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TCNW 425: The “Real” George Lindsey

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:22:43

May 6, 2017 was the 5th anniversary of the passing of George “Goober” Lindsey. Mayberry fans know George in his persona of Goober Pyle but how many know the “real” George Linsdey.

George always found time to support good causes and the cause closest to his heart was Special Olympics. His annual George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Weekend raised over $1,000,000 for Alabama Special Olympics from 1973 to 1988.

On the 20th of April 1986, the 14th Annual George Lindsey Celebrity Benefit was held at Arrowhead country club and a friend of mine, Rob, was in attendance as a volunteer. As fate would have it, Rob presented me with the program from that event one day after the anniversary of George’s passing.

Who is the “Real” George Lindsey is on page 17 and this episode we’ll learn the answer to the question together.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Jerry Van Dyke.

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TCNW 415: George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:26:43

The 20th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is coming up and I want to take this episode to tell you about this amazing event our Mayberry friend, George, was so instrumental in creating.  For 20 years young film makers have been given an amazing opportunity to learn from and be a part of this wonderful film festival.  Mayberry the next Ron Howard will have directed his first film or drew inspiration from this event that was so near to George’s heart.

Bonus:  This week in Mayberry History.

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:25:35

The week this episode originally aired, it was Thanksgiving week in America.  I guess that had me focused on things I’m thankful for and one of those was the time I was able to spend with George “Goober” Lindsey from The Andy Griffith Show.

The first four episodes of Two Chairs No Waiting consisted of an interview I did with George in 1998 that was broken into four parts in order to keep the episode length as short as possible.  Over time the podcast has grown in length and I’ve always wanted to take those four parts and make them one seamless interview with George.  What you’re about to hear is just that.

This interview was my very first one ever. It was recorded in 1998 in Jim Clark’s (the Presiding Goober of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club) living room in Nashville, TN.  Present in the room were George Lindsey, Jim Clark, Kenneth Junkin, Jan Newsome, and myself.

As I said, this interview was the first time I’d ever “tried” to interview anyone and it was 10 years before I started this podcast.  I had NO idea what I was doing so you may notice that George is basically asking himself questions. He was wonderful.  I can’t thank him enough for helping me learn about being prepared. You will hear me piping in from time to time and you’ll hear Jim Clark answering questions in the background.

Some of what George discusses:

* His time on TAGS and Mayberry RFD.
* Reflections about fellow cast members.
* Howard McNear, Floyd Lawson, comments.
* Goober mannerisms, where they came from.
* Goober’s hat and where did that idea come from.
* Pen’s and stuff in his pockets.
* No real pranks on the set.
* Other areas of his carrier other than TAGS.
* He taught school in Hazel Green, AL for one year.
* The requirement to know your lines and being on-time were things Andy expected.
* Andy threw “Goober” in the lake.
* George Lindsey Film Festival.

Enjoy the interview!

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:56

Welcome to the conclusion of our visit with George “Goober” Lindsey from  1990 University of North Alabama (UNA) homecoming game. If you haven’t already heard last weeks episode, head over to episode 247 and give it a listen then come on back here.

As I mentioned last week, George “Goober” Lindsey attended UNA back when it was known as Florence State Teachers College.  As a result “Goober” was at UNA for their homecoming game back in 1990 against Tennessee-Martin.  UNA eventually won the game 49-0 so, as you might expect, the play-by-play folks on the radio were struggling to find things to talk about to make the game interesting. In stepped George Lindsey and for the 3rd quarter announcer Jerry Knight was joined by “Goober” for commentary.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:19:43

The treats just keep on coming here at Two Chairs No Waiting!  Recently a listener, Tony, contacted me to let me know he had an audio copy of something I might want and BOY was he right. Tony lives i the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama and that just happens to be in the same area what the University of North Alabama (UNA) is located.

As many may already know, George “Goober” Lindsey attended UNA back when it was known as Florence State Teachers College.  As a result “Goober” was at UNA for their homecoming game back in 1990 against Tennessee-Martin.  UNA eventually won the game 49-0 so, as you might expect, the play-by-play folks on the radio were struggling to find things to talk about to make the game interesting. In stepped George Lindsey and for the 3rd quarter announcer Jerry Knight was joined by “Goober” for commentary.

Thanks to Jerry Knight and Tony, we all get to relive the third quarter of that game when Jerry was interviewing George and talking Mayberry.  I edited out most of the play-by-play so we basically are treated to an interview from 1990 of George Lindsey.

Enjoy part 1 and come back next week for the conclusion.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:21:04

George “Goober” Lindsey was a wonderful man and a great friend to so many of the fans of The Andy Griffith Show. I tell you this so you’ll understand what you’re about to hear/see in this episode of Two Chairs.

Each year, several of George’s friends would gather in Nashville and take George out to eat to celebrate his birthday. It started as a small group but over the years it grew into quite a large gathering.  The meal was at lunch time and most of those present would gather at the home of Jim Clark, TAGSRWC presiding Goober, to shower George with gag gifts and adoration.

Following the gifts, George would often bless those in attendance with memories of Mayberry and some words of wisdom from “The Goob.” He did just that in this recording from 2010 and I know you’re going to enjoy hearing George as well as those present commenting on Mayberry, quoting episodes, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock, and so much more.

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:51

The fine folks over at iMayberryCommunity.com have been having some wonderful discussions and one of them really hit the spot.  This week marked one year since the passing of Mayberry’s Goober, George Lindsey, so I thought it was fitting that one of the discussions going on over at the community was about Goober’s age on The Andy Griffith Show.  There is some conflicting information given that I had never taken the time to piece together in my mind but the big thinkers on the forum at iMayberryCommunity did just that.

Let’s unravel the mystery of Goober’s age and enjoy some special memories along the way.

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:49

The 15th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival was held in Florence, Alabama on March 1-3, 2012.  The kickoff of the festival included the dedication of a new Black Box theater named after George Lindsey (The George Lindsey Theatre) and the Ernest Borgnine Performance Hall ribbon cutting. Two Chairs featured George’s presentation at this even back in episodes 187 and 188 and it was certainly special.  If you haven’t heard those episodes, head on over and check them out.

What we haven’t heard yet are the words spoken by Ernest Borgnine during that same presentation.  I’ve delayed using this because it isn’t 100% “Mayberry” but I do believe fans will enjoy hearing a man like Mr. Borgnine speak about his friend, George.  You will hear the genuine love that Mr. Borgnine had for George Linsday and I think you’ll learn a little more about this man who did so much to help others.

The 16th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is coming up in just a few weeks (February 28-March 2, 2013) so we can all be proud of our friend, George…..just like Ernest Borgnine. He’s still helping others achieve their dreams.  At-a-boy George!

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Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:22:24

Let’s continue our tribute to George Lindsey which began in episode 187 of Two Chairs No Waiting.  Mr. Lindsey passed away on May 6, 2012 but he will never be forgotten by his family or his friends.

The 15th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival held in Florence, Alabama on March 1-3, 2012 saw as part of the event the dedication of a new theater named after Mr. Lindsey.  The George Lindsey Theatre and the Ernest Borgnine Performance Hall ribbon cutting was a special event and as part of it we saw and heard from George as he did a question and answer session with those in attendance.

The first part of that presentation was in last weeks podcast and we conclude George’s portion in this episode.

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Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:23:41
The news that George Lindsey passed away on May 6, 2012 hit hard to Mayberry fans all around the country.  I thought to ease the hurt we would take some time to celebrate his life by hearing from directly from him.

The 15th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival was held in Florence, Alabama on March 1-3, 2012 and as part of the festival include the dedication of a new Black Box theater named after Mr. Lindsey himself.  The George Lindsey Theatre and the Ernest Borgnine Performance Hall ribbon cutting was a special event. The most special part was seeing George and getting a chance to listen to him as he spoke at the dedication ceremony.

Part 1 of Mr. Lindsey’s presentation and some memories from listeners will bring you back for more….just like George did.

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