February 25, 2006 - Msg 34508: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34509: Help Floyd.....SPOT

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34510: well i swept and it sure needed it....SPOT

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34511: please sweep again- thanks

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34512: SpotWe thought you was a gonner!
Welcome back. Catch any fish (Down at the fishin' hole)?

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34513: Wow, I just realized the passing of Don Knotts. How sad!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34514: I am heart broken about this news. Oh how sad a day.:( :(
I notified Floyd about the jerk posts. He'll be by to take out the trash soon.


February 25, 2006 - Msg 34515: I just heard a little while ago, and am somewhere between bummed and depressed for his talent will produce no more. As "Barney" I thought he was one of the best comedic actors.
Andy: Don't you wanna think about it?
Opie: Kinda makes me sad.
Andy:Well that's when you shoot for the good feeling.
YMK: Watch TAGS and celebrate a comic genius.
Andy: Right.
Hey to the Porchsters and Andy & Ron Howard...YMK

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34516: Thanks in advance Floyd for erasing the mistaken words of a bored, thoughtless idiot who couldn't find something productive to do with his life...YMK

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34517: Sad sad day for Mayberry!


February 25, 2006 - Msg 34518: Asa, thanks for telling someone about the "trash" needing taken out.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34519: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34520: he was such a great character actor

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34521: Prayers for the family of Don Knotts. Thank you for telling us Don was a Christian, Ro. It helps to know it. It is going to be sad watching TAGS for awhile, isn't it?


February 25, 2006 - Msg 34522: transcending religion & politics, Don made us laugh, cheering us up out of whatever may have been bothering us...

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34523: My favorite comic tv characters: Barney Fife, Cosmo Kramer, Lucy Ricardo, Jackie on Roseanne, Gracie Allen...silly characters acted out perfectly and believably...YMK

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34524: Don Knotts was an original. Thank you, Don, for so many great laughs over the years.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34525: Don Knotts was an original. Thank you, Don, for so many great laughs over the years.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34526: Who will carry that bullet? If you didn't love this character, check to see if you have a heart. Without Barney, this was just another show of high quality, but ones whose essense was the daily triumph of Mr. Fife.God bless him, his family and fans. I'm sure Opie will have exactly the right words for this mournful passing of a true star and talent.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34527: Just heard on news, Andy Griffith was at his side when he died.
Elmer and Ruth Ohio

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34528: What a sad day for us all. Our beloved Don Knotts is gone.
And in the midst of our grief some idiot is posting hate posts. Sheesh.
- Hazel

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34529: I adored Don knotts.God and the angels will have more laughter in heaven.And Bless his family and other loved ones.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34530: to the person who said Don was a loser how famous are you

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34531: Rest in peace barney.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34532: Thank you to the Andy Griffith Show, to Don Knotts' talent for illuminating the simple, yet poignant dimensions of life.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34533: Thanks to Barney for all the laughs and showing us a more gentle side of life-reminding us of a simple, loving way of life.

-Brenda from TN

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34534: rest in peace in Mayberry

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34535: Black and white television shows will never be the same. I remember watching Barney, his brilliant comedic stance and more importantly his way of delivering a joke- how lovely it is to have him still in our living rooms.
Alicia, TN

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34536: Thank you for making us laugh, You will be missed-Rest in Peace.
Christine, VA

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34537: Chuck caught about 15 fish thu...some good ones..hey to all the visitors on the porch..and we all say thanks...back in just a bit..SPOT

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34538: Barney, you were always one of my heros. Your bullet will forever be in our collective pockets.
Godspeed, Don Knotts, we love you!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34539: The lawman with both justice and humility on his side-thank you
Alicia, TN

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34540: Sad sad day for Mayberry!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34541: Rejoice! There is a new deputy in heaven!

Rest well, Barney

Bob -Tulsa, OK

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34542: In Memory of Don Knotts. Thanks for the memories Barney, Mr Ferly

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34543: Don Knotts, the rail-thin comic actor who was perhaps best known to millions of television viewers as the bungling Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the squirrelly landlord in "Three's Company," died of lung cancer Feb. 24 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Mr. Knotts, who often played high-strung characters, won five Emmys for Best Supporting Actor in the 1960s as the swaggering but hapless Fife. Mr. Knotts developed the idea of the deputy sheriff when he heard that Andy Griffith, with whom he had worked in the play "No Time for Sergeants," was putting together a TV pilot set in the fictional North Carolina town of Mayberry.

TV's Barney Fife Dies
Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on "Three's Company," died at 81.

The series was a huge success when it aired, from 1960 to 1968, consistently ranking in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings.

Fife, who grew into one of the most beloved comic characters in American popular culture, generated sympathy and laughs in scenes in which he fumbled to load his service revolver with the single bullet Griffith allotted him.

"Don meant everything," Griffith said in a telephone interview. "Don made the show. I've lost a lifetime friend."

The two actors remained close friends over the years and reprised their roles in the 1986 television movie "Return to Mayberry."

Mr. Knotts's wife, actress Francey Yarborough, said in a statement that Griffith visited Mr. Knotts at the hospital shortly before his death to say goodbye.

"Don was an actor who played comedy as opposed to a comedian who does stand-up," said Mr. Knotts's longtime manager, Sherwin Bash, in a telephone interview. "He was one of a kind."

Mr. Knotts, who lived in West Los Angeles, left television in 1965 to devote more time to family-oriented film comedies that featured his zany, bugged-eyed expressions, high-pitched voice and perfect slapstick timing.

His movie credits include "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (1964), "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966), "The Reluctant Astronaut" (1967), "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968) and "The Love God?" (1969).

In the 1970s, Mr. Knotts teamed with fellow comic actor Tim Conway in the Disney movies "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again."

"It's because of Don that I'm in this business," Conway said in an interview last year with the Kansas City Star. "When I used to watch the old 'Steve Allen Show,' with Don Knotts and Louie Nye and Tom Poston -- the 'Man on the Street' stuff -- I just thought Don was the funniest guy I'd ever seen. And I used to wait for that show at night."

Mr. Knotts returned to television in the late 1970s, joining the cast of ABC's popular sitcom "Three's Company" as the cad landlord Ralph Furley, a swinger who usually donned an ascot and bright, colorful leisure suits. He remained with the show until its final season in 1984.

In recent years, he had recurring roles on television, including a part on Griffith's show "Matlock" and the series "Pleasantville." He also performed in dinner theaters and did voice-over for animated films. Most recently, he was the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in last year's "Chicken Little."

He was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924, in Morgantown, W.Va., where he grew up with three brothers. As a young man, he gravitated to the world of entertainment, starting as a ventriloquist. He lived in New York briefly before returning home and enrolling at West Virginia University.

He joined the Army during World War II and served as an entertainer. After the military, he returned to West Virginia University to finish his degree.

He worked in radio before getting his big break in the 1950s, when he won a spot to perform on "The Steve Allen Show." He drew howls from the audience playing a weatherman. The skit featured Mr. Knotts as a television weatherman forced to ad-lib the forecast without any information on the weather. As he wrote on a map about a weather system in California, stumbling over his words, it became clear he was writing "h-e-l-p."

His marriages to Kay Knotts and Loralee Knotts ended in divorce.

Survivors also include a son and a daughter.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34544: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34545: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34546: Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of "Barney Fife" on the 1960s American television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, for his appearances opposite Tim Conway in a number of comedy films, and for his role as "Mr. Furley" in the 1970s sitcom Three's Company

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34547: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34548: Three's Company

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34549: The Apple Dumpling Gang

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34550: "Barney Fife".

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34551: Don Knotts, the saucer-eyed, scarecrow-thin comic actor best known for his roles as the high-strung small-town deputy Barney Fife on the 1960s CBS series "The Andy Griffith Show" and the leisure-suit-clad landlord Ralph Furley on ABC's '70s sitcom "Three's Company," has died. He was 81. Knotts, who lived in West Los Angeles, died Friday night of lung cancer at UCLA Medical Center, according to Sherwin Bash, his longtime manager. Family members said that his longtime friend Griffth was one of his last visitors at Cedars on Friday night.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34552: The Andy Griffith Show was one of the greatest. purest sitcoms ever to grace the airwaves. Don Knotts was a great actor and comedian and his character Barney Fife was real and vulnerable making him someone who America could relate to. I will forever mourn Don Knotts yet rejoice in the character of Barney. Thank you Mr. Knotts for the memories.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34553:
Hello porch family... Yes we are sadden but it just makes heaven even more desirable. May the Lord give the family peace and comfort. We sure will miss Barney but thank God we still have so many memories to enjoy each day.
Be blessed

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34554: I just heard the sad news about Don Knotts. So I had to return to the Front Porch and post a comment.

Don's impersonation of the inept yet harmless Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife was brilliant. As far as I'm concerned, when Don left the show, much of the humor left with him.

Don, thank you for making us laugh. May you rest in peace.

My condolensces to all of Don's fans here at The Front Porch.

from Poor Horatio (without the usual multi-colored signature)

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34555: Well, tomorrow is a very busy day for us.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34556: I'm gonna go home, take a nap, and goe to Thelma Lou's for some TV. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do. Go home, take a nap, and go over to Thelma Lou's for some TV.

Bernard P. Fife

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34557: Rest in peace my brother

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34558: I'm just so sick over Mr. Knott's death. My 7 year old and I love TAGS as well as Mr. Knott's voice on Hermie's dvds.

Hope this isn't disrespectful, but does anyone know where I can find the song "You get a line and I'll get a pole"?

Thanks and blessings to you on the porch,
~Farrah from Atlanta

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34559: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34560: Hi folks. I'm the new kid on the block. It's been very comforting reading these messages. I'm a true Mayberry fan - watch it every day (twice). I'm so glad to find folks that love it just like me. Ya'll keep up the great inspirations! Rest in peace

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34561: My son, Greg and I will miss Don. We had hoped Greg's son Jack would have had the opportunity to know Don as well. Our condolences to the Knotts family.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34562: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34563: ANGELES - Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on "Three's Company," has died. He was 81.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34566: Hey folks. I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Knotts and even more sorry that interlopers are causing trouble. I'm doing what I can. Prayers for Mr. Knotts family and friends. We'll always have Barney in our hearts.


February 25, 2006 - Msg 34567: So sorry to hear about Don Knotts. His portrayl of Barney Fife was my all time favorite character portrayl bar none. He excelled at his craft and his comedic genis will surely be missed. I feel like I have lost a friend. It is a very sad day.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34568: Thank you, Floyd, we know you can't be everywhere at once, but you're keeping the place swept admirably.

It has occurred to me that as always, this porch mirrors small-town life. Friends and neighbors move away, but at a time like this, everyone comes home and spends a brief time together, consoling each other and remembering. Just read the posts above, and look at all the old-timers who have returned to share a moment with Mayberry friends. Rafe, Poor Horatio, and many others. As always, the question arises - why do we wait for such an occasion to come together? I really hope you folks will stick around.

I'm also impressed with the many who have come to the porch to express their condolences, even though we've never met. Perhaps they are friends who read but haven't claimed a rocker of their own. Please know that you are welcome, and we hope you'll join us on a regular basis.

To the person who posted the extensive notice in message #34543, and to those who posted the shorter notices, we thank you.

Don was a special, multi-talented man and he will be greatly missed. I propose that in a few days, when the impact has dulled a little, that we have a "Barney Quote-A-Thon" in his honor. Many come to mind right now, but are a bit too painful to write.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34569: Thanks Floyd....SPOT

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34570: Hey Romeena we posted at the same time...SPOT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34571: Don Knotts death is like the death of a family member. He will always be with us and bring a smile to us when we think of the millions of people he made happy with his comedy.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34572: Heavens now a little safer, because Barney is on patrol.
The pearly gates were open, and through them he did stroll
God has called him up to join him, to be there by his side
His heart is filled with laughter, that cannot be denied
A bullet in his pocket, a nightstick in his hand
He walks the streets of heaven, angels sing at his command
The world just seems so somber, so cold and full of strife
We need more towns like Mayberry, with Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife
You left us lots of memories, that we'll cherish on your behalf
But the one thing we'll remember most, is that you always made us laugh.

We'll miss you Don. God Bless You!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34573: Why in the world would someone be so unhuman like at a time of someone so beloved as Don Knotts death and put junk on here?


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34574: I grew up with you Don..my children did as well we will miss you. You will live in our hearts
God speed

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34575: What a great comic and actor. See ya later,Barn!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34576: Chuck, there are just some things that can never be understood. We are visited by sad and sick people from time to time, and you can bet they'll be out in force at a time like this. The best response is no response, and if you can find it in your heart, pray for them, for they must have pitiful and lonely lives. --Romeena

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34577: Morning gang....just had to snicker while ago thinking of Barney zipping around the streets of Gold with his side car motorcycle!...zoom!..he was one of the greats...well this morning it will be just coffee and toast like old barn used to have at andys in the morning....SPOT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34578: In reply to Farrah from Atlanta's Msg 34558, you can find the lyrics to two versions of the Crawdad song at Crawdad song. On that page is a link to hear version 1 played and sung by the Susquehanna String Band.

And in reply to a Romeena's Msg 34568, thank you for taking notice of my return. Except for a brief appearance maybe 1 or 2 years ago, I have been absent quite a while. Reading your posts confirms the fact you are still the sweet lady I remember. I will do my best to post more often here.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34579: oops, the previous message was from me, Poor Horatio.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34580: I think it's appropriate to post a link where you can learn just about anything and everything about Don Knotts. Go to The Shrine To Don Knotts

from Poor Horatio

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34581: Thank you, Poor Horatio, for that link. And welcome back. Also, thank you and welcome to all the visitors who are passing thru and posting in honor of Don Knotts passing away. He was loved by so many.
About the hate posts, I agree with Chuck. How can people be so thoughtless and mean at a time like this. It's very discouraging and depressing that there are people like that in our world. Thanks, Floyd, for getting rid of the posts.
- Hazel

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34582: Thank You Don Knotts

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34583: Howdy folks. Its been forever since Ive joined yall on the porch but after hearing about Don Knotts, I just had to offer my condolences. Boy, is god in for a good chuckle.

A. Paw Lawson

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34584: again my prayers for don knotts family and us his family of many years. barney we will keep your spirit alive here on the porch the best we can. JUST SAW WHERE TONIGHT ON CNN LARRY KING TONIGHT THEY ARE RERUNNING MAYBERRY REUNION INTERVIEW WITH ANDY AND BARNEY, BELIEVED TO BE THE LAST INTERVIEW IN PUBLIC WITH ANDY. 9 PM EASTERN. barney, you were the cats! thanks for the memories. i loved the ghost and mr chicken, reluctant astronot and who could forget mr furley on three's company. with a heavy heart i sign off in prayer. buckeye

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34585:

We shall meet but we shall miss him,
There will be one vacant chair,
We shall linger to caress him,
When we breathe our evening prayer.

From Episode 115, Hot Rod Otis
In Memory of Don Knotts,

--Old Man Rimshaw

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34586: I would like to know what the foul posting idiot has done with his life to make a difference in the lives of so many as did Mr. Knotts?

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34587: My thoughts and prayers today for Don Knott's Family and Barney Fifes' family which I feel a part of as I am sure everyone here on the porch does. I truly feel I have lost a dear beloved member of my family...no one will ever be able to fill his shoes but I thank the Lord above that we have the TAGS DVD's and the TAGS reruns to keep his memory alive and to remind us what is important and good in life. Romeena is right in that it is a shame that family often does not see or visit one another until a tragedy such as a loved one's passing brings us together. And yes I do believe that this porch is a family and I am so blessed that you accepted me here and I promise to visit more often and to post more often. It is hard to know what to write because my heart is truly heavy and I know that may seem odd to some people since I never met Mr. Knotts but Barney and his other characters like The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Incredibel Mr. Lippett, The Apple Dumpling gang (with Tim Conway) and No Time for Sargents have been such a part of my life that he was like that favorite Uncle that you looked forward to his visits as a kid. Please know that I think of each one of you and pray for everyone here...keep my rocker out I will be back to sit and visit soon.

Barney to the Deputies 1, 2 and 3 on Founders Day:
"Nip it! Nip it in the bud!"

We Love Ya Barney and look forward to the day we can sit on Andy's Front Porch with you in Heaven!

I appreciate it and Good Night!
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34588: Good Morning porch. Still feeling kind of numb this morning. As a Christian, I have a peace of mind in knowing Mr. Knotts is being taken care of very well, but it sure leaves an emptiness for us here.
Mayberry seems awful empty today but as Andy might say, Yes, but don't the Heavens seem nice and full.
We will miss him!
Thanks for cleaning up Floyd.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34589: i would like to thank the outpouring love from folks who don't normaly post to the occasional poster, to the regular for a beautiful person, whom we each saw ourselves and our ego's in don knotts. visitors with love of the spiriyt of mayberry feel free to join us when you can. remember larry king tonight cnn special with andy and barney. buckeye

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34590: Thank you to msg 34578 for the link. I was wondering what the rest of the words are to the song.

I promise to post here more often. Reading the rest of the posts since last night have brought the tear back into my eyes. Barney Fife wouldn't have been the same character if Mr. Knott's had not played him.

Thank you, Lord, for sending Mr. Knotts to this Earth and take care of him until we all get there, Amen.
Farrah, Atlanta

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34591: Friends, TAGSRWC has set up a Don Knotts Memorial Page for Mr. Knotts where you can go and share your well wishes and memories Don Knotts. I hope you'll take the time to drop by and leave some of your memories about this wonderful man.

--Allan Newsome

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34592: Well Barn, how does it feel to be gone?

Gone? Heck Ange, I'm not gone. I'm rite cheer with you guys!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34593: Great links on the song, but does anyone have a link for the words to TAGS theme song "Fishin Hole" I think is the name of it.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34595: I left a nice message last night and for some reason it was removed. Oh, well...still luv ya, Barn.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34596: I sure hope Pa sees to it that they bury Barney with his bullet in his shirt pocket.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34597: I came runnin' last night as soon as I heard and posted 34493 but just didn't have it in me to say more. The world lost one heck of an entertainer, and by all the accounts I've heard, a great guy. As for the interlopers, I've long since given up trying to figure people out, but like Romeena said, just ignore 'em. I still like to think that most people are nice.
I think the comedian who used to mispronounce everything was Norm Crosby.
Don Knotts was like a family member. The world is a little emptier today, but don't the heavens look nice and full? Nice to know Andy got by to see Don at the end.
It's great to see some of the old names again. Like Romeena said, too bad it's usually something sad that brings folks back together.
Love to all.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34598: check out www.thearmstrongssite.com/forums2 and click on forums. Also visit www.thearmstronssite.com and click on Rodney's Page to see pic's of the real Meyers Lake that is located in LA.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34599: I was lucky to see Don Knotts in person. Thanks for the Memories! 10-4

Flora aka Becky

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34600: Sorry the previous post should have been www.thearmstrongssite.com



February 26, 2006 - Msg 34601: Rest in Peace Don, you will be missed, but like Asa said, don't the heavens seem nice & full? Rafe, Des, Poor Horatio, Barn! It is so good to see you guys! I think of you all often, how have you been?
TvLand is going to run an Andy Marathon in honor of Barney this week, Wed. I think it said.
Don, go find my mama & tell her to "nip it!" she loved that phrase.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34602: Just realized, I forgot jennieboone & old Man Remshaw in that last post, now if we can just hear from Emma & Andelina we'll have a lot of them back.
Watched some of my TAGS videos this morning & just cried, hard to believe he is gone from us.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34603: "With Fife on patrol
Mayberry's thin blue line
Has never been so thin."

I loved the above poster's line:
The world is a little emptier today, but don't the heavens look nice and full?

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34604: Don thank you for being you and making us laugh. God bless you and your family.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34605: I have that peace of mind also, Asa!
- Hazel

Barney: "I'd like to make a reservation. Table for two about quarter past one...Yeah... B. Fife... That's right. Oh, and listen - put a bottle of your best red wine on ice for me will you?...Room temperature? Oh, well, that's a matter of taste."

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34606: Someone posted a beautiful poem that really touched my heart. It reads:

Heavens now a little safer, because Barney is on patrol.
The pearly gates were open, and through them he did stroll
God has called him up to join him, to be there by his side
His heart is filled with laughter, that cannot be denied
A bullet in his pocket, a nightstick in his hand
He walks the streets of heaven, angels sing at his command
The world just seems so somber, so cold and full of strife
We need more towns like Mayberry, with Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife
You left us lots of memories, that we'll cherish on your behalf
But the one thing we'll remember most, is that you always made us laugh.

We'll miss you Don. God Bless You!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34607:
God blessed us all abundantly the joy that was Don Knotts.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34608: In reply to Chuck's Msg 34593, you can find the lyrics at The Fishin' Hole

In reply to Farrah's Msg 34590, it was I who posted the link for the Crawdad song. You are most welcome. I forgot to sign my name, but did so in the post following the link. Check Msg 34579.

And a thank you to Mavis for welcoming me back. I've had some significant changes while I was away from The Front Porch. I retired early from full-time employment and I'm enjoying life being self-employed where I'm my own boss. I also met a special Canadian lady. We spend a lot of time together up in Canada.

Also, a great big hello to the other old-timers who have returned like I did. And finally, to all the regulars here who I don't know and who don't know me, a great big hello.

It's great to be back ... it's great to be home again.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34609: aaargh, there I go again and forgot to sign my post. That's me, Poor Horatio, posting Msg 34608.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34610: No thank you needed Poor Horatio I am just glad to see ya. I know what you mean by being your own boss, it's great ain't it?? I started my own Mobile Pet Grooming business last year & I just love it! *Mavis Place you can see what I am doing there.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34611: Poor Horatio, I thank you for your kind words about me, and may I say it's a special joy to welcome you home. I hope now that you're not tied to somebody else's desk, that you'll decide to make Mayberry your home again! Wish I could find some way to make a living from home, I'd retire from the hospital quicker than scat.

De§, it's wonderful to hear from you, girl. How are the kids? We've missed you around here. So many others, I can't possibly name everyone, but for those who are dropping by, consider this an all-encompassing welcome, and we hope you'll stay.

Don Knotts, an American classic. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34612: I've tried to post something for a day or so now, and just dont have the words yet to convey what I'm feeling inside. It feels like part of the family has died. I'm sitting here wiping the tears from my eyes at some of the posts you all have made. I am glad that we have each other to lean on during this time. It helps to know that my porch family is feeling the same things I am. God Bless you Don, thanks for all the laughs and tears you have brought into my life.--Salty Dog

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34613: what year did the andy griffith show start on tv ...gizzmo

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34614: So sad about Don Knotts' death. I hope that everyone has the opportunity to leave a line or two over at the Memorial Page our always thoughtful and vigilant FLOYD has created for us.

It also was nice of ROMEENA to make sure all the new and returning friends were welcomed properly. It was nice to read through all the thoughtful posts here and at Miss Crumps. I do hope that those who have come back as well as those visiting for the first time will stop by regularly, or at least from time to time. The Porch is very friendly place.

Hey to MAVIS, ASA, BUCKEYE and all you regulars rocking this afternoon. Pleased to meet you MISS PEGGY, POOR HORATIO, and others who are settin' a spell. And did I see Mr. RAFE Hollister among you? A big how-dy to you.

AFD: That would be exciting to welcome our little girls on the same day. (No gambling on the Porch or Warren will come and lock you up!) Last one to have their baby has to name her "Hogette!"

Take care all.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34615: Hey SALTY, ROMEENA and GIZZMO. I didn't see ya'll there. Hope I didn't rock on anybody's foot...


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34616: will what year did it start...gizzmo

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34617: "During our life we travel many roads. Some big roads, some little roads, rocky roads and smooth roads; dirt highways and improved roads..."--Barney

Thanks for making us all laugh so much in our own travels, Mr. Knotts.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34618: I hope they put a bullet in his pocket and a badge on his shirt as he begins his journey to patrol the streets of gold!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34619: jt what year did the andy griffith show start on tv

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34620: oop's sorry i for got to polt my name ...gizzmo

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34621: In reply to gizzmo's Msg 34613 & Msg 34616, the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show aired on October 3, 1960, on CBS Television stations around the country.

And a "hello back at ya" to Me-They. You have an unusual name ... almost as strange as mine!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34622: Dear Deputy,

"Hey to Barney" one last time. Thanks for the joy you brought to so many and Godspeed, our friend.

Dooley's Holler Chapter

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34623: oh no, not again! That was me Poor Horatio who posted Msg 34621

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34624: Well welcome back even if you can't remember who you are, POOR HORATIO. I take it you go way back on the Front Porch. You weren't the one who bent the chain on the wicker swing were you? That thing hasn't swung in a straight line since. Still, it's always nice to meet friends of friends.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34625: Wow gang what great post!..getting ready for the race and work at 6..hey Mavis,Ro,M-t,gizzmo,chuck,buckeye,and gosh to many to list but hey to all the great new sitters...dont be strangers..andy and barney ordering "Very Good Sir Brains and Snales"...."What we gona do, we got call the mint or the President or something we got to stop that truck"!...well will see yall when I get to work...SPOT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34626: Des, Rafe, Poor Horatio, et al., it is indeed great to see all of you again. I've checked in only a couple of times over the last two/three years, and have heard that a couple of you have checked in as well, but it's never been at the same time. Hope all is well with all of you.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34627: Got the news last night - we're in shock. Been watching my 5th season DVDs with Mom in honor of a great American, Don Knotts. Well, I know one fan that was in heaven waiting to greet him: my Dad passed on Feb 3rd. Barney has lended so many jokes and good times to my family that I'm sure Dad was hanging out with Howard McNear (Floyd) waiting on him. So good to hear that Andy Griffith was at his side.

Allan, thanks for the cleanup jobs, seems times like this brings them out of the woodwork.

~ Mrs. Wiley

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34628: Hey to the porch...

Such a sad loss of such a great man. We'll always remember him for all the joy he brought into our lives, and we'll be thankful for that, till one day we're able to thank him in person. The hearts and lives he touched have made a difference in the world, and given us the shot in the arm we often need.

Prayers for Mr. Don Knotts family, both those who were close in life, and the family of all of us who were related through a town called Mayberry. We'll miss you Barn, but keep an eye out for us....we'll see you soon.

With sadness..


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34629: In reply to Me-They Msg 34624, I did a search through the archives to answer your question. Although the archives here begin on September 25, 2000, I can't find any of my frequent postings. So that means I was a regular here in the late 1990's. I made brief returns in October 2000, May 2004 and July 2004. And here I am again.

In reply to gomer's MSG 34626, thank you for the welcome back. And welcome back yourself!

If I missed anyone else's welcome back, I am truly sorry.

from Poor Horatio (After Don Knotts is laid to rest, I will return to my multi-colored signature)

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34630: Wow! Mrs. Wiley, Gomer, Salty Dog and so many others I can't keep up! It's so good to see you. Mrs. Wiley, I'm sorry to hear about your dad. You must miss him terribly. It's almost three years since my dad went home to be with the Lord, and I still miss him every day. And now Don Knotts' children are experiencing the loss. Isn't it wonderful to know that the loss isn't permanent? I feel so sorry for those who don't have that assurance. I can't imagine how heavy the grief must be for folks like that.

I can just imagine Don singing "a cappela" for real in Heaven's choir. Heaven's music must be beautiful beyond our imagination. Reckon that choir knows good ole' 14A?

Well, I have to work tonight, so guess I'd better get a little nap. It will be a long night. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34631: Hey to the Porch.
The absolute genius that was Don Knotts has enriched my life so much. In keeping with the Mardi Gras and New Orleans-style wakes/funerals, I choose to mourn his passing with a little humor and good times/memories thrown in.

Good to see everybody again.

-- Jelsik


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34632: Can't you just see the Pearly Gates now with the new sign, "Protected by Fife"!

Godspeed Barney. . .


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34633:
I wasnt able to get to keyboard til just now. I just have to express my feelings also. In preachin' this morning we sang "I'll Fly Away" and I started tearing up in my eyes knowing what i knew about our beloved Don Knotts. This may sound corny to some, but I got almost the same feeling in my gut at hearing of his passing as i did with Pres. Kennedy back when i was a teenager! It aint nearly the same, but the loss is just so tremendous! Salty Dog, I think maybe that is what you were expressing.
Thanks 34572 fro such a great poem!!!
Asa, I think a little piece of all of us tags fans died with Don yesterday, because he was indeed a part of the family.
As they do when an officer of the law is fallen, we do one last call for Barney in the squad car from base. "Barn, this is Andy, you there? Over and out dear friend!"
(I'd write more but the keyboard aint to clear right now, sorry)

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34634: Afernoon Porch friends,

I can't hardly even think of what to say except I am sooo sad. I found out about Barney's passing on my birthday. Guess that's all for now.

Mary Wiggins

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34635: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34636: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34637: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34638: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34639: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34640: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34641: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34642: test

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34643: Looks like we'll need a porch sweeping contest!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34644: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34645: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34646: remember Porch: "you...me...the big freeze.."

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34647: Have mercy and just be quiet PLEASE?!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34648: BIG FREEZE (the biggest ever).


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34649: "The quality of mercy is not strained.
It falls as the gentle dew from heaven..." Love you, Don.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34650: My hubby is in L.A. for the weekend so my dear son and I are relaxing in order to kick our colds. Have y'all got your taxes completed? I have spent the weekend doing ours. Thank the Lord for bank statements!

Anyway, I rented TAGS Season 1 from the library (we do not get TVLand) and have had it on while busy with the taxes. I'm so happy watching the show, but sad at the same time watching Mr. Knott's at his best. It tells in the pilot that Barney was Andy's cousin. I don't remember it being said again. Can anyone remember him making that reference again?

Hope y'all have a nice evening!
~Farrah in Atlanta

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34651: It's a Sad Day to hear of Don's passing. The original cast is now few. Does anyone know who is still alive and is there anyway of finding out what they are doing? I've tried searching but can only find brief filmographies and biographies with no recent data.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34652: Jelsik too?? It's like a southern style wake around here, everyone gathering in one place to honor the one that passed. Poor Horatio it had to be around 1997-98, that was when I first came to the porch & you were one of the first to welcome me. Farrah my taxes are done & the check has already been spent, on bills no less, imagine that.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34653: Im with ya Boo...freeze...and it is gona get cold here in ga tonight 28 degrees...back in a bit , hey mavis,farrah,mw,hm,ro...and all of the good spirited new comers...SPOT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34654: In reply to Mavis's Msg 34652, thank you for that memory update concerning when I was a frequent visitor here. I am impressed that you remember me being one of the first to greet you back around 1997/1998. I had forgotten that fact even though I do remember you. By the way, have you checked your guestbook lately?

from Poor Horatio

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34655: Cleaned up a bit more. The folks at direcpc.com have been notified of the IP address and times for our "friends" posts that were removed. --Floyd

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34656: Thank you, Floyd. Isn't it sad that we need to police the website at a time like this? --Romeena

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34657: Hey Ro! Yes...it is sad. Some folks just have nothing to do. --Floyd

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34658: Floyd yer the cats! Poor Horatio my memory is pretty good, always has been, I am going to work on my site some more tonight, but haven't been to the guestbook today. Will head there right now. Going to watch some more of the race.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34659: Poor Horatio thanks for signing my book. I did use a template for my site. I have found my clients love the "personal" side of the site, most folks feel as if their furkids are like family & like to know a little about the people working on them.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34660: Floyd thanks SO much, hey Horatio!,Mavis race is on...8 to go!...SPOT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34661: You know something, friends? As I read these posts, and share in the sentiments, something has occurred to me. We are eulogizing and praising Don Knotts, and we should. He deserves all that, and more. However, right now let's not forget our dear Andy while he's still with us. Had he not had the grace and good sense to step aside and basically play the straight man to Don's goofiness, Barney would never have lived. That wasn't the original plan, but as Andy has said, he knew right away that Barney could be funnier than Sheriff Taylor, so he let him take it and run. Thanks, Ange. You did us all a favor. --Romeena

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34662: *Mavis, Jelsik, Gomer -- everyone! How wonderful to see all these familiar names again. The kids are doing great, Romeena. Remember when I was all worried over on the old porch about them starting kindergarten? Well that was coming up on 10 years ago and they'll be starting high school in August. Can you believe it? Where does the time go? One constant in our lives has been TAGS. Our Mayberry TV family is shrinking and I can't say I like the feel of it. But that's out of my hands. I think you're right about remembering Andy in our prayers. Please give my love to the Plum.
Hoping all the interlopers will get bored and find something else to entertain themselves with. Try counting your toes, fellas. (That ought to keep 'em busy for a day or two.) If that don't work, we can always say the incant.



February 26, 2006 - Msg 34663: Hey Des can't get the squiggly thing to work, you got a buckeye in yer pocket for the incant? 10 years ago? Boy does time fly, my own Jacob is graduating this year! Ro I have thought of Andy today & been sad thinking of how much he must be hurting. Bless him. Spot I never cared much for that track in CA, so I just flip back & forth to that one. Bristol in a few weeks, I'll see if I can't get out & get some pictures of the cars for you guys.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34664: You are all such sweet, loving people and what a blessing to hear from so many old and new friends. Reminds me of when my beloved uncle passed away several years ago and everyone gathered for the funeral. All my cousins I had not seen in years were there. It was so hard to say goodbye to Uncle Wyatt but such a comfort to have all my loved ones together at one time. At times like that you realize what you mean to each other and time doesn't really matter, they are in your heart all the time. I think of all of you so many times. This morning in church, Erin got a Pixie Stick in sunday school and I thought of Asa, and when I was driving along the bay looking at the beautiful blue-green water and watching the sailboats and seagulls I though of how much I wish all of you could have seen that beautiful sight on such a lovely sunny day. It would have brightened your spirits. Having friends is such an amazing gift! God bless each of you today.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 34665: Evenin' Y'all.Well,the shock is starting to wear off a bit for me and the acceptance is beginning. I've been thinking all day along these lines (it's helping me and perhaps it will help someone else): As saddened as I am by Don Knotts' passing,I can only be so VERY grateful that we had him.
I've been trying to think of something that all of us Porchsters could do as a tribute to Don Knotts-Romeena mentioned a "quote-a-thon" which would be great.Or maybe we could pick a special day and everyone carry a bullet in our pocket in honor of our Barney. I'm suggesting to Mayor Buckeye that he issue a Proclamation (no,I'm not trying to get myself emancipated!!) that we set aside a special day in Don's honor.Mayor,give the word.
Have y'all read any of the posts on the memorial page that Floyd set up? I read the first page but that was about all I could take for now. Unbelievable tributes! Most echo the way I feel-that Don Knotts was like family.I know I sure feel that way-sure y'all do too.
Yes,the heavens are certainly nice and full tonight.
That's it-I'm about to get all teary eyed (again). Love to all!
possum under a rock
P.S. Mary Wiggins,I thought about the news coming yesterday on your birthday-bless your heart.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34666: Andy and Don will be on Larry King in 3 minutes.
(Re-run of course)

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34667: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34668: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34669: Yea Mavis that track is like a gokart track..5 wide but some passing..hey possum...mayor im in there for the Don Day..good idea..hey Chuck..Des..where are yall goober and md and mdc..Farrah im in kennesaw so if you are in atlanta you for sure know where im at...well let me get back to work..hey Romeena..YMK,TOM,MW,hazel..."It aint a whim if ya change yer underwear"...miss ya Barn....hey yall the local paper here had a full color page..photo of barn andy opie and the story of his life and things...got it and going to take it to the frame shop and get a real nice frame and hang it with all my other mayberry stuff on my walls.....SPOT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34670: MESSAGE REMOVED

February 26, 2006 - Msg 34671:
Hello friends (and all the new folks too)...WOW the porch is so full. Good to see you all. This just shows how much "our" Barn was loved.

One thing that has bothered me and I must say it...I use earthlink for my internet provider and on the home page they have all the news headlines listed when you sign on (from political to sports to entertanment, etc.) and not once have they mentioned the passing of Mr. Knotts. That really bugs me!

Blessings to you all