I adored The Andy Griffith Show. It was a peek into a small town we all wish we could be from. Watching it brought great comfort, like the feel of a cashmere sweater or the taste of a baked potato with all the toppings. Despite all the wonderful inhabitants of Mayberry, it was Andy who made the show work. He personified country simplicity and wisdom. He was fair and honest, gentle and a bit mischievous.
Many years ago, I got the chance to work with Andy on Matlock. By that time, he was already advanced in age, and he could have retired comfortably. But that just wasn’t him. All he knew how to do was perform, and he appreciated the gifts that allowed him to perform for a living. I’m grateful and comforted that our paths crossed.
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