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TCNW 438: Opie’s Birdhouse

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:22:49

When going through the Andy Griffith Museum a couple of weeks back, something in particular caught my eye. It was a birdhouse built by The Andy Griffith Show writer Harvey Bullock and called “Opie’s Birdhouse.”

The reason I took sure note of it is because *I* have one of Opie’s birdhouses and I knew a letter went along with my house but the letter was lost before I got the house. Thankfully, I was able to get a photo of the letter and now I know the details about how Opie built the birdhouse….now you will, too.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Jean Hagen.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:21:31

This is our third episode with Neal Brower interviewing writer Harvey Bullock at Mayberry Days in 2002. Harvey Bullock (June 4, 1921 – April 23, 2006) wrote 31 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, 21 episodes of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and co-wrote the TV movie Return to Mayberry with Everett Greenbaum. So much of what we, as fans, know of the town of Mayberry was created by the mind of this amazing man.

The audio isn’t perfect but this content is something you will not want to miss. Harvey didn’t seem to want to hold the mic up to his face so he’s a little hard to hear. From time to time there are sound artifacts that I’ve cleaned up as best I could so they wouldn’t be distracting.

In this episode Harvey discusses his joy at being one of the writers on The Andy Griffith Show, his favorite scene and how it wrote itself with him just sitting there as an observer.

You will not want to miss any of this series.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Cheerio Meredith.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:41:41

This is our third episode with Neal Brower interviewing writer Harvey Bullock at Mayberry Days in 2002. Harvey Bullock (June 4, 1921 – April 23, 2006) wrote 31 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, 21 episodes of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and co-wrote the TV movie Return to Mayberry with Everett Greenbaum. So much of what we, as fans, know of the town of Mayberry was created by the mind of this amazing man.

The quality of the audio isn’t perfect but this content is something you will not find elsewhere. If you watch the video verison of the show, you can see that Harvey didn’t seem to want to hold the mic up to his face so he’s a little hard to hear. From time to time there are sound artifacts that I’ve cleaned up as best I could so they wouldn’t be distracting.

In this episode Harvey discusses his favorite character to write for, Don Knotts comic ability, Andy’s relationship with Barney, The Cow Thief, The Big House, Prisoner of Love, Susan Oliver, Howard McNear and tidbits of Mayberry history.

You will not want to miss any of this series.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Earle Hagen.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:42:28

This is our second episode with Neal Brower interviewing writer Harvey Bullock at Mayberry Days in 2002. Harvey Bullock (June 4, 1921 – April 23, 2006) wrote 31 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, 21 episodes of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and co-wrote the TV movie Return to Mayberry with Everett Greenbaum. So much of what we, as fans, know of the town of Mayberry was created by the mind of this amazing man.

The quality of the audio isn’t perfect but this content is something you will not find elsewhere. If you watch the video verison of the show, you can see that Harvey didn’t seem to want to hold the mic up to his face so he’s a little hard to hear. From time to time there are sound artifacts that I’ve cleaned up as best I could so they wouldn’t be distracting.

In this episode Harvey discusses writers meetings, Elvis, writing dialog for Opie, his writing partner Ray Allen, Mr. McBeevee, scripts and tidbits of Mayberry history.

You will not want to miss any of this series.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Jamie Farr.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:39:55

Over the next few weeks, we have a real jewel to enjoy. Neal Brower interviewed Harvey Bullock at Mayberry Days in 2002. Harvey Bullock (June 4, 1921 – April 23, 2006) wrote 31 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, 21 episodes of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and co-wrote the TV movie Return to Mayberry with Everett Greenbaum. So much of what we, as fans, know of the town of Mayberry was created by the mind of this amazing man.

The audio quality isn’t quite as good as you may be use to for this podcast but the content is something you won’t find anywhere else. Harvey didn’t want to hold the mic up to his face and the audio comes from a video tape so at times there are artifacts but I’ve cleaned it up to a point that I don’t think you’ll be distracted.

In this episode Harvey discusses his early career, meeting his wife Betty on the Today Show, Opie’s Hobo Friend, where “Tuscarora” and “Gollywobbler” came from, and so much more.

And this is just part one so be sure to come back for the rest.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Bob Ross.

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TCNW 423: Return to Mayberry Update

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:22

Last episode we were reminded about the “Return to Mayberry” television movie by Randy Turner’s This Week in Mayberry History report so I thought it was fate when I ran across a forgotten Mayberry historical gem.

I was looking through the files on my computer trying to find a Mayberry related image and came across a folder named Everett. In that folder was a file named “ending.” Not a descriptive name but it made me want to open it to see what was in there. Turns out that it was a letter from The Andy Griffith Show writer Harvey Bullock from 1999 addressing a question about the “Return to Mayberry” and the possible alternate ending that was written.

This is BIG and I’m just sorry it’s been filed away in a digital folder for all these years but at least we get to hear the answer now.

Bonus:  This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Elinor Donahue.

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Two Chairs No Waiting 232: Touch of the Pip

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:02

Back on TCNW #230 I mentioned finding several letters from TAGS writer Harvey Bullock.  Harvey wrote 32 episodes of TAGS and I have several wonderful letters he wrote to me answering questions that fans had asked him and writer Everett Greenbaum.

This episode we’ll find out exactly what is the “pip” and other things like what is Pygmalion and what does it have to do with The Andy Griffith Show.  See….you really do learn things from Mayberry.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:17

I was going through my collection of Mayberry stuff recently looking for items that might be of interest to fans of The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS) when I found several letters from Harvey Bullock.  Fans may already know that Harvey wrote 32 episodes of TAGS.  What you may not know is he was a member in good standing of the “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?” (WBMUTBB) Chapter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC).

As a member of WBMUTBB, Harvey would often see questions related to episodes that he had written and he would offer answers to those question.  At times, the questions were about episodes that fellow writer Everett Greenbaum had written and Harvey would take the time to go see Everett and get the answers from him.

Let’s hear what these wonder writers have to share with us and get some of the back story of Mayberry.

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:09:24

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Do you remember the story about Myray Lambert?  No…not Myra Koontz, that’s a completely different story.  I’m talking about the “news” Opie and Howie were sharing in the original version of “The Mayberry Sun.”

Frequent listeners will remember that in episode #36 of Two Chairs No Waiting we were discussing “the bomb” comment made in on TAGS episode “Opie’s Newspaper.” (Feel free to pause and go back to give#36 a listen if you missed it.)

While researching that comment, I was re-reading Neal Brower‘s wonderful book Mayberry 101 and ran across a nice insight for fan of The Andy Griffith Show and thought it was something you’d want to know or be reminded of if you have Neal’s book.

The quote I read is found on page 427 Mayberry 101: Behind The Scenes of a TV Classic by Neal Brower | John F. Blair publisher

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Q. Were there any TAGS scripts which were written but never filmed?

A. Yes .Paul, I wrote one ..( I don’t know if other writers wrote any.) Our unfilmed episode was THE WANDERING MINSTREL, which I wrote with Ray Allen Saffian for the 1962-1963 season.. It featured a charming footloose guitar player we called “Wally Jordan.” ( based on an actual musician Andy had great respect for, Brownie Mcghee)

Andy had constantly spoken in praise of Brownie, so it was inevitable someone would write the story. We wrote the outline and then the fully completed script. Now the weird part. To this day nobody on TAGS can give a reason why it wasn’t filmed. It’s still a mystery.

If you’d like to read the script, it is printed in its entirety in Richard Kelly’s seminal book THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW .. Pickled Tink to hear from you. Harvey B

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:12:16

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In the episode Opie’s Newspaper when Barney mentions “It must be the bomb,” did you ever wonder what he meant?  We’ll we’re gonna find out on this episode of Two Chairs No Waiting.

For those that don’t remember, Opie’s Newspape is where Opie takes his cue from the adults and spices up a penny newspaper he and his friend Howie publish with gossip he’s overheard. When Barney and the Taylors get a look at the new issue, they have to scramble to collect the copies before they are read by the rest of the town.

In the episode, Opie delivers the first edition of the “Mayberry Sun” to Andy and then to Barney at the courthouse.  Opie reports that he’s having a hard time selling his paper so Barney and Andy try to help by telling him he needs to branch out in his coverage.  Opie & Howie do just that and figure that the adults in town seem to enjoy the “Mayberry After Mid-night” section of the paper the most and set out to make their paper have that type content.

Just after Opie and Howie finish the first run of their revised paper, Opie delivers copies to Barney, Andy, and Aunt Bee in the Taylor’s kitchen at breakfast time.  Opie leaves them with the paper and goes out to place free copies in everyone in Mayberry’s hands or, in most cases, front porch.

The “It must be the bomb” comment comes while they are reflecting on the heat.

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  • Mayberry 101 – by Neal Brower this is must reading for any fan of Mayberry.
  • IMDB listing for Everett Greenbaum
  • YouTube interview with Everett Greenbaum
  • The eBullet – The Official newsletter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club and it’s FREE.

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