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Super rare footage of Don Knotts on Arthur Godfy's Talent Scouts (1948)

Hello IMayberry Folks,

Like so many fans, I grew up on the Andy Griffith show and, almost immediately, had favorite characters. I especially love Barney, and Don Knotts was in one of my favorite movies as a child as well (the Ghost and Mr. Chicken). I really liked 'Limpett' as a kid too of course.

These days I teach animation and animation history at an art college in Detroit, Michigan. I also run a small company called Thunderbean that releases rare films and animation on DVD…


Added by Steve Stanchfield on July 24, 2017 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Getting My Dose of Mayberry

I don’t know about you folks, but I go through times where I just need a good dose of Mayberry.  I don’t mean binging on watching the episodes, but interacting with other Mayberryians.

So here’s how I like to do it:

1)  I LOVE…


Added by ColHarV on May 1, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments

A Salute

Whether I go to the grocery store, or to Wal-Mart, or just drive up to the mall…I HATE to be in a long line.  If people were attentive to the task at hand, and moved with due diligence, it would be different, but they don’t! Even waiting at the traffic light, and I am just four cars back…I know that because of drivers not paying attention or just lackadaisically moving along…I may not make the light.  I am especially irked by the “rubber-necking” drivers that just have to slow down and take a… Continue

Added by ColHarV on January 11, 2017 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

I Am Mayberry Fortunate

One often speaks of how fortunate they are to have this or that, or fortunate to have a particular experience...and so on and so forth. …


Added by ColHarV on September 26, 2016 at 6:49pm — 2 Comments

How To Connect To and Share Mayberry

I was watching and listening to a recent podcast, Two Chairs, No Waiting, hosted by our friend, Allan Newsome.  The podcast showcased some of the many great books written about The Andy Griffith Show.  An issue came up during the podcast that got me to thinking.  It centered around the different websites, resources and events, as well as what many consider to be common knowledge about the show.  What came from the conversation here, and at a recent "meet up" event in Mt. Airy, was that there… Continue

Added by ColHarV on August 5, 2016 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Frances Bavier Interview: Discussing Her Lengthy Career And Her Feelings About Her Most Famous Role?

Frances Bavier: 1902-1989

As I did my research on Frances Bavier I wanted to know more about her life. Well I was watching a YouTube clip of her doing an interview. She was discussing some of the highs and lows of her decades long career in Hollywood as well as her dislike of Andy Griffith and her struggle to remain a well known actress all the while playing Aunt Bee on T.V.

1. I had no idea and was somewhat surprised by the fact that she and Andy didn't get along rarely… Continue

Added by Chris Millican on July 25, 2016 at 1:07am — No Comments

i was somewhat shocked at some of the things I am reading in the new book about Andy and Don.

Has anyone read the book and what did you  think?

Added by Anthony Panza on February 23, 2016 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

You Never Know When You'll Meet a Mayberry Neighbor

For those of us who love the Andy Griffith Show…and I mean LOVE the Andy Griffith Show…we probably have some sort of Mayberry memorabilia. It might be a Mayberry coffee mug, a keychain, a hat, some of the collectible villages or plates, a book, a car license tag or tag frame, an autograph or two with pictures of the shows stars…or even a picture or autograph from the Tribute Artists. But most likely, the most popular item in the Mayberry Collection is the T-shirt. Most of us have at least one… Continue

Added by ColHarV on March 14, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A Mayberry Cure for the Holiday Blues

I look so forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. All they hype, the excitement of children, the tree and house decorations, the nativity, the services at church, family and the giving. I pour a lot of my efforts into giving. I don’t necessarily focus on the monetary values in the gifts I give, but try to focus on people. How can I serve my family and friends? What acts of kindness can I do for them? How can I serve or give to total strangers or to organizations that benefit… Continue

Added by ColHarV on January 29, 2015 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Follow up to previous blog

I attended Mayberry Days in 2006 and went to the poetry book signing on Main St where I had my book signed by Kathryn Daren the book's publisher and a Mayberry tribute artist herself. I introduced myself to her and she told others in line that I was the one who wrote the tribute to Barney in the book. Several people asked me to sign their book. I was embarrassed but I obliged. Kathryn asked me to return to a book signing later that day but other obligations prevented this from happening.…


Added by Joe Hoover on January 26, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

Poem by Joe Hoover from Greencastle Pa.

A few years back I somehow stumbled onto a web site called Christian Activities. They were going to make a poetry book called A Tribute to Mayberry. Throughout my years in life I have had several friends tell me that I should have been some kind of poet or writer but not having the will or determination I have never pursued this option. So just to satisfy myself and others I grew a beard and started to think. I figured if it worked for Goober it might work for me. I sat down one day and in a…


Added by Joe Hoover on January 26, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

What are "The Good Old Days?"

Do you sometimes long for "the good old days?"

Many a day over the years, I have had occasion to feel like I just wanted to be somewhere else besides where I was at the time. I will also find myself wishing I could go back to "the good old days." The truth is, we really just want to experience the peaceful and fun times of years gone by.

The good Lord has a way of letting us remember the good times a lot more clearly than the bad times. Oh, we remember the passing of loved… Continue

Added by ColHarV on July 12, 2014 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

It's Hard to Beat a Mayberry Event

Everybody longs to be a part of something. Everybody wants to contribute to their family or circle of friends. Everybody wants to be valued. Sheriff Andy Taylor made that happen for the residents of Mayberry. He did it for Aunt Bee in the very first episode, The New House Keeper. He did it for Opie in Mr. McBeevee. He did it for Barney over and over; Lawman Barney, Crime Free Mayberry, Barneys Sidecar, on and on, and on. He even did it for old cranky Ben Weaver in The Christmas Story… Continue

Added by ColHarV on May 19, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Thanks for accepting me!

Right now, just wanted to say thank you, I'm glad to be a part of the iMayberry Community!!!

Added by Monty McCord on May 2, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Mayberry Comes BACK to Westminster 2014

In just a few short weeks, the town of Westminster, nestled neatly into the upper left-hand corner of the state, will come alive with Mayberry. Oconee County, where Westminster is located, is called the Golden Corner of the State. Although I love living on the coast of SC, I spent the first four years of my life as a professional out of college in this wonderful place.

Clemson University is just a few miles away, as is the town of Seneca, Walhalla, Oakway and West Union. I was… Continue

Added by ColHarV on April 14, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Guest of Honor

Not too long ago, I became aware of a wonderful website that I now belong to called the "iMayberry Community." The site is operated by a great guy named Allan Newsome, also known as the Tribute Artist, "Floyd, the Barber." The website can be found by going to It's a little slice of the Internet, just off the beaten path that allows us to go back a little over 50 years to a simpler time. To a time when life's pace was a… Continue

Added by ColHarV on March 26, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Eight Boy Friends of Aunt Bee!

Aunt Bee, played by Frances Bavier, had a total of 8 boyfriends through the 8 seasons of The Andy Griffith Show. Here they are:

Season 1 - No Aunt Bee boyfriend episodes in this season.

Season 2 - They make up for the absence of boyfriends in Season 1 by giving Aunt Bee two in this season. In Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter, Aunt Bee falls for a traveling handyman Henry Wheeler and invites him to stay on for more…


Added by Mayor Pike on March 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

TAGS FB page

I hope everyone is doing well! I started back in September of last year. Currently there are 564 likes on the page. It's a community page and the only one of its kind to be recognized as an official chapter page for TAGSRWC! I hope everyone will come check it out if you haven't already and invite your friends! My goal is to reach 1000 likes!

Added by Mayberry Lady on March 6, 2014 at 8:13pm — No Comments


As of late in the Deep South, and more specifically, on the South Carolina coast, we have experienced weather that is somewhat foreign to us. Over the last three weeks, we have experienced below freezing temperatures along with rain, sleet and snow. That's right, the beach. I know it's not that big of a deal for those of you who live in parts of the US where you regularly see this kind of weather. Oh, we have short snaps of cold weather, although it not as often as others, however… Continue

Added by ColHarV on February 23, 2014 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Ruth Burch - Casting

You just can help but notice her name when you see the closing credits on TAGS.  Ruth Burch lived till her 90's if I am not mistaken.  She was in charge of casting for not only TAGS but for many, many other TV shows.  This is an important job for any show to become successful.  Just think, she would have been responsible for many of those who had parts in the show over the years.  I am sure Andy and the producers had a big part in selecting talent, but I can't help believe that Ruth was very…


Added by Mr. McBeevee on February 12, 2014 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment


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