Andy Griffith (1926–2012) Gives a Lesson on the American Revolution

As we roll into the 4th of July hol­i­day, let’s take a nos­tal­gic look back at Andy Grif­fith as he tells the sto­ry of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion on his clas­sic 1960s TV pro­gram, “The Andy Grif­fith Show.” Grif­fith died Tues­day at the age of 86. In the eight years “The Andy Grif­fith Show” was broadcast–from 1960 to 1968–Griffith was a humane and ratio­nal pres­ence in Amer­i­can homes. His char­ac­ter, Sher­iff Andy Tay­lor, was sur­round­ed by eccentrics yet always man­aged to keep things in per­spec­tive, embody­ing what the show’s pro­duc­er, Aaron Ruben, once described as “this Lin­col­nesque char­ac­ter.” It’s a fit­ting phrase, and a good way to remem­ber Grif­fith as we enjoy the hol­i­day.

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  • Shelley says:

    It’s odd how sad you can feel about the loss of some­one you nev­er real­ly knew.

    I respect­ed his late-life pol­i­tics, too. It’s always nice when they turn kind instead of crazy.

  • Kimberly says:

    He will be sore­ly missed since even younger peo­ple today watch the Andy Grif­fith Show. It was tru­ly amer­i­cana and the small town that every­one want­ed to be from.

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