I have been a fan of The Andy Griffith Show since I was a child. Several years ago, a friend of mine and I started a Facebook group called The Gomer and Goober Comic Book Literary Guild. Originally, we just made the fairly random post in the group made up only of a few of our friends. At the annual meeting of “The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club” at Mayberry Days 2016, I publicly announced that I was going to attempt to post once a day for the entire year with information that tied to each particular day. Just before I started that project, we had 86 members. Word spread, and by the end of the year, I had succeeded in my goal and the group membership was approaching 3000. Our inaugural publication of a daily desk calendar with facts tied to each specific day is an outgrowth of that project.
Since we began, we have released our fourth annual desk calendar (sold out) about The Andy Griffith Show, as well as three books about the classic series. We also introduced our first gift item, a t-shirt we call the Andy & Opie shirt, and we also now carry a 60 Years of Mayberry ornament.
I was both honored and humbled to be the recipient of the 2019 Mayberry Friendship Award at the annual meeting of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club at Mayberry Days. All I can say is I truly appreciate it.
Long live Mayberry!