Newsletter June/July 2009
An Online newsletter of
"The Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
**** Merchandise Update ****
A couple of great new books written by TAGS cast members are being published this summer. Here's the scoop on how you can add an authentic touch of Mayberry to your summer reading list.
* Best in
If you know James mostly as Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and of course as Jim Lindsey on TAGS, then you'll have an opportunity to learn a lot more about his fascinating life, including the Golden Era of Hollywood. The book includes more than 150 photos from James' personal collection.
going to have a limited number of autographed copies (including a
custom-made bookplate) of the soft-cover book for the cover price of
$25 at Weaver's. We're
* Forest in the Wind, a novel by Mitch Jayne ($15.00)
Originally published in 1966
when author Mitch
Jayne was still making visits to Mayberry as one of the
Darling Boys, "
The adventure story is told from the point of the animals, primarily a family of foxes in the Ozarks. This is a book for readers of all ages and for the Ages. This novel is 150 pages of reading that tells an inspiring story and leads us to a greater understanding of and appreciation for the beauty and power of Nature.
* Complete Third Season of "Matlock" $39.00
After all that
you ready just to sit back and watch a legendary actor perform? Well, this may be just the ticket
for you. This Third Season of "Matlock" has 20
on five discs. Released this month, the list price for this set is $50,
but we've got it for only $39.00. We're
shipping now!. And we also
carry the first two
seasons of "Matlock" for the same bargain price.
**** First One Thing and Then Another ****
for a Mayberry T-shirt,
for your car, decorative wooden building
fronts, Mayberry-related DVDs
(including some autographed pieces), books,
games and even Barney Fife thermometers
switch covers, we've got most things Mayberry online at
Weaver's. Drop by and have a look around.
In addition to accepting orders online or by mail, our Weaver's Dept. Store has a phone number FOR ORDERS ONLY (615) 604-1298. The phone number is generally in operation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday.
call this number only for ordering or for inquiring about orders placed
by phone. All inquiries about online orders and mail orders should be
made online and by mail, respectively.
**** Floyd's Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar ****
* July 18 and 19: Smoky Mountain Fan Fest featuring James Best and other members of the "Dukes of Hazzard" cast, at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, Tenn. (The event also includes a concert with Merle Haggard!) Tickets are on sale now at (865) 286-2300, with info also at http://www.concertsinthesmokies.com.
* July 18 and 19: Hollywood
Collector Show at the
Burbank Airport Marriott
Convention Center in
* Aug. 8: Maggie Peterson joins two of her TV brothers, Doug
Dillard and Rodney Dillard, and their
band for a
performance at the Third Annual Mayberry in Troy, a
for the Montgomery County DARE program in
* Aug. 27-29: James Best is among the stars at the Mid-Atlantic
Nostalgia Convention in
* Oct. 12-17: A Cruise to Mayberry 4 This year's cruise is a 5-day version and it's a relaxing, fun time for all. Being on the cruise is a bit like sitting on Andy's front porch and watching the traffic on the road--only there's no road and no traffic, just the waves and a breeze Visit the website for information and links to photos from previous Mayberry cruises.
**** News of Cast & Crew ****
several more key original props from TAGS for friend Emmett Forrest's
Andy Griffith Collection, currently housed at the Andy Griffith
on a Woman," the Brad Paisley song featuring Andy, has won another
award, this time for Music Video of the Year by the
Angels & Demons,
current release as director, is having a very strong showing in
theaters. It has topped the
Rance Howard, Ron's dad, does another great turn playing a clergyman--this time as Cardinal Beck--in Angels & Demons.
Look for Clint Howard on duty (and conjuring feelings of deja vu in another big summer film, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, now in theaters.
In other Howard family news, Paige Howard, daughter of Ron, has her first major credited role in a movie that has been in theaters this spring. She plays Sue O'Malley in Adventureland.
another daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, has a good role as Kate Connor
in Terminator Salvation. That
makes five Howard family members involved with four top film releases
so far this year. (That would
actually be six
Howards if you also count the cameo of Cheryl Howard, Ron's wife, in Angels & Demons.)
It was a joy to see Jim Nabors
back again at the Indy 500 to sing "Back Home in Indiana" as he has
done most years for the more than three decades.
George Lindsey is
mulling an offer
for a part in a movie as also awaits word on the future of a possible
TV series called "We're Not Dead Yet" with Ray Stevens and others.
James Best is having a
busy summer. Along with
getting in as much fishing as possible
and working on various film productions with his Best Friend Films
company, he has several of big personal appearances this summer (see
Floyd's calendar above). And
exciting news for James is that his memoirs, Best
Reunion-organizing Floss and other Mayberry characters) recently
performed in Back-Up Plan, starring
Jennifer Lopez. Barbara plays
a dancer in the film, which is
scheduled for release next year. Barbara
taped a dance segment for "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,"
which is expected to be in an episode airing this summer. And Barbara appeared in an episode
of "The Unit"
this spring. She is enjoying
a summer break now
and visiting her daughter in
**** POST NOTE ****
Between issues of the Weaver's Newsletter, keep up with the goin's-on in Mayberry with the more-or-less daily "Who's Been Messin' Up the Bulletin Board?" Digest. It's a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, news flashes, and questions and answers from subscribers. You can sign up for that list by going to the "Mailing Lists" link at https://www.tagsrwc.com/.
TAGSRWC also publishes The eBullet in more or less alternate months to the Weaver's Newsletter. The eBullet is the online successor to our longtime printed newsletter, The Bullet. Like the Weaver's Newsletter, The eBullet is free. It includes some of the same news as the Weaver's Newsletter, but with more features and depth and a little less emphasis on merchandise news. To sign up, go to https://www.tagsrwc.com/ebullet/joinebullet.htm.
TAGSRWC's other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our Web site at http://www.tagsrwc.com. It has extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.
The next issue of
Newsletter is scheduled for late August (with an eBullet
coming out in late July or early August.).
That's all for now. We hope you have fun browsing at Weaver's and visiting http://www.mayberry.com.