The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 5, 2012

Our View: Hail to thee, Mayberry

Stories running in the wake of the Tuesday death of Andy Griffith quote the TV icon as saying he wasn’t as wise as Sheriff Andy Taylor or near as nice.

“But, I guess you could say I created Andy Taylor,” he said.

“Andy Taylor’s the best part of my mind. The best part of me,” he said in the interview in 2007.

Today, we thank the sheriff of the fictional Mayberry, a small town where rules could be broken for the greater good, where neighbors forgave each other and where doors didn’t have to be locked.

Said to be modeled on Griffith’s own hometown of Mount Airy, Mayberry remains synonymous with the best parts of living in a small town. And while we realize that Mayberry was never real, we all know an Aunt Bee or a Floyd the barber. Griffith’s popular TV show, which aired from 1960 to 1968, never actually went away. It continues on in reruns  to this day.

And, bits of Mayberry exist today because we are fortunate enough to live in an area where there are still fishin’ holes, Saturday night sings, front porches and occasionally, the forgiving lawman.

Should we daydream about a place that Hollywood concocted?


Let’s not forget the best parts of the place we came from or ever forsake the notion that there are still good, decent folks who live next door.

We say goodbye to Griffith, but hang on a little longer to the place called Mayberry.

Text Only
Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

A Missouri Senate committee has adopted a state budget provision that would prevent public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally. Do you agree with this?

     View Results
NDN Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers