The Edmond Sun

July 13, 2012

Reader: Andy Griffith shined a light on America’s best values

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — To the Editor:

Another American icon has departed. Andy Griffith, star of TV and movies, humorist, guitarist, singer, was a guy everyone thought they knew. It’s almost like losing a family member.

From all accounts of the man he was as good in private life as the one usually portrayed on screen. He is best remembered as Andy Taylor, sheriff of Mayberry, tolerating in good humor his Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts), cousins Goober and Gomer and offering “good sense” parenting to Opie (now director Ron Howard). Ron describes Andy as a second father, a man who planned the show around his school and Little League baseball. The scenes were priceless Americana.

Whatever was happening in our own lives we could count on laughs once a week from his “Andy Griffith” show. Norman Rockwell, in the twilight of his life, was asked if he thought his paintings really portrayed American life. He replied: “Maybe, or maybe just the way things ought to be.” Perhaps the lights of Mayberry have dimmed but the place will forever live in our dreams as “the way things ought to be.” Thanks Andy, you’ll always be America’s favorite sheriff.

Randall Orr