Volume 8, Issue 5
September 16, 2008
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An Online newsletter of
“The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
Volume 8, Issue 5
September 16, 2008
Welcome to our fifth issue of The eBullet for 2008! There’s a lot of news to report, so just jump in where you can and hang on!
**** Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar ****
* Sept. 16-21: Ronnie
Schell headlines in the Comedy Improv Room at
* Sept. 25-28: 19th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C. Stars confirmed so far include Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Betty Lynn, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, James Best, Jackie Joseph, LeRoy McNees, George Spence, David “Ernest Too” Morris, son of Howard Morris, and Francey Yarborough Knotts, widow of Don Knotts. For more info, visit: http://www.surryarts.org.
NEWS: There are likely
to be some updates coming from
* Oct. 5: David
Browning throws his hat in the ring for the Wise Fall Fling in
* Oct. 11: David Browning is
vintage Mayberry at the Vinton Fall Festival in
* Oct. 26: David Browning is on the track to write up any and all speeders at the Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR race in Hampton, Ga. (Better bring an extra ticket book, deputy!)
* Oct. 27: The
Plummeting Man: A Conversation with
Norman Lloyd (father of Josie Lloyd, Mayberry’s Lydia Crosswaith and others)
at 7 p.m.,
* Oct. 28: Spellbound:
The Hypnotic Power of “The Jar” at 7 p.m.,
* Nov. 1-6: A
Cruise to Mayberry (click here for more info and photos of
past cruises) to the
* Nov. 20: David Browning is
booked for the Friends of Smyth-Bland Regional Library Meeting in
* Dec. 15: David Browning is
aboard for the 22nd Second Annual Morgan Shepherd Christmas Charity
**** News of Cast & Crew ****
Elinor Donahue reports that she
and husband Lou have been enjoying traveling and visiting family
members all around the country. She
says hey to all her friends and fans in Mayberry.
She’s also scheduled to receive the Gold Circle Award from
the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring her 50
years in television. The
presentation of the award will take place next year in
Maggie Peterson Mancuso joined Doug
Dillard and Rodney Dillard
for a sold-out DARE fundraiser in
And hearty congratulations to Mitch
Jayne, who has been named the 2008 Governor’s Humanities Book
Award recipient for his novel Fiddler’s Ghost. Attaboy, Mitch! He’ll receive the award in
a ceremony at the
Bernard Fox says that he’s doing fine and sends greetings to his many friends in Mayberry. If the logistics are favorable, maybe he’ll be able to participate in another Mayberry fan event before long. It has unfortunately been a few years now since his last Mayberry outing. He receives a good number of scripts and film offers, but he generally declines more roles than he accepts these days. He’s just waiting for one that’s a real bobby-dazzler!
James Best received the Florida Motion Picture and Television
Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the association’s 19th
Annual Crystal Reel Awards Gala in
Richard O. “Dick” Linke
called to let folks know that he’s doing fine after a serious bout with
pneumonia in July. He
was in the hospital for several days.
He’s back close to full speed as he approaches his 91st
birthday in October. He
and wife Bettina will be making a rare trip from
**** Chapter Update ****
We have one new chapter since the last eBullet:
“Calvin Coolidge Said That” Facebook.com
Possum Under a Rock
At the Crossroads
That brings our total number of chapters founded to
1,331. If you’re
interested in starting a chapter of TAGSRWC, all you need to do is
choose a name that hasn’t already been picked, and submit it with a
list of your founding members by
What you do as a chapter is entirely up to you. Your group can do as much or
as little as you like. Or
write to us also if you would like to contact a chapter near you. Our address is TAGSRWC,
**** Merchandise Update ****
* 2009 Andy Griffith Show Wall Calendar $14.00
After having all color photos in the 2008 calendar, this 2009 edition turns back the clock and has all black-and-white photos, all of which are also from the black-and-white seasons (1960-65).
There's a nice variety of Mayberry characters in this calendar. In addition to Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie, and Gomer, there are photos of Goober, Floyd, Fun Girl Daphne, and even Mr. McBeevee. Several of these photos have never before been published.
Also, if you haven't gotten your 2008 Wall Calendar, we still have some left, including in a special combo offer with this 2009 calendar for only $22.00.
* Otis the Artist's Grab-Bag of Mayberry Art $30.00
This special Grab-Bag, inspired by Otis and his artistic efforts with mosaics, pieces together several collectible Mayberry items that will add beauty and grace to any wall in home or office...or courthouse cell!
Each of Otis's Grab-Bags contains at least the following:
* 1 Officially Licensed Large Limited Edition Lithograph of Barney Sipping Soda by artist Brad Keim
* 1 2008 "Andy Griffith Show" Wall Calendar
* 2 Oversized Mayberry event posters
* 1 Portrait of Otis (8 x 10)
All proceeds (not just the
profits, but 100% of the
$30 price) are going toward our annual support of the Surry Arts
Council and its Mayberry Days festival in September in
Classic Barney Necktie $25.00
This tie is out of production, so it's now even more of a collectible. We've unexpectedly received one last small shipment from the licensed manufacturer. We've got just those few left, and then that'll be it for this popular fashion statement.
This silk necktie features Barney in black and white (it therefore coordinates with any outfit). Anyone who wears this tie is guaranteed to look suave and worldly. Wear it with the old salt and pepper and it’ll be just right for the dips. Made with fine silk from the Orient.
* It’s Me, It’s Me, It’s Ernest T. T-Shirt $20.00
Now you can dress like a rock star! This classic T-shirt was produced in limited quantities under the auspices of Howard Morris, Ernest T. Bass himself. We're proud to be able to offer the last handful of these officially sanctioned shirts honoring this wily and beloved character, a true rocker if there ever was one!
All proceeds from the sale of this shirt are going toward
our support of the Surry Arts Council in its work to put on Mayberry
* Complete First Season of “Matlock” on DVD $39.00
After years of anticipation, “Matlock” is finally available on DVD! The first season has 23 episodes plus the movie pilot on seven discs. “Matlock” always had great guest stars, and the first season certainly set the pace with Dick Van Dyke, Roddy McDowall, Billy Bob Thornton, Pipe Laurie, Desi Arnaz Jr., Norman Fell, Billy Zane, Josť Ferrer and lots of other familiar faces. The list price for this set is $50, but we’ve got it in stock now for just $39.00!
* Barney Fife's Guide to Life Love and Self-Defense $15.00
This fun 1993 book (hardback, 166 pages) by brothers Len and John Oszustowicz imagines worldly advice coming from the mind of Barney Fife. Nuff said.
The popular book has been out of print for over 10 years and is now a sought-after collectible. We have a few copies from the First Printing that are still in brand new condition. And best of all, we're offering the book for just a few dollars more than the cover price (and less than the annual inflation rate has been.) Get 'em while you can before we change our minds about the price.
And we also have several other classic, out-of-print Mayberry books, including Inside Mayberry, Mayberry My Hometown and Aunt Bee’s Mealtime in Mayberry. (Those last two titles are in especially pristine condition and even still in their original shrink wrap from the publisher!)
Widening Our ScopeAlong with Visa and MasterCard, Weaver’s Dept. Store now is set up to accept DiscoverCard! Brace yourself…we’re flying head over heels into the 21st Century! Unfortunately, we don’t see the American Express Card in our future, so you can still leave that one at home for now.
The full line of canned goods and baking mixes is now available in 1,500 to 2,000 stores and also online (with the additional offering of mail-order gift baskets) at the Mayberry’s Finest Web site at http://www.mayberrysfinest.com. The Web site currently has a partial list of stores and precise locations (organized by state) in its Foley’s Market section. Look for ’em in even more stores soon!
Keep an eye out for Mayberry’s Finest at your
favorite store. If
you don’t find the products in the store where you shop, ask the store
manager if the store can stock the items for you and others.
Keep an eye out for Mayberry’s Finest at your favorite store. If you don’t find the products in the store where you shop, ask the store manager if the store can stock the items for you and others.
There’s no word at the moment about when the Mayberry’s Finest Recipe Contest will resume, but there will be plenty of notice for everybody to get entered.
**** Chapter News ****
Big news came out of
Hazel’s Balmy and Life
Breathing Hot Mic Musicians (
Summing up the meeting, chapter leader Lawson Hamilton concluded, “Members were filled with a spirit of patriotism, good cheer, and bonhomie—confident that both Andy and the country were honored by our proceedings, knowing that as long as people still watch Andy and take lessons of TAGS to heart, there is hope for our glorious nation.” And we might add here, “We defy the mafia!”
|Putt-Putting—Members of Mayberry chapter (Knoxville, Tenn.) played golf over the summer. Rumor is Dennis Beal had Kent Baker shooting up near 120 by the time they got to the clown nose final hole. That's what Barney was meant by buckling down and getting bad marks. You'll find more info about the chapter at http://www.mayberrychapter.com.|
Members of Aunt Bee
And the biggest chapter activity of this month will
of course be Mayberry Days, when normally about 75 chapters and
thousands of other fans converge on
**** Miss Crump’s Mayberry Quiz ****
Miss Crump is continuing her sabbatical this issue. She figures her pupils can use the extra time to prepare for the Mayberry Days Trivia Contest. (And she knows she can use the extra time to brace herself for it!) She promises to be back with a quiz (and a nice prize!) in the November issue. Meanwhile, she encourages all of us to study—that is to say, watch all the episodes we can! (Well, O.K., if we have to, we have to!)
**** Postnote ****
If you ever miss receiving an issue of The eBullet, you can always catch up by reading it in the eBullet Archives in the Newsletters section at iMayberry.com. Each issue is usually placed in the Archives within about a week of its being distributed
Between issues of The eBullet, keep up with the goings-on in Mayberry with the daily “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?“ Digest. It’s a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, newsflashes, and questions and answers from subscribers. You can sign up for that list by going to the “Mailing Lists” link at http://tagsrwc.com. It also has its own password-protected Archives where you can follow the ongoing stream of messages.
TAGSRWC also publishes Weaver’s Newsletter in more-or-less alternate months to The eBullet. Like The eBullet, the Weaver’s Newsletter is free. Its focus is mainly on new Mayberry merchandise and collectibles and quick newsflashes. To sign up, go to: http://mail.weaversdepartmentstore.com/mailman/listinfo/newsletter_weaversdepartmentstore.com
TAGSRWC’s other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our Web site at http://www.tagsrwc.com (and its sister site http://www.iMayberry.com. Both sites have extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.The next issue of The eBullet is scheduled for November, with a Weaver’s Newsletter planned for October.