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Two Chairs No Waiting 123: Mayberry Fan Al Gandolfi

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:28

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We talk often to tribute artist for characters on The Andy Griffith Show and from time to time to the actual stars themselves.  I thought it would be nice to hear from some Mayberry fans.  What The Andy Griffith Show means to them and what it is they like about the show.

I met up with Mayberry fan Al Gandolfi back in March 2009 following an event in West Palm Beach, Florida held at Grace Fellowship.  The event was called “Mayberry Comes to Grace Fellowship” and Senior’s pastor Frank Ingram helped make that event happen.  You may think that the Mayberry events held around the country just “happen” but that’s certainly not true.

Al, like Pastor Ingram, also made a Mayberry event happen in his town.  It was called “Good Ole Days – A Tribute to Mayberry” and it was held in Cocoa, Florida on April 8th-9th, 2005.  We get to hear a bit from Al about the hard work that goes into making these events happen for all of us, the fans, to enjoy.

I believe you’ll enjoy getting to meet Al and you’ll certainly hear from a man that loves The Andy Griffith Show.  I think you might also hear put into words some of the same feelings you have when watching Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee, and our other Mayberry neighbors.

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Related Links:

  • A Tribute to Mayberry Brings Good Ole Days to Cocoa – Cocoa Florida’s “Good Ole Days – A Tribute to Mayberry” which took place April 8 and 9, 2005, surprised everyone by being a smashing success. (Al Gandolfi is on the left of the photo on a knee in front of Goober, Floyd, and Opie.)
  • Event Calendar – Visit the iMayberry.com event calendar to stay up-to-date about Mayberry related events all around the country. When ever you’re listening, even if it’s long after the podcast was recorded, you’ll find what you’re looking for by visiting.

Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #123: Ann Newsome

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  • Jewell Kutzer February 18, 2011, 6:29 pm

    Hi Allan- Really enjoyed your interview with Al Gandolfi. I remember with much pleasure all our time together in Cocoa for the Good Ole Days event. And I know how hard Al worked to get that event working so very well. I’ll never forget being the Grand Marshall of the parade. Or the spaghetti dinner.

    Thanks for the memories.
    Jewell aka The Mayberry Momma

  • Tim Bradshaw February 14, 2013, 6:09 pm

    The more I watch the show and the more I watch these podcast, the more I become to realize that all of us die hard fans of TAGS get the same feeling about Mayberry. No doubt about it, it is a place in our minds that reminds us of a time we don’t want to forget.

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