Here goes...I don't think I have ever created a blog, I am going to give it a try.
Being a life time fan of TAGS, I remember well the days of the first runs of the show as a kid sitting in front of that black and white TV. We had one of those mounted in a cabinet that looked like a piece of furniture. I think I even watched the moon landing in black and white!
It would be many years before we would ever own a color TV. I am thankful for this age of entertainment as in those days there was a lot of quality put into the shows that were produced for family viewing. In those days censors did a good job of making sure things were held with moral standards.
I really think the black and white era added a lot of character to the old movies and TV shows. Funny thing, one of my co-workers who is in his 30's claims he does not watch anything in black and white. This was his response one day as I was telling him about TAGS. My response back to him was, "Well, there are some episodes in color too!"
I have enjoyed reading many books and learning from others in this community as we share our love and devotion to the show. One thing that I have always been very interested in is the behind the scenes and production of the show. I remember hearing Andy saying once on an interview that every show was shot with one camera and was shot as a movie. The end product is a true testimony to this. There is a rich quality in the look and feel of the show as it was not filmed in front of a studio audience as most sitcoms are done.
The use of the old 40 acres back lot where the fictional town of Mayberry existed gave the show life. We all became so familiar with the streets of Mayberry that I believe could all map it out, house by house, store by store. Mayberry became a real place in our minds. Most of us that love the show so much can somehow relate to the town and the people. We became so familiar with the characters in the show to the point we always felt they were there. One example is Ernest T. Bass, he was only in the show for five episodes...another was Barney's girl Juanita. We never saw her but she just seemed to be there just a phone call away.
Well, enough for now...have a happy Mayberry Day !
Photo taken by me on my last visit to Franklin Canyon in 2012. One of the few physical reminders of the show that still exist. Walking around this lake conjurers up a lot of memories of the show and you can just see in your mind, Andy and all of those who used to visit the lake on the show.