|Me with a 4 ft. store display of Barney Fife (Don Knotts). I asked (begged) a store manager to|
save it for me and he gave it to me on the spot!
|Betty Lynn, was as sweet natured in person as Thelma Lou, the character she portrayed.|
We arrived early and there were TAGS impersonators roaming around, some of them quite talented. "Floyd" was one of my favorites, he had us laughing right away. We went to a back door hoping we might catch a glimpse of the stars as they arrived. Parked outside the door was an exact model and copy of Andy's sheriff"s car.
|Lucinda with Andy's sheriff's car.|
Don Knotts appeared on the stage first, he performed a ball player routine, I don't recall him doing any Barney mannerisms on stage. The MC of the show was an excellent Barney impersonator. Betty Lynn answered some questions on stage. She said she had some contact with Aneta Corsaut (Helen Crump) during the illness of her later years and she had sent Aneta Corsaut a box of candy.
Last but not in the way least, Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass) makes a grand entrance from the rear of the theatre, giggling and thowing sponge rocks into the crowd. He, too, was on stage for a Q and A session.
Afterwards, there was an autograph session with Betty Lynn and Howard Morris. I regret the poor quality of the photos I took (earlier days of digital photography :-) but Lucinda and I savored every second being in the presence of these great TV legends. Don Knotts was not present afterwards.
Twice I have attended lectures by Dr. Richard Kelly, author of The Andy Griffith Show. This book is my favorite that has been written about the series. Dr. Kelly has been an English professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.