“Is It Really ‘Ange’?”

This isn’t history Tennessee style, but love of “The Andy Griffith Show” knows no partisan bounds. This one was too good to pass up.
The News-Record of Greensboro, N.C., stirred up a bunch of stuff when it headlined a story memorializing Andy Griffith “So Long, Ange.”
Longtime devotees of “The Andy Griffith Show” will remember that Barney Fife, played by the incomparable Don Knotts, would occasionally refer to Sheriff Andy Taylor as “Ange.”
Careful watchers of “Matlock” will remember that Knotts’ character, a fellow named Ace Calhoun, would occasionally call Ben Matlock “Benge.”
So, when the story referred to Andy Taylor as “Ange,” in a headline even, there was an outcry.
A News-Record headline later proclaimed that, “Andy Griffith headline prompts head scratching.”
Writer Jeff Gauger thought the reference to “Ange” might strike a responsive chord among his readership, the North Carolinians Andy loved and admired so much.
Not so. “The Andy Griffith Show” followers are a tough bunch, as Gauger found out.
“A handful of readers did not. I had two calls and one email on Wednesday, and a couple of other calls today,” he wrote. “The callers, in mixed degrees of civility, suggested we had misspelled ‘Andy’ as ‘Ange.’ One caller, a man, said: ‘That is pathetic. (In) any other industry, you ought to be fired. What do you do for a living anyway, editor? Can you spell?'”
Loyalty to Andy Griffith seems to know no bounds. Don’t mess with Andy, goes the reasoning
That’s why the show has been so successful, in its first run… and in syndication.
We won’t even discuss one other controversial topic, i.e. whether it’s “Aunt Bee” or “Aunt Bea.” Don’t want to stir up the natives any more.

Saturday, July 7, 2012