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December 28, 1997
Denver Pyle, 77, a television and film actor known for his roles as a wise Southern uncle on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and a melodic mountain man on "The Andy Griffith Show," died of lung cancer Thursday in Burbank, Calif. In a career that spanned four decades, he played character roles in film and television programs primarily set in the South and the old West.Pub Date: 12/28/97
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Columnist | October 24, 2006
For women my age, Jane Wyatt, the firm but loving Margaret Anderson of Father Knows Best, was the mother we never had and the mother we would never become. The actress, who died Friday at 96, had a phenomenal career on stage and screen, but she will be remembered best for the idealized television family over which she and Robert Young presided: flighty and emotional Betty, spacy Bud and earnestly cheerful Kathy. The show aired from 1954 to 1960 and stayed with us in regular reruns for years after, along with Leave It to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Columnist | October 24, 2006
For women my age, Jane Wyatt, the firm but loving Margaret Anderson of Father Knows Best, was the mother we never had and the mother we would never become. The actress, who died Friday at 96, had a phenomenal career on stage and screen, but she will be remembered best for the idealized television family over which she and Robert Young presided: flighty and emotional Betty, spacy Bud and earnestly cheerful Kathy. The show aired from 1954 to 1960 and stayed with us in regular reruns for years after, along with Leave It to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show.
NEWS
December 28, 1997
Denver Pyle, 77, a television and film actor known for his roles as a wise Southern uncle on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and a melodic mountain man on "The Andy Griffith Show," died of lung cancer Thursday in Burbank, Calif. In a career that spanned four decades, he played character roles in film and television programs primarily set in the South and the old West.Pub Date: 12/28/97
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By Brian McTavish and Brian McTavish,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | July 3, 2003
Love it or loathe it - or just go with it - the television laugh track remains a staple after five decades of viewer-assisted frivolity. For that triumph or disgrace, one person can be thanked or blamed. Charlie Douglass, who died in April at age 93, was a technical director of TV shows in the 1950s. He noticed that studio audiences didn't laugh as much when jokes were repeated after the first take. So the mechanical and electrical engineer, who helped develop a shipboard radar for the Navy in World War II, created a "laff box" that would supply recorded audience reaction.
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By Jack Pattie and Jack Pattie,Knight Ridder/Tribune | December 20, 1998
"Mayberry 101: Behind the Scenes of a TV Classic, Vol. 1," by Neal Brower. John F. Blair. 507 pages. $14.95. I'm a Goober and have been since I was 8. Goobers are fans (or fanatics) of "The Andy Griffith Show," and I thought everything of significance about the show had been documented until I read Neal Brower's "Mayberry 101: Behind the Scenes of a TV Classic, Vol. 1."Brower, a United Methodist minister and a confessed, card-carrying Goober, was a contributing columnist to the Bullet, the official newsletter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, which is distributed to 15,000 members worldwide.
NEWS
November 25, 2002
Parley Baer, 88, a character actor who was the mayor on The Andy Griffith Show, the voice of the Keebler cookie elf in TV commercials and the voice of Chester on radio's Gunsmoke, died of a stroke Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. The jowly, balding actor appeared in more than 50 movies, including 1950s Westerns and 1963's Gypsy. He played the Senate majority leader in the 1993 movie Dave. Mr. Baer also made scores of TV appearances, and was Darby, Ozzie Nelson's next-door neighbor, on TV's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
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By Linda Chion-Kenney and Linda Chion-Kenney,Special to The Evening Sun | October 3, 1990
What do Jim Clark and ''The Andy Griffith Show'' have in common? They were both born in 1960 and they both hold a soft spot in the hearts of fans nationwide.For Clark, the story begins in 1979 at Vanderbilt University where shared a love of the show with three Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers. There was one television set in the frat house, and the Griffith show aired against "M*A*S*H.""In order to get dibs on the TV set," Clark says, "one of us had to be there to claim it for 'The Andy Griffith Show.
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By New York Daily News | November 27, 1990
If you think the hottest-selling set of bubble-gum cards is the '90 Topps baseball set, guess again. The barn burner in the card world is the very unlikely set of cards from the old "Andy Griffith Show," the '60s sitcom now seen on Nickelodeon and other cable networks, and the No. 1 card is Sheriff Andy Taylor himself.The Pacific Trading Card Co. of Lyndale, Wash., can't begin to fill orders for the "Andy Griffith Show" card sets. They are selling better than 300 sets a day from coast to coast, with a heavy concentration in the South, and there is no sign of a slowdown.
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By Michael Hill | November 8, 1990
THE FACT THAT "CHEERS" has made 200 episodes is undoubtedly more important to those that sell it in syndication than to viewers, but it seems as good a time as any to look back at one of the most successful comedies in the history of television.And that's what NBC will do tonight at 9 on WMAR-Channel 2 with a special one-hour "Cheers" that, in fact, should be two hours.It's really a greatest hits compilation of memorable, hilarious moments from the previous 199 episodes interspersed with too-brief snippets of the actors, creators and writers sitting on a stage talking about the show.
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | February 18, 2001
Andy Griffith is everywhere. On "Matlock" reruns, solving crimes and eating chili dogs. On reruns of "The Andy Griffith Show" as a single parent counseling his son, Opie, played by a young Ron Howard. He even made an appearance on a recent episode of "Dawson's Creek." Now Andy is in Sunday school. Joey Fann, a 35-year-old computer engineer, has developed a series of Sunday school lessons based on the moral and ethical lessons illustrated by the TV adventures of Andy, Opie, Barney Fife, Gomer Pyle and others.
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By Steve McKerrow | June 24, 1991
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* Arsenio, meet Jonathon. That's the introduction happening at 11 o'clock tonight, as WNUV-Channel 54 debuts a new talk-show rival to WBFF-Channel 45's "Arsenio Hall Show" occupying the same time frame.The new half-hour show is "Johnny B. . .On the Loose," and stars Jonathon Brandmeier, a Chicago radio deejay who has been trying for some time to translate his audio humor into a late-night television form.Viewers may remember him from "Friday Night Videos," "Later. . .With Bob Costas" and from a one-shot NBC special last August.
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