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26 February 2006 @ 02:07 pm
Barney  
I was born in Orangeburg, SC and came to Charleston when I was about 3. Despite this, I feel that part of me grew upin the same place as millions of others - in Mayberry, NC.

Every week I saw life unfold in this ficticious town. The days were almost always sunny and the nights shirtsleeve pleasant. Aside from watching town drunk Otis Campbell lock himself up or the occaisional capture of rock tossing hillbilly Ernest T Bass, law and order was an easy task for Andy and Barney.

Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife.....opposites who worked as a well oiled machine. They made us laugh and feel safe. How surprising it was to learn in later years that Andy was the hyperactive, over anxious one and Don Knotts was the cool, collected part of the team. I was also mildly surprised to learn that the actor who played always-snockered Otis Campbell was actually a tea-totler and had never had a drop of alcohol in his life! Direct opposites of their characters. It didn't matter, becase we loved Andy and Barney. And Opie was the brother or cousin we though would be nice to have while Aunt Bee was the symbol of the maternal figure that we all came to cherish. Otis and Ernest T and all the other characters were dear to us too. Mayberry was a part of our lives and I don't know many who didn't feel a sense of loss when the Andy Griffith show aired its final episode in 1968.

Likewise, a part of us died when Aunt Bee died about 10 years ago. And again we feel the loss as Don Knotts passed away this weekend. I'll never forget Barney fumbling with his one bullet as he tried to load his gun. Probably my favorite Barney moment was when he administered a sobriety test to a clearly pickled Otis. (Otis passed with flying colors....Barney flunked horribly!!)

Part of Americana died Friday. Fortunately Barney Fife will protect Mayberry forever in our hearts.
 
 
Current Mood: Kinda Sad
 
 
 
mystchainsister on February 27th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
*nods*
yes, i made note of it in my lj also.

It saddened me!
kajiracadkajiracad on February 28th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
blessings from strange directions
a fluke of Fate or someone's failure to follow-thru, whichever it was, my being sent home from work early yesterday enabled me to watch the Today show, during which Andy Griffith talked about his long-time buddy, who he forever teased by calling him Jesse after learning that was his real name and he hated it. Andy spoke of how they met,how Deputy Fife got added to the script , why that character didn't return for the reprisal show Mayberry RFD, and about his last visit with his dying friend. he wasn't the only person wiping away the tears at the end of that interview.

wholeinmysoul on February 28th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: blessings from strange directions
I wish I could have seen that interveiw.