BOSTON, July 4, 2012 – The world lost a good one when Andy Griffith passed away at his home at the age of 86.
Sheriff Andy and his patient, even handed, wisdom helped generations navigate the tumultuous 60s. I ask, who didn’t love Andy Griffith? You could hear the whole country sighing with grief at the same time as we learned of his passing.
Andy Griffith was our moral compass. Generations learned right from wrong by watching “The Andy Griffith Show”. He helped us through the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Mayberry with Opie and Aunt Bea was a town based on midwestern values during a time that the hippies and anti-government protests stood against all that Sheriff Andy stood for.
We laughed and learned a bit without knowing it. Andy was Sesame Street before there was a Sesame Street.
Ron Howard said it best in a tweet:
“Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy”
In a TV wasteland filled with “Mob Wives”, “Basketball Wives”, “Snookie & JWoWW” etc., it is reassuring to still see reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock”.
Would “The Andy Griffith Show” be made today? No. And that’s a crime. Let’s not forget that there is still a home for good quality television that Andy represented.
Andy’s wife released a statement, “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord.”
It didn’t matter what our own personal faith was. Whether we were Christian, Muslim, Atheist etc…, we all loved Andy. We can all hope that Andy is in a better place.
God Bless you Andy. We will miss you and the simple, genuine times you represented.
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