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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

6 years after Deputy fife passed long time boss and friend Sheriff Andy Taylor joins him at the pearly gates

Preview guest in many shows ( Hawaii State Police , Bionic Woman , The Love Boat or Dawson ), Andy Griffith remains overseas sheriff America’s favorite, he played in the 1960s in The Andy Griffith Show . He was also the father of the screen a Ron Howard , Richie Cunningham future of Happy Days director and future success
Born Andrew Samuel Griffith
On June 1, 1926
Mount Caroline and spacious Claire ,
North , United States

Occupation The actor, comedian, director, producer,
singer (country, bluegrass & gospel
south), the author
Active years Present the 1957
Husband () Barbara Bray Edwards (1949-1972,
divorced)Solica Cassuto
(1975-1981, divorced)
Cindi Knight (1983 to present)
Andy Samuel Griffith (born June 1, 1926) is an American actor, director, producer, singer of the Southern Gospel Success Award of Victoires de la Musique and the author.
[1] He won the prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan’s epic film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became best known for his television roles, playing the lead character in the sitcom of the 1960s, Andy Griffith Show and in the years 1990 to 1980 the legal drama, Matlock. Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President George W. Bush November 9, 2005.
Andy Griffith, an actor whose folksy Southern manner charmed audiences for more than 50 years on Broadway, in movies, on records and especially on television — most notably as the small-town sheriff on the long-running situation comedy that bore his name — died on Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86.
His death was confirmed by the Dare County sheriff, Doug Doughtie.
Mr. Griffith was already a star, with rave reviews on Broadway in “No Time for Sergeants” and in Elia Kazan’s film “A Face in the Crowd,” when “The Andy Griffith Show” made its debut in the fall of 1960. And he delighted a later generation of television viewers in the 1980s and ’90s in the title role of the courtroom drama “Matlock.”
Sheriff Taylor Returns to Mayberry
But his fame was never as great as it was in the 1960s, when he starred for eight years as Andy Taylor, the sagacious sheriff of the make-believe Southern town of Mayberry, running weekly herd on a collection of eccentrics like his ineffectual deputy, Barney Fife, and the simple-minded gas station attendant Gomer Pyle while, as a widower, patiently raising a young son, Opie.
“The Andy Griffith Show,” Monday nights on CBS, was No. 4 in the Nielsen ratings its first year and never fell below the Top 10. It was No. 1 in 1968, its last season. After the run ended with Episode No. 249, the show lived on in spinoff series, endless reruns and even Sunday school classes organized around its rustic moral lessons.
The show imagined a reassuring world of fishin’ holes, ice cream socials and rock-hard family values during a decade that grew progressively more tumultuous. Its vision of rural simplicity was part of a TV trend that began with “The Real McCoys” on ABC in 1957 and later included “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Green Acres,” “Petticoat Junction” and “Hee Haw.”
But by the late 1960s, the younger viewers networks prized were spurning cornpone, and Andy had decided to move on to movies after the 1966-67 season. CBS made a lucrative offer for him to do one more season, and the “The Andy Griffith Show” became the No. 1 series in the 1967-68 season. But Mr. Griffith had decided to move on, and so had the zeitgeist. “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” with its one-liners about drugs and Vietnam, and “The Mod Squad,” about an integrated police force, were grabbing a new generation of viewers.
But the characters in “The Andy Griffith Show” — Barney (Don Knotts), Gomer (Jim Nabors), Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) and the rest, including Gomer’s cousin Goober Pyle (George Lindsey, who died in May) — remained tantalizingly real to enthusiasts who still gather online and sometimes in person in fan clubs to watch reruns.
Andy Griffith was considerably more complex than Andy Taylor and his fellow denizens of Mayberry, although the show was based on his hometown, Mount Airy, N.C.
Beginning with the lead in Elia Kazan’s film “A Face in the Crowd” in 1957, the story of a roughhewn television personality who becomes a power-crazed megalomaniac, Mr. Griffith brought a canny authenticity to dark roles.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, Mr. Griffith starred in no fewer than six movies with the words “murder” or “kill” in their titles. In 1983, in “Murder in Cowetta County” he played a chillingly wicked man who remains stone-cold even as he is being strapped into the electric chair.
Mr. Griffith’s fans may have imagined him as a happy bumpkin, but he enjoyed life in Hollywood and knew his way around a wine list. His career was controlled by a personal manager, Richard O. Linke, who forbade Mr. Griffith to solicit advice from anyone else, even his wife.
“If there is ever a question about something, I will do what he wants me to do,” Mr. Griffith said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine in 1970. “Had it not been for him, I would have gone down the toilet.”
Far from the relaxed, gregarious, drawling Andy Taylor, Mr. Griffith was a loner and a worrier. He once hit a door in anger, and for two episodes of the second season of “The Andy Griffith Show” he had a bandaged hand (explained on the show as an injury Sheriff Taylor sustained while apprehending criminals).
But the 35 million viewers of “The Andy Griffith Show” would have been reassured to learn that even at the peak of his popularity, Mr. Griffith drove a Ford station wagon and bought his suits off the rack. He said his favorite honor was having a 10-mile stretch of a North Carolina highway named after him in 2002. (That was before President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.)
Another honor was having his character place No. 8 on TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” in 2004. (Bill Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable was No. 1.) But one honor that was denied him was an Emmy Award: surprisingly, he was nominated only once, for his role in the TV movie “Murder in Texas,” although Mr. Knotts won five Emmys as Deputy Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and Ms. Bavier won one as Andy’s aunt. The show itself was nominated three times but also never won.Andrew Samuel Griffith was born in Mount Airy on June 1, 1926, the only child of Carl Lee and Geneva Nann Nunn Griffith. His father was a foreman at a furniture factory. Mr. Griffith described his childhood as happy, but said he never forgot the pain he felt when someone called him “white trash.”
After seeing the trombonist Jack Teagarden in the 1941 film “Birth of the Blues,” he bought a trombone from Sears, Roebuck & Company with money he earned sweeping out the high school for $6 a month. He wheedled lessons out of a local pastor, who later recommended him to the University of North Carolina, where he won a music degree and married Barbara Edwards. He moved on from the trombone to singing, and for awhile aspired to be an opera singer.
After first aspiring to be a minister, he tried teaching music and phonetics at the high school in Goldsboro, N.C., but left after three frustrating years. “First day, I’d tell the class all I knew,” he told The Saturday Evening Post, “and there was nothin’ left to say for the rest o’ the semester.”
In spare moments Mr. Griffith and his wife put together an act in which he posed as a preacher, telling jokes about things like putting frogs in the baptismal water, and she danced. They played local civic clubs.
In 1953, speaking to a convention of the Standard Life Insurance Company in Greensboro, Mr. Griffith, in his preacher persona, told a comic first-person tale about attending a college football game and trying to figure out what was going on. Some 500 discs of his monologue were pressed under the title “What It Was, Was Football,” and it became a hit on local radio. Mr. Linke, then with Capitol Records, scurried to North Carolina to acquire the rights and to sign Mr. Griffith.
Mr. Linke began guiding Mr. Griffith’s career in television and nightclubs. His break came in 1955, when he was cast in the Broadway play “No Time for Sergeants” as a mountain yokel drafted into the Air Force, a role he had already played on television, on an episode of “Playhouse 90.” The New York Journal-American called him “an engaging and brilliant natural,” and the play was a hit, running for almost two years. He played the same role in the 1958 film version, with what Bosley Crowther of The Times admiringly called “staggering simplicity.”
In Mr. Griffith’s first movie, “A Face in the Crowd” (1957), he played a far more complicated role: a mentally unbalanced vagrant who is discovered playing the guitar in an Arkansas jail and becomes a beloved television star until he is undone by his dark side. Mr. Griffith told The Times Magazine that he was so consumed by the stormy character that it affected even his marriage.
“I’ll tell you the truth,” he said. “You play an egomaniac and paranoid all day and it’s hard to turn it off at bedtime. We went through a nightmare.”
In 1959, Mr. Griffith returned to Broadway in the musical comedy “Destry Rides Again,” in a role that had been played in films by Tom Mix, James Stewart, Joel McCrea and Audie Murphy. Though reviews were mixed, Newsday declared, “There isn’t a more likable personality around than Andy Griffith.”
The pilot of “The Andy Griffith Show” was actually an episode of “The Danny Thomas Show” in February 1960. Danny Williams (Mr. Thomas) is arrested by a sheriff for running through a stop sign while driving through Mayberry.
Danny Williams baits the rural sheriff, calling him “hayseed” and “Clem.”
“The name ain’t Clem, it’s Andy, Sheriff Andy Taylor!” Andy Griffith responds.
Sheldon Leonard, producer of Mr. Thomas’s show, intended “The Andy Griffith Show” to fit the image of its star. Mr. Griffith negotiated for 50 percent ownership, which enabled him to be a major player in the show’s development.
A critical element to the show’s success was casting Mr. Knotts as the inept but lovable sidekick. So was the simple but appealing formula: characters would confront a problem, then resolve it by exercising honesty or some other virtue.
When Mr. Knotts left the show in 1965, a year after Mr. Nabors, Mr. Griffith said he became “nervous” about its future. Some principal writers had also left, and critics and viewers perceived the later years of the show as lacking the sparkle of earlier scripts and more lovable stars. Ratings, however, never tottered.
In the 1968-69 season, Mr. Griffith produced a sequel, “Mayberry R.F.D.,” with Ken Berry starring as a widowed farmer and many of the regular characters returning. It ran three seasons.Mr. Griffith’s career stalled after he left the show. Despite signing a five-year deal with Universal Pictures, he said he was not offered roles he wanted to play. “I thought I was hot stuff and go right into the movies,” he said in an interview with The Virginian-Pilot in 2008. “If didn’t work out that way.”
He returned to television in the fall of 1970 with “The Headmaster,” but it lasted only until January. It was replaced by “The New Andy Griffith Show,” but that was not a success, either, and was off the air by the summer. Then came a slew of made-for-TV movies.
In 1984, he played a deceptively laid-back prosecutor in the miniseries “Fatal Vision,” impressing NBC enough to make him the star of a TV movie, “Diary of a Perfect Murder,” which served as the pilot for a new series. Mr. Griffith played an unassuming but cagey defense lawyer in that series, “Matlock,” which made its debut in 1986 and went on to have an even longer life than “The Andy Griffith Show,”, running until 1992 on NBC and for three more years on ABC.
Mr. Griffith continued to play occasional movie and television parts, and in 1996 recorded a gospel album, “I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns” that went platinum and won a Grammy.
In the 2009 movie “Play the Game,” he played an 80-something widowed grandfather who lives in a nursing home and awkwardly jumps back into the singles game. He tries Viagra and experiences oral sex, and says the words “horny” and “erection.”
If that weren’t enough to dumbfound the old Mayberry fans, he made a commercial in 2010 extolling President Obama’s health care legislation. Republican politicians and conservative talk show hosts leapt on him mercilessly, while satirists like Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” made boisterous fun of the brouhaha.
One thing that always bothered Mr. Griffith was people’s assumption that his depiction of Sheriff Taylor was him pretty much playing himself. He said he not only threw himself into creating a textured persona for the small-town lawman, but also helped write almost every episode — though he didn’t receive writing credit.
“You’re supposed to believe in the character,” Mr. Griffith said. “You’re not supposed to think, ‘Gee, Andy’s acting up a storm.’ ”

State prisions and mental health to close

The Tinley Park Mental Health Center on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The state plans to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center July 2, ending the facility's 54 years of service, displacing its 154 employees and relying on private hospitals and community services to care for those with mental illnesses.So Pat Quinn stated to NBC news on Saturday
 June 30, 2012 and I quote " Illinois Gov. Pat
Quinn signed a $33.7 billion state budget Saturday that blocks the spending of millions of dollars the legislature had allocated for prisons and mental health facilities that he is intent on shutting down to reduce costs. Yes he is shutting down the last two state prisions in Illinois releasing all the inmates back to the street." But if this was true then why on July 3 2012  Pat Quin announced he is closing 2 of the 6 mental health facilities in McHenry County such as Clients of Family Service and Community Mental Health Center in McHenry will lose their services at the end of the month. Why did Pat Quinn close Tinley Park Mental Health facility at the end of the month but yet on the 30th didn't Quinn state he is closing state prisions releasing inmates back in to the street including violant offenders to allocate funds toward mental health and now he he is releasing the mentally ill in to the street. So now this is his plane hmmmmmmmmm. Ok well Illinois state law prevents me from carrying a fire arm to pretect myself and loved ones and in 17 years I put away alot of people in Joliet which were moved to Menard and Jackson so with these prisions closing that means they will be looking for me and if they catch up with my girlfriend they will kill her just to get to me and I can not carry my gun to protect her or me so fuck family opinion fuck state laws Quinn releases these mother fuckers I am carrying so all you anti gun people who enjoy my company and know who writes this blog better get use to me carrying a gun cause it is my right bottom line if my gun is not welcome then I am not welcome it is a package deal just like if someone would say well you can come but not your girl or your kids, I would say fuck you I am not coming either.

Illinois Medical paid for twice over at 100%

This is how stupid Pat Quinn is, the Illinois medical is paid for and we are being told that we are raising taxes for medical really if that was the case then this letter would never had come out. Quinn closed mental health and cut spending and fired State employees and police officer's according to the Illinois State Police the governor did some cut backs so the state can pay for medical. According to the Illinois Department of Justice Governor Pat Quinn is expecting to close the last two state. prisionsk 

Teacher's set date to strike and Governor Quinn does nothing

The teacher's union got what they were seeking for after all the teacher's voted to strike.

There is no need to strike but the union is not informing the teachers that the compromise was met.

Let’s keep our kids in school striking will only hurt their education. We have enough kids dropping out of school cause they cannot learn so let’s keep them in school and teach them cause all a strike does is encourage them not to go to school because teacher's are striking during the year. Politically the state and city are pushing kids to stay in school but how can they if teachers strike every school year. Bottom line is this if you want more money than let’s get the politicians who misappropriate state funded programs finances out of office. It is high time the following people take a walk Mike Madigan and Pat Quinn these people and other politicians should be booted we need to stand together on issues. We the people are the boss of these elected officials. How is it they pass laws and taxes we don’t want but pass over free revenue people do want and not collect revenue from the things that are in place along with raise revenue on things that eventually will kill that revenue from coming in.

Laws that generate revenue but not enforced

Texting and talking on a cell phone while driving law was passed but it is obvious no tickets are being issued.

Speeding through a construction zone oh ya I go through them on 294 and 55 and not one state cop why oh ya according to District Chicago and District 15 they don’t have the resources to place a cop there because Quinn cut back on the cops

Seat belt laws even thou they violate the 1st Amendment rights why aren’t people getting the tickets. Oh maybe that’s because you idiots down in Springfield know it violates religious belief which is protected under the 1st amendment.

Conceal Weapon carry will generate revenue but the state chooses not to utilize this hmmmmmmmmmm

Cigarette tax goes up for what reason just to get people to quit why so your loosing revenue the higher the price gets the less money the state brings in.

Stupid shit politions could do


Under the State constitution article IV section 11 states that their office is a part time position and the salary shall only be paid during their term of office of at the rate of a part time employee. So if I understand this right  why is the Governor entitled to a 6 figures a year he has a law degree and practices law go practice the law at a firm to earn your 6 figures your ass should take a pay cut. Prime example of part time work is one Mayor in Central Illinois his name is Mayor Neil Williams  he works full time as a real estate agent and in a factory and works as the Mayor and under the law of the state he is following it.