November 12, 2003 - Msg 16580: Good on ya Leon and Mrs. Leon! I sure enjoyed the special, but turning off the phone wouldn't have helped me. Cable went out and I missed the first 2 min. of it, then 2 visitors came over, then one more, and they all had to ask what I was doing, then laugh because I like TAGS...GRR. Twice I had to tell them "I've been waiting 2 months for this show - SSHHH!", then they'd laugh some more. But seeing Ang and Barn together made it all OK. Made me teary at the end when Andy told Ronnie "I love you, I love you so much." That clutched me - right 'chere. They could have done another 4 hours and kept me rivited.

Asa, are you sure SaltyDog heaved those napkins? I thought it was that guy from Back-Bay Boston.

~ Mrs. Wiley
...she's a NUT!

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16581: Well - what I got to see of the special it was good. My oldest decided it was his turn for a temper tantrum. He was overtired and he hadn't had a very good evening so in turn, I didn't have a very good time watching it. I just wanted to go and hug Andy, specially Andy - I think he has come to terms with his role on that show and how it has touched generations. I know from what I have read that he was forever "niched" as Andy but I think he realizes that was not a bad thing. I found Jim and Andy's shoes interesting - they were those kind from Land's End that slip on. Golllllleeeeeee - we all need a hug fest!
Asa - glad you had a heart to heart with your daughter - now breathe and pray that all your raising of her has taken hold and she will do what is right.
thanks for the info warren about last night's show and spot - I put some scraps from last night's supper on the back step. Lick the bowl clean so I don't have to warsh it so hard. LOL


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16582: Homemaker, I think it's funny that you would notice the shoes! Now I wish I had taped the show so I could go back and look at the shoes. I somehow missed the part when Andy told Ron he loved him. My two young ones were awake, too and it is hard to watch anything with a 2 yr old in the room. She recognizes Andy now and when I am watching TAGS she points at the screen and says "Andy!" (guess I'm raisin' her right). My eight yr old likes to watch TAGS with me, too. His favorite ep is when Otis goes in house arrest at Andy's house and drinks out of Aunt Bee's flower vase. He mentions the flower vase incedent often.

Well, I sure enjoyed all the posts from last night. Some of you are very funny!

Better go. Lots to do today. Have a great day!


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16583: Watched last nite and found myself welling up continuously. Felt a bit foolish, but by the end of the show I was a full-out waterworks....Those guys just touch my heart

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16584: I noticed the shoes. I noticed it once before the commercial, and then payed attention to it after the break. Sure enough. I figured I would be the only one wierd enough to notice the shoes. Guess great minds run along the same track, huh homemaker. Or maybe it's the clean living here in the Hoosier state. LOL

I am so glad that Andy, late in life, has embraced that simple homespun show and realizes just how much it has come to mean to people over the years. You could really tell he was so proud of "Ronny". Kyle was hysterical over the scene where Bee, Andy, Opie, Themla Lou, and Barn are sitting around the piano singing "Good Old 14-A" and Opie says, "Someone sounds terrible!" then he keeps on and finally Andy clamps his hand over Opie's mouth. Kyle even talked about it after the show was over. See TAGS reaches all generations.

Best of luck to you and yours!
fun girl

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16585: That has to have been the best reunion show I have ever seen! It was done really well, I thought. I liked the way they had the 'then and now' scenes at the fishing hole and on the set they recreated. And just the relaxed way the whole special was produced; it really was like seeing Mayberry again. I'm really glad I taped it! That's a keeper!
And I had forgotten that TAGS was Jim Nabor's first acting job. He shouldn't have worried about his acting because he was great! I never thought about it until he mentioned it - that Gomer Pyle was the only character he has ever played.
I kept wanting to see them all in their old costumes as they were sitting there in the courthouse. Especially Don. He's always wearing that hat that he wears on Matlock. I wanted to see him in his deputy cap.
All in all though, a great show! The only complaint I had was that I never wanted it to end.
I wanted to say to them that since they had that set put up anyway - why not bring the show back! Even though I know that could never happen; it is a nice thought. But I don't think they nor we would want that to happen anyway. It might turn out to be another "AfterMASH", eek! Besides, TAGS will live on forever in reruns, and Mayberry will live on forever in our hearts.
I also agree with alot of you that it was bittersweet. And as Andy looked back at the courthouse, I couldn't help but be saddened by the thought that he was looking at something he would never see again, and we would never see him in again.

But then I realized - no, he's looking back at something that he has accomplished and that he is very proud of.
And he deserves to be proud.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16586: Do you wonder if Andy ever visits this porch just to see what we all have to say? Just curious? Ir would be nice if he were one of us "incognito" that is. Doesn't that sound like a Barney word? "In - (snuff) cog - nito" - that means your cog is right there in your neeto! LOL
Take care everyone!


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16587: Where was Helen?
Northern Girl

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16588: Hello Folks. I have been watching this show all my life, but just in recent years have I realizied what it really means to me and appreciated for what it is. Growing up in a small town in Kentucky that has begun to turn more into a small city has caused me to long for the simplier, kinder times I knew as a youth. I know it is alot due to selective memories, but watching the Mayberry folks seems to take me home.
We had our set of similiar characters also, such as Otis and Barney.
I have just found this site and did not realize that there are so many others like me out there, kindred spirits, you might say.
I, too, taped the special and was so happy to see the guys together on the "set" once again.
Ya'll take care.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16589: Helen (Aneta Corsaut) died in 1995.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16590: "You've changed, Al."

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16591: Howdy-
I have a problem. I missed the special! I have been depressed ever since. I had been waiting for the special to come on for quite a while. I am a scoutmaster in my community and I have scouts on Tuesday nights. I was in scouts growing up and I think scouts has a little bit of mayberry in it. Maybe that is why I am in scouts as a scout master and another reason why I like TAGS so much. Anyway, I set my VCR for the show and the worst possible thing happend. It didn't tape it. I contacted CBS to see if I could get a copy and they aren't planning on putting it out. Please if anyone has the special taped could you please make me a copy? I would be very very grateful.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16592: I noticed the shoes, too! Jim's were yeller. Another thing I noticed is that lots of small pieces are cut out of the reruns we see now (to save time/add commercials?). One example: they showed one 5 sec. clip of Gomer sitting with MaryGrace (NRNMG) on the sofa. He was casually showing off his yeller socks to her, and she was acting all embarased that he would be letting her see his 'stockings'. We never see that in the reruns! There were several little bits like this I noticed. Anyone else remember one?

~ Mrs. Wiley
It's like being in the Twilight Zone!

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16593: They sure don't make 'em like that anymore. Probably why this world is going down the tubes. Great show - the only bad thing was it wasn't long enough!
Barney Buff

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16594: Hey Porch,

I LOVED that special! I foolishly didn't tape it either, but I am certain that someone will contact Lawrence and get a copy to him. The folks here on the porch are like that. I hope all the new visitors will come again and visit often, we love to hear from all the other "kindred spirits" who love the show like we do.

I watched the show with my 6 year old son, who usually complains when I watch Andy, because he just doesn't "get it" yet. Seeing some of the clips literally had him laughing and rolling on the floor! I was soo happy. I really want him to develop an interest in this show because I truly believe it has so much to offer. He especially laughed hard when Barney invited Opie to punch him in the stomach! The way Opie looked over at Andy for permission, and the way Andy tells him to go ahead, and then Barney's expression...priceless!

I had one question, when the show ended, I noticed that Andy shook hands with Jim, and expressed to Ronnie how much he loved him, but Don just walked out the door. Does anyone know why. I had heard before that Don has vision problems, and other health problems, so maybe that was why. I just was expecting a hug or handshake from the Sheriff and the Deputy and I was kind of surprised when Don just walked out.

Oh, and I know where Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Watervliet, and all those other places in Michigan are, my husband and I travel A LOT!

I think I better batten down the hatches because they are calling for snow here by tomorrow so ta ta for now!

Mary Wiggins

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16595: By now I'm sure everyone saw the show last night. I really believe that TAGS is what made Ron Howard what he is today. It's nice to FINALLY see Andy Griffith embracing his home town roots a bit. Some where along the line he tried to distance himself a bit from the show and North Carolina. It was great to see him appreciate, not only the show, but the millions of fans who are out there. I hope everyone is doing well and it's great to have time to get back and say "Hey" to all ya'll porchsters. Have a Great Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16596: that was a great show- they said andy insisted covering only the first 5 years because of barney. andy told barney he was leaving at the end of 5 years, barney got locked into movie contract, andy changed his mind. i wish they would have another special covering 1965 on. sure enjoyedit. before it started i told star trek i dont care if the president calls he is on hold ubtil show is over. even threatened kids and grandkids with the brigg if bothered for that show. i sure am hungry mrs wiley, whats cooking? warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16597: i met and talked with barney around 1990 in huntsville, alabama at a show, dinner combination. he drove himself up no entrouge parked and got out. i was hired to be chief of security for the ewvent since i was special forses and had been a drill sgt. nicest fellow you would ever want to meet. he was wearing that type of cap and said he got into it when they were popular in the 60s. i to wear them. dont that clutch you? warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16598: greetings to all the rest of the porch folks-- welcome steve and lawrence-- where are you from? i am in lincoln, illinois. warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16599: mary wiggins--- next year we are going to sponser a mayberry set up in lincoln, ill. it will be sept 04. your welcome to come. all porch folks are i post it probably around march. don knotts is only able to see outliners and they are fuzy, they said that on matlock interview. that is why he was stand or sitting in one spot. i think andy didnt want to risk embarrasing him if don had missed, just a quess. warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16600: I enjoyed the trip down memory lane as TAGS is my favorite show. However, I wish they could have spent a litle more time talking about Andy and Barney's relationships with Helen and Thelma Lou. I realize Aneta Corsaut died several years ago but couldn't they have invited Betty Lynn to do more than make just a cameo appearance on camera? At least they didn't spend time on those wretched color episodes.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16601: I'm from a small town out west- Ephraim, Utah.
The people here are like Mayberry- Really nice folks.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16602: Lawrence - you need to meet Asa - he is very busy with his security job and collecting tinfoil but he comes and rocks from time to time - he is from Utah as well.
I think we will have hamburgers and home fries for supper - any takers?
Prayers for my daddy - went in the hospital last night with elevated blood pressure. I think it is the stress of Veteran's day playing a bit part. He is in that dying generation of WWII soldiers. He was to come home this afternoon. . .haven't heard yet.
Talk to you later. . .


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16603: Warren - it just clicked that you are from Lincoln. Do you know anything about the Bible College there? I have a friend who is professor there.


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16604: I missed the show too, and I've been kicking myself all day. I'm new to this board, I sought out the TAGS Rerun Watcher's Club when I realized what I did. Is there any way at all to get a copy of a tape from someone?


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16605: Hey Warren,
I'm from Campbellsville, Kentucky, actually out in the county - Taylor County.


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16606: Steve - do you raise any goats? KY is known for goats and tobacco. We raise boer goats.


November 12, 2003 - Msg 16607: FLICK LIVES!

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16608: homemaker--- yes i know the college in lincoln. dr j.k.jones is a professor and author there. he is also our preaching minister at chruch. warren i quess i will have to write jim clark tommorow, i checked in bullitin board and someone registered warren rrecently and i cant post on that name. floyd said cbs was up 55 percent over all other programs including cbs regular programing. wake up networks we want our mayberry fix and more old shows. warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16609: virgil thinks its strange that in 8 years only once did they have a christmas tree and presents and it was in the court house. never a tree in a home. very interresting what do you all think. warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16610: i too am new here to the tags but i have watched everyone of the shows hundreds of times. I wish they had said something about helen passing away in the special. does anyone know what was wrong with her. seems she was so young to pass away this soon. anyway i love all theshows and i still watch everyday. just to get my dose of mayberry.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16611: I noticed the shoes too! Actually,I only noticed Jim's.Thought about how my daughter just got a pair like that (hers are black!) from Lands End! We could start a big moulage here- Step forth and be counted if you noticed the shoes!
I'm wondering if perhaps Don Knotts thought it best if he beat a hasty exit,lest he get all choked up or something.Might be one of those folks that don't like goodbyes.Just a thought. It was a sweet program last night,wasn't it?
Hey to the new Porchsters! Hey to all the old Porchsters too-didn't wanna leave y'all out!
P.S. My friend Ann is out of the hospital and will be back at work tomorrow-thanks for the prayers.Love to all!
possum under a rock

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16612: Mary Wiggins I can't believe you are expecting snow. We have our windows up!! I did not think I was going to make it to the porch tonight-between work and the kids. My oldest son lost his first tooth tonight. He was very proud! I am so glad we taped the show. I plan on looking at it again when I have a minute. I also noticed the shoes when Andy and Ronnie first sat down on the bench at the fishing hole.The show should have at least been two hours long. It was so much to look back at. I wish the whole thing had been in black and white. Did anyone notice at the end it went to black and white as he closed the door?? Maybe Don walked out because it may have been to emotional between him and Andy. You know how high-strung he is--He gets it from his mother's side of the family.

County Nurse
Stem, NC

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16613: Andy was the executive producer of the Reunion show, so i suppose alot of things had to be run by him for inclusion in the show. but it was done nicely and touched on the main and supporting characters. although at the end, they should have done a scroll of the cast members who have left us over the years. - Jeb.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16614: Can you imagine being Ron at a basketball game or Andy at a concert and everyone starts whitling the TAGS theme. LOL.-Jeb.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16615: welcome northern gir;-- barney buff-- ed sawyer-- and rick-- where is your porches? mine is in lincoln illinois. warren

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16616: Im sorry to say i missed the special Any one have a downloadable version of it????

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16617: Got to see every minute of the special and loved it all. Gotta agree with Mrs. Wiley...another 4 hours would have been fine with me. I grew up with the Andy Griffith Show and know every one of the episodes by heart. I watched the special with a bit of sadness in my heart tho...we've lost some of the cast members already and I wondered to myself how long til we lose the rest of those very special people. Kind of an aside, for anyone who is a true TAGS fan...get yourself a copy of the book: "Mayberry, My Hometown...The Ultimate Guidebook To America's Favorite TV Small Town"...272 pages of everything you want to know about the show.

November 12, 2003 - Msg 16618: I saw the special last night. I thought it was great. TAGS has always been my favorite. I found out one piece of info that made me feel great. TAGS premiered on the day I was born 10-3-1960.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16619: I taped the show last night and would be glad to run off a copy for whoever would like one. I only ask that you pay for the postage. I would do that, cept we are just not sure when the strike will hit here at Kroger. Just let me know if you would like a copy. Don't forget to send me your name and mailing address.

I don't have a downloadable version, but I am willing to make videotapes for whoever would like one. So, to whoever wrote message 16616, give me a hollar and I'll fix you up a tape.

fun girl

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16620: My stars, just look at the closet TAGS fans that are showing up after that special last night. Folks, you're welcome here. Some of our old friends have come by, too, and it's good to see you. Don't stay away so long, you're missed!

Speaking of missing folks, has anyone seen Tom lately? Seems to me it's been several weeks at least since we've been blessed by one of his sweet poems. I miss that boy. Asa, how about you and Warren putting out an APB and see if you can find him? Sugarplum says she'd help you, seeing as she's of the canine persuasion, but her talents run more to lap-sitting, rather than missing-person-sniffing, unless the missing person is carrying concealed carrots. She suggests you see if Spot can help you. If he finds Tom, he has the added advantage of being able to talk with him and encourage him to come back to the porch.

Well, off to bed. Forget the ironing board, that thing's too hard! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16621: good morning porch-- if you flew a duck thru the porch yesterday the duck would have been blown thousands of miles from all porches. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16622: mary wiggins--- hope and pray you didnt get blown away yesterday, we had wicked winds on our porch. mrs wileys suppert was enjoyed by someone probably 4 states away, did anyone see my supper? spot, asa you didnt get it did you? warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16623: fun girl--- how did you fair on your porch yesterday? any others had porch any damage? may the good lord smile on all the porches. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16624: mrs wiley--- since my supper was blown away yesterday and i had to go to bed without my supper, can you send 6 plates today? had to move my high water mark higher cause i lost 63 ounces. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16625: fun girl--- i still pray over the kroger strike. kroger is our largest store and we havent been yet unless you count the price of meat these days. all i can afford is to drive and walk past mrs wileys and sniff the aroma of meat. ha. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16626: romeena--- i put out an apb on tom and any other missing people. i also borrowed old jubals blood hound but if there is no blood then he is worthless. maybe you should get spots help just in case. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16627: alert porch--- winter is settling in get out your metal craft sets, wood whittlin stuff, leather crafts sets, mr potato heads. dont forget sharpening our dart shills. have a goodin. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16628: Hi homemaker,
I don't raise goats at the moment, but I am seriously looking into it. I've been to some Boar goat shows and am studying them and watching the development of the market here in Ky.
I raise Angus cattle and hay. I started leasing my tobacco out a few years ago, had too many irons in the fire.
Steve in Ky.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16629: mrs willey--- it is 6 am, are you up and got the hot plate plugged in? big cookin day, what are we having today? you know how spot, asa, and the rest of us get when we dont have your cookin. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16630: By the way homemaker,
Where are you?

Steve in Ky.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16631: Hi ya'll. Sorry I'm late in gettin back to ya. I'm in Central Florida. But born and raised to the ripe old age of 18 in West Virginia. I've been here 30 years. I missed the first half of TAG special and was totally bummed. But I did get to see the last 30 minutes and it was wonderful. I wish I'd thought to tape the show. I have to say I started to get teary eyed seeing Andy stand in the doorway of the recreated set. What a great memory. Mtngrl

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16632: Steve - I am in Indiana ( and we raise those boers. With your angus cattle - boers would not be that far of stretch for you. We have attended several of the big Paris auctions.
A busy day here -


November 13, 2003 - Msg 16633: Okay, Mayberry girl here not what Warren?

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16634: Warren,
I'm from Orange County, California! What a far cry from Mayberry. I'm sure that's what attracts me to the show is it's down to earth, honest approach to life. I hear about it but can't imagine leaving your front door unlocked or knowing everyones name when you walk down the street. Add the perfect comedy and you have TAGS. I stumbled on to this site because of the special and am throwing around getting the DVD episodes. Have a good one! - as I whistle the theme fading off in the distance.
Barney Buff

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16635: I watched the special and I adored every minute of it I knew Helen & Aunt Bee had passed and I cried about that all over again I can watch Andy and Barney all day Love it.
Tater Pie gal

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16636: mayberry girl--- welcome to the porch. i will ask mrs wiley to send you 6 plates for you and yours . love you. mayberry girl is from huntsville, alabama and one of my beloved daughters. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16637: taterpie gal--- welcome to the porch. where is your porch at? mine is lincoln, illinois warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16638: mayberry girl-- go to the bullitin board click student registration choose colrs name etc and hit register so no one can take it. warren

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16639: Hey to the porch. It's nice to see some new folks on here and always good to see the "oldtimers". It's been awhile since I've stopped by. I watched the reunion show Tuesday night and LOVED it. I got teary eyed about 7 minutes into the show. It was so good to see them together again after all these years and to know how much they really care about each other.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16640: Hey to all!! so many new poarchers...hey emma,and mtn girl is back !, hey to waqrren Boo ,Ro Plum HM,mrs wiley,steve,county nurse, Jeb,rick,asa, bdj, fun girl , possum, Lawrence , mary wiggins, and everybody else , did yall notice that in the show the wall around the jail cells was not brick like it was supposed to be?..and yes I taped the show , sone watched it 4 or 5 times!!hey barney buff orange county choppers ! is it near ya? and yes i ate yer supper warren...going down to freezing here on the southern end of the porch tonight. im cooking supper tonight , deer chile, gona be a big pot of it , whose got some crackers?....signed spot the talking dog of TAGS........otis yer cell is ready...

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16641: There is a little bar-b-que joint here in TN that play TAGS all day long. While you sit and enjoy the best Bar-B-Que u have ever ate you can also take a trip to Mayberry. Its a must for any TAGS fan that passes through my part of the state

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16642: Hey---Where's the barbecue place in TN?
Steve in Ky. can I go by moonshiner, reckon, or is there already one?

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16643: We were safe and sound last night in the heavy wind, but my sister and hubby and little Rosa spent the night last night cause their electricity was out. Yes possum under a rock, I got me some neck sugar!

We have the Mayberry Cafe in Danville Indiana, about half an hour away from here. They play TAGS all the time too. So, you get good down home food, and the best entertainment around! What a bargain.

I don't know of a moonshiner already perching here on the porch. Reckon that is a handle you can grab onto.

Well now we have more than one set of two generations on the porch. Rob and Ro, Warren and Mayberry Girl, and didn't someone else sit on the porch with us who had a son who was andyfan?

Gotta hit the Starbucks. They have a decaf Carmel frappacino that's calling my name.

fun girl

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16644: Hi, I've passed this around poety boards over the years. Didn't know there was a front porch. It's just another, of the many, thoughts of respect for the show. Hope you enjoy it.

I watched Andy Griffith this morning.
It was the one where Barney sought
authority , Floyd spoke in circles
and Opie learned a valuable life lesson.
Looked to be pre-Goober.

Andy made everything right.
Bound them up with love and reason.

I needed to speak with him.
Just for a moment, to get some direction.

But, he wasn’t in the book
and the MCI Op showed no listing for Mayberry.
I see he is on this afternoon, at 3:35.
I hope I make it.


Rob McDaniel

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16645: Toward the end of the special on Tuesday, a clip was shown of Barney talking about how Andy had thought him to use his heart instead of rules when dealing with people. Does anyone know the name of the episode? thanks

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16646: hello my friends, i would like to ask if anyone of you who may have taped this reuion show would be able to make a copy for me if i pay the mailing and the cassette cost? i heard of it but have no cable or reception of any kind up here in the hills. please let me know ifn u can, lester mcgill,

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16647: Hey---I think the episode was #61, Andy On Trial. Kentucky Moonshiner

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16648: Hey Spot - Orange County Choppers takes place in New York, not California. Sorry - we watch it too! We love Mikey and Paulie but the old man gets on my nerves.
Just blowing by - the wind is still up here, not as bad as last night though.


November 13, 2003 - Msg 16649: I think it's great to see so many new folks on the porch since the reunion show was on. I'd like to know where that barbecue place in TN is, too. Sounds like a good Mayberry atmosphere. Steve in Ky, I think you live in the same area that one of my favorite writers lived in before she passed away...Janice Holt Giles.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16650: Nice poem Rob McDaniel, thanks for sharing it.

Man, is it windy out there or what? We only briefly lost our power, but there were fences and trees blown down, nasty stuff, anyone to the east of out! We even saw a little of the white stuff today! (Didn't stick, though.)

I think Moonshiner is right about that episode, "Andy on Trial". Welcome to the porch by the way!

Where has Boo been? You must be much too busy with baby girl lately! Try to set yourself down and give us a visit!

And how about Tom, we need one of your beautiful poems as the holidays approach. It's interesting how a poem can say so much with so few words.

I hope all those who are looking for tapes of the special are getting hooked up, I saw that someone was willing to make copies of the program and send them out if they pay for postage, mighty neighborly of you!

Good to see Sterling and Ed Sawyer, and Emma and Jennie Boone, and all the new names...PLEASE visit us again, we love the company!

Mary Wiggins

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16651: You know, one thing that was so special about that reunion show, was it helped us to remember some of our favorite episodes. They referred to the one where Gomer was helping out, and he kept dropping his shotgun from the roof, and the one where Opie killed the mother bird and then raised her young-uns, the one where Barney was dancing it Big Maude? just so funny. Maybe we could kind of recreate the atmosphere of the show by giving a snippet of one of our favorite episodes. I absolutely loved the episode where Andy and Helen get trapped in that cave, and poor Barney, who has already been the laughingstock of the town arranges a very involved rescue operation, just to save his best friend. Of course, Andy and Helen have found their own way out, and Barney is in danger of being made a fool again, but Andy is much too fond of Barney to allow that to happen. Well, you know the rest! I hope that gives every one a smile just thinking about it!

Mary Wiggins

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16652: Great idea, Mary Wiggins. How about when Andy was going to get the cat down off the roof (you know how you'd feel seeing your mother on the roof) and Barney tries to get Andy to take his gun and Andy says "I won't need it, Barn. Fluffy and I've been friends for years." That was the episode where Luke Comstock comes to town I believe. What a great scene that was..Fluffy.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16653: hello all!...where is the BBQ place , lets all meet there...and thanks HM orange county choppers are cool , dont have one but got all the shirts and hats and west coast stuff[jessie james] monster garage..hey emma and fun girl and mary wiggins , im hungry, yall got anything to eat?..gona get down to 28 tonight on the southern end of the porch in old kennesaw ga.....brrr..hey tater pie gal , where you from?...hey possum you warm under yer rock ...well gona take a nap yall dont stept on me ....signed:spot the talking dog of mayberry!

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16654: Hi all, There was was a deputy named Fife,who carried a gun and knife, the gun was all dusty ,the knife all rusty, 'cause he never caught a crook in his life.
Barneys reaction when he realized Opie couldnt have wrote that poem, 'cause Opie couldnt write. Lol. -Jeb.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16655: Those are great ones, I am sitting here laughing!

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16656: The Bar-B-Que joint is in a little city called Johnson City,TN...Just about 15 min from Bristol,Tn the home of the fastest 1/2 mile for all u nascar fans out there......and about 1 1/2 north of knoxvile

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16657: one of my favorite episodes is where opie looses his ball in the remshaw house. The moonshiners had taken over the house. They were playing the tricks on andy and barn.....Eyes in the pic on the wall....The flying axe ect....

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16658: once again about the BBQ joint, its bout 10 min from my house i eat there bout once a week. They have like 10 hot sauces....Most of them one drop and u are on fire..never had anything so hot...

Fast gun Fife

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16659: You think you're kiddin'? An I. Q. can be a mixed blessing these days. Some folks want it and can't get it, I had it and had to get rid of it.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16660: Sterling and Ed Sawyer, where on earth have you been?! Goood to hear from you again.

I'm curious, were any of you forced to watch Lawrence Welk when you were a kid? My dad loved the show and sometimes he would make me watch it with him. I hated it supremely. Just an old memory I thought of.

Thanks for missing me, Mary Wiggins and I have been mighty busy but mostly because of my elderly parents (taking them to dr visits and cleaning their house....). You know, I don't mind at all doing things for them but it sure seems to bother them that they can't do for themselves anymore and they feel guilty when I help out. I wish they didn't.

Hasn't the porch been nice and full since the Mayberry Reunion Special?

Gotta go....I am exhausted and need to veg on the couch for awhile. Love to all!


November 13, 2003 - Msg 16661: My favorite episode is Man in a Hurry. When I am in all that traffic in Durham everyday, I start daydreaming about sitting on the porch trying to peel an apple without breaking the peeling.How relaxing it is to hear Barney and Andy singing and even Malcolm Tucker joins in. "I'm not keyed up, Who's keyed up". We sure don't have the windows up tonight. The wind is still howling!!AND IT'S COLD!!

THOSE FLU SHOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!!That didn't hurt a bit--oh that was just the alcohol. Ahhhhhh!!!

County Nurse
Stem, NC

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16662: Whew, so much talking going on here I don't know where to start.
Homemaker, I hope your Daddy is ok. Did he get home from the hospital? Hope all is well.
Yep Boo. I had to watch Lawrence Welk every Saturday night I think. Mt Dad just loved it. He still watches it on a local PBS station here who plays reruns of it. He also was a big Mitch Miller fan, remember the white bouncing ball that went with the lyrics? Boy, you stirred up some memory's there.
I love the episode where Barney accidently captures the escapee and the whole town is all excited for him. Andy tells him to take the afternoon off but Barney just never knows when another beast may come down from the forrest.
"Yea, but he might have been injured, He might have been killed".
Welcome to all the newcomers.

"Mayberry....Gateway to danger!"

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16663: Well, Fast Gun Fife, I'm close to Johnson City, TN, myself! What's the name of the barbecue place? I might have to come over that way sometime soon. Mavis is close to Johnson City, too.

November 13, 2003 - Msg 16664: Saw the reunion show on 11 Nov 03, it was GREAT!!
Hank from Kathleen Georgia

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16665: I love any episode with the Darlings. "She usually takes eleven hatfuls." and "Aw, Pa, cain't I just look at the purty man?" "Go ahead sheriff, shoot him, ya got a legal right." "Make sure you come early, it's treacherous crossing the Robert E Lee bridge after dark."

Also, I love the song, "Oh my Barney,Oh my Barney,
had a jail and couldn't lock it. Had one bullet for his pistol, had to keep it in his pocket."

There are so many wonderful things to remember about the show. I think if I had to pick my favorite episode, it would likely be Rafe Sings. Beside the fact that Rafe had quite a set of pipes on him, the episode showed the acceptance that Ron Howard spoke of on Tuesday night. TAGS is a gem and there is no two ways about it.

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16666: Oh, my! Where to begin? You folks are just so dear. All the caring and sharing that goes on here is just priceless, and that's what lay at the heart of Mayberry.

Favorite episode? Now that would be difficult. I love "Dogs, dogs, dogs" - (Boy, giraffes are selfish!), and "Man in a Hurry", and the one with Poor Horatio, and well, just all of them. I think, though, if I had to choose one favorite scene, it might just be from the episode shown today. When Luke Jensen leads that cow, with her shoes on, out of that barn I have to hold on to my chair! The way that cow walks, picking her feet up and slapping them down, just has me howling. Even the music is perfect. I must have seen it a hundred times or more, but it's still hilarious. It's not in the same class with all the great writing and comic genius of so many other scenes, of course - it's a class unto itself. A sight gag, slapstick, whatever you want to call it, it's just plain funny! That whole episode is great, with the little serious moments, and the sweet scene with Barney and Andy. I noticed they cut part of that out in what they ran today. Barney returns to the farm house to stay with Andy, but they cut out where Barney tells Andy he recalls another "hairbrained idea" that Andy had once - that of making him (Barney) his deputy. Kinda clutches you right here!

OK, off to bed. Have a lovely weekend, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

P.S. Thanks, fun girl!

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16667: A VERY IMPORTANT PRAYER REQUEST: My younger daughter has had an emotional breakdown and was admitted into the local hospital yesterday. One of her new friends (and believe me, the term "evil companions" suits to a tee) with whom she has been living, and who we know is responsible for the vast majority of my daughter's stress has placed herself as my daughter's "caretaker" and is trying to convince my daughter to come back home with her rather than get the help she so desparately needs. My daughter is so weak that she allows this evil manipulation and the doctor says he can't do anything about it if it is what my daughter wants since she is still mentally competent. Please pray that this "evil companion" be routed out of my daughter's life and that she received the Lord's strength to see the the Truth about her "friend's" true intentions.

~Clara~ in much need of friends' prayers
PS Tomorrow I go to see my gynocologist...I will update you all on that as well. Like I said before, when it rains it pours but, this is turning out to be a doozy of a storm!

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16668: Barn: AaChoo!
Andy: You comin' down?
Barn: I'm allergic to horse hair, if you must know.
That snippet brought to you by Hazel

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16669: whew! such a full porch the only thing one can do is answer a few and let the rest know they are loved so much. if mayberry grows another 20 folks we can hire asa and spot to the mayberry police force. city hall needs a bigger staff. only in mayberry everything always works out. warren

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16670: mayberry girl--- time to wake up. build a fire and make a big batch of fried bread. huggs warren. clara you and yours are in my prayers and the good lord will smile on you and yours. mary wiggins--- each episode has so many great themes,i would be hard pressed to pick one, i guess the fued #8 episode. only two old guys left in the fued and if they killed one they would have nothing to do. warren

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16671: Sorry, I hadn't "reloaded" my porch, and I didn't see a bunch of posts. Nice to have you back, Clara. I'll be keeping good thoughts for your daughter. Hey to Sugar Plum, Romeena. Welcome to all the newcomers. I don't have much time to get on here anymore. Took out a part-time job... been at it a month. Well, you know the rest. Please wake me at 8:00 tomorrow morning!
- Haze

Gin? Don't mind if I do!

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16672: county nurse--- you talk about using alcohol before you give the shot. you dont waste moonshine do you? great buiness for kentucky moonshiner but otis gets sick to see a drop wasted. spot--- the big brown truck loaded with crackers is on the wat i love that chilli star trek makes it for me. send that brown truck back to me loaded with chilli. warren

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16673: hazel--- it is 5 oclock, wake up i know you said eight but if you like us we want to ease into the day, good to hear from you. warren see you all later i think i will mosey down to the snappy lunch or mayberry cafe.

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16674: Good morning porch, how is everyone? It sure is cold on my porch 28 degrees and windy as all get out. I sure could use some more of that cider hint hint. Had a rough night here last night, most of you know I'm a volunteer fire fighter and emt on our little dept, and we had a 16 year old boy get killed in a car wreck. The driver was ok, but the other one didn't make it. They think he was thrown from the sunroof. It was about a half mile from my work place, and I heard it happen. They were both 16, and drinking and drugs were not a factor in it. Just driving way too fast. Anyways please saya a prayer for the families of both boys, not only the one who died, but the other boy as well.. he'll probably never get over last night. Thanks friends love ya's all--Salty Dog

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16675: The porch sure seems nice and full. Romeena, I noticed they cut that heartwarming scene from the show last night, too. I had just been waiting for that one and swoosh it was gone! (It all happened so fast) I can't believe the scenes they choose to the septic tank one for instance. Actually, I guess there's NO scene that we'd want to miss. That's the beauty of those Columbia House tapes. They have scenes I forgot about and some I don't remember EVER seeing before. Well, just wanted to say a "hey" this morning.

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16676: Whoo- Floyd - it looks like you have lots of new customers to tend too. . .didn't know the porch could be this talkative! So many new rockers or porchsters, as us "old timers" call ourselves.

Asa, daddy is out of the "horse"pital - we (the family thinks it was stress related to all of his missed buddies from Veteran's Day and some of the med's he is on playing havoc with his intestines. He's home now and up to "par."
Warren - my friend at LCCS is Dr. Estep. We went to college together and he is a huge Star Trek fan. Isn't your wife into Star Trek (I thought I remembered you mentioning that.)
It's payday today!! And tomorrow, hopefully it will be goat selling day!! Have a family traveling down to see the girls for sale. Fingers crossed because some of these girls need top go before babies arrive.
Well- -
I think I'll put on a pot of Great Northern beans, put some ham in there and make some cornbread. . .supper will be ready about 6PM. Mind your manners and you all can come.
Maybe some pumpkin pie too!

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16677: homemaker--- jk has had dr estep at our chruch small world, next time i see him my wife star trek and him will have to check each collection. when the brown truck comes back from spots loaded with deer chilli i will have it swing bye and pick up some of that supper for me. hey looks like a rough winter got to stock up. hey to salty dog good to see you on your porch this morning, did your porch suffer any damage? warren

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16678: Emma...I live 8 miles from The Giles Home. I am on the Board of Directors for the Henry and Janice Hlot Giles Foundation. We have purchased and are restoring their log cabin home. Have you seen our website? I forget the address, but you can google it. Nice to hear from you.
Ky moonshiner

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16679: Warren--I am awake. Miss by coffee being brought to my bed. Can't make coffee til after mom leaves she can't stand the smell and you know how she is. Besides, had to get the kiddos of to school that and my pain pills haven't worn off completely until now. Go to my greatestjournal to find out which kid made me have to take them. Oh, and look for an email soon. --mayberry girl

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16680: I wonder if Rafe Hollister ever made a tape, I could listen to him sing all day.
Ky moonshiner

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16681: Does anyone know what Thelma Lou did for a living ?


November 14, 2003 - Msg 16682: I have really enjoyed reading all these wonderful posts about the SHOW. I missed it. Can you believe it? I had it on my calendar and everything! But we had to go to a funeral visitation. Fun girl, I'll be emailing you and taking you up on a copy of the show. Thanks. Emma, A friend of mine just suggested books by Janice Holt Giles to me. Before that I hadn't heard of her. Mrs. Wiley, I know a cut I hate. Sometimes they cut out when Andy and Barney go to the Darlins and the boys are snoring and snoring and they turn them all over. That is a funny scene. I agree, where is our Tom? Did he move to WV? Welcome Steve and Hank and Rob McDaniel, and Lester McGill and anyone else who is new to the porch! Lester, email Fun Girl for a copy of the show. See her message #16619 above and send her postage.
Charlotte Tucker

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16683: Nope, Ky moonshiner, I'm sorry to say that by all accounts, Rafe (fine set of pipes) Hollister never made a tape. His real-time name was Jack Prince, and if he ever recorded anything, nobody knows about it. Pity, he really had a great voice. Thank goodness, our friend Gomer made several records, though, and I have most of them. He did a Christmas album that will be going into my car's CD deck in a couple of weeks.

wvduncans, I'm not sure it was ever specifically mentioned on the show, but I've always had the impression that Thelma Lou was a secretary, or maybe a book keeper. Guess she just seems the "office" type.

Clara, I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's situation. How old is she? Obviously, she has adult status, or you wouldn't be having the problem with the "friend." You might talk with the nursing staff about setting up some strict visiting hours, in order to limit the time this person has with her. Of course, this would limit your time, too, but it might be a good trade-off. At least with very limited visiting time, it would be justifiable for you to be there at the same time as the unwanted person, and it would certainly put a damper on her controlling tactics. Just a thought....

Well, gotta run, lots of errands to finish this morning, and some more pansies and cyclamen to get in the ground quickly. It's getting cold here, and this may be about the last day that I would want to be outside digging in the dirt! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16684: BTW...There is a little place in Monroe County, Ky. outside of Tompkinsville that serves fantastic barbeque. John Anderson liked it so much he is marketing their "secret" sauce. I think the little community is Hestand.
Ky moonshiner

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16685: I emailed Lester to see if he would like a copy of the tape. Haven't heard anything yet. Gotta go sit with my mama. She is still a little stiff after her surgery. My little Rosa will be there too. Neck sugar, here I come.
fun girl

Oh, for a living I believe Thelma Lou made brownies, (with our without pecans and walnuts) and went to the duck pond with Barney. "Ask him again WHY he wants to go to the duck pond@!" That un is a knee slapper.

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16686: "HELLO ALL" prayers to all that are in need , so many people on the porch , and thanks for cooking HM, im starved, and I love hot sauce , got probably 30 different kinds , have a big garden every year, had 45 hot pepper plants this year ,,whew,..hey fun girl ,possum , asa , warren, mary wiggins,mrs wiley,charlotte tucker , moonshiner, jeb,salty dog,hazel,county nurse,tater pie gal, barney buff,and all else on the porch ! .hank im from ga also , where is kathleen ga at ? in kennesaw...hey Ro and clara and Boo ...whew ! so many!HM the great morthern beans are gona be good, i"ll bring a jar of hot peppers ,OK, let build a fire outside tonight porchers,,,OK?...signed ...the talking dog ...

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16687: Ky moonshiner, I've always wanted to visit her home. It wouldn't be a very long trip for me..I'm fairly close to KY. I've read all her books and I love every one of them. I wrote her once years ago to tell her how much I loved her work and Henry wrote me back to tell me that Janice had passed away. I thought that was nice of him to take the time to write me back. I'll try a Google search and see if I can find it.

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16688: "Its not a whim anymore if ya put clean underwear on"

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16689: I've really been enjoying all the Mayberry posts on the Porch. Hey to everyone.
"Watch yer foot, I'm gunna rock forward"


November 14, 2003 - Msg 16691: Lots of porch talk since I was here. :) It's fun to remember all the old episodes, but geez I don't know if I can pick just one that I love. Don't we love them all? I do like The Christmas Story! And isn't it just the right time of the year for that one? The town Scrooge is Ben and he wants the poor Sam Muggins kept in jail. Love it. And I love 3 Wishes for Opie.
Sound like some of you are really having a rough weather patch. We're having a cold front here in Florida too. High only of 70 today...brrr..:) mtngrl

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16692: ATTENTION PORCH UPDATE: ESPEcially new ones. several of us have tried to register our names on miss crumps board with no luck, i started trying as many know i use both porch my favorite to register warren well last week someone picked up on this gem and registered warren. I JUST REGISTERED MR WAKEFIELD AND IT WENT THRU, SO WARREN (AS IF OUR MEMORIES ARE SO SHARP) WILL BE SIGNING AS MR WAKEFIELD. TO ALL TRYING TO REGISTER A NAME a. dont put in miss crump as instructed ( STILL CLICK MISS CRUMP TO PULL IT UP) you will see floyds e-mail address at top, leave it. line 2 type your e- mail address in. line3 name chosen. go through line of symbols. when you get to body it should be in color you chose- if it is type nickname in and send. and it should show right up. mr wakefiewld

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16693: Jennie boone , when ya rock watch out for my tail!hey mtngirl!.cool here in ole ga. down to freezing tonight...lets have a pot roast with the great northern beans that HM is cooking ....where have ya been possum under a rock ?..signed: spot the great northern bean eating talking dog of goobers ..pant ,pant

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16694: all my many porch friends-- i apoligise for any confusion and being so long winded but i felt it was important since we have so many new folks, and they have expressed concern about not being able to register a name. porchsters, thanks for your patience with me on the name change, i will still add my signature --- when i write after your name then you know its former warren. i eencourage all new folks on the porch to register because as we are blessed with more folks it can get confusing if three warrens, ky moonshiner and etc. are sending messages cause we donot know which one we are talking to. AGAIN SORRY FOR BEING SO LONG WINDED BUT THIS NEEDED OUT. THANKS. MR WAKEFIELD--- on registering put your nickname in it. on subject line.

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16695: Where do you go to register a nickname, Mr. Wakefield, who was formerly known as warren? I've always just called myself Emma over here and never had to register or anything. Is it a different bulletin board you're talking about?

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16696: I've been jennie boone for a long time and no one has ever taken that name. I never needed to register anywhere.
Fish friend

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16697: Register???..this ole dog aint gona might get wind of me being on the porch!!hey jennie boone...Ro, Boo, Plum,asa, gona bauk that reg. thing..signed: Spot the porch pooche that aint registered...yeee hawww...where can i get a little peach sippins?

November 14, 2003 - Msg 16698: "The boys said it was just mulberry squeezins...yep..that's what it is alright..mulberry squeezins."
I love Barney's voice when he says that. It's barely a choked whisper. Hey to Jennie Boone! Good to see you here.