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HAPPY 75th ANNIVERSARY
to Floyd's City Barber Shop in Mt. Airy!
It was front-page news for many newspapers and made "Paul Harvey News" and
the AP Wire nationwide when our favorite barber Russell Hiatt celebrated
his shop's 75th Anniversary (as well as his own 70th birthday) in January.
Russell plans to keep right on clipping. As he says, "I've made a lot of
friends. I figure I can make a few more."
Don't miss a chance to visit with this remarkable man and his special shop
whenever you're in Mt. Airy (except when the shop is closed on Thursdays
and Sundays and some holidays).
HONORARY MEMBER-We're pleased to welcome singer Lee Ann Womack
as our newest Honorary Member of TAGSRWC!
HAVE A SEAT: You can help support the Surry Arts Council by sponsoring
a seat at the Downtown Cinema Theatre (usual site of TAGSRWC's Annual Dinner
Meeting) or the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy. For a gift of $100,
the back of a seat will be designated with a name plate with up to three
lines of inscription. It can be your name or someone you wish to honor. Send
payment to Surry Arts Council, P.O. Box 141, Mt. Airy, NC 27030.
ROOM AT ANDY'S HOME-Andy Griffith's Homeplace, located at 711 Haymore
Street in Mt. Airy, is now a bed and breakfast. The inside of the home has
been restored to a style typical of when Andy lived there. (Georgia and Jeff
Cagle made national news last spring for spending their honeymoon there!)
For more info, call (336) 789-9569.
When in Mt. Airy, be sure to stop by the Visitors Center, located
at 615 N. Main Street. They have a marvelous display of Emmett Forrest's
Andy Griffith memorabilia (probably the world's best collection and certainly
the finest on public display). Admission is free, and the center has a toll-free
Also, while in Mt. Airy, check out the memorabilia in the Aunt Bee Room
at the Mayberry Motor Inn (as well as the great prices on wonderful
lodging). And for pork chop sandwich fans: The Snappy Lunch is open
only until about 1:45 p.m., Mon.-Sat. And remember that Russell Hiatt
next door at Floyd's City Barbershop usually takes Thursdays (and,
of course, Sundays) off.
When in central Indiana, be sure and say hey to Christine and Brad Born and
the folks at the Mayberry Cafe, 78 West Main Street in Danville, Ind.
They serve delicious meals every day. (Mon.-Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun: 11
a.m.-8 p.m.) Goober Hat Night is every Tuesday. Wear a hat and get a free
dessert with a dinner purchase. For more info, call the cafe at (317) 745-4067.
SHAZAM!-The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum is home to much of Jim
Nabors' show-business memorabilia. The museum is located at 711 N. Broadway
in Sylacauga, Ala., Jim's hometown. Normal hours are Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-
5 p.m., or other times by appointment. For more information, call (256) 245-4016.
YO!-The Univ. of North Alabama Florence has big display cases of George
Lindsey's memorabilia on exhibit, and George's scripts (plus those of
Ernest Borgnine) can be read in the George Lindsey Collection at the
If you're online, be sure to visit Mayberry's outstanding locations on the
Internet. You can reach the TAGSRWC web page directly by typing in:
http://www.iMayberry.com/tagsrwc. (See Online with Sarah for
Fans of The Dillards can get items pertaining to the bluegrass
legends/Darling boys. Send a SASE to P.O. Box 351, Kimberling City, MO 65686.
Or check out their web site at www.The-Dillards.com.
News About Episodes on Video Columbia House Video Library continues
to come out with high-quality tapes of TAGS episodes for its video club
subscribers. Theyre in the process of releasing 10 four-episodes tapes.
If the first tapes continue to sell well, Columbia House plans to release
more tapes. TAGSRWCs Phil Bowling has wheedled out the themes for the
first 10 four-episode tapes: Mayberry Favorites, The Law According to
Barney Fife, Best of Gomer, Mayberry Music, Best of Otis, Best of Goober,
Best of Howard Sprague, Best of Opie, Best of Aunt Bee and Best of Floyd.
For more information or to sign up for the video clubs TAGS collection,
call Columbias registration hotline at 1-800-638-2922.
RADIO MAYBERRY?-The classic old-time radio show "Lum and Abner" has many
ties to TAGS. Several TAGS writers and actors were influenced by "L&A,"
which hit the airwaves in 1931. Also, TAGS cast members Howard McNear, Dick
Elliott and Parley Baer worked on "L&A," and Norris "Tuffy" Goff (Abner)
appeared in "Opie's Job" (Episode #161). Join the National Lum and Abner
Society (which gets you 6 super 12-page newsletters) by sending $10 payable
to NLAS c/o Tim Hollis, #81 Sharon Blvd., Dora, Ala. 35062.