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Two Chairs No Waiting 131: Opie the Man

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

Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

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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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #131: Tom Sullivan

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

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Opie Cates was on “Lum and Abner” as one of the characters but there are several connections between Pine Ridge, Arkansas and Mayberry, North Carolina.  On Two Chairs No Waiting episode 129 we heard audio of Lum Eddards (played by Chester Lauck) and Abner Peabody (played by Norris Goff) interacting with Opie Taylor’s namesake, Opie Cates, and I’m sure Mayberry fans thought it was interesting but in this episode we’ll go into even greater detail.

Mayberry fans are familiar with Foley’s Market just to opposite side of Floyd’s barber show from the Mayberry Courthouse and with Mr. Foley who ran the store (“Aunt Bee, call the man.”)  By the sixth season of The Andy Griffith Show Mr. Foley had sold out to a new store owner named Mr. Doakes.  You may remember him but you may not if you’re a fan who just doesn’t watch the “color” episode of the series.  If you’re not watching the color episodes, you’re missing out on many great episodes so I encourage you to listen to see what you’re missing.

Back to the connection, on the radio program “Lum and Abner” the two men ran and were co-owners of a store called the Jot ’em Down Store in Pine Ridge, AR.  Well, okay…I’m not going to tell you here because I want to to ‘hear’ the rest of the story on this episode of Two Chairs.

Don’t forget to leave comments or ask questions on the TwoChairsNoWaiting.com website or using the contact information given in the podcast. We’d love to have you be a part of our next feedback episode. Call the Two Chairs No Waiting Hot-line at (888) 684-8415 and leave a voice mail to be part of the show.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #130: Kenneth Anderson

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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.

Don’t forget to leave comments or ask questions on the TwoChairsNoWaiting.com website or using the contact information given in the podcast. We’d love to have you be a part of our next feedback episode. Call the Two Chairs No Waiting Hot-line at (888) 684-8415 and leave a voice mail to be part of the show.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #129: Jay Hicks

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:27

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For the last three episodes I’ve been talking about our Mayberry friends being on the Old Time Radio program, Gunsmoke.  Parley Baer and Howard McNear were stars of Gunsmoke on the radio but other residents of Mayberry frequented Dodge City as well.

In this episode, we’ll hear a few clips from an episode of Gunsmoke called “Cow Doctor.” Listen to see if you can pick out the actors.

Tell those Mayberry folks in your life about these episodes of Two Chairs No Waiting.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Special Guest: Parley Baer
Running time: 0:19:23

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An important person very much connected to The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS) passed away on January 30, 2010 and I couldn’t let another week pass by without mentioning his passing. So, rather than this episode simply being part three of our remembering Howard McNear we are going to also remember Aaron Ruben.

Aaron Ruben was producer, story consultant, writer, and director and one of TAGS strongest pillars for the first five seasons. Jim Clark, Presiding Goober of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC), said this about Aaron. “Other than Andy Griffith himself, no one was more crucial behind the scenes in guiding and shaping ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ during its first five seasons.”

Mr. Ruben will be missed and fondly remembered.

Parley Baer joins us once again to share his memories of Howard McNear and his experience performing the eulogy at Howard’s funeral.  Smiles and laughter were shared that day remembering Howard and you can hear the love in Parley’s voice as he tells the story.

Tell those Mayberry folks in your life about these episodes of Two Chairs No Waiting.

Don’t forget to leave comments or ask questions on the iMayberry.com/podcasts website or using the contact information given in the podcast. We’d love to have you be part of our next feedback episode. Our voice mail number is (256) 513-9526 and you can leave a voice mail. (If you’d like to call toll-free, I only give that number as part of the podcast so you’ll have to listen to hear that number. )

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  • Visit Two Chairs LIVE – Two Chairs No Waiting headquarters is broadcasting video LIVE (at times). Drop by this site and you can see the live feed when it is active or watch recorded episodes of the podcast “behind the scenes” production. It’s not much yet but I’m trying to make it better.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Special Guest: Parley Baer
Running time: 0:14:33

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I hope you were able to listened to episode #68 of the podcast as this will continue along that same line. You don’t have to have heard it but I think you might like hearing it before you listen to this episode.

In this show we’ll again be hearing from Mayor Stoner himself, Parley Baer, as he tells us about his friend Howard McNear.  Folks, after you hear the first story I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing “Floyd” in your minds eye doing what Parley describes as he speaks of Howard.  I was laughing and smiling when I heard it the first time and that joy is still present each time I listen.

Tell those Mayberry folks in your life about these episodes of Two Chairs No Waiting.  I really believe these Howard McNear episodes are some that any “Floyd” fan will love.

Don’t forget to leave comments or ask questions on the iMayberry.com/podcasts website or using the contact information given in the podcast. We’d love to have you be part of our next feedback episode.  Our voice mail number is (256) 513-9526 and you can leave a voice mail.  (If you’d like to call toll-free, I only give that number as part of the podcast so you’ll have to listen to hear that number. )

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  • Visit Two Chairs LIVE – Two Chairs No Waiting headquarters is broadcasting video LIVE (at times). Drop by this site and you can see the live feed when it is active or watch recorded episodes of the podcast “behind the scenes” production. It’s not much yet but I’m trying to make it better.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Special Guest: Parley Baer & William Conrad
Running time: 0:16:12

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Friends, I have found some things that I have never heard and I’m so excited to be able to share what I’ve found with you!

In this episode we hear from William Conrad and Parley “Mayor Stoner” Baer give us their memories of Mayberry’s favorite barber, Howard McNear.

Be sure to come back next week for more memories from Parley about “Floyd” and tell the Mayberry fans you know to drop by and give the podcast a listen. I think they, and you, will enjoy it.

Don’t forget to leave comments or ask questions on the iMayberry.com/podcasts website or using the contact information given in the podcast. We’d love to have you be a part of our next feedback episode.

Related Links:

  • Visit Two Chairs LIVE – Two Chairs No Waiting headquarters is broadcasting video LIVE (at times). Drop by this site and you can see the live feed when it is active or watch recorded episodes of the podcast “behind the scenes” production. It’s not much yet but I’m trying to make it better.

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