Barney's Gone........and Geographical Prejudice
I grew up watching Andy Griffith. My boys grew up watching it too. Many a life lesson they had been taught was endorsed by Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bea,
Floyd, Gomer, Goober, Earnest T Bass, Otis, Howard, and even Juanita at the Diner. My folks still watch it every night. And now we have lost Barney Fife....good ole Barn. I don't think as a kid I appreciated the talents of Don Knotts. In my opinion, I think he was one of the best character actors of our generation. The show failed miserably after he left. He will be missed, but it's great we will still be able to hear exchanges like this one daily on the re-runs:
Andy: "Hey Barn, what if they was to ask you if you could sing a cappella, what would you do? Barney: "Why, I'd do it! (snapping fingers in rhythm) "A cappella, a cappella...well, I don't remember all the words."
Thanks for all the laughs and the good times you shared with us, Don Knotts.
Have you noticed how all the car companies love the West? We have the Dakota, the Sonoma, the Montana, the Tahoe, the Yukon....etc. Is the rest of the country just chopped liver or what? I mean, who wouldn't want to buy the Buick Bald Knob? When is Chevrolet going to come out with "the Pine Bluff" or "the Beebe"? I mean aren't people attracted to names like "the Pontiac Yazoo City" or "the Ford Starkville"?
I think we could make a pretty good case for the car companies being geographical prejudiced. Tell me Dodge wouldn't make a killing off of "the Muscle Shoals". It comes with a gun rack in every cab. The Toyota "Picayune", with it's standard life-vest would likely be a big seller in coastal regions. Let's start our email campaign today!