October 3, 2000, 6:55 am Msg #277
Happy Birthday to Miss Ellie!! You ARE just a spring chicken, you know. And Happy 40th Anniversary to the greatest show ever! I had a wonderful time at MD's again this year and brought home another lifetime's worth of memories. Some of the best memories are the ones where we just sit around, relax and talk with each other. The events are great, but I love visiting with the friends we've met here, too. My only complaint is that it's over too soon. ~Emma

October 3, 2000, 7:15 am Msg #278
Good morning! Happy 40th Anniversary to TAGS! Happy ??? Birthday to MISS ELLIE! Hope you have a great day! I agree with MISS EMMA...some of the very best times are sitting around on the blanket at the AG Playhouse talking or sitting at the bowling alley (being "bowling groupies") just visiting or at one of the many informal get togethers we all do with our friends we've made over the years. Goin' to Mayberry and spendin' time with friends...yep, that's just the very best...don't get any better than that! NRNMG

October 3, 2000, 7:45 am Msg #279
Happy Birthday, Miss Ellie!

October 3, 2000, 9:24 am Msg #280
snif snif.....I swear, you're gonna make me cry, EmmaLast weekend was just the best of times, and you're right, Emma, it IS over too soon, and I can't bear the thought of not seeing my Mayberry friends for a year again. I do have the memories of being with you all this weekendthough, and came away with the autographs of Doug Dillard, and the VW Boys on my banjo head. Happy birthdayMiss Ellie, and Happy Birthday to TAGS. We love you ALL.Emmett & Martha

October 3, 2000, 11:04 am Msg #281
Happy, happy big 40th to TAGS! I can't wait till Saturday and the 40th anniversary blow-out in Alabama. It's gonna be BIG! Hope to see some of ya there!

October 3, 2000, 11:53 am Msg #282
Congratulations Elinora and Orville! " past that hand holding stage and ready to set the date!" What is the date?

October 3, 2000, 1:10 pm Msg #283
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS ELLIE!! i hope today is a great one for you!


October 3, 2000, 1:35 pm Msg #284
what did i miss about elinora and orville?

(ps hey to emmett and martha!)

October 3, 2000, 2:24 pm Msg #285
Last Fiday night at MD's Orville popped "the question" to Elinora and gave her a ring! Right there in front of all there Mayberry friends! Ain't that sweet?! Bless his heart, he wanted ALL of us to share in that big moment. NRNMG

October 3, 2000, 2:25 pm Msg #286
It was actually Thursday night, I think...when you're in Mayberry each day runs in to the next...

October 3, 2000, 2:47 pm Msg #287
wow!! congratulations!!
that's bigger news than the wakefield/ carter nuptual :-)


October 3, 2000, 2:58 pm Msg #288
congratulations to Orville and Elinora! Happy Birthday to Miss Ellie! "Hey" to all. ~~LL

October 3, 2000, 4:05 pm Msg #289
Happy Birthday MissEllie! Celebrate! Go ahead, go to Morelli's and have the snails and a sazerac. Best Wishes to the happy couple, Elinora and Orville, announcing your upcoming nuptials. When's the big day?


October 3, 2000, 5:52 pm Msg #290
Happy bday to Miss Ellie and congrats to the soon-to-be couple. Best of luck to you & yours.gomer

October 3, 2000, 7:27 pm Msg #291
Happy Birthday MIss Ellie! Hope you have many more. Congrats Elinora and Orville, wish you two the best of everything. love charlotte

October 3, 2000, 7:42 pm Msg #292

October 3, 2000, 8:43 pm Msg #293
Aw...that'n makes me cry! Yes, it was Thursday night. We all met as we do each year, the first night, to hug and say 'hidee' to each other. We were in the lobby of the Comfort Inn, gathering after the VW show, about to go eat. A lot of us bring little TAGS gifties to exchange, and I'd left mine in my room. Orville went to get them, and as a result I was among the last to be handing out my gifties. Orville said, "You have another gift here..." and I turned around to see him holding out my ring (well, my ring box). I cried, we hugged and smooched, and the cameras flashed (I wans copies!!!). Oh, and I said "yes." Then we all went to Arby's. Haha. The date will be in the summer--June or July, I imagine. Ain't life grand?

October 3, 2000, 9:06 pm Msg #294
Wonder who wrote 293? hehehe

October 3, 2000, 9:39 pm Msg #295
Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Spent the day with my Mama and then Hubby took me out to Cracker Barrell. A lovely day here too. Tomorrow will be gorgeous and I plan to sit on my ownbackporch with my cats all day and write letters,drink in the sunshine and absorb the beauty of the greeness of the grass and trees and watch my cats sleep or watch the birds and squirrells play.CONGRATULATIONS TO ELINORA AND ORVILLE! Couldya have a wedding on Saturday at Mayberry Days?Happy Birthday TAGS !Everyone have a good night! Miss Ellie"And pretty soon you'll be changing your mail box to read -Mr. and Mrs. Orville Monroe-(actual quoteMr. and Mrs. Andy Taylor)"...Floyd Lawson

October 3, 2000, 10:03 pm Msg #296
Haha...oops, yes, I forgot to sign! AND, I forgot to wish Ellie happy birthday...forgive me, Ellie! Hope it was the best one yet! --Elinora

October 3, 2000, 10:26 pm Msg #297
hey to elinora. i was right there an had no clue...not a lick!!!! well, i came friday but nobody filled me in. anyway,congrats again......happy b-day miss ellie.cracker barrell rocks. when we're in winchester,va visiting the in-laws, i like to go there. well, anyway talk to you guys later.Mr cookie Bar

October 3, 2000, 11:51 pm Msg #298
hi all.HPPY BIRTHDAY Miss Elliemay you be a good and wrame one.Congratulations to Elinora and Orville.Is theMayor going to closed the cityfor the big ?TOM

October 4, 2000, 8:18 am Msg #299
Hey all! Hope everyone's having a great day. Belated Happy Birthday, Miss Ellie!! You're a sweet person and a good friend. :-)~Dež~

October 4, 2000, 9:43 am Msg #300
Yo! I been wanting to change my Dež name for a long time now. Can anyone come up with a TAGS name that hasn't been used? I like Tillie, even though I don't have long teeth. I don't remember no Tillies but my memory ain't what it used to be.... *S* What else can you think of? To kinda celebrate the new place, y'know. Something real TAGSy. Thanks!!! ~Dež~ (what's her name)

October 4, 2000, 10:09 am Msg #301
Dež, don't change! you are precious just as you are!

October 4, 2000, 11:53 am Msg #302
Cora (as in Mendlebright), Henrietta Swanson, Lila Simms, Irene Phlogg, Bess Muggins,Avis, Floss, Rose. Any of those tickle ya?

October 4, 2000, 12:23 pm Msg #303
"real TAGSy" HAHAHA you are a hoot, what's her name! :-)


October 4, 2000, 2:55 pm Msg #304
Why thank you, #301. You never know when one little thing you say can make a person's whole day. Hey ollie, you reckon's #302's 'Avis' suits me? You reckon that's TAGSy enough? LOL! I had an Aunt Avis... she was kinda heiferish and more than a little uh... not so nice. But I could overlook that. ~Dež~

October 4, 2000, 2:56 pm Msg #305
Btw, when I say "heiferish", I don't mean she was big, in fact she was a tiny little thang. I just mean she was a handful. uh.. no, she was ... oh I cain't do it! ~Dež~

October 4, 2000, 3:07 pm Msg #306
what about "aviž" ? :-)

October 4, 2000, 3:18 pm Msg #307
Bežž sounds more heiferish than Aviž.

October 4, 2000, 3:20 pm Msg #308
You can change it to anything you want, you'll always be Dež to me and I ain't callin' you nothing else. I said it and I ain't taking it back neither.

October 4, 2000, 4:48 pm Msg #309
Hey ~Des~, How's 'bout Millie Grace? Howard Sprague's girlfriend. Have a Mayberry day all.Briscoe Darling Jr.

October 4, 2000, 5:10 pm Msg #310
LOL!! Uh oh... #308 has spoken. I'd better stick with Dež a mite longer. I don't much care for change either, so I know where you're comin' from. :-) ~Dež~

October 4, 2000, 6:25 pm Msg #311
Well, I'll chime in...a little late, but here I am! Gilly and I had fun at MD00 and enjoyed getting together with the group more than anything else...except that this year I got a sweat scarf from the Elvis impersonator AND a kissy on the jaw!! Whew hoooo !!!!!! That comes in a close second! I also enjoyed meeting folks that I had not met before. I was talking to this nice lady and then I walked away, then when I came back I found out her name was JudyJudyJudy! I hollered and hugged her! It was nice. I also got to meet Miss Ellie for the first time! And yes, I hugged her too. I also hugged Rafe and his new bride! I'm a hugging menace!! I still ain't unpacked all the way, but we are slowly getting things taken care of. I'm glad they give us "Goldbrickers and dead heads" a holiday this Monday so's I can clean and organize and what not. Emma, you feeling a little perkier now?? I hope so! ((((hugs))))) Idelle

October 4, 2000, 6:26 pm Msg #312
Oops, forgot to wish Miss Ellie a happy Belated Birthday! Idelle

October 4, 2000, 7:02 pm Msg #313
I agree with #308, Des..it would be hard for me to think of you as anybody besides yourself. Idelle, I'm a bit perkier physically but I'm not NEARLY as perky emotionally..it's always a big letdown for awhile after the weekend is over. I think I'll just go ahead and start packing right now for Mayberry Days 2001...that might help cheer me up. ("It might work") ~Emma

October 4, 2000, 8:07 pm Msg #314
I know what you mean EMMA, I feel down too after MD's each year. That weekend is always such a happy, "up" time and then you come home knowing it is another whole year before you can experience that again and once more see all those wonderful people. And IDELLE...YES aren't we all just the "huggiest" bunch! I get more hugs at MD's than any other time of the year. I just hug everybody and some of 'um twice, I'm sure, 'cause I don't want to leave anybody out! "Huggy, huggy", Nice, realnice MaryGrace

October 4, 2000, 8:11 pm Msg #315
"Ain't we a sight?" DEž, I like you just the way you are too. No other name seems like it looks good on you. Stay just like you are. Did you get my email regarding this site? I know you're here, but did you get it? I wasn't sure that I still had the correct email address for you. NRNMG

October 5, 2000, 12:22 am Msg #316
Hey there, Emma and NRNMG! Thanks for your kind words. It means a lot just to have friends acknowledge me, much less care what my name is. LOL! Glad everyone had a great time at MD. Wish I could have been there. Maybe next year.... ~Dež~

October 5, 2000, 12:23 am Msg #317
Whoops - sorry I forgot to answer you, NRNMG. I got the info from Miss Ellie. My email address changed when I went to cable modem and is now Deana@satx.rr.com. Thank you for thinking of me. ~Dež~

October 5, 2000, 1:32 am Msg #318
RIP, Benjamin Orr of The Cars. ~Dež~

October 5, 2000, 6:40 am Msg #319
Hey folks wish I could have gone to MD2000. Sound like y'all had a blast! Maybe another time. I also want to wish Miss Ellie a happy belated birthday! Y'all take care now, ya hear? Opie Taylor

October 5, 2000, 10:30 am Msg #320
Thanks for the new address DEž. I'll email you so that you have my new one. I also moved & changed servers & addresses. For anyone who doesn't have mine it is . Huggy, huggy, NRNMG

October 5, 2000, 10:46 am Msg #321
Belated Happy Birthday to dear sweet "Miss Ellie", Emma said it was great being there. I just want to say way to go to E and Orville. Des, don't change your name please!!! Your healthy girl, Flora

October 5, 2000, 12:39 pm Msg #322
Hey to FLORA. We sure missed you girl! Hope to see you next time. I'll send you a hug...( )...there's one & here's anotherin'..( ). My new email addy is: NRNMG@aol.com

October 5, 2000, 1:21 pm Msg #323
Hey gang. It's good to see you all; I hope everyone is doing just fine and dandy. Now ~Dež~ don't get your fur to flying ner nothing, and I'm saying this in a friendly sort-of-hoping-you'll-understand kind of way, but have you lost your mind?!? Change your name? You've been ~Dež~ here so long that I associate that name with Mayberry already. So you want to know how I'm gonna vote? I'm gonna vote for you to keep it. Besides, we all know you can change the name of a rose, but you can't do nothing 'bout the smell. There, I've said it, and I ain't taking it back. Hey to Opie, NRNMG, and Flora. -O'Malley

October 5, 2000, 2:49 pm Msg #324
Hey to O'Malley. Good to see you there.

October 5, 2000, 3:13 pm Msg #325
hey o'malley! hows things?

October 5, 2000, 4:28 pm Msg #326
who's Malloy?

October 5, 2000, 4:28 pm Msg #327
Hey to the Porch...

hope I wasn't too pushy...


October 5, 2000, 6:53 pm Msg #328
Flora, we missed you at MD2000. You got to tell those in-laws to come some other time, or bring them with you! Thank you for more birthday wishes. My aunt Louise, she and I shared the same birthday, but were born 35 years before me. Louise died l5 years ago. My Granny Pearl (died 4/99) was born on October 4th, 1908. Idelle, it was good to hug your neck too and nice to meet Gilley. Judy,Judy,Judy--I hate we didn't get to meet. Maybe next year. I treasure my internet TAGS family. Y'all are the bestest. ~Dež~, I agree, stay ~Dež~. I couldn't imagine calling you anything else. You're the cats. Miss Ellie "I'm all ears Barn." "Yeah, you always were."

October 5, 2000, 7:16 pm Msg #329
Okey dokey! Y'all convinced me. I'll remain Dež. When you got friends who care about you and say such nice things, that alone is reason not to change a thang. Thanks, guys. Y'all are the best. :-) ~Dež~

October 5, 2000, 7:25 pm Msg #330
I'm putting some pages together of pictures from MD00. If anyone has any they'd like to share, email me and I'll try to get them up. I especially need some from Thursday night (I didn't have my camera with me), the parade, Col. Tim's, (I videoed them and my frame capture ain't working too good) and just any that you'd like to share. Thanks and y'all just go back to doing whatever it was that you were doing......

Milton P. Oliver

October 5, 2000, 8:09 pm Msg #331
hey MPO, please let me know when you got some stuff up so i can live vic.....vicar.....so i can pretend i was there too! :-)


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October 5, 2000, 8:10 pm Msg #333

October 5, 2000, 8:11 pm Msg #334
there we go

October 5, 2000, 8:34 pm Msg #335
RATONS! I closed the bold but not the color. SHEEEEEEEESH!

October 5, 2000, 8:49 pm Msg #336
On Netscrape, it looks like you closed the color and not the bold. Wonder what causes that?

October 5, 2000, 10:58 pm Msg #337
Good evenin', friends! Been busy the last few days, so am catching up. Congrats to the newly-engaged couple - that's great! May you have many happy years together. Dež, let me add my vote for what it's worth - don't change your name! I'm about to go on DSL with Internet America, and they've told me I can keep my email address, since I'm with their dial-up service already. I hope they're right. I've been "Romeena" for so long now in email, screen name, TAGS name, etc., that I don't think I'd recognize myself if I had to change it. Here's one of those little trivia things that we all love -- I was watching "Matlock" the other day, and noticed that when Ben called up his answering service to get his messages, the operator he spoke to was - who else? - SARAH! Isn't that great? I just love those little subtle tie-ins to TAGS that he uses in "Matlock". Most of them would not be picked up by anyone but TAGS fans. I just think it's so "Andy" of him to do that, don't you? Welcome home, you lucky Mayberry Days travelers. Have a lovely weekend, folks!--Romeena

October 6, 2000, 2:58 am Msg #338
hey, y'all~~ jes' stoppin' by... gooda see so many of y'all checkin' in after yer safe journeys home from a great weekend in Our Home Town. th' Matlock I seen th' other day had a church choir singin' "Church In The Wildwood" at a big picnic. ~~~love, Leon

October 6, 2000, 9:56 am Msg #339
come to the church in the vale...... (What's a vale?)

October 6, 2000, 1:21 pm Msg #340
Good afternoon and happy belated to Miss Ellie. Congratulations to OM and Elinora! That's so cool about giving her the ring rat thar in front of everyone! I'm just 35 and only keepin' steady company. (Barney) Has anyone made plans for the big 40th reunion in Birmingham? I got my ticket and I'm hittin' the road tomorrow mornin'. I sure hope to see a lot of you there!


October 6, 2000, 2:40 pm Msg #341
yo to everybody!

romeena, yes i remember that matlock episode. i think it is great how he did that. then, they re-did some of the old bits that they did on TAGS, like trying to bend barn's arm, and barn says "you didn't do it rite" hahaha that always cracked me up. after a long time of withdrawl, i can finally see matlock again on tv. there are at least 3 cases that i can recall of star trek actors on matlock:
major kyra (DS9)
oto (DS9)
7 of 9 (Voyager)
coincidence? i think not. "the sherrif without a phaser". gomer: "IT's YER WARP COIL!". floyd: "if you want a good suit, you gotta go to the delta quadrant"

anyway, i was reading that don knotts calls andy "ange" in real life. i think that's cool.


October 6, 2000, 3:55 pm Msg #342
ollie, you are a hoot and a half~! encore, encore!!

October 6, 2000, 4:34 pm Msg #343
haha 342. hey if that is not coincidence enough for you, one episode of the old star trek with william shatner was FILMED on the set of TAGS i believe (someone correct me if i am wrong). the matlock/tags/star trek connection is deep :-) haha.

ange:"it IS just eight measly old light years"


October 6, 2000, 5:38 pm Msg #344
I've always loved that line of Barney's, too, Ollie. Where he goes "You didn't do it right. Let me up." in that little strained voice of his. Well, it's finally Friday evening and I'm glad of it. I wish we were all going to the Birmingham event this weekend. I hope those lucky enough to be going will have a great time. ~Emma

October 6, 2000, 5:40 pm Msg #345
Hi I am an Andy Griffith fan my name is Ed. mebee I should have a nick-name; I think Floyd is a kook- he's one of favorite characters. The other day on tvland was the episode where Barney deputizes Floyd to come out to the new guy's farm and help him 'cause he thought Andy was in trouble...after Ange and Barn deliver the guy's baby it's in the morning and Floyd is standing by a bush with a rock ready to clonk someone- Floyd is Whack! -oh- I heard of this site through Ollie- we is buds

October 6, 2000, 5:49 pm Msg #346
HEY ED!!!!!

welcome! pull up a chair and sit with us awhile. (ed is a fine fellow i met out here in the asphalt jungle a coupla months ago......who is also an expecting daddy, and a pretty dang good guitar player. him and his wife are big ange fans. and i also had the privalige of meeting his lovely wife the other day). you guys oughtta come up with a nickname (ed is ok too :-) and let yer thumb hang loose and join rite in!


October 6, 2000, 5:54 pm Msg #347
Hey folks. Y'all can go over to the Mayberry Giants: "Hit One for the Ol' Goober" and check out the Mayberry Days 2000 pictures. Some are better than others and I'd sure like to 'borrow' some from you other folks who were there, kinda fill in the empty spaces.

Y'all who are going to Birmingham tomorrow had better bring a jacket. The temp is supposed to dropping all day and should be in the 40's by the time the show starts at 7pm.

Milton P. Oliver
(I hope I did that right)

October 6, 2000, 7:11 pm Msg #348
hey MPO that was great. thank you for sharing them pics. if i wasn't so ugly, i might be in next years pics.....hehe....


October 6, 2000, 8:14 pm Msg #349
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IDELLE BUSHY!! Idelle, you look like you've grown YOUNGER since last year. How do you DO that? MPO, those pictures are GREAT! It's almost like being there again. I'd forgotten some of the fun, crazy stuff that happened...what good memories. ~Emma

October 6, 2000, 8:28 pm Msg #350
Ollie, I hope it is okay for me to do this. A little North Carolina boy, age 4, Buddy, is missing with his two dogs. There are lots of swamps and ponds near where he lives. This is the second night he will be out. It won't be too bad tonight-low of 57 like last night, but tomorrow night it will be in the low 40's. Please pray Buddy will be found. Thanks, Miss Ellie

October 6, 2000, 8:29 pm Msg #351
Happy Birthday Idelle ! Miss Ellie

October 6, 2000, 9:05 pm Msg #352
Prayers for Buddy!!!!!! Since I have a 4 year old, this hits home!! Happy Birthday to Idelle. Gilley,you take her some place nice!! Not where everything is concealed in a heavy sauce. Take care......Mr.Cookie Bar

October 6, 2000, 9:10 pm Msg #353
One more thing....thanks MPO for the quick picture post. Ill see what comes when I get my pics back and Ill send you the good ones! Maybe Barn oughta go over to the snappy 10 forward and have himself a Romulan ale phosphate.Lemon,of course......Mr. Cookie Bar

October 6, 2000, 11:23 pm Msg #354
Dogs...well, now, they look out for each other. Not tribbles, though. They just run around...lookin' out for number 1. Boy, tribbles are selfish. --Elinora

October 6, 2000, 11:24 pm Msg #355
This tronya's turn HARD!

October 6, 2000, 11:27 pm Msg #356
Barney! This tronya's gone HARD!

October 6, 2000, 11:27 pm Msg #357

October 6, 2000, 11:29 pm Msg #358
ollie, I think there were two eps where the Star Trek folks were in Mayberry. One was that one set in prohibition times (I think that's the right years) and the other one, it's kinda a ghost town.

October 6, 2000, 11:29 pm Msg #359
hey, ~ollie... thet Stir Trak episode ya mentioned-- izzat th' one where they's on a gangster-mentality world (with "Mel" from Alice) or th' one where they's gone back to pre-WWII Earth an' gotta let thet pacifist lady die ta maintain th' timeline? I betcha th' Mayberry town set was one-a th' most used early-century Main Streets used. 'Member some'n back at th' old Porch tellin' us about how th' church was three different buildings an' mebbe Mr. Meldrum's bank was three different buildings, dependin' on th' shot angle. jes' seen Gomer Pyle, USMC gittin' his very first Marine haircut, tellin' th' sheep-shearer all about how Floyd done his hair... after it was done he says, "Well, it ain't exactly th' way Floyd th' barber done it back home, but after all it is your first time." ~~~love, Leon

October 6, 2000, 11:37 pm Msg #360
If you watch the Munsters and Leave It To Beaver, you'll see Andy's house sometimes.

October 7, 2000, 1:42 am Msg #361
Thanks Milton P Oliver for those wonderful pictures. Loved seeing them and getting to see what some of yall look like. I can now put faces to names, only wish I could meet yall. Maybe next year. Love Charlotte

October 7, 2000, 5:41 am Msg #362
Hey to Miss Ellie (Msg # 350). I will definitely pray for little Buddy. That God will guide the steps of the searchers, and that he is found safe and sound as soon as possible. Keep us up-to-date!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God... Romans 8:28

Opie Taylor

October 7, 2000, 10:29 am Msg #363
Miss Ellie? Any news on little Buddy and his dogs?

October 7, 2000, 10:32 am Msg #364
No news as of 9am on Buddy and his dogs. Please Lord let him be found before the cold weather sets in. Also, I think his family should be investigated. Earliere this week someone found him 2 miles from home. Sounds like his parents don't keep a close eye on him. Heading for Granny's today. See ya later 'gator. Miss Ellie

October 7, 2000, 12:38 pm Msg #365
is it idelle's birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY IDELLE!!!!!! :-)

i was talking about the star trek with what;s her name, joan crawford? no....maybe. yeah, where kirk has to let her get wacked.

anyways, holler at yall later!


October 7, 2000, 2:17 pm Msg #366
MPO, I loved the pictures..looks like everyone was having a good time. Just makes me want that much more for next year to come around soon so I can see my friends. Hey to the Porch your healthy girl, Flora

October 7, 2000, 2:20 pm Msg #367
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IDELLE your healthy girl, Flora

October 7, 2000, 3:37 pm Msg #368

Happy Birthday Idelle!

Opie Taylor

October 7, 2000, 4:27 pm Msg #369
Hey to Flora. --Jelsik

October 7, 2000, 6:20 pm Msg #370
MPO, Those are outstandin pictures. Makes a body feel like they were right there in it! You looked like you were having a fun day all around. Hey to Jelsik and Flora and Opie Taylor and Miss Ellie. Any news on the little boy? Lillian

October 7, 2000, 6:22 pm Msg #371
nuthin like boldin when your trying to be spacin. Sorry.

October 7, 2000, 7:48 pm Msg #372
Oh that's alright! Don't worry about it. ;-)

October 7, 2000, 7:57 pm Msg #373
Sadly no news on the little boy. Even troops from Fort Bragg are helping search for Buddy Myers and his two dogs. It will be 40 degrees tonight. May God keep him warm. MPO, thanks for the pictures on your site. Hey to Lillian. Granny wasn't doing too good today. Bless her heart. "We aren't spring chickens anymore." One of my favorite Aunt Bee lines. Saw that one yesterday. "Well, if ain't Sheriff Matt Dillon. Where's Chester?" Just love her little behind bouncing up and down on that piano stool singing "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye" and "Chinatown". Is she really playing the piano? Goodnight all. Miss Ellie

October 8, 2000, 2:42 am Msg #374
Howdy, folks. Up late tonight, us night workers live in an upside-down world, you know. Am so concerned for little Buddy, praying he'll be found OK. You have to wonder how this happened, especially since this isn't the first time. I don't want to point fingers, there may be extenuating circumstances, but one does wonder. We once had a neighbor whose 3-yr old daughter roamed the neighborhood freely, like a little cat. Once I entered my living room to find her sitting in front of my TV. She had let herself in. That was okay with me, but we were about to leave, so I told her to run on home. She replied, "I can't, Mommy locked the door when she left. She told me to come play with David." David is my son (her age) who wasn't even at home at the time, and five minutes later, we wouldn't have been home either. So, little Yvonne would have been locked out everywhere. Naturally, I spoke to her mother about it, and her answer was "Well, she's pretty self-sufficient. She'd have been okay." How do you talk to someone that ignorant? I just spread the word in the neighborhood, and we all watched out for Yvonne after that. Today, I'd probably have alerted the police. Back then, I guess I was a bit ignorant myself, chose not to make a moulage out of it, just started watching out for the kid. Finally, they moved away, moved in with Yvonne's grandparents, so guess she did alright. Well, guess I'll try to catch a few winks. Have a great Mayberry day tomorrow.--Romeena

October 8, 2000, 5:27 am Msg #375
Thanks for keeping us up-to-date Romeena. I'm sorry to hear of Yvonne's lack of proper parent supervision and I'm still praying for Buddy. Oh, Lord, please let him be found safe and soon!--Opie Taylor

October 8, 2000, 5:57 am Msg #376
Where's Frank?

October 8, 2000, 9:48 am Msg #377
Good Sabbath to everybody. I'm wondering how the 40th Anniversary show went yesterday. I'm sure they all had a great time. Can't wait to hear about it and see pictures...the next best thing to being there. ~Emma

October 8, 2000, 10:10 am Msg #378
It went GREAT, Emma. I'll tell more when I've had more sleep and will try to get pictures up this week. We saw the Boones and the Foleys and Opie and **Barn and Charlene and even Emmett and Martha made the trip. We froze but we froze smilin' and laughin'.....

October 8, 2000, 10:11 am Msg #379

October 8, 2000, 11:06 am Msg #380
Miss Ellie? Any news?

October 8, 2000, 11:10 am Msg #381
Goodmorning everyone. Anxious to see those pictures MPO. You remember when Aunt Bee wouldn't let Opie go to the courthouse after school and he winded up going to an old man that caved in when he tried to remove a board, then fell asleep eating apples on the back of the truck and the truck unknowingly carried him to another town? Anyways, kids can get away from you real quick. But folks ought not to leave a 3 year old on there on. Buddy's aunt said he was watching a Barney tape and she was laying on the sofa and fell asleep and 20 minutes later when she awoke, he was gone. May God lead them to him because tonight it get down around 30 degrees. Even if the dogs lay next to him, it is too cold for the dogs to be out, let alone a 4 year old. One dog is minus a leg too. Just don't sound good to me. God help him. Romeena, since you live in an upset down world, do you sleep with your head on the wrong end of the bed....just kidding. Happy Sabbath! Miss Ellie

October 8, 2000, 11:13 am Msg #382
OLD MINE,not old man....proofread. Alone, not on. I slept late, aint awake yet. Miss Ellie

October 8, 2000, 4:24 pm Msg #383
Sure would be nice to see Ande, Poor Horatio, JohnnyPaul, Jackson, Jake, Hazel, 2catsHelen, opie, Ellen Brown, Goober, and all of the other friendly folks from the old porch. Anybody notified any of them as where the porch moved to?

October 8, 2000, 6:39 pm Msg #384
Thanks to Mr. Foley and NiceREALNiceMaryGrace we've got over 30 more pictures from Mayberry Days posted over at theMayberry Giants: "Hit One for the Ol' Goober" place.

October 8, 2000, 10:17 pm Msg #385
Gotta wonder if Mrs. Mendlebright ever found her valoose....

October 8, 2000, 11:05 pm Msg #386
Hey to all, Since this is the month of October our house has gone on a number 1 amber alert. This year we are ready for all tricksters. Friday night after returning from the Football game, which we lost 90 to 0, we were attack by paintballers. This time we fired back with my son's paintball gun which we brought over the summer. They went a running. Hooray for the good guys. So if you came by my house stop in for a treat but watch out for the tricks, because we are ready this year. Sp00ky Benson

October 8, 2000, 11:49 pm Msg #387
Yeah, that 40th anniversary show was big . . . . BIG BIG! We pert near froze, but it was worth it. Lots of stars and lots of good friends. It was good to see MPO and Fred & Jennie, and NRNMG & Mr. Foley, and Opie, and Emmett & Martha. It was Charlene's first Mayberry extraviganza and now she knows what she's been missing. Gotta tell ya though, I wanted Betty Lynn's autograph, but the lines were so long and they cut the signings off at 5:30. Well, after it was all over with, Emmett and Martha and Charlene and I were in Shoneys and lo and behold; guess who came in and sat at the table two down from us? It was Betty Lynn! She signed our books and was a gracious lady. That made it all worth it. Can't wait till we get our pictures back. Gotta hit the old ironing board; 4:30 comes mighty early. Great seeing all of you again!...'Night!

October 9, 2000, 1:03 am Msg #388
tell me, **Barn, is she really as purty in person as she is on th' tee-vee? #376-- "where's Frank?" **LOL** matter of fact, **ROTFLMAO** sure do 'ppreciate th' MD2K pics, mebbe nex' time I'll be right there in it. **peanutbutter hugs** an' ~~~love to all, Leon

October 9, 2000, 5:34 am Msg #389
Miss Ellie what's the latest on little Buddy?--Opie Taylor

October 9, 2000, 8:57 am Msg #390
She shore 'nuff is, Leon!

October 9, 2000, 10:33 am Msg #391
Well folks, it was just plum wonderful is what it was! Mr. Foley & I were right there in it. We flew to Birmingham on Friday evening & Fred & Jennie Boone picked us up at the airport. We had dinner with them Friday night & spent time just visiting. Saturday morning they went back to the airport to pick up Opie, so Mr. Foley & I just hung around the hotel & had a leisurely breakfast. When they got back we all sat around for a while over coffee & muffins that Opie brought (his homemade)and visited some more. Long about lunch time we drifted over across the street to the Ragtime cafe and had some lunch & visited some more. About 2:00PM we all piled in to Fred & Jennies little car and drove out to the amphitheater where the show was gonna be held. We stood in line in a pretty chilly breeze for at least an hour or more while we waited to get in the gates. While we were in line we saw Emmett & Martha & Barn & Charlene way back yonder so we all took turns runnin' back to say hello & visit with them some. We hadn't seen Emmett & Martha for a whole week (since Mayberry Days) and we hadn't seen Charlene before atall & Barn for at least a year or more. Anyway we finally got in the gates & then it was a mad dash to the autograph lines. The stars signed autographs for at least 2 hours. I got most of the ones I wanted, but missed a couple 'cause the lines were too long. We laughed & talked and just had a wonderful time with our Mayberry friends & even met a few new ones like we usually do. Then it was time for the show! And what a show it WAS! I think we counted Seventeen TAGS stars (or their relatives)that were there! Plus the Dillards & Alan & David and various local entertainers. Oh! It was BIG! One of my greatest treats was meeting Kit McNear (Howard's son) and talking with him and also finally getting to meet my namesake, Mary Grace Canfield! I have been to several TAGS events & met the others, but those two I had not met before. By 10:45 when the show ended we were all freezing but having a wonderful time while we froze. We raced back to our hotel to get warm with some hot tea & snacks & sat around just visitng & talking some more about the show & what a wonderful time we had. Around one AM when we could no longer hold our eyes open we finally gave up & went to bed. Then it was sleep in for a while, have breakfast, visit some more & head to the airport. With lots of hugs & amid lots of tears we boarded the plane to head back home. Once we started thru that gate, I was like Ms. Lesch, I couldn't look back! Spending time with Mayberry friends is just the best there is; it just don't get any better than that! I wish each & every one of you could have been there with us! ``sniff,``sniff....NRNMG

October 9, 2000, 10:34 am Msg #392
Sorry I took up so much space, but I just couldn't leave anything out! NRNMG

October 9, 2000, 10:39 am Msg #393
I shore am glad everybody had such a good time at Mayberry Days.....I would LOVE to have been there! But.....at least I DID get to go to the event in Pelham (Birmingham), AL. It got a might cold, but it shore was worth it! It was really great having the chance to meet MPO, Fred & Jennie, NRNMG & Mr. Foley, and Opie. It's always so special seeing Emmett & Martha....that alone made the trip worthwhile! I tell ya....it was BIG....well, BIG ain't the word for it!
Happy Belated Birthday to sweet Miss Ellie!
Congratulations to Orville and Elinora!
Happy birthday to Idelle!
Oh, yeah.....by any chance....did anybody get a couple of extry post cards with the Mayberry postmark on them for the big 40th anniversary? If so.....please let me know....I'd love to buy two of them......they are always special, but extry special this year! I wonder if I could contact the Surry Arts Council? Think I could get a few there?
Love to all
Bulbsnatcher (formerly Charlene)

October 9, 2000, 10:42 am Msg #394
Oh sorry, I DID forget to put down that we also saw MPO & Myra & one of her friends as well there too. It was an exciting time! NRNMG

October 9, 2000, 10:45 am Msg #395
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY IDELLE! Hope it was a goodn'. love from, NRNMG & Mr. FOLEY

October 9, 2000, 11:16 am Msg #396
Great pics, MPO!! Thanks for posting the link! Belated Happy Birthday, Idelle! Hope it was a good one! Miss Ellie, any word on little Buddy?? I started prayin' when I read your post. ~Dež~

October 9, 2000, 2:52 pm Msg #397
yo to everybody!

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October 9, 2000, 6:40 pm Msg #398
Hi all! Boy it sounds as if a BIG time was had by all for the latest weekend extravaganza! MPO, your pictures are a portrait no artist could paint! whew hoo! I have not gotten my 4 rolls developed yet (dirty me dirty me) but I'll keep you in mind if I get any good ones. I did get some of folks chewing and stuff, when we was eating, so those are always fun to put out for everyone to see! LOL (we call them blackmail pix where I come from....hhehehhe). Everybody - thanks for all the birthday well wishes too! They are much appreciated!!! So much love in Mayberry! We are gonna have a little yellow sponge cake and some ice cream for me next weekend, it should be fun. We woulda did it this weekend, but my mom is going thru a rough patch right now and we decided to wait it out. Its chilly here, mid-30's at night...COME ON SNOW! Well, what else is a mountain-girl-who-lives-in-the-city supposed to say? HEY MCB, Gilly saw Mrs Cookie Bar on Friday afternoon when he was driving in DC. He said she didn't know who the heck it was! LOL, so tell her the guy who was riding by her in a truck, and honking wasn't a stalker, it was Gilly! LOL. (hopefully it was her or I'll have to have his glasses checked again! ) You all take care! More power to ya!!! Idelle