March 01, 2006 - Msg 2519:
And Don reached the pearly gates and they swung wide open with a wooooosh!....Don was my hero...what is a hero....let me clarify this...
From Barney to the Ghost and Mr. Chicken...every word from his mouth became classic. I always said before I left this world I wanted to meet this legend...but I didn't. Now we all are just left with the memories....but what memories they are.
Thanks Mr. Knotts.
Carl R. Metzger
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2520:
Thank you for the years of laughter. Growing up I watched and laughed at all of your character's. As the Character Barney, you did your best to bring justice and laughs into our hearts. I am sure you will continue to do so. You are a true comic icon. Your comedy made everyone laugh, young and old with a true, warm and honest down home laughter. The mention of your name in conversations continue to make people smile in the jest of the know of you comic genius. Thank you from all our hearts. We shall continue to watch and think of you in our hearts. Thank you and God Speed !!!
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2521:
I remeber first watching Don as Barney Fife as a little boy in Kernersville, NC back in the early sixties not far from the boyhood home of Andy Griffith of Mr Airy. Don was so perfect for the role of Barney. He must have felt it was a gift from heaven. After watching Don portray Barney and his other characters over the years I came to realize his characters embodied many of the very human insecurities and frailties the we could see in ourselves, including myself. This was his gift and genius. His portrayals were done as only he could do them, with an incomparable humor and with a grace and dignity that always left you in the end with a feeling of warmth and affection. He truely had a natural genius and in my mind he was unequivocably one of the greatest of the great comedians this country has ever produced. Don will live in my, as well as millions of other hearts and minds forever. I would be remiss to forget to mention that the kindness, love, dignity and respect with which all of the Mayberry characters treated one another throughout all of those wonderful years was, and continues to be, a tremendous model we can continue to learn much from today and for future generations to come. Many, many thanks for the wonderful memories and for sharing your gift with us. God Bless Don Knotts and the Mayberfy family. May the good Lord bless you Don and keep you in his love and peace forever.
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2522:
Oh Don, I can't believe your gone. My father and I miss you. You were like a family member to us. To this day and now I am 44, you were one of the people that me and my dad could talk on the phone everyday about. It was a bond that kept us in a happy place. You will be missed, but me and my dad will still carry on the phone calls as normal. We love you!! Jeff Gruskin Stratford,CT.
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2523:
Hearts are lighter because of the heart of Don Knotts.May God bless his family. BL athem,az
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2524:
A true comedic genius. I grew up watching Don on TAGS. The first movie that I remember seeing was The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I also remember seeing Don perform on the old Candid Camera show with Alan Funt. For me, the best and most entertaining episodes of Tags are the Barney shows. Don was a great entertainer and I believe he was one of the greatest the medium of television has seen or will ever see. God Bless Don Knotts.
Fort Smith, AR
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2525:
I loved the man! The funniest artist that has made me laugh since I was a kid...God bless you and thank you for all you have given all of us. You where the best! Bless the familar and all the others who enjoyed him also...You are in a better place..Keep them laughing & loving... Bryant Campbell, Madison, WI
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2526:
Our entire family, from my father (first) down to his children (including me) and now to our kids, have treasured the laughter that Don Knotts has brought into our home. We have a large family, and it has always felt that Barney was just another member. He will dearly be missed, but his memory will live on!
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2527:
Don Knotts...You are gone and never really truly
received the recognition you deserve.
Oh...but may God sit you at His right side
and give you all the glory and eternity with Him.
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2528:
HAVE ALWAYS FELT LIKE ALL THE MEMBERS OF TAGS WERE PERSONAL FRIENDS OF MINE.......LOSING DON IS LIKE LOSING A FAMILY MEMBER! OUR ENTIRE FAMILY SEND OUR PRAYERS TO DON AND HIS FAMILY. I CAN ALWAYS GO "HOME" WHEN WE WATCH TAGS AND ALL MY FRIENDS ARE THERE. "GOD BLESS".......
S.WALKER AND FAMILY.
P.S. "NIP IT IN THE BUD"
NEED I SAY MORE'........
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2529:
As kids, every week,the folks played pinochle and we got to watch the Andy Griffith show and each get a cinnamon bun. It was our slice of heaven. That show taught us compassion, neighbor-liness and friendship while making us roll over with laughter. A true comic genius has passed on, and he will be sorely missed. Thank you Don Knotts, for making generations of families know what true, family oriented humor was. No show on tv or movie can recapture the glory or heart of the Andy Griffith show. To his family and his tv family, I send my deepest regrets. The public's grief can only brush the surface of your heavy hearts.
March 01, 2006 - Msg 2530:
The AG show taught me alot about life and the difference between wrong and right. Andy and Barney's friendship and loyalty on and off the screen should be a lesson for us all. RIP Barn...
Green Township, NJ
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2531:
Barney we grew up watching you,learning from you,laughing with you.You were an American icon.To his family I send deepest condolences and sympathy.Brent,Georgia
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2532:
I'm not a member of TAGS as of yet.. but soon will be...i think its time for all this to develop FURTHER.. especially since te world is seeming to change for the worse... a community of people like TAGS who understand the value of mayberry.. barney and andy and all... being a member is like being TESTED for people to choose to be friends, workers relationships with.. we need to GROW a community like mayberry now since things are getting worse... with this community we can point our loved ones to.. and our kids.... as for as me i am in my 50's still a bachlorer but time for me to find my wife.. BEST place is a woman who spends so much time on the andy griffith show .. maybe a tag member... yep folks lets GROW the TAGS to something that is REALLY needed now.. lets begin a COMMUNITY...dedicated to all the players of the andy griffith show..
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2533:
The Andy Griffith show was the only show that the whole group made me have a loveing family feeling when I watched it,as most folks that watched the show I seen every series that was put on tv,and there will....never ever be another family show like that one on TV...and Barney where ever you are I imagine that you are saying your by word....NIP!IT IN THE BUD ANDY....Ha! With my deepest sympathy to all of Barneys family, and friends,he made so many folks laugh, and forget these troublesome troubles in this World today just watching him.He happened to be at the right place at the right time to become who he was,a Legend!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2534:
Smile. Laugh. Cry. All the emotions that could be, were, due to a great man being brought into my living room as for long as I can remember....
Now the differant stage is being set. Don Knotts is now part of a bigger production. The players, slowly gathering for this production, to create gift for eternity. Perpetual, a part of mans own play on life. So I say Thank You to all who have ever been part of this creation and continue to bring such joy. Missed? Nah. You'll never be gone.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2535:
MARCH 1, 2006 I WILL MISS YOU DEARLY. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE LIKE YOU. I HAVE WATCHED YOU ALL MY LIFE I AM ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS, THANKS FOR ALL THE LAUGHS YOU HAVE GIVEN US. YOU AND ANDY AND THE GANG HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILIES FOR YEARS AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE. OUR SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR HUSBAND/DAD WAS THE BEST COMEDIAN EVER, HE MADE ALOT OF PEOPLE HAPPY AND THAT IS A NICE LEGACY TO LEAVE BEHIND. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2536:
nobody could make me smile and laugh like
Don Knotts. for me - he is simply the
greatest comic actor.
about 2 years ago, i had the great fortune
to meet Don Knotts. we were both waiting in
in a photo shop. he was just what i would
have hoped - an extremely kind man.
when posting his death, i think aol said
it best - "How Could You Not Love Him".
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2537:
I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU "BARNEY", THAT I FELT LIKE I HAVE KNOWN YOU ALL OF MY LIFE AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE ACTOR. THANKS FOR YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! PEANUT
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2538:
Mr. Knotts may be gone from his earthly home, but he will remain in our hearts forever. Thanks for the smiles and the laughter you brought into our homes through the years. May you live on forever in reruns through the magic of tv .
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2539:
Why did we love Barney Fife? I think it is because there is a little bit of Barney in all of us: nervousness, false bravado, an exaggerated sense of self-importance, a disaster waiting to happen. Mix all those negatives with kindness, concern, duty, loyalty and love. That's what Barney Fife meant. Thank you, Don Knotts for creating this unforgettable character. We are richer because of it.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2540:
Only one word can describe the late Don Knotts....Genius....I can sit and watch old "Andy Griffith" reruns all day long and never be tired.....We will miss you greatly, for you were loved throughout generations of my family.......
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2541:
So sad to hear of the passing of Don Knotts. I've enjoyed watching him for years now and he has made me laugh countless times. One thing about the "Andy Griffith Show" is no matter how many times I watch an episode, I find myself laughing just as hard as if it was the first time I watched it. I could watch the "Citizens Arrest" episode over and over. Even though he has passed, people will still be laughing for years to come watching him.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2542:
Dear don I LOVE YOUR movies so much. I HAVE HOW TO FRAM A FIGG I HAVE MORE
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2543:
"Nip it in the bud!"
"Bud nip it"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2544:
"Nip it in the bud!"
"Bud nip it"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2545:
"Nip it in the bud!"
"Bud nip it"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2546:
"Nip it in the bud!"
"Bud nip it"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2547:
"Nip it in the bud!"
"Bud nip it"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2548:
"Nip it in the bud!"
"Bud nip it"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2549:
Don Knotts gave us clean, funny, family entertainment which is obviously a dying art as I look at TV these days. What a wonderful talent that will be missed so very much by me and my family.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2550:
I think the person that left Msg 2539 called it right. On top of that, I think Don Knotts was a good man. I didn't know him, but the people who did all say he was a very good man. A kind, gracious, modest and loving man. America has lost one of it's finest citizens. I will miss him, but I'll never forget him.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2551:
Don Knotts created the best charecter in tv sitcom . The Andy Griffith show was never quite the same when he left .. We miss you and hope you are making them laugh up there .
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2552:
A broad smile, hundreds of pleasant memories with just the mention of his name, someone you felt was a friend even though you had never met, him. How many others create these feelings in us? He truly was one of only a few. We will miss the passing of a friend but those smiles and pleasant memories will always continue.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2553:
I grew up watching the AGS In the 60's and am still watching it today, in fact twice a day and I believe it is the greatest "family" show that has ever been televised and ditto to all comments made above because that says it all and Don Knotts "made it that way".
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2554:
Juaneet, Juaneet, from your head down to your feet, there is none half as sweet as Juaneet, Juaneet, lovely, dear, Juaneet.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2555:
You never could sing but you sure made us laugh.Thank you Don Knotts for bring such joy and laughter in all of our lives.You will be missed.And there will never be another one like good old Barney.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2556:
Don Knotts would always bring a smile to my face or make me laugh. He will be deeply missed
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2557:
thank you for all the silly charaters that you played you made us laugh you made us cry you made us mad but no matterwhat we always nip it in the bud thanks barney we love you
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2558:
when going to school during the 60's and worring about the cuban crises was on our minds this lovable man brought laughter and peace of mind to my childhood i still watch all the reruns at the age of 51 and still laugh and remember life when it was a lot simipler God be with you Barney
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2559:
Thanks for all the years of laughter on The Steve Allen Show and of course The Andy Griffith Show. The part of Barney was made for you. One of my favorites was when Barney was trying to teach Otis how to drive.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2560:
Barney will live in my memory forever. Don was one of those rare actors that just by showing up on the screen he brought a smile to your face. There will never be another character like Barney Fife, and never be another actor like Don Knotts. Our loss is heaven's gain. We will miss you, Don.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2561:
On Larry King Live last night, you could see the genuine sadness in Andy Griffith. He loved Don like a brother, a friendship that lasted a lifetime. He was there at Don's bedside just before he passed. My heart goes out to all the cast and crew of this show as they mourn the passing of an Icon. While today's network shows belong in the category of "trash", we can still enjoy Barney and his relentless pursuit of the "deadly game" in Mayberry, NC. I still love the episode with Barney's motorcycle and sidecar. The goggles were TOO much. Welcome to "Checkpoint Chickee"!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2562:
"...and since I'm driving I'll sit in the front seat" (Barney's new car) Barn, you've always made good sense. We Love You and Thanks for all the great laughs.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2563:
Barney was one of the best characters on that show. He is what really made the Andy Griffifh Show. There are way too many shows to mention about him. I really like the one where the loaded goat comes into town and Andy tells Barney to keep calm. Right after he tells him that the road crew sets off a stick of dynamite. Barney yells, "There he goes."
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2564:
I, too, grew up watching "The Andy Griffith Show" and have passed it down to my children and grandchild. It is by far the best family show ever made. My family was brought to tears after learning of Barney's passing. Thanks for all the laughs, Barney, and you will NEVER be forgotten. You are truly "the star".
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2565:
Don Knotts was one of a kind. A brilliant talent. A real gentleman, too.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2566:
A giant of a man in a small frame. That's the way I always saw Don Knotts. He made me laugh, he made me cry, but he never disappointed. His self depreciating humor taught a generation of television viewers that it's okay to laugh at ones self. He was loving, kind and loyal to his family and friends. Often I've used him and Andy Griffith in my sermons. We'll miss ya Barn! May God bless your memory. Looks like you can finally put that bullet to rest and hang up your "Roscoe!"
Rev. Brian Brewer
Farmington Hills, MI
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2567:
As a class act unrivaled today, let's send Hollywood a message that we want more Barney and Don Knotts types on the screen. Let's not let his passing go by in vain. Talk about a role model.....lets push for a return to Don's values and leadership.
Thanks Don for making me smile...we'll miss you.
Thank God for sharing Don with us.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2568:
I believe Don Knotts had to be the most gifted comedian in television history.Though his passing is certainly a loss,he enriched our lives by giving us Barney Fife. I am deeply touched by the sincere love, respect, and appreciation that he and Andy had for each other.It makes watching the show even more special to know that their affection was real.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2569:
I am truly overwhelmed reading these loving tributes to our gone but never to be forgotten, Barney Fife. I hope there is at least ONE INTELLIGENT TV PRODUCER READING THESE ALSO -- HERE'S YOUR MESSAGE: CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT IS MISSING FROM TV THESE DAYS? CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT? IT IS RIGHT HERE IN BLACK & WHITE..... GET RID OF THE TRASH THAT IS ON TV.....AND REPLACE IT WITH SHOWS LIKE "ANDY GRIFFITH" AND CHARACTERS OF THE SAME CALIBER. WE'LL KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED! God Bless Don Knotts --- heaven must be roaring with laughter right now!
A Devoted Barney Fife Fan
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2570:
I lost a friend this week...though he did'nt know me...I(and millions)knew him...His tv & movies will always be classics. They introduced Don Knotts to all of us & shared him with us;our parents;& now with our children & grandchildren. We will miss him. Thanks Don(always will be "Barney"to me)for sharing your life with us.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2571:
I live in a neigborhood in Chicago on the old Southwest Side that resembles as Mayberry Called:
Midway area (Clearing District) The Pastor of our church who is my spiritial dad is a dead ringer for Don Knotts even he tsalks like him as well he acts like Don Knotts as well. Don Knotts may be gone but there are others who resembles as Barney Fife, will always still be around no matter where you may look. God has program everyone into his own image, because there is a reason for it.
My Pastor had told me that God is up to something? and he (God) is up to something good!!!...
Midway Southwest Side
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2572:
I drew a tear when I heard the news. I am 38 and my favorite show as long as I can remember has been the Andy Griffith show. My friends laugh when I leave a party early to make it home on time to watch the reruns. I probably have every show on tape. Mr. Knots was great in everything he was in and no one could have found a better landlord for three's company than Don Knotts. TV was excellent back then and it was because of people like Don Knotts. They don't make sitcoms like they used to. The shows on now will never compare. God Bless you Mr. Knotts. My prayers go out to your family.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2573:
I have been watching Barney for over 40 years and never, never got tired of him. He was an exceptional actor with great communication skills. (His movies were great too.)Watching Barney is very "therapedic" as he would say. I watch his antics everynight before bed and wake up resumming watching in the morning. I have never, never gotten tired of his funny wit, his way at looking at the world and his kindness. "Kindness in the eyes." Now he has left this world to bring his kindness elsewhere.
Forever in my heart.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2574:
When I was kid I remember sitting with my family and watching the Andy Griffith show, Barney was a great character portrayed by the late Don Knotts. But some of the other shows that I will also remember him being part of and I think were some of the funnist times were, "Private Eye's" Don Knotts and Tim Conway were fantastic in this Disney movie, "The Carol Bernett Show", the multiple times he came on the show with Tim and Carol were fantastic, my side still hurts from those times, and "Mattlock" when he came on as a friend to Mattlock and showed everyone why he was a loved comedian and actor.
This man will be missed for the funny faces he pulled, the love he shared with friends and family and the moments in time where you honestly thought he could not pull another gag off better then the saying of "You've got to nip it in the bud, Andy. Nip it in the bud" I will remember you fondly Don. Thank you for all the wonderful times you have brought to my life just by playing lovable characters on the screen and being a great icon for many. I wish your family all the blessings that could possibly be bestowed apon a family during this time and hope to see you again one day.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2575:
I loved Don Knotts, and he will always be remembered as a funny, sweet man. Somehow, he just felt like family. I will miss him, but will continue to enjoy the reruns, I hope until my days are done.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2576:
more interesting info about Don Knotts, a true American hero : Veteran of the Second World War who was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with Carbine Bar) and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2577:
Don Knotts, will be greatly missed. You don"t get better than don. He made you laugh &cry. He was the best. Erleen H From Ohio.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2578:
ummm??? wonder what are towns in usa most like mayberry???...i will go and find the town that is most like mayberry and settle down to a mayberry type life... I think it would be a town in the appalachians and maybe cut off from society when the interstate system didn't go close to the town... and this made the town stay locked in the 50's.. my top 10 mayberry towns so far.. and not in order are.... andrews nc... waynesville nc..franklin nc... slyva nc.. robbinsville nc..mountain city tn, elizabethton tn...blue ridge, ga. blairsville ga....mt. airy.. nc
anyone have another list that may fit as like mayberry???
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2579:
So long Don Knotts. You did good! " the tears on my pillow bespeak the pain in my heart"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2580:
Don was the greatest actor that ever lived. He will be missed very much, but we will always have him in our hearts and on our tv's. THANKS DON
Rich S., WV
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2581:
Before criminologist George Kelling came up with the Broken Windows theory of crime prevention (see http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/bratton_kelling200602281015.asp ), Barney Fife was doing it. That Don Knotts could pull off a character who was, in general, a good police officer, and who also reminded viewers that the police are regular, fallible, people, is a great tribute to his acting ability. That he was glad to be remembered as that encouraging character is a great tribute to the man.
Sarah Cole, Librarian
North East Multi-Regional Training, MTU #3
"Committed to the Career Development and Professionalization of Law Enforcement Officers"
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2582:
TO ALL YOU "BUD NIPPERS' OUT THERE. WE LOVE YOU DON. HOW ARE THE KEROSENE CUCUMBERS IN HEAVEN. THERE MAY NOT BE ANY PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES -BUT I'M SURE THERE PLENTY OF SMILES AND LAUGHTER NOW THAT YOU'RE THERE. GIVE OTIS,FLOYD,EARNST 'T',HELEN,AUNT BEE AND THE REST A BIG HUG FROM THOSE LEFT BEHIND.SAVE SOME FRY CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATOE PIE FOR ME. -JOHN,OHIO
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2583:
As we watch the close of season 5 and Mayberry says goodbye to the best character in the history of television, we are hit with real life loss of Don Knotts, America's Deputy. Its a sad time for America, and a sad time for television abroad. We say thank you to Don and watch him at his best in rural North Carolina. We all know his memory will live on for a long time, and we just get excited for the next time we can sit on our couches and watch the most decorated deputy in history.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2584:
yes, it would be neat and very helpful to all if all these great fans would settle in the same community and make the towns laws just like mayberry.... I remember the episode of this out of towner reading their paper and knew everyone by their first name.. he came to settle in the town and called everyone by their first names and scared barney....and now we have churches teaching with these mayberry principles...yep its time to find mayberry amongst the FANS.. because these FANS has the mayberry principles of living life correctly.. living around similar people would make it helpful for ALL...!!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2585:
I saw Larry King last night and they had Andy, Opie, Gomer, Janet from 3's company and Don's daughter. It was a wonderfull show and I learned so much more about a truly incredible man. His daughter is a bueatiful women and you can tell when she speaks how she truly loved him,, just like everyone else.
Thanks Don ~
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2586:
I love the AGS . I watch it when I'm feeling down and it always brings me joy. I will miss Don so much. Just knowing he was alive made the show seem real and the world a better place.
R.Todd, West Virginia
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2587:
It's a death in the famiy for anyone who grew up with this show. Rarely in life does there come an individual with the talent, natural ability, and witt that Don possessed. You can not put a dollar figure on what he contributed to this world. The gift of laughter goes far and beyond. It is a priceless gift. Thank you Don for all you have given us. You will never be replaced.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2588:
My husband, Glen, has hours of TAGS on tape. Barney is watched every night in our home. No matter how stressful the day, he can always brighten it. He will be sorely missed as a fine actor, a friend repeatedly welcomed into the home night after night and a wonderful human being. Barney, we're sure that you're patroling the streets of Heaven now with the same dedication with which you patroled the streets of Mayberry!
Connie and Glen Wood
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2589:
What can I say about Barney pooh!! He was so talented and made me and my entire family laugh. There will never ever be another Barney!! Thank you Barney. S Smith, North Carolina
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2590:
In response to Mar 2, MESSAGE 2569
who wrote pleading for Producers to give us good comedy again.
I recall some comment made about today's comedy writers and why coming up with good programming is impossible.
It was said that today's writers GREW UP on TV so hence, that's what you get, no more originality that sparked shows like Lucy or Andy Griffith.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2591:
Thanks Barney for not only making me laugh (out loud) over the years, but for brining that same laughter to my son (7years old) and daughter (5 years old). Anytime we came across an episode of Andy Griffith we always watched, and you always made us laugh. Pretty remarkable from a TV character well over 40 years old. We will continue to watch them and we will always keep laughing.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2592:
Let's not make this into an editoral page. Let's respect it for what it is. Fans tribute to Don Knotts "Barney". And best wishes to his family.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2593:
Message 2590 from 2569: If today's TV producers grew up with shows like Andy Griffith, there is NO REASON on earth why they are now suddenly devoid of any sense of originality.....please......I will continue to "plead" to all TV producers to reach deep down inside and pull out some ORIGINALITY!!!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2594:
Barney,I dont like to call him Don Knotts he is just plane BarnefyFife.I have always liked to watch The Andy Griffeth show and I am still watching it at age 73,watch it almost everynight.I didnt know him in person but seems as if I do.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2595:
Growing up near Morgantown, WV, I never really appreciated the talent of Don Knotts. It was always Chuck Yeager and Jerry West who got the headlines, and later Mary Lou Retton. But when you look at individual contribtions for a long period of time, nobody reached the top of WV folklore like Don Knotts. His dialogue with Andy Griffith was the best television ever. Don was your best even coming through your tv set. God blessed us all with his life!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2596:
Thanks Barney for the years you made me laugh.
You & Jackie Gleason are two of only a few true comic genius's. Thanks for doing a show that the entire family can watch without having to wory about embarrassing conversation or situations.
Todays shows could never and will never complete
with The Andy Griffith Show.
Thanks Barnery. You will be missed
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2597:
True genius, true wit, a truly respectable person. No wonder Barney and the gang held onto our hearts for so long (and continue to do so.) These fine qualities are very rare in today's so-called TV line up. TAGS had it all.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2598:
TAGS is the best show that has been on TV. Everyone of them is wonderful, but the best were always when Barney was on. I watch TAGS every chance I get, and enjoy them each time. I still laugh out loud, knowing what is going to happen and what is going to be said. I never get tired of watching. My Mother, sisters and I have slumber parties a couple of times a year. Some how, we frequently talk about TAGS, the characters and situations. One of my sisters says her son told her he thinks TAGS helped to keep him from getting in trouble growing up. TAGS is a true classic, and never gets old. I thank all of the cast and crew for creating such a wonderful show. Judy MS
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2599:
When we lived in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s I missed America so much. My brother-in-law started taping TAGS (probably illegally!) and sending the tapes to us. Barney kept me sane in very difficult circumstances. He was pompous but, underneath it all, he understood and occasionally even admitted his shortcomings. The lesson I learned was that a real home town was a place where you were loved and accepted, warts and all, just because you were a member of the community. Thanks Barney and Andy for many happy hours!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2600:
I love you Don Knotts. West Virginia Loves you! Thank you for making me laugh out loud. A remarkable Actor! Barney, the greatest character on simply the finest television show ever! Thank you Don for you humility, wit, talent and example....we will miss you!
Charles Town, WV
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2601:
Thank you Don Knotts. For thirty minutes each evening you and the rest of the gang made me forget my troubles outside in the real world.Tell Floyd, Aunt Bea, and Otis, everyone says Hey!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2602:
The passing of Barney Fife, a truly sad day in my life. Barney was "my" hero. I often wish that Don would have stayed with the Andy Griffith show and done another 400 plus shows. What a great character he gave us in Barney Fife! I have watched these shows thousands of times over and never tire of them. Barney now patrols the streets of Heaven. Thanks for all of the great memories Don. And God bless you for the great person and actor that you were.
Beach, North Dakota
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2603:
Thanks , barney for the shows that continue to delight the young and old.my dad and me are huge fans. Your gone but your legacy wiil live for years and generations to come.God bless you and your family.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2604:
I met Mr. Knotts in Kansas City a few years ago. I had heard he was being interviewed at one of our radio stations during the afternoon. So I grabbed the box from a video tape called "The Best Of Barney" and drove to the station. He came out after a little while and I asked him for his autograph. He had a light stack of papers on a small notebook and placed the video box, which I had pressed flat, under the papers. He signed the papers he had one by one and gave them to a woman I assume was a publicist or something with him. When he came to the box, he wa staring at an image of himself as Barney. He gave a warm grin as he was looking down at it and signed my box on the top flap that folds in. I will never forget the moment I stood with him while he signed my autograph, but I will more remember how he smiled when he saw himself as Barney.
Kansas City, Kansas
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2605:
Thank you so much,Don Knotts! You have brought so much joy and laugher to my life and I am truly grateful! You are such a gift to all of your fans and we will miss you so much. God Bless You and Rest In Peace!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2606:
Don Knotts. Man,..what a character,..what a great actor. His character in the AG show as well as the show itself, to me,..is best compared to a real comfortable pair of jeans or shoes. When it all boils down, it always feels just right and is so much better than anything else that you may have seen or tried.
He was the "original" artcle. THANK GOD for DVD's and reruns. Whenever I feel stressed or depressed with the world today and all of the garbage that we are subjected to in the news, life and on the TV,..I simply drop a DVD of the Andy Griffith show in the tray and it's an immediate cure for what ails me. Try to find that in a bottle!
Todd P. Dolce'
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2607:
Barney Fife, the mear mention of the name invokes a smile to the face and a flood of memories as we remember, thanks my friend, enjoy your just reward in heaven, am sure you will have them laughing there too... BP... Jackson, MS
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2608:
Thanks Don, for giving us so many great laughs and such good clean entertainment. You will certainly never be forgotten. To the Knotts family we offer our deepest sympathy on their loss. CR....Charlotte, NC
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2609:
Like everyone else here, I'll definitely miss Don Knotts since he had done an excellent job of playing Barney Fife on "Andy." Barney has definitely made this show funny! Though he goofed up a lot, he always meant well, and he had a great heart, just like Andy had a great heart as well.
Let me share a bit of my experience about this show. When I was a lot younger (and even up to my early college years), "Andy" did not seem to me to be a show I would like. But one night, I had decided to give it a try. Within days, I was hooked, and I was watching it every night then.
I thank TV Land for remembering Don Knotts and for the "Andy" marathons they will show this weekend in his honor.
I am sad about hearing Don Knotts die, but I am certainly glad he and Andy had done this show together. What a classic!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2610:
The cast of The Andy Griffith Show had a unique chemistry, but the catalyst for the show was Don Knotts. May his family have the abiding comfort that humanity is richer because of his life and work.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2611:
Don Knotts was a true legend I was saddened at the news of his passing. There will never be another Barney Fife. May God truly bless his family during this time of grief. You will always be our hero. I pray God has a special place in heaven for you!!! I will never forget the time I got to see you in person. Thanks Don.
West Chester, Ohio
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2612:
I have been raising my 2 sons on TAGS. I enjoyed
it when I was growing up and I wanted them to have the same enjoyment. The best Andy's were when Barney was on. The others were ok but not the same. Don you were one of the Best! No one else could compare. Sam from Dallas Tx
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2613:
There's an old saying: It's not how many years one has lived, it's how many people there are that are glad that he did.
I know he's in heaven right now, playing with a puppy he had when he was eight.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2614:
To the family of Mr. Don Knotts. Our family would like to express our sincere condolences in regards to your recent loss. I could go on by telling you what Don met to us as an actor but there are not enough pages and I think you already know. I can only imagine how proud you are of him. In our home he will not be missed because he is in our hearts and on our television. Don helped me laugh through alot of tough times by being Barney Fife, and will continue to do so.
Don, from my entire family of all ages we thank you for the laughter that you have brought into our home.
Dennis. Lakeport Ca.
P.S. Hey Barney, no more accidental missfires, you might hit one of us down here. See Ya at 5:00, channel 43.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2615:
I could buy the DVD's on the Andy Griffith Show but I won't. I would rather watch the reruns because I know there are thousands of people laughing along with me. God and all the angels can have his soul and we can watch him on TV as long as we live. Karla Johnson Forsyth Mo
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2616:
I'll bet your making them laugh in Heaven right now! GOD BLESS YOU!
I knew and worked with your nephew Don Knotts "your namesake" in Phoenix Arizona before he passed away a few years ago. I miss his humor as well!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2617:
one of my favorite don knotts moments was when he and floyd were held hostages in a cabing by three escaped women inmates. i can still see Barney dancing with one, and Floyd sitting on the couch watching while he was eating a banana. All throught the show the one liners that transpired made me laugh so hard that I could hardly hear what was said. It still makes me laugh just thinking about it. Don you were by far the best! Kathleen
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2618:
i grw up watching andy and barney don played his part as barney to the tee he was the best we will him
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2619:
You are already missed, you were the greatest. The sad part is no one will/can replace you. Here's to 'one-of-a-kind', see ya upstairs. David & Dale
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2620:
Barney, I hope that Maybery finally gets the tear gas and the riot gear you always wanted.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2621:
We will miss you Barney......we all have grown up watching you on TAGS. You seem like family. I can only imagine how much you are missed by 'Andy'. Wished I could have met you in person. I think message #2579 says it best.....'....the tears on my pillow bespeak the pain in my heart' Little did anyone know that that line he spoke would be what we would feel one day. Tell all the gang we all said 'Hey'! :)
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2622:
Barney fife, 'we 'll never forget you for your humorous work. Eddie Griffith show was my favorite show for a long time.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2623:
Don Knotts work on TAGS was the work of a genius. There are only a handful of characters that have been on tv that have been so funny and original, and Barney Fife sits at the top of that list. Thank you Don for sharing your talent with us. You will be sorely missed.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2624:
We'll miss "Barney fife"Don Knotts.Thank for reruns.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2625:
May God Bless your soul Mr. Knotts. You provided me with joy and laughter ever since I was a little boy watching the Andy Griffith Show. Now as a middle age man, I continue to laugh watching the reruns of this wonderful show. YOU WERE the Show. Thank you for everything. I will miss you forever.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2626:
Don Knotts will be greatly missed, what a genius at comedy he was and he really made the show what it was. The good thing is we still have him on tv. And he will never leave us as long as we have him in front of us on film and DVD. Tom Lincoln,Il
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2627:
To the person who sent msg 1736,you should be ASHAMED of yourself.You show your ignorance,stupidity and racial bias to a level I have never seen.
His family and friends are in mourning and you have the nerve to post hurtful words to be posted on a fan website.Hopefully you are one of a kind so ignorance cannot breed ignorance.I believe in freedom of speech,but try to say something positive.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2628:
God bless you Don. You will be missed... Say hello to Everett for me...
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2629:
I am a HUGE FAN of the Andy Griffith Show. I love Don Knots, he was the perfect person to play Barney. I have recorded the show for years. Now that they are coming out on DVD, my husband knows what to get me. It sure is sad that Don is gone, but he will not be forgtten.
WE will miss you!
Ken & Kelly
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2630:
i remeber don when he would follow andy around in the andy griffith show and they both go behind the police station and borny would lisin to andy when he was talking about the kid riding on the side walk. and then don would give the kid and worning and he would do it agan and get away with it
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2631:
I loved Barney and Andy and Opie and Aunt Bea and the whole Mayberry family.....they will never truly be gone in our hearts...RIP Barney you nipped it in the bud
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2632:
i am crying now i love him
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2633:
I ALSO REMEBER DON IN THE 1970 TV SHOW THREE'S C/O AS MR FERLEY AND HE WOULD SAY TO JACK WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY 100 DOLLARS
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2634:
I LOVE DON KNOTTS AS BARNEY AND IAM A BIG FAN OF DON KNOTTS FOR YEARS AND A GOOD FRIEND
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2635:
WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU DON
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2636:
The world will not be the same without Don Knotts. He will live forever as long as we have the "Andy Griffith Show". He will be missed.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2637:
Don Knotts is my absolute favorite actor of all time! So many of my fondest childhood memories are of Don and his fantastic funny movies, with The Ghost and Mr. Chicken being my all time favorite. My own children, now 20 & 16 have also grown up loving Don Knotts. I hope Don knew how much joy and laughter he brought to so many people. I will miss Don terribly and I will continue to watch all his movies and of course the Andy Griffith Show, cause Barney is such a great guy! We Love You Don!!! And Thanks to TV Land for remembering Don Knotts!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2638:
What an unbelievable American icon. You will never meet anyone that has a negative word about Don Knotts. He brought smiles to our faces but more importantly joy to our hearts. His talents are unparalleled in the world of comedy. He had a unique style that has influenced many professionals and laymen alike. I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to enjoy this mans talent. Thanks for the laughs and love.
Chris Walker Atlanta GA
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2639:
We will never ever forget u don...I loved watching ur shows and movies my fav was threes company,thanks for making me laugh alot and u will always be my fav actor and my fav friend.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2640:
The thing I will never forget about the show is how Andy , while making fun of Barney , always tried to make barney look good , no matter what Barney did ! Only a true friend in real life could do this with such conviction as Andy . Barn , " You just cant ask for a better friend than Sheriff Andy Taylor " ! Barnet , now you won't have to worry about that "Loaded Goat " in heaven . Thanks for the memories and laughter ! Bob P Indiana
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2641:
March 02, 2006-Msg 2637: You will be truly missed Mr Knotts. We have grew up watching you and enjoying you in all the roles you have played. On the Andy Griffith show, you were great. That show made you and the whole cast seem like you were all part of our family. We love you so very much and will be missed terribly. May you rest in the Lord now and be at his right side. You will live on in our hearts forever. May the Lord be with your family thru this time and our prayers are with your family. We love you Don. Your are truly a comedic legend and a hero to me. Robin Bare and family.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2642:
Now here at the ROCK! Don, you went above and beyond. Thanks for all the funny stuff, you will still make me laugh for the rest of my life. I'm happy my folks will finally get to meet you. You sure made them laugh when they were here. See you on the other side.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2643:
Don was my favorite performer as a child with the Andy Griffith Show and the movies. My memories of him will always be the fondest and I will never forget the entertainment he provided. Barney Fife was the best character on television ever. I thank God for allowing me to witness and enjoy such a monumental talent. Don P. Texas
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2644:
I was hurt when I found out about Don Knotts passing. It was the kind of hurt the day Elvis died. I can watch the Andy Griffith show 24 hours a day 6 days a week. Sunday is the Lords day. My children are 19 months, 11, and 14, and they love Barney Fife as much as my wife and I. You will be greatly missed. I will admit that I choked up the other night when I was watching the show. That's how much Don meant to me. God bless Don's family! Alvin from Alabama
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2645:
You were the best at what you did.
Thanks for so many fun-filled hours of viewing and for leaving us with such wonderful memories.
You will be sorely missed, "Barn"
Boca Raton, FL
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2646:
My father Frank H. Fife was a daily fan of Barney Fife. My dad was a locksmith. Dad had the photo of Barney that says Fife Security with Barney's picture hanging on his den wall.
My Dad passed away on Friday at 2:30 pm, the same day Don passed away. My dad was 92 and he died with COPD and respiratory complications. We could not believe the coincidence.
At the memorial service we had decided to include Barney's poster with dad's pictures prior to discovering that Don had passed away. To commemorate Barney and our Dad, Frank Fife, we then burned a CD of the Mayberry whistle theme and played it at the end of the memorial service are we left the chapel.
Barney brought laughter to my father every day and we walked out recalling our Dad's laughter, thanks to Barney. Laughter is always the best medicine, thank you Dad and thank you Don.
Jane Fife Hind, Sewell, NJ
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2647:
"One of the all time Greats"
You will always be with us in reruns. God's speed.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2648:
If a man life is judged by how many lives he affects positively, Don Knotts is up there with the best of them. Look at how many of these posts lovingly state how Don's work affected the writer's life. I'm still sad that he's no longer with us, but I'm absoutely thrilled by the overwhelming response that this tribute page it getting. It is really an uplifting experience.
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2649:
the man was simply a prince, a prince he was. we love you, barn. bryan, mobile, ala.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2650:
MY MOTHER LOVED DON KNOTTS AND THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.SHE PASSED AWAY IN 1997,THE LAST PROGRAM SHE WATCHED WAS ANDY GRIFFITH. SHE LOVED BARNEY AND INSTILLED THAT SAME LOVE IN ALL OF HER SEVEN CHILDREN........ BARNEY TELL MY MOM I MISS HER...
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2651:
I know that you are probably up in heaven making GOD laugh now. You blessed this world with so many hours of laughter. I'm will always be a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show and Barney. Once again GOD Bless you and your family. You were great. Herb, Las Vegas Nevada
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2652:
Barney, unlike the giraffe - you are not a selfish man - ha! How I love you! You have made a brotherhood of millions of devoted fans -
just the thought of Barney makes me smile and laugh and feel better about everything. Thank you thank you.
Lily North Carolina
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2653:
Don Knotts was the last of the best his work was and will always be something for the entire family. No bad language all clean fun humor. Heaven has to be even happyer now with such a bright and shinning "star". He was a blessing from God.
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2654:
Don, you made us smile and laugh, what a great treasure you have been!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2655:
You were not of an age; you were for all time. You knew what it meant to entertain, and you did it with grace, charm, and class. It is no wonder you are loved and admired by so many. You have brought so much joy into my life and will continue to until I get the chance to finally meet you. My parents introduced me to you and I will introduce you to my children and their children.
Thank You so much for all you have done for all of us. You are a gift from God!
March 02, 2006 - Msg 2656:
What can be said that hasn't all ready been said about Mr. Knotts? Don was a wonderful, sweet, and caring soul. You could always tell Don was special and when I heard of his death my heart sank. I grew up watching the Andy Griffith Show and how that showed touched me. Don was one of those men who will never be replaced and was truely one of a kind. It is very sad that so many will never know this man. From my family, especially my dad and myself for all the memories, may you rest in peace and god bless you Don.