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Thank You, Andy Griffith!

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Andy Griffith dies at 86

Gosh, what can you say about Andy Griffith, who died today at the age of 86?

Always such a presence in our lives and pop culture, his portrayal of the kind and gentle Sheriff Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show will be in our hearts forever. Thank you for many years of joy and happiness, Andy.

Here’s what Ron Howard (@realronhoward) tweeted earlier today:

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In honor of Andy Griffith’s life, here’s one of my favorite episodes from season one, “The Guitar Player.”

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  1. I loved Aunt Bea’s turpentine pickle episode and any episode with The Darlings. “Not that one, Pa…it makes me cry!” and “The boys are talkative today.”

    • Jane Boursaw

       @FrugalKiwi Love the Darlings. SO many great characters came out of that show. Truly amazing the impact it’s had on our culture. 
      I actually have “Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook” – filled with fun trivia and recipes. http://amzn.to/LPIicL

  2. They still play The Andy Griffith Show on our local station at 12:30 in the afternoon. So very sad to loose such an American pop culture icon.

  3. I used to love this show as a child. He seemed like such a genuinely good guy, as did every character on it.

  4. MyKidsEatSquid

    He did seem like he was as good guy in person as he was on the show. He will be missed.

  5. I loved the Andy Griffith show as a kid (and adult). I agree with Sheryl’s comment, too.

  6. I was so sad to hear the news. Often when I’m poking around the house, I’ll turn on TV Land and watch / listen to old episodes.

  7. Andy Griffith was part of my childhood. I can count the number of episodes I’ve watched and re-watched. It’s sad to see him go.

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