Thursday, July 5, 2012
Still Life in Black and White
There were no marches or demonstrations in Mayberry. No Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. There may have been black folks there but we seldom went to the other side of the tracks with Andy and Barney. Still the town and all its inhabitants found a fond place in our hearts and minds. The themes were universal. It would be a few more years before we saw our diverse population reflected in anything faintly resembling reality on our TV screens. It's a real paradox but then it accurately reflects life in the 1960s, doesn't it?
In the end, it'll be Aunt Bea, and her nosy friend Clara that we remember. It'll be all those lessons Andy taught us with his sense of fairness and his thoughtful grace. It'll be all the laughs that Barney Fife, with the one bullet in his pocket and girlfriend named Thelma Lou, gave us. And, of course, it'll be that whistled theme song and Opie and Andy walking down to the fishin' hole.