Last week, the "Voice from the Bullpen" remembered the impact of Andy Griffith's life and career on my life, and how his character on the Andy Griffith Show was actually a mirror image of the man who raised our family so successfully, my father.
I promised a "Part Two" to my Andy Griffith piece, but thought I'd make it another quizzical trip back to our past, and to test your knowledge of the Andy Griffith Show, so grab your pencils and paper and see how much you remember about one of the best sitcoms of our past (special good luck to my buddy, Mike)
1.) Who were the two mayors of Mayberry in the show's early years?
2.) (see #1)
3.) Who played Otis Campbell?
4.) Who played Floyd Lawson?
5.) Who played lady druggist, Ellie Walker?
6.) What was the character name of the talented guitarist who Andy tried to get into a Big Band?
7.) What was the name of the Big Band Andy conned into giving the guitarist an audition?
8.) Who played the guitarist?
9.) Andy dated two nurses on early episodes. Give their first names?
10.) (see #9)
11.) What were the names of the two daffy girls who reeked havoc on Andy and Barney's real love lives?
12.) (see #12)
13.) What were the two last names of Aunt Bea's friend Clara? (Same character, but her name changed during the series run with no explanation)
14.) (see #13)
15.) Who played Ernest T. Bass?
16.) Who played Briscoe Darling?
17.) What musical group played the Darling Boys?
18.) What Italian restaurant (between Mayberry and Mount Pilot) did Andy and Barney often take Helen and Thelma Lou?
19.) Who played Helen Crump?
20.) What was Helen's pen name (later episode when she authored a children's book)?
21.) Who played Thelma Lou?
22.) What was the character name of the man who owned the department store in Mayberry?
23.) What was the name of the owner of the fillin' station (early episodes)?
24.) What was the character name of the choir director who was a part of a few episodes?
25.) What was the character name of the farmer/moonshiner, with the beautiful singing voice?
26.) What actor played one Dud Wash (two actors played Charlene Darling's husband)? The answer to this question also played on "Dobie Gillis."
27.) What was the name of Andy's high school alma mater?
28.) What was the first name of the elderly night watchman at the department store (also was the hotel clerk, and security guard at the bank in other episodes)?
29.) When Andy met his old flame at their high school reunion, what line did Barney utter a couple of times during the episode?
30.) What was the character name of the British Gentleman's Gentleman who visited Mayberry and worked for Andy while Aunt Bea was away?
31.) Who played #30?
32.) What was the character name of the little boy who always offered a bite of his jelly sandwich?
33.) Who played #32?
34.) What connection to another cast member did #33 have?
35.) Who owned the grocery store in Mayberry?
36.) What was the character name of Opie's friend in many early episodes? (Actor also played Little Ricky in "I Love Lucy")
37.) Who portrayed #36 and Little Ricky? (was in Jamestown a few years ago)
38.) What was the full name of the waitress at the diner, who Barney occasionally called for a date? (never seen on the show)
39.) What was the name of that diner?
40.) What was the name of Barney's landlady?
41.) What was the character name of Mayberry's phone operator (never seen either)?
42.) How much was the gold shipment worth, which passed through Mayberry?
43.) How many miles were between Mayberry and Mount Pilot?
44.) What was the first name of Barney's clutsy cousin?
45.) In episode one, what was the name of Andy's housekeeper who got married and left, opening the door for Aunt Bea to move in?
46.) In the same episode, Barney was introduced, not only as Andy's deputy, but also what?
47.) What show was the spinoff of the Andy Griffith Show which allowed Andy to gradually phase off the show?
48.) Who starred on that spinoff?
49.) What was the dual occupation of the character #48 portrayed?
50.) Give yourself 2 points if you can whistle the theme song from the Andy Griffith Show.
Well, there you have this edition of TV trivia, a special one in honor and memory of Andy Griffith. I know you don't need them, but here are the answers:
1.) Mayor Pike
2.) Mayor Stoner
3.) Hal Smith
4.) Howard McNear
5.) Eleanor Donahue
6.) Jim Lindsey
7.) Bobby Fleet and his Band with a Beat
8.) James Best
15.) Howard Morris
16.) Denver Pyle
17.) The Dillards
19.) Anita Corsaut
20.) Helene Alexia DuBois
21.) Betty Linn
22.) Ben Weaver
24.) John Masters
25.) Rafe Hollister
26.) Bob Denver
27.) Mayberry Union High
29.) "It was one of the great natural romances of all time."
30.) Malcom Merriweather
31.) Bernard Fox
33.) Clint Howard
34.) Real-life brother of Ron Howard (Opie)
35.) Mr. Foley
36.) Johnny Paul Jason
37.) Keith Thibodeaux
38.) Juanita Beasley
39.) Blue Bird Diner
40.) Mrs. Mendlebright
42.) $7 million
43.) 12 miles
46.) His cousin
47.) Mayberry RFD
48.) Ken Berry
49.) Farmer/Head of the Town Council
50.) On your own don't cheat.
Answers are two points apiece. R.I.P. Andy Griffith.