Remembering Andy Griffith: The Lost Colony Loses its Sir Walter and Mayberry, its Sheriff

Andy Griffith in the Mikado

Andy Griffith

Former UNC President William C. Friday is confirming that Andy Griffith died this morning at his home in Dare County. The Mount Airy native was 86.

Griffith’s rise to stardom began at UNC, where he appeared in several Carolina Playmakers productions, including Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Griffith also played Sir Walter Raleigh in The Lost Colony from 1949-1953. He’s seen in the photo above with Lillian Prince as Queen Elizabeth I. One of Griffith’s early commercial successes was his comedy routine “What it Was, Was Football.” The monologue features Griffith as a country bumpkin attending his first college football game and puzzled by the action on the field. The recording sold thousands of copies.

For many, Griffith is best remembered as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. The program premiered on October 3, 1960 and ran for eight seasons, garnering the top spot in the Nielsen Ratings in its final season.

The collections of Wilson Library are rich with Andy Griffith material, including audio recordings, videos, and books. Griffith’s personal papers are also held at Wilson Library, in the Southern Historical Collection.

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Can You Identify This Yearbook Photo?

It’s time for another round of “Can You Identify This Notable North Carolinian from their Yearbook Photo?” I’ve got just one photo this time. If you think you know who it is, post your answer in the comments. Also, if you know where I could get a pair of glasses like those, put that in as well. I’ll post the answer this afternoon on the DigitalNC Blog.

‘White residents know little about 1898 coup’

“My impression after living in Wilmington for 16 months is that a significant proportion of white residents know little about the 1898 coup, let alone its deep connection to the current character of the city.

“At [an Occupy Wilmington meeting] the week before the encampment was supposed to start, someone raised the possibility of using the city’s one memorial to the massacre — a practically invisible monument in Brooklyn — as the starting point for the march on City Hall…. The proposal was met with more than one blank stare. What monument? What’s 1898?”

— From “Occupy Wilmington” by Peter C. Baker in N + 1 magazine (December 29, 2011)