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TCNW 431: Ron Howard & Opie Taylor

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:30

I’ve talked about Opie before on the show but I don’t know if I’ve ever talked much about Ron Howard. Randy Turner inspired me to dig up a little more information about Ron Howard and Opie because of this weeks history report. I enjoyed learning more and I’m sure you will as well.

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

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:19:41

Continuing our series of episodes getting to know the people of Mayberry, we move along to Andy Taylor’s son.  Who is Opie Taylor?  Let’s find out.

Also, we’ll check out a 2006 article called “Pickups & Splashes from Floor and Pool” that I found while searching the web for that title recently.  I was surprised to find an actual column in a newspaper titled the same as Barney’s column in the school paper.

 

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Two Chairs No Waiting 204: Jobs in Mayberry

Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:23:10

The Labor Day holiday is upon us here in the ole US of A so it had me thinking that there were several times jobs/labor were talked about in the town of Mayberry.   We’ll visit with Aunt Bee, Gomer, and Opie as they attempt to find jobs in our home town.

Aunt Bee gets her job from some folks using green ink to print…things.  Gomer gets fired by Wally and tries to find a different job all the while staying with the Taylor’s at their house.

We’ve talked about Opie getting a job (back on episode 131 of Two Chairs) but we’ll look at it from a slightly different point of view this time.  All-in-all the jobs in Mayberry don’t seem too hard to get but keeping this is like holding on to a greased pig.

Come on with me and let’s visit in Mayberry.

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Two Chairs No Waiting 131: Opie the Man

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:17:28

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This episode you’ll hear just a bit more about the Pine Ridge, AR connection to the people of Mayberry.  Did you know that Gomer’s grandpa is from the home town of “Lum and Abner?”  That’s right! Gomer’s Grandpa, Sergeant Otis Pyle, is a very close relative of Abner Peabody.

Next we’ll hear some feedback from a fellow listener before we get into the actual topic of our show.

Finally we’ll get into the meat of the show.  We all know what a wonderful son Andy Taylor has and we’ll take a few minutes to be reminded.  I know we’ll all agree that Opie is a man.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:15:20

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In episode 128, Tim Hollis mentioned that the namesake of Opie Taylor was from a fellow that appeared on the old time radio program “Lum and Abner” following having his very own radio program called “The Opie Cates Show.”

As you may have picked up on, Opie Taylor got his name from band leader and radio actor Opie Cates.  On “The Opie Cates Show” (1947-1948), he played a naive unsophisticated person from the country (a.k.a. a rube or hick) getting adjusted to big city life. Cates started each show by saying, “The doggonedest thing happened to me th’ other day,” and then he’d go on to introduce the story for the week. The show never found a sponsor and lasted only 13 weeks.

He then basically moved right over to “Lum and Abner” with the same character in 1949 where he’d tell stories about his hometown of Clinton, Arkansas.  Cates  appeared on a pilot episode of Lum and Abner that same year but the show wasn’t picked up by the network.

Andy Griffith named Sheriff Taylor’s son after Cates.  Both Andy and producer Sheldon Leonard liked Opie Cates so the name was a natural fit.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:16:08

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To start the show, we have a fun bit of “Mayberry in real life” from a listener who wrote in and sent us some photos of his encounter. We’re following that up with a voice mail Mayberry Days memory from Tom and then we’re back to the bank book.

The issue that keeps raising it’s head is “who’s bank book was Andy looking at, his own or Parnell Rigsby’s, when he said, “Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw?” Andy took the bank book out of the same cigar box that he had been keeping Mr. Rigsby’s change purse. I, and many others, have always believed that to be Andy’s bank book BUT there are also a lot of folks that think that it was Mr. Rigsby’s bank book.

I did two episodes of the Two Chairs No Waiting podcast (episodes 74 & 75) on that exact subject and I continue to receive feedback on this topic.

I did screen shots but you can’t tell from them who’s bank book it actually is. Only that there is gold or silver embossed logo/writing on the cover. It certainly appears to be a Savings Account type deposit book from a bank and it certainly not a checkbook ledger.

Does anyone happen to have a copy of the script for “Opie’s Fortune” (#136 season 5)? If so, perhaps it would have stage direction as to who’s bank book Andy is taking from the drawer. Your assistance would be wonderful.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:19

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Our last episode was the question and so it’s fitting that this would be our answer.  A lot of folk either called or wrote in with their opinion about who’s bank book Andy Taylor was looking at in the episode “Opie’s Fortune.”

The question, if you didn’t hear #74 was: Who’s bank book was Andy looking at, his own or Parnell Rigsby’s, when he said, “Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw?” Go back and listen if you missed Two Chairs No Waiting #74…we’ll wait on you.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:17:56

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This episode we’ll be talking about the episode called Opie’s Fortune (#136 season 5) of The Andy Griffith Show which was first aired on November 11, 1964.  In the episode, Opie finds a man’s purse containing $50 cash. When he tells his pa, Andy tells Opie that if no one claims it within a week the money would be his.

Opie ends up getting the money but the owner turns up and that puts Andy in a spot of having to either take back the money from Opie or to pay back the man himself.

A question came up this past week. During the episode Andy take a bank book out of his desk drawer at the courthouse.  Who’s bank book was it?  Andy’s or Parnell Rigsby’s? “Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw?”

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