Volume 8, Issue 2
April 10, 2008
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An Online newsletter of
“The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
Volume 8, Issue 2
April 10, 2008
Welcome to our early Spring issue of The eBullet for 2008! We’ve been waiting on some last-minute event updates, so we’re a few days late with issue, which was scheduled to be out in late March.
This year’s activities around Mayberry are starting to hit full stride. We’ve already had the super George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival last month. Here are some highlights of what’s coming up:
**** Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar ****
* April 18-20: LeRoy McNees and Roland White of Mayberry’s Country Boys (Kentucky Colonels) will be performing as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Ash Grove that is being hosted by UCLA. Both LeRoy and Roland will be participating in a tribute to fellow Country Boy (and Roland’s brother) and guitar legend Clarence White, and LeRoy will also be part of a gospel concert on Sunday. For more info, visit http://www.ashgrovemusic.com/Pages/UCLA_event.htm.
* April 24-25: Back to Mayberry festival benefiting Eagles’
Wings, a foundation supporting adults with special needs in
Eagles’ Wings, Inc. 3rd Annual Mayberry Dinner and Auction will be held at The Zone in Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the
Mayberry tribute artists will entertain. Tribute artists confirmed include David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Allan “Floyd” Newsome, Jeff “Howard Sprague” Branch, Jamie “Opie” Sullivan, and Kenneth “Otis” Junkin.
Othere details are TBA soon. For more info, call 205-345-5484 or visit http://www.eagleswingsoftuscaloosa.org.
3: 21st Annual Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic in
* May 7: David Browning is on duty for
Senior Day/TRIAD in
* May 10: LeRoy McNees, wife Jan and the Bluegrass Gospel Band will be leading a Mother’s Day chapel service for the Parkfield Bulegrass Festival in Parkfield, Calif. For more info, visit http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.com.
* June 15:
LeRoy and Jan McNees lead the chapel service for the
33rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in
* June 21: David Browning shines a the Greenville (Tenn.) Astros game.
* June 28 & 29: James Best appears at DukesFest at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. David Browning will be on hand for crowd uncontrol on the 28th as well. Visit http://www.dukesfest.com for more info.
July 5: Doug and Rodney Dillard
and their band perform at the 22nd Annual Sally
Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival in
* July 9: Jim Nabors is in concert at the American Music Theatre in
* July 11-13: LeRoy
at the Ernest T. Bass-approved Athy Bluegrass Festival in
* July 12: 8th Annual Mayberry Squad Car
Nationals in conjunction with the 4th Annual Mayberry Comes to
Graysville festival in
* July 18 and 19: Don Knotts Birthday Celebration
* July 25: David Browning slides into
* July 26: David “Mayberry Deputy”
Browning is on the path for fun (and how!) for the
* July 30: Everyone hopes his socks aren’t
too porous and the tightly-knit crowd doesn’t unravel when David
Browning tells yarns at the
* Aug. 1: David Browning’s back to rock
the stadium at the
* Aug. 2: David Browning is a sight to see at the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists game.
* Aug. 5: David Browning is on patrol for
National Night Out in
* Aug. 9: Doug and Rodney Dillard
and their band and their TV sister Maggie Peterson Mancuso
perform at the Second Annual Mayberry in
Troy, a fundraiser for the Montgomery County DARE program in
* Aug. 21-23: David Browning makes the
circuit, first for Food City Family Race Night on Thurs. and then for
the NASCAR scene on Fri. and Sat. at the
* Aug. 30: David Browning makes the rounds
on the diamond for the Mississippi Braves game in
* Sept. 25-28: 19th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C. Stars confirmed so far include Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Betty Lynn, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, James Best, Jackie Joseph, Elizabeth MacRae, LeRoy McNees and George Spence. For more info, visit: http://www.surryarts.org.
* Nov. 1-6: A
Cruise to Mayberry (click here for more info and photos of
past cruises) to the
**** News of Cast & Crew ****
There was a nice
big story about Andy Griffith in the February 17
No release date has been announced yet for Play the Game, the movie Andy filmed last fall. The film also features Rance Howard and Clint Howard.
Ron Howard is currently in post-production for the film version of Frost/Nixon, based on the hit play about David Frost’s interviews with Richard Nixon after he resigned. The film is scheduled for release on June 30. And Ron is still in pre-production as director for Angels & Demons, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code that also stars Tom Hanks. The release date for the film, originally set for release next Christmas, has been pushed back until May 2009 because of the writers strike.
George Lindsey appeared in an American TV Icon segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel that aired the first Friday in March.
The video clip of that interview is not yet up on O’Reilly’s Web site, but here’s a link that does have the interview: http://www.geevideos.com/watch/3447101021/o%e2%80%99reilly-factor-george-lindesy-fox-news. This version has a few annoying advertising graphics with it, but as Goober once said, it’s “better than nothin’.”
And the 11th Annual George
Lindsey/UNA Film Festival was another huge success that same weekend as
the O’Reilly inteview. The
library at the
|ABOUT FACE--George Lindsey mugs for the camera with Billy Bob Thornton during George’s film festival at the University of North Alabama. Photo courtesy of UNA.|
And this year’s special guest was Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. He was joined by Lucas Black and Natalie Canerday for a Sling Blade cast reunion that drew overflow crowds.
Betty Lynn was a
featured speaker for the “Best of Our State” conference hosted by
Mayberry maestro Earle Hagen is back home and doing well after a short hospital stay to get some heart matters squared away.
LeRoy McNees is
just getting back from a missionary trip to
Barbara Perry (Floss and other characters around Mayberry) checked in with us to say she’s been doing fine and enjoys staying in touch with Mayberry news. Her most recent film role was as “Old Woman” in a swimming pool scene in Mr. Woodcock, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon and Amy Poehler.
We’re sad to report that actor Jim Begg, who played different characters in four episodes
of TAGS, died on February. 15. He
was 69. He was born
His live-action acting work consisted mostly of
small parts in an interesting variety of films.
His four appearances on TAGS were as movie character
George in “
Jim appeared in two episodes of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and one episode of “Mayberry R.F.D.” He was also in The Village of the Giants, Grand Theft Auto and an episode of “Happy Days” with Ron Howard. And he was in the Don Knotts features The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Love God? and in The Cat from Outer Space with Ken Berry and Ronnie Schell. He also provided the voice of Scoots in “Cattanooga Cats.”
Private services were held for Jim Begg in Sherman Oaks and he was buried at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund or Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
**** Update on Mayberry’s Finest Line of Packaged Foods ****
The full line of canned goods and baking mixes is now available in hundreds of stores and also online (with the additional offering of mail-order gift baskets) at the Mayberry’s Finest Web site at www.mayberrysfinest.com. The Web site has an up-to-date list of stores and precise locations (organized by state) in its Foley’s Market section.
Keep an eye out for Mayberry’s Finest at your favorite store. If you don’t find the products in the store where you shop, ask the store manager if the store can stock the items for you and others.
On the Mayberry’s Finest site, you can also listen to their catchy jingle by the 2006 and 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals, who are the official spokes-group for Mayberry’s Finest.
And here’s another tidbit about Mayberry’s Finest…they have a page on MySpace at www.myspace.com/mayberrysfinestfoods. If you’re a MySpacer, drop by and tell ‘em hey.
Breaking News: As of April 2, The Mayberry’s Finest Recipe Contest has been suspended and postponed until a later time. It’s sort of like the time Aunt Bee was called out of town to take care of Maude, Cousin Edgar’s wife, when she came down with the bursitis. The folks at Mayberry’s Finest want to make sure that Aunt Bee’s back in Mayberry and has everything in apple-pie order at home before proceeding with this nationwide contest.
And besides, if Mayberry’s Finest had completed the contest as quickly as originally projected, then whooosh, it would be over too fast, especially for Mayberry, where folks like things to be slower.
We’ll have an update about when the contest resumes in a future issue. When the contest does restart, there will be plenty of time for everybody to be notified and get their entries in. And anybody who has already entered the contest need not worry. Your entry will still be valid when the contest resumes. You’ll be receiving details about what’s going on with the contest directly from Mayberry’s Finest.
Meanwhile, use this extra time in the kitchen to perfect those recipes made using Mayberry’s Finest!
**** Chapter Update ****
We have two new chapters since the last eBullet:
Barney’s Front Porch Cider Sippers and Car Counters
That brings our total number of chapters founded to 1,324. If you’re interested in starting a chapter of TAGSRWC, all you need to do is pick a name that has not already been chosen, and submit it with a list of your founding members by postal mail.
What you do as a chapter is entirely up to you. Your group can do as much or
as little as you like. Or
write to us also if you would like to contact a chapter near you. Our address is TAGSRWC,
**** Merchandise Update ****
As we roll along in
the warm days of springtime, here are some of our newest and most
popular Mayberry items at Weaver’s Dept. Store at http://www.iMayberry.com.
* Goober’s Great
2008 Grab-Bag of Mayberry Stuff $60.00
Goober rummaged around in the
garage again while taking inventory earlier this year and he came up
with another Grab-Bag of interesting Mayberry items. All of
the items are no longer in production and are therefore now in the
category of “collectible.”
At a minimum, each Grab-Bag has the following items:
* 1 Officially Licensed T-Shirt with Barney Fife on
it (The shirt design included is our choice according to availability,
but you’ll need to specify in the Comments section of the online order
form whether you want Medium, Large, or 2XL. Size XL is not
available for this offer. The default choice if you don’t
indicate a size is Large.)
* 1 110-card Set of Series 3 “Andy Griffith Show” Trading Cards (note this Grab-Bag includes Series 3 cards for the first time)
* 1 Mayberry-related book with an original price of at least $10
* 1 “Andy Griffith Show” ornament
* 2 Different newspapers with coverage of major Mayberry events
* 1 Officially-licensed Mayberry license plate
* 1 Mayberry mouse pad
* 2 Vintage (that is, not 2008) Mayberry wall calendars (still in their original shrink wrap)
* 3 Different wooden Mayberry building fronts (Mrs. Mendelbright’s Boardinghouse, Mayberry Hotel, and All Souls Church)
* 3 Different Mayberry bumper stickers
* 1 Mayberry-related audio tape (still sealed)
* 5 Different Mayberry photos (8x10)
* 2 Pairs of 2 different Mayberry birthday balloons (a total of 4 balloons)
* Assorted Mayberry event and news publications and materials (fliers, newsletters, fans, magnets, buttons, etc.)
If the items were sold separately, their suggested retail prices would total over $120. But Goober is not the best at arithmetic and Ernest T. wasn’t around to help us count by stomping his feet, so our price is only $60 for the whole Grab-Bag. We have only a handful to offer with this configuration of items because most of the items are in extremely short supply. Get ‘em while you can.
All proceeds (not just the profits, but 100% of the $60 price) are going toward our annual support of the Surry Arts Council and its Mayberry Days festival in September in
* 2008 “Andy Griffith Show” Wall Calendar--Was $14.00; Now $10.00!
We’ll soon be four months into this year, so we’re knocking $4 off the price of this 2008 wall calendar. We expect this will be our only price reduction on this item because we don’t have very many left. And these TAGS wall calendars have a history of going up in price again as collectibles as the years pass.
This fifth straight year of a TAGS Wall Calendar celebrates that milestone with all color photos for 2008. Now, don’t panic. “All color” doesn’t mean photos only from the color seasons. Several photos are from the black-and-white era. The photos are in color only because they’re publicity stills. Some haven’t been published since the first set of trading cards in 1990.
Still haven’t gotten your 2008 Mayberry wall calendar? It’s not too late. This fifth straight year of an officially licensed TAGS Wall Calendar celebrates that milestone with all color photos for 2008. Now, don’t panic…”all color” doesn’t mean photos only from the color seasons. Several photos are from the black-and-white era. They just happen to be in “glorious color” because they are publicity stills. Some haven’t been published since the first set of trading cards in 1990.
DVD (widescreen version) featuring Andy Griffith On
This hit independent film of 2007
features Andy Griffith as Old Joe, a crusty diner owner. It
also stars Keri Russell.
There’s a lot of wholesome pie-making in this romantic comedy, but there are also some mature themes that give it a PG-13 rating. The suggested price is $30.00, but we’ve got it for just $22.00
* All New Box Set of All Eight
Seasons of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Plus the “Danny Thomas” Pilot and Return
to Mayberry $192.00
The suggested retail price for this Box Set of every episode
of “The Andy Griffith Show” (plus the “Danny Thomas” pilot
episode and the 1986 Return to Mayberry
movie) is over $240.00. The previous 8-season box-set release
(without the pilot and the movie and now also discontinued) carried a
suggested retail price of $320.00. We think our $192.00 price
is an exceptional value.
We also sell individual Complete Seasons on DVD at nice discounts.
* Complete First Season of “Matlock” on DVD $39.00
After years of anticipation, “Matlock” is finally coming out on DVD! This first season has 23 episodes plus the movie pilot on seven discs. “Matlock” always had great guest stars, and the first season certainly set the pace with Dick Van Dyke, Roddy McDowall, Billy Bob Thornton, Pipe Laurie, Desi Arnaz Jr, Norman Fell, Billy Zane, Jose Ferrer and lots of other familiar faces. The list price for this set is $50, but we’ve got it for just $39.00. The release date is April 8 and we’ve got ‘em in stock now!
Board Game $30.00
This board game,
new in 2007, is a dream come true for “Barney Fife, Realtor” and anyone
who has ever wished to own a little piece of that paradise we know and
love as Mayberry!
If you love Monopoly and Mayberry or you know somebody who does, then you’ll really love Mayberry-opoly.
At just $30.00 per game, Mayberry-opoly is worth the price just to have the cool design of the box and the board to look at or display. We think it’s the most fun opoly game ever created.
Fiddler’s Ghost by Mitch Jayne
Darling boy Mitch Jayne’s fascinating 2007 novel, Fiddler’s Ghost, is getting fantastic reviews. It’s absorbing reading for anybody who loves a good ghost story, music, skillful writing, or just plain great storytelling from a true master. Few people have as much of a command and appreciation of language (especially the Ozark variety) as Mitch. We don’t want to give away the plot, but we will say that it’s a charming, entertaining and engrossing tale.
* Complete Third Season of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” on DVD $32.00 http://www.weaversdepartmentstore.com/index.php?category=91
The Complete Third Season of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (the first season featuring Elizabeth MacRae as Lou Ann Poovie) is now available at Weaver’s, along with the First and Second Seasons.
The Complete Fourth Season of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” is coming out on May 20. We’ll start taking pre-orders in mid-April.
* Hallmark has a Mayberry greeting card with sound that’s available in selected stores. We won’t spoil potential surprises by telling what it is, but if Opie is shopping for a card, he might want to consider this one.
**** Chapter News ****
Several chapters were able to attend the George
Lindsey/UNA Film Festival in early March. Among them were, “Irritatin’, Ain’t It?” (Fall Branch,
The 6 and 7/8
Members of Mayberry 426
Barney chapter (
**** Miss Crump’s Mayberry Quizzes ****
Answers to Miss Crump’s Mayberry Quiz #75
We had excellent participation and high scores for
this quiz. Several
people got all of the answers correct.
We put the names of all the contestants with perfect
scores in a hat and drew the name of the prize winner: Greg
Here are the answers we were looking for:
1. Barney shows the opener (to be precise, it’s actually a beer can opener with an umbrella on it) to Andy in Weaver’s Dept. Store when they’re investigating “The Shoplifters.”
2. False. As
the “Big Fish in a
3. Besides Orville Monroe and Emmett Clark, George is another person accepted as professional at TV repair in Mayberry. Though accepted as professional, George is not necessarily always welcome, as when “Andy and Helen Have Their Day.”
5. Howard Sprague asks Andy to provide accident reports for 1953 and 19 other years when we first see Howard on the job as “The County Clerk.”
BONUS: A blue sofa and green rug are seen together in black and white when Barney and Thelma Lou are window shopping during one of their dates before things start to unravel and it’s “Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt!”
Miss Crump’s Mayberry Quiz # 76
Even more than usual, this quiz from Miss Crump is a true Mayberry history test. (If you can’t guess why, we’ll explain in the May issue.) Because this is sort of a mid-term exam, the questions are sort of middle of the road in difficulty. (Well, O.K., there are some pretty tough ones, but there’s a couple of fairly easy ones, too.) Good luck!
1. Name two times that Andy is seen in his home repairing a lamp.
2. Name a happening in Mayberry that is described as “a bolt from the blue.” (“A bolt out of the blue” is also acceptable, but that’s not the one we’re looking for. In a tie-breaker situation, an entry that has both references might get a special prize!)
3. Who in Mayberry is once said to have dropped a bacon and tomato sandwich on the ground?
4. Who once gummed a cookie with Andy Taylor?
5. Name two people who have been seen driving the Darling family’s truck.
BONUS: What proposed action would save Mayberry an estimated $3,628?
Submit your answers by e-mail to OldLadyCrump@iMayberry.com
or, if you just don’t trust a machine with your entry, mail your
answers to TAGSRWC,
The person whose quiz has the required correct answers will receive his or her choice of any single item offered online at Weaver’s. (Neither a box set of TAGS DVDs nor a set of Wooden Mayberry Building Fronts is considered a single item. Neither are sets of tin signs, grab-bags or combos.)
If there is more than one person with the most correct answers (as is usually the case), we’ll draw a winner from all the top entries.
**** Postnote ****
Between issues of The eBullet, keep up with the goings-on in Mayberry with the daily “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?“ Digest. It’s a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, newsflashes, and questions and answers from subscribers. You can sign up for that list by going to the “Mailing Lists” link at http://tagsrwc.com.
TAGSRWC also publishes Weaver’s Newsletter in more-or-less alternate months to The eBullet. Like The eBullet, the Weaver’s Newsletter is free. Its focus is mainly on new Mayberry merchandise and collectibles and quick newsflashes. To sign up, go to: http://mail.weaversdepartmentstore.com/mailman/listinfo/newsletter_weaversdepartmentstore.com
TAGSRWC’s other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our Web site at http://www.tagsrwc.com (and it’s nearly identical sister site http://www.iMayberry.com. Both sites have extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.The next issue of The eBullet is scheduled for late May, with a Weaver’s Newsletter planned for late April.