Andy Griffith turns 85!
Wishing a very happy 85th birthday to TV legend Andy Griffith!
The town of Mayberry featured in The Andy Griffith Show stemmed from Griffith's own hometown of Mt. Airy, NC. In Archive his interview he notes:
"At first, producer Sheldon Leonard didn't want it to be in North Carolina. He just wanted it to be somewhere in the south. And I hate these made up names. So we did have Mt. Pilot which there is a place called Pilot Mountain up near Mt. Airy, but I gradually started slipping in real towns in North Carolina like Asheville and Raleigh and Silver City. And so it became during that first year, it became a town in North Carolina."
Here's a special video (edited by Steve Wyant) of selections from Andy Griffith's Archive of American Television 1998 interview: