In this 1961 “Andy Griffith Show,” Sheriff Andy Taylor worries that a record producer rolling through Mayberry is just a con man trolling for investors. It turns out that Andy is wrong, a rare departure from the usual theme of a sensible sheriff surrounded by bumpkins.
This is one of the earlier episodes when Andy was dating Ellie Walker, the pleasant and lovely pharmacist. Ellie appeared in only 12 Andy Griffith Shows, with Griffith later admitting that he didn’t know how to write for her.
Ellie’s character was a TV pioneer, bringing forward-thinking feminist concepts to sleepy Mayberry while major civil rights and female empowerment societal change was burgeoning across America.
Of course, Ellie was a complete one-eighty from the cranky, controlling school teacher Helen Crump, cast as Andy’s next love interest and put in more traditional female roles.
The “Mayberry on Record,” “Ellie Saves a Female,” and “Ellie Runs for Council” are three of the most significant TV offerings of 1961, and they all came from the seemingly innocuous Andy Griffith Show.
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Mariah Carey was three hours late to record her performance for NBC’s Rockefeller Center Christmas special on the evening of December 2, 2014. Then she apparently scrapped plans to record her performance altogether, opting to sing on live TV the next night.
A live performance prevents post production clean up of any glitches or chances to “sweeten” wobbly audio.
Click the video to hear the isolated vocal track from the pop queen’s performance. The reviews are not flattering.
Carey later apologized on Twitter.
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There’s lots of bad information being distributed following a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, who had just stolen from a convenience store and was confronted by Wilson.
An altered version of the middle sign became a sensation on the Internet:
Perhaps the worst response comes from Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan, extolling the virtues of young blacks rioting and saying, “Let’s die for something.”
According to Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan, peaceful protests are yet another manipulation by the white man over people of color, justifying violent retaliation by African Americans.
A recent St. Louis murder by minority teenagers beating a white-skinned Bosnian man to death with hammers has some people speculating it was a retaliation kill for the death of Michael Brown, the thief who was shot by white police office Darren Wilson in nearby Ferguson. Police say the hammer killing was not racially motivated, although another white male says he was surrounded an hour earlier by the teens with hammers but managed to escape with a few cuts and bruises.
In a recent speech at Morgan State University, a black college in Baltimore, Farrakhan talked of violent retribution for police killings in both Ferguson and New York City, saying that young African Americans will no longer accept peaceful protesting. Farrakhan even talked of babies “throwing bottles” as a metaphor for Molotov cocktails.
Despite rabble rousing by Farrakan, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, et al., African American police officers have not stepped outside their ranks to choose color over the fuzzy haze of hyperbole and emotional action out. Sheriff David Clarke, above, states what most law enforcement personal are saying in private.
As for Farrakhan, there has been very little media clamor over his call to fight.
“In this book, there’s a law for retaliation,” he said.
“As long as they [whites] kill us [blacks] and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they gonna keep killing us,” he said, to a roar of applause. “But when we die and they die, then soon we’re going to sit at a table and talk about it! We’re tired! We want some of this earth or we’ll tear this goddamn country up!”
Holding the Koran, Rev. Farrakhan cited “a law for retaliation” as the audience roared its approval. Farrakhan’s call for violence against whites should lead to criminal charges of inciting violence and terroristic threatening.
It certainly would become a national story if a white preacher demanded violence against blacks over the death of a white person by a police officer of color.
Meanwhile, NBA announcer Charles Barkley took a decidedly different approach to the Ferguson rioters, calling them “scumbags” and saying if black neighborhoods didn’t have police protection, it “would be the wild, wild West.”
Barkley also cracked wise on the NBA, NFL, Bill Cosby, Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian, and LeBron James.
If Charles Barkley doesn’t speak your truth, noted Liberal comedian Chris Rock preaches a basic truth that anyone can understand…obey the law.
University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino once again showed his strength in developing quarterbacks when seldom used Kyle Bolin was thrown into the intrastate rivalry game with the University of Kentucky.
Mr. Afterthought scrambled to find his helmet, then calmly completed 21 of 31 passes for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw a pick 6 and fumbled to give UK another defensive touchdown.
Once victory was assured for the Cardinals, Lexington native Kyle Bolin became the toast of Louisville.
Down 13-0, Petrino sent Bolin onto the field with an empty backfield, showing UK that the new kid was going to throw. Two plays, two completions, the second one for a 45 yard touchdown strike to DeVante Parker.
Louisville would go on to win 44-40 in an epic seesaw battle.
“Let’s go,” Bobby Petrino said to UofL third-string quarterback Kyle Bolin after Reggie Bonnafon was injured during the second quarter. “It’s your turn, baby.”
Bolin snapped out of clipboard-holding mode, then promptly led the Cards from malaise to victory. In post-game comments, Petrino said of the quick quarterback switch, “There was no (time for a) ‘one for The Gipper’ speech.”
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Teddy Bridgewater left for the NFL. Bobby Petrino replaced Charlie Strong as head coach at Louisville and quickly worked on the quarterback corps.
Will Gardner won the starting job and promptly beat Miami in UofL’s highly publicized ACC opener. Gardner threw for 208 yards on 20 of 28 passing.
Later in the season, Petrino lost Gardner to a season-ending injury and true freshman Reggie Bonnafon was thrown into the fire. Bonnafon played his best game against Notre Dame in another nationally televised clash. That’s two new QBs who delivered when it mattered.
Suddenly in the regular season finale, it’s Lexington native Kyle Bolin scampering onto the field versus his hometown university and Petrino’s quarterback tutelage struck gold again.
Wide receiver DeVante Parker made Kyle Bolin’s job a lot easier. The smooth senior Parker caught 6 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Kentucky’s football season ends with a 5-6 record and 9-3 Louisville awaits its postseason bowl assignment.