“Mayberry” comes to life

Broadcast for the first time on January 22, 1962…

A better place.

A better time.

If I had a time machine, I’d make a beeline to Mayberry. Maybe even set the dials for the day Barbara Eden got off that bus.

Except the quaint cozy town was fictitious.

Andy Griffith was born and raised in Mount Airy, North Carolina, a community that was the inspiration for Mayberry in the classic comedy “The Andy Griffith Show” and its spinoff, “Mayberry, R.F.D.” Now, Mount Airy has reinvented itself as a destination for fans who come by the hundreds of thousands each year. CBS Senior contributing correspondent Ted Koppel visited Mount Airy to find out what attracts so many nostalgic for a show created more than 50 years ago.

Good stuff in spite of Koppel’s blatant effort to inject racial and political elements into his story, who, in my view, got his hat handed to him. For that the video is worth watching.

ICYMI…

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