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Norman Lear: Climbing the Magic Hill

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

In spite of a horrendous childhood, Lear developed the necessary elements for success. Yes, he's a talented writer, producer and executive. He is also a master salesman. As a mid-level development executive in his Embassy Productions, I witnessed the executive Lear in action.

Actress Who Played Thelma Lou Reminisces About Andy Griffith

Pat Gallagher | Posted 10.29.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Actress Betty Lynn is 87. It's hard to believe that 'Thelma Lou' was born on Aug. 29, 1926! Who woulda' thought? Even though it has been 48 years since The Andy Griffith Show actress appeared as a regular on TAGS playing the sweet, mild-mannered girlfriend of our favorite bumbling deputy Barney Fife, reruns keep 'Thelma Lou' young in our minds and in our hearts.

Andy Griffith: Gone But Not Forgotten

Posted 07.03.2013 | Celebrity

Iconic TV personality Andy Griffith died one year ago today (July 3). Griffith, who passed away at age 86, was best known for the characters Sheri...

Andy Griffith's Widow Gets Permit To Demolish Actor's Longtime Home

AP | By MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 05.21.2013 | Celebrity

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina water...

What Outlives Granite

Meg Seitz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Meg Seitz

Yes, the world is changing quickly. But, when you're rooted in the most solid foundation -- people and places -- that built this country, you've got growth potential. Because it lasts -- this granite, this community, this television show, this way or life.

Since Oscar Forgot, Remembering Ann Rutherford

Kim Morgan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

The Oscars In Memoriam Reel always leaves important people out and this year seemed one of the worst. I watched those we're to remember, shocked the entire presentation was over so quickly.

Ron Howard Celebrates Andy Griffith

AP | MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 12.01.2012 | Entertainment

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only conf...

Frank Rich: Stop Whining, America

New York Magazine | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Declinist panic. Hysterical nostalgia. America may not be over, but it is certainly in thrall to the idea. ...

Rance Howard At 83: 'I Never Play The Ron Howard Card'

Pat Gallagher | Posted 09.20.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

While working on 'Cool Hand Luke' with Paul Newman, I would say, 'Good morning, Mr. Newman.' He never acknowledged my greeting. I continued that for two or three days until finally he said to me, 'I don't fraternize.'

America as Re-run: Losing Andy Griffith Without Losing Our Way

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

If we just leave this question to the media, we deserve what we get. All of us must be concerned about our media diet and its powerful link to our cultural health, and we should be crying out to Hollywood to right the picture.

WATCH: How To Recreate 'The Andy Griffith Show' Opening Credits

Posted 07.09.2012 | Los Angeles

Even though Mayberry, N.C. is a fictional town, fans looking to pay homage to Andy Griffith and his eponymous show can still visit the next best place...

Andy Griffith's Fearlessly Joyful Work Ethic

Michael Drew | Posted 09.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

It's rare for anyone in Hollywood to speak about someone's exemplary conduct on the set, an environment that's usually treated as off-limits, since how the sausage is made is best left unexamined. But some 50 years after working with Andy Griffith, Ron Howard's remembering the spirit of that generous work environment shows how lasting an impression such professionalism, joy and kindness can have on a young person.

Be The Fearless Sheriff Of Your Own Mayberry

Ree Varcoe | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

At some point in life, most of us have probably thought it would be idyllic to live in a place where people know and support each other, leave their doors unlocked with confidence and are afraid of practically nothing. Once upon a time that kind of living seemed commonplace. These days? Not so much.

Andy Griffith's Cause Of Death Revealed

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.05.2012 | Celebrity

RALEIGH, N.C. — The death certificate for Andy Griffith says the actor's death earlier this week was caused by a heart attack. The certificate sa...

Rest in Peace, Cast of The Andy Griffith Show

Pat Gallagher | Posted 09.04.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

The passing of one of the greatest "down home" actors of all time -- Andy Griffith -- brings to mind that, sadly, many of the actors who lived in the fictional town of Mayberry are no longer with us.

Behind The Mayberry Legacy

AP | TED ANTHONY | Posted 07.05.2012 | TV

-- Close your eyes and picture it: small-town America. It has a little post office, of course. A general store, too, and a fishing hole. There's a b...

LISTEN: The Hilarious Football Story That Started Andy Griffith's Career

Posted 07.03.2012 | Comedy

Back in the day, comedians would sometimes record bits or stories as short albums for various labels. One of the best-selling of all time, and the on...

'The Lonesome Road': A Playlist for the Late Great Andy Griffith

David Wild | Posted 09.02.2012 | Entertainment
David Wild

It is worth remembering today that Griffith's influence extended powerfully into the music. Imagine how many millions more were exposed to the timeless beauty of bluegrass music thanks to massive primetime exposure on The Andy Griffith Show.

'Andy Griffith Show' Marathon Headed To TV Land

Posted 09.02.2012 | TV

The beloved small screen icon Andy Griffith, who died at 86 on Tuesday, will be honored with multiple marathons of "The Andy Griffith Show" on TV Land...

10 Things We Learned From Andy Griffith

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.03.2012 | Comedy

Andy Griffith, star of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock," has passed away at the age of 86. In some ways, his passing marks the end of an era. ...

Andy Griffith's Greatest TV Moments

Posted 07.03.2012 | TV

Andy Griffith has left behind quite a TV legacy. The star of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock" passed away at the age of 86, but he'll be remembe...

LISTEN: Andy Griffith (1926-2012) Sings Gospel

Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion

Andy Griffith (1926-2012) died today at the age of 86. Most famous for his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, the actor was a...

George Lindsey, TV's 'Goober Pyle,' Remembered At Funeral Service

AP | JOE EDWARDS | Posted 05.13.2012 | TV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Actor George Lindsey was remembered Friday as the grinning Goober who made television viewers laugh for three decades on "The Andy...

George Lindsey 'Talks' Mayberry -- One Final Interview

Pat Gallagher | Posted 07.07.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

He didn't make recommendations. If you're Andy Griffith and it's The Andy Griffith Show you don't make recommendations.

One Dysfunction Per Generation Isn't Too Bad

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

It's always easier to judge the past than the present. The problem is we tend to judge people by looking backwards without considering how things looked from their vantage point at the time.