America's favorite sheriff.
Randall Orr, Oklahoma City
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