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A Little Andy Griffith on Father’s Day

John on June 17, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Regular readers know I’m a huge fan of The Andy Griffith TV Show. It’s still the best sticom ever (though I concede Lucy lovers might have an argument for that show being tops).

On Father’s Day, Reuters did a little interview with Andy Griffith. He was charming and full of good fatherly advice. Here’s a sample of what he had to say:

Q: What was one piece of advice you gave your kids as they were growing up that still holds true today?

A: “To be honest. When a question comes up, to answer it honestly. To not dodge, to keep it clear, to keep it honest and fresh.”

Q: One of the highest profile young celebrities, Paris Hilton, is in jail in Los Angeles. If you were her father, what would say to her about getting her life together?

A: “Oh my. I wouldn’t know what to say to this very wealthy girl. But I bet you one thing: when she comes out, I bet you she straightens everything out. I’m sure she will. It’s going to be tough for her and I feel bad for her, but when she gets done with it, it’ll be better for her … and maybe (hers) will be a lesson for a lot of other young people, too.”

Q: How about your father. Are there things he told you as a young man that you still remember to this day?

A: “My father had a great love in his heart and a great work ethic … He always was early, and I have followed that my whole life. When I was on Broadway, you were there a half hour before curtain. I was always there a half hour before the half hour.”

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