It's not nice to mess with Aunt Bee's dialogue

If there’s anything that
upsets me, it’s having people say I’m sensitive.


– Barney Fife


There are few TV offerings more popular than The Andy Griffth Show, that celebrated situation comedy that depicted life in a small Southern town.

Many of us quote Andy and Barney and Gomer and Aunt Bee the way drama students repeat Shakespeare. It is this devotion, however, that has proved unsettling for a west Georgia TV station.

According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, viewers became angry last month when WRBL-TV started editing out parts of its syndicated Andy broadcasts to fit in more commercials. They thought many of the best lines, particularly those at the end of the show, were getting hacked, according to Ledger-Enquirer columnist Richard Hyatt.

West Georgia Mayberry fans not only were immediately aware that some segments were missing dialogue, they also complained to the TV station about it.

WRBL’s general manager apologized and said anyone could e-mail him with complaints. Many, no doubt, agreed with Hyatt, who said editing Andy Griffith is not unlike editing Scripture.


YOUR MAIL: Helen Welch, of Thomson, sends a funny postcard from Myrtle Beach, S.C. It shows that old Village People group who sang YMCA. “The weather is perfect at the beach!” she writes. “My sister Evelyn and Herb are enjoying the great seafood.”

Ken and Bev and Dedrich and Jane sent a baseball postcard from Boston’s Fenway Park. “Thought you might like this card of the ball stadium!” they write, and they were right.

The Cope and Williams family was having fun at the “rod run” in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and then took a tour of the Bush Beans plant and museum. “Too bad we missed seeing ‘Duke’ but he leads a dog’s life and was off!”

Finally, Jane and Chuck Cason sent this postcard: “Enjoying the vacation of a lifetime with our dear friends Helen and Tom Hinton in the south of France. This card is from our visit to the French Alps.”


TODAY’S JOKE: Bill Wood shares this one:

A most attractive young lady buys a new automatic. She drives the car perfectly well during the day, but at night the car just won’t move at all. After trying to drive the car at night for a week (but without any luck), she furiously calls the Jaguar dealer and it sends out a technician.

The technician examines the car and finds nothing wrong with it.

So he asks the owner: “Ma’am, are you sure you are using the right gears?”

Full of anger, she replies: “You fool, you idiot, how on Earth could you ask such a question? I’m not stupid, you know! Of course I am using the right gears; I use D during the day and N at night.”