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TCNW 596: Happy 94th Birthday Thelma Lou

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:29:33

August 29, 2020 will be the 94th birthday of actress Betty Lynn who played the love of Barney’s life, Thelma Lou. We have several episode of Two Chairs dedicated to Betty but can you really ever talk enough about Thelma Lou? I say no. Especially when it’s her birthday week!

I’ll also give you some information about one of the other wonderful Mayberry ladies, Maggie “Charlene” Peterson that I know you’ll want to hear.

Bonus: This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring part 2 of “Alberta Nelson.”

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:32:52

We’ve had reports from “on the scene” and heard from Betty related to her birthday back on 29 August 2016 but on this episode we get to hear from some of the folks who traveled to Mt. Airy, NC to be part of “Thelma Lou’s” birthday celebration.  These are fans, just like you and me, who we able to make there way to the Andy Griffith Museum and wait in line to get Betty’s autograph and to spend just few minutes in her company.

What would make someone travel to the town of Mt. Airy, NC just on the chance of spending time with someone they’ve admired for years?  Why is was it important to them?  Let’s ask them and see what answers we get about what brought them to be there in that line.

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:30:58

If you  missed episode 392, I recommend you head back and enjoy that episode before you move foreword with this episode since it’s Part 2.   Part 2 of what?  Well, just one of the biggest days Mayberry has had for quite a while.

29 August 2016 was a BIG day celebrating Betty “Thelma Lou” Lynn’s 90th birthday in Mt. Airy, NC and let me tell you, it was a sight to behold.  I recommend you watch the video versions of the podcast to actually “see” the goings on so you’ll be able to feel like you were there.

This episode we focus on the evening of the celebration when we traveled downtown to the Earle Theater there in Mt Airy to watch “June Bride.”  June Bride was a 1948 movie staring Betty Davis, Robert Montgomery, and a young Betty Lynn in the title role.

We can’t watch the movie on the podcast but we can hear from Betty and her memories of the film and the stars.  PLUS we hear from North Carolina Lt Gov Dan Forest with a special presentation.  PLUS PLUS…a couple of “Mayberry” boys send their regards.  IT’S BIG!!

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:31.21

What a great day it was on 29 August 2016 when we spent the entire day celebrating Betty “Thelma Lou” Lynn’s 90th birthday in Mt. Airy, NC.  I did something I’d never done before….live reports “on the scene” like a real reporter.   It was big!

The Andy Griffith Museum gave me permission to video and take photos inside the museum so I could give all of you an inside seat to Betty’s big day.  I was able to do several 2 minute reports throughout the day and this episode is a compilation of those reports as well as a few others that were not broadcast live.

I recommend watching the video version of this episode so you can see the things I’m talking about but if you can’t do that, the audio version should be like an audio “walking tour” of the events as they occurred.

We have so much to cover, I couldn’t get it all in one episode so be sure to come back in the coming weeks for even more fun from Betty’s 90th Celebration!

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:27:53

We start off the episode with a great clip of Betty Lynn at the 2015 Col Tim’s Talent Time held during Mayberry Days.  Betty has such a Mayberry spirit that anytime we can hear from her is wonderful.

We follow that up with a Bruce Bilson telling us about the first time “Opie” tried to throw the rock into the lake for the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show.  It was filmed at Franklin Canyon and this is a story you will not want to miss.

To top things off, we get to hear from YOU…the listeners of the show…with your feedback about the last several episodes.

It’s BIG!

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:32:30

This week is the conclusion of our recording from the 1994 Mayberry Squad Car Rendezvous (I mistakenly said 1993 during the podcast). Counting last weeks episode, we have almost an hour of interviews with Howard Morris, Betty Lynn, and Jean Carson for you to enjoy.  If you haven’t listened to last weeks podcast be sure to go back and give it a listen but you don’t have to listen to them in order.

If you enjoy the interviews, you might want to actually watch the video version of the episodes to be able to see these wonderful stars and feel even more like you were there.  The videos are in the show notes or you can go to our YouTube channel to enjoy the fun.

Below is a list of the questions you’ll hear addressed on this episode.

  • Did any of you get to visit with Hal Smith “Otis” before he passed?
  • When the Darlings played music on the show, was it live?
  • Howard, can you name the bodies of water?
  • How much input did Andy have on the characterization of the parts?
  • Do Daphne and Thelma Lou know how to sew up their fingers like Goober?
  • Howard, do you have a burning desire for Charlene?
  • Barney and Andy finally got mad at the Fun Girls, you said……
  • How did you keep getting out of jail?
  • Do you stay in touch with Joyce Jameson?
  • How many hours a day did you have to rehearse to do a half hour show?
  • Jean, how often do you go back to West Virginia?
  • What was is like to work with Howard “Floyd” McNear?
  • Howard talks about what being on “live” television means.
  • Has there ever been any talk about making a new series of Mayberry?
  • Did any of you take acting lessons?
  • Did you have any idea at the time that you were working on a television classic?
  • What caused the changes in the show after the first season?
  • Betty, on Return to Mayberry there was a scene with Jim Nabors singing that was cut. Why?
  • What can we do about networks/stations cutting parts of the show out for more commercials?
  • Did you do any of the sponsor shots during the series?
  • It’s me, it’s me…it’s Ernest T.

 

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:34:23

I’ve been going through my old 8mm video tapes and ran across the 1994 Mayberry Squad Car Rendezvous (I mistakenly said 1993 during the podcast).  Finding things like this is like Christmas coming early because this video has almost an hour of interviews with Howard Morris, Betty Lynn, and Jean Carson that, unless you were there, most Mayberry fans will never have heard.

It’s always fun to find things like this to share with you because it’s original content you won’t get anywhere else.  This is part 1 of 2.  Below is a list of the questions you’ll hear addressed on this episode.

  • Favorite Episode?
  • What was Aunt Bee like?
  • Do you ever see/talk to Andy?
  • Howard, how were you chosen to be on The Show of Shows?
  • Do you know Mr. Schwamp’s real name? (Nobody knows his name.)
  • Does Howard have kids/grandkids as wiry as he is?
  • Why did Thelma Lou love Barney?
  • What did Daphnie think about Andy/what attracted her to Andy?
  • Did Richard Linke’s wife play parts on TAGS? (The cast didn’t know but she wasn’t on the show.)
  • Howard, were you a director or an actor first? What did you direct?
  • Do you ever run into the “Darling” clan?
  • Did you enjoy making Return to Mayberry?
  • How is Don Knotts health?
  • Betty, what was Thelma Lou’s occupation?
  • Barney can’t sing….
  • Tim Allen was on an award show and thanked Howard Morris, was that you?
  • Betty, did you ever have a relationship with Don Knotts outside the set?
  • Howard, were you married at the time the shows were being produced?
  • Do you three watch the old episodes?
  • Jean, which role did you like the best? Fun Girl or escaped convict?
  • What’s your favorite episode?
  • Is your personality similar to the character on the show?
  • Did Andy ever ask any of you to be on Matlock?
  • Any contact with Jim Nabors?
  • When Jeff Pruitt came to town looking for a wife we saw a different side of Barney.
  • Could Howard Morris do Ole Aunt Maria?
  • Did you do much improvising during the shows or stay with the script?

 

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