I dont know where to start on this one. I was born and raised in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, NC….graduated from the same high school 40 years apart. him 1944…me 1984. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill asdid I. I had dreams of hosting a late night talk show…he had dreams of being a film/TV/stage star and musician. He achieved ALL of his dreams. He was very special to me even though I only had the opportunity to meet him once. It was 2004 and TV Land was dedicating a statue to him in Mount Airy. I covered it for my local station (WFMY in Greensboro, NC). It was a pool of reporters so all I got to say to him was “Hi, Andy…Im at the CBS affiliate here and Im from Mount Airy as well.” It wasn’t much… but it was huge to me. After learning of his passing I was saddened, not only for his passing but that I never reached out to attempt a chat with him. His good childhood friend Emmett Forrest gave me his wife’s cell phone number a couple of years ago and I just couldn’t bring myself to call her to chat with him. Knowing how private he was it was difficult for me to call due to the huge respect I had for him. It was a strange situation. Respecting someone so much you didn’t want to break that trust but at the same time giving up the chance to speak to one of your idols. Now that the opportunity is gone I might actually use the number. Just to let his wife know how much he meant to some of us.
R.I.P. Andy. We will all love and miss you.
Ive’ included a link to my segments at Andy’s childhood home when my station sent me to cover his death.