I wanted to take a look at in my opinion 1 of the funniest single characters in Mayberry History.
Lydia Crosswaithe is known for her somewhat bland delivery. She is very smart but quite outspoken often about things that annoy her the most. For example. she would rather play the guitar than the trumpet or she prefers chocolate candy to pizza.
Josie Lloyd was born in 1940. She is the daughter to legendary screen actor Norman Lloyd. Norman is over 100 years old now- he may have well passed on. She starred in 4 episodes during her time in Mayberry. There was the CLASSIC CLASSIC “Goober and the Art of Love”, As Lydia “Barney Mends A Broken Heart”
I can’t find a whole lot of pictures of Josie Lloyd anywhere. Very little is known about her or what she looks like now. It seems that she left Hollywood behind for good in the 1970’s. for a moment in time there was a woman named Lydia. A truly legendary character actress.
Let me know what you think Mayberry Land.
? Who was Lydia Crosswaithe???????.
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 going to the www.iMayberryCommunity.com site and reading the discussion forum, adding comments to it and communicating with over 950 members, from all over the country, on Mayberry related trivia and just general conversation. There is something special about this community of folks. The page also links you to Weaver’s Department Store, and the “Two Chairs, No Waiting” podcast. Weaver's has some great deals on Mayberry apparel, collectibles and some rare treasures. Anybody that is ANYBODY Mayberry, just has to shop at Weaver's! The Two Chair No Waiting Podcast is iconic in and of itself. So much information, and so much fun to listen and participate during the show in the Chat Room! If you haven't been there, you gotta go!
2) The Facebook Groups are awesome. There are several out there: Mayberry, Our Favorite Hometown, TAGSRWC; Only One Word I Can Think of…Big, Mayberry After Midnight, The Andy Griffith Show, TAGS, and I Miss Mayberry. All unique, and all run by good folks. The nice thing about them is that they are ALL Mayberry, ALL the time. No negative attitudes, no politics, no sales, no criticizing allowed…Just Mayberry Fun!
3) I have our local TAGS Rerun Watchers Club, Trivial Trivialities, and we love to throw out trivia, quotes and pictures to each other. It’s hard to even see one of them on Facebook and not find a way to make a Mayberry related comment on their posts. Getting together with them periodically helps me get my dose of Mayberry.
4) Since I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Tribute Artists group, I absolutely love these folks and their families. We all communicate regularly on group messaging and it is very special when we get together at events. There is a kinship among these folks that is hard to describe, other than respect, admiration and a feeling of family!
5) Mayberry Events. I look so forward to attending and participating in the Mayberry events. There are several super events that are available. I hope you can go to some. Starting around April, there’s the Eagle’s Wings Fundraiser (Tuscaloosa, AL), then Mayberry in the Midwest in May (Danville, IN), Mayberry Meet Up in July (Mt. Airy, NC), Mayberry Nights in August (Troy, NC), Annual Mayberry Days in September (Mt. Airy, NC), and the Cruise to Mayberry in October (Out of Charleston, SC) to name a few. To see a more complete listing of events, click HERE.
6. Your local chapter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. Take a look on the web page to see all the chapters and type in your state, then try to find one near you by clicking HERE
7. If you don’t find a Rerun Watchers Clun near you, then start your own. Click HERE to find out how.
See you in Mayberry!
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 good long look at either a stranded motorist, a car pulled over by an officer of the law, or a wreck. “JUST PRESS THE GAS and MOVE ALONG!”
We hurry up and wait through most of life. We wait on the TV Repair guy (unless it’s George’s TV Repair”). We wait on the lady on the phone after she tells us your wait time is 18 minutes. We wait on the person to get someone on the phone to answer our question about whether or not they have a product on the shelf at one of those big box stores. We wait on a table when we go out to dinner, even though we made a reservation. (Unless it’s the Bluebird Diner.)
Now, let me back up, and allow my blood pressure to come back down, and talk about the NOT having to wait.
Mayberry fans all over the world have come to know the meaning of “Two chairs. No waiting.” It’s the dream of Floyd Lawson, the quirky town barber, to have two barber chairs in his shop so there wouldn’t be any wait time for customers. Of course he’d have to have two barbers, and that didn’t work out so well in “The Bookie Barber” episode (S2 E28). Nonetheless, Floyd had to give it a try, and certainly had “the magazines to swing it.” I know that I can walk right down the street to Floyd’s Barber Shop and NOT have to wait a long time. Even if I did, it would be a fun wait.
I also know that I can tune in on most Monday nights and 8:00 PM (EST) and find a lot of my friends in a Guest Chat Room, because here is the “Two Chairs. No Waiting” podcast. The easiest way to find it is to go to www.imayberrycommunity,com and click on the podcast there. You can listen to the podcast, and enjoy some of the best entertainment news on the planet. News about cast and crew, tribute artists, upcoming events, trivia, interviews, new books, and more. You can even join in the Chat Room. The proprietor of “Two Chairs. No Waiting” is Allan Newsome. He’s done over 400 podcast episodes to date. Allan also owns the iMayberryCommunity.com fan page, the WBMUTBB (Who’s Been Messing Up the Bulletin Board) fan page, along with several others, and he and his wife Jan also operate Weaver’s Department Store (even on days when Bert Miller isn’t working his street stand). Allan is also the tribute artist that portrays Floyd, the Barber, and has ably done so for about 20 years. Along the parade routes and through the Mayberry crowds, he’s always willing to give you a snip and check the length of your sideburns. In real life, he’s an engineer and lives in the state of Alabama. No matter how busy his personal life is, he always finds time to share his love of Mayberry. Whether you’re a casual fan of the show (and it’s hard to just be a casual fan), or a diehard “trained notice” like Barney Fife, Allan’s podcast will give you that down home good feeling. It’s light hearted, chocked full of information, and provides insights into the lives of the cast, crew and tribute artists that collectively keep the show’s life blood flowing.
I enjoy all of the pages Allan maintains for our enjoyment, the Facebook posts he makes, the pictures he shares, the podcasts he produces, and most of all, appreciate the energy he puts into making Mayberry fun for all of us. Not only will you get to know more about Mayberry, but you’ll come to appreciate more of who Allan Newsome is and has been for all of our enjoyment. Like Floyd once said to Andy…we say to Allan…”you’re a prince of a fella.” So find and join the imayberrycommunity.com page, join the WBMUTBB page and tune into the "Two Chairs. No Waiting" podcast...you'll be glad you did.
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.
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 are still a large number of folks that don't know about all of the great resources, interactive websites, and events for Mayberry fans to participate in and enjoy.
With that in mind, I have put together a beginners list of ways fans can connect with the show, and other fans. The list submitted here is certainly not a complete list, but is one that you can share with your friends. All of the listed sites and books are credited to the folks that own or host rights to them as much as I have knowledge of and my intent in sharing them is to be a good neighbor and friend of Mayberry.
The Andy Griffith Show Book: by Ken Beck and Jim Clark
Mayberry My Hometown: by Stephen J. Spignesi
The Official Andy Griffith Show Scrapbook: by Lee Pfeiffer
Mayberry 101: by Neil Brower
We Have Extra Security Tonight: by David Browning with Thomas D. Perry
The Andy Griffith Show: by Richard Kelly
Barney Fife and Other Characters I Have Known: by Don Knotts with Robert Metz
Barney Fife's Guide to Life, Love and Self-Defense: by Len and John Oszustowicz
Everybody Back on the Truck: by Lee Grant and the Original Dillards
Goober in a Nutshell: by George Lindsey with Ken Beck and Jim Clark
Aunt Bee's Cookbook: by Ken Beck and Jim Clark
Aunt Bee's Delightful Desserts: by Ken Beck and Jim Clark
Mayberry Trivia -1500 Questions About A TV Classic: by Scott Hopkins
Andy and Don: by Daniel de Visé
The E-Bullet: http://www.tagsrwc.com/ebullet/joinebullet.htm Sent every other month with show highlights, cast news, event schedules, and chapter news.
The WBMUTBB Digest: http://www.tagsrwc.com/wbmutbb/joinwbmutbb.htm sent daily with news and updates.
Weaver's Department Store Newsletter: http://mail.weaversdepartmentstore.com/mailman/listinfo/newsletter_... News of sales and new items available at the online store.
The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. www.imayberry.com
Weaver's Department Store - www.weaversdepartmentstore.com shop for memorabilia, gift items and collectibles
iMayberry Community - interactive fan page, forums, blogs, etc. www.imayberrycommunity.com
Whose Been Messing Up The Bulletin Board? This is the Original online chapter of the Rerun Watchers Club. http://www.wbmutbb.com
Sarah's Mayberry Directory: lots of links to further resources and fun from Mayberry. http://www.tagsrwc.com/sarahs/content/Mayberry_Mailing_Lists.html
Mayberry Wikia - hosted by QueenBuffy - interactive fan page. http://mayberry.wikia.com/wiki/The_Andy_Griffith_Show
Postcards from Goober: fun and free greeting cards you can create and send. http://www.tagsrwc.com/interactive/wcard
Cast and Crew news and official fan pages - http://www.tagsrwc.com/sarahs/content/Mayberry_Cast_&_Crew.html
Unseen Characters on The Andy Griffith Show - http://www.mayberry.info/history/index.php?title=Unseen_Characters
Mayberry Historical Society - http://www.mayberry.info/history/index.php?title=Main_Page
Two Chairs No Waiting: hosted by Allan Newsome. http://imayberry.com/podcasts/category/two-chairs-no-waiting/. News, perspectives, trivia and interviews. Watch live by tuning into www.imayberrycommunity.com on Monday nights at 8 pm EST. Archived editions can be found on You Tube
Burke on Mayberry: Hosted by Kevin Burke. http://imayberry.com/podcasts/category/burke-on-mayberry/
Cultural references, show morals and the lighter, fun side of the fictional town of Mayberry.
Mayberry Bible Study: Hosted by Allan Newsome, and based on the original bible study work of Joey Fann (1998). http://imayberry.com/podcasts/category/mayberry-bible-study/. A reflection of the lessons taught by the show through a Biblical perspective.
I Miss Mayberry: Tiffany Brown / Keith Brown Admins
Mayberry after Midnight: Multiple Admins
TAGS: Idelle Bushy Admin
The Andy Griffith Show: Multiple Admins
TAGSRWC "Only one word I can think of...Big" : Multiple Admins
Mayberry, Our Favorite Hometown: Multiple Admins
Mayberry Everyday: Hosted and written by Keith Brown www.mayberryeveryday.blogspot.com - thoughts and perspectives
Guest Bloggers at www.iMayberryCommunity.com
Have a Mayberry Day,
(aka Col. Harvey)
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 days. But, instead of doing the work, freeloader Wheeler manages to con Andy into doing his work while he is out entertaining Aunt Bee at picnics. When Andy is informed by a neighboring sheriff of the nature of this Wheeler, Andy uses a bit of reverse psychology, coupled with a shotgun, to send the "handy" man on his way. Henry Wheeler is played by the same actor that plays Uncle Joe in Petticoat Junction - very appropriate! In Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee Clara convinces Aunt Bee to marry a man, any man, so that Andy can get on with his life. Bee settles for Fred Goss, the owner of the local dry cleaner. Fred loves to spew cigarette ashes all over the place (including freshly cleaned suits) with the ever-present cig hanging from his mouth. Fred's motto is "It always pays to look your best"! Also Fred loves to spread malicious gossip about every person that drops off clothes for him to clean - he derives clues from the stains (like wine stains) on the clothes and items left in the pockets. Aunt Bee despises Fred but almost marries him anyway, at least til Andy, with a bit of help from Opie, straightens her out. Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee is one of my favorites - it's just plain quirky. My favorite line of Fred's: "No sir, Gravy's no joke"!
Season 3 - Aunt Bee's Medicine Man. A street peddler by the name Colonel Harvey sells Aunt Bee his Indian Elixir (Good for what ails you) and manages to get invited over for dinner as well. The elixir works wonders for Aunt Bee, mostly because it is 90 proof liquor (Note the show mis-states it as 90% alcohol, which would make it 180 proof). Aunt Bee is head over heals over Colonel Harvey until Andy arrests Colonel Harvey and Aunt Bee and her whole church group for moonshine violations while the colonel is demonstrating his product to the group. Love this episode!
Season 4 - In Briscoe Declares For Aunt Bee, hillbilly Briscoe Darling and his boys are invited over for dinner by Andy after they are kicked out of a local diner. Briscoe is so impressed with Aunt Bee's great cooking and the fact that she gave him extra butter for his "taters" that he declares that she will be his wife. Not really a proposal but a hillbilly-style proclamation! When Aunt Bee objects, Briscoe and his boys simply kidnap Aunt Bee. No SWAT team or special rescue needed, just Andy and a bit of reverse psychology to convince Briscoe that Aunt Bee is not the one for him. Hillbillies are so easy to fool!
Season 5 - In Aunt Bee's Romance, an old flame Roger Hanover gets in touch with her and then drops in for a visit. Roger tells endless bad jokes and plays pranks continuously, only to irritate Andy and Opie. Roger announces to Andy that he intends to marry Aunt Bee but could be on his way to Florida instead if only Andy could give him $400. After Andy refuses the blackmail offer, Roger backs down on his proposal and somehow finds the money himself to move on. This is quite the quirky episode and a lot of fun to watch. There was another episode in Season 5 titled Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau where Aunt Bee pretends to have a relationship with the butter and egg man Orville Hendricks (he is married but Aunt Bee does not know it). I don't count this as a boyfriend since he was only pretend - also I did not care all that much for this episode - It was not in the spirit of a true Andy Griffith show.
Season 6 - In Aunt Bee The Swinger, Aunt Bee hooks up with a retired congressman John Canfield. Aunt Bee thinks that the congressman expects a woman to have unlimited energy, so she pretends to be that woman, staying out with John every night til late in the evening, to the point of exhaustion. Aunt Bee does not realize, however, that the poor congressman is getting just as exhausted as she. As usual, Andy straightens this misunderstanding out. This is the first color episode of one of Aunt Bee's beaus, and John is the first respectable man that she has relations with on the show.
Season 7 - In Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory, Aunt Bee buys a wig to impress a visiting bachelor pastor Reverend Leighton who will be accepting a parish in a nearby town. Aunt Bee really feels silly when the pastor does a sermon on being unpretentious. One of the funnier moments is where Floyd, sitting directly behind Bee in church, attempts to pinch off a small sample of the wig as he insists it is made from fine Chinese hair. The wig really makes Bee look like she has big hair!
Season 8 - In Aunt Bee and the Lecturer, a visiting lecturer Hubert St. John falls instantly in love with Bee. But the reason he falls for her is that Bee reminds him of his deceased wife. Bee gets a bit creeped out by this somewhat neurotic attraction he has for her and wants to break this off, yet let him down easy. So Andy comes up with a crafty solution: Have Bee act like a wild and crazy un-Bee-like woman. This sends the professor running.
In conclusion, I enjoyed all of these episodes due to both their quirkiness and the superb acting of Francis Bavier as she played Bee.
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