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Being Almost Andy

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
October 30th  2017
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In this Issue
o Being Almost Andy
o Say Something Good
o Points To Ponder
o A Little Humor
o Quote
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Almost Andy - Art FettigBeing Almost Andy
For the past eight years, in a variety of situations, I've been performing as a character we named "Almost Andy." For decades people have been remarking on how much I looked like Andy Griffith. On my 80th birthday I took a course on comedy from a wonderful comic and instructor Rog Bates. At the first class all of the students joined with Rog and agreed that I should base my humor somehow on Andy Griffith. I couldn't accept the role of playing a second rate Andy and so I developed a character called Almost Andy. All of his humor was based on adventures encountered because he looked like an older Andy Griffith in his role of Matlock. For eight years now I have had some wonderful times wearing my seersucker jacket.  

Just a week after graduating from the Rog Bates class I had the honor of participating in the Mayberry Days Festival at Mt. Airy and riding in their big parade and then doing a little comedy with many former Mayberry Characters and some great impersonators and the host David Browning, who plays a fantastic Barney and the audience was very kind to me. I've been back to Mt. Airy several times and done a bit in a movie, a marvelous play in Benson North Carolina two seasons with Scott Epperson who died suddenly before we could begin work on the third year. We received some wonderful press coverage from throughout North Carolina. My last function as Almost Andy just three weeks before the Real Andy died was in Raleigh where the soon to be governor of North Carolina mistook me for the real deal. The newspaper banner on the front page the following morning read "Pat McCrory has a Mayberry Moment."

Recently, I donned my Mayberry jacket and Almost Andy appeared in Henderson, NC at their huge car show. I had the honor of working with other Purple Heart Veterans  and we were distributing poppies and raising funds in honor of our fallen warriors. (What a great bunch of dedicated guys they are.)  I managed to sit on my portable stool and greet hundreds of visitors. It was a very generous group visiting the outing and I want to thank every one of them. Gosh life is great sometimes when we get to let that little kid inside us out.  

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Say Something Good
Great grandchildren, yes, three of the little ones all at one time right there on our living room floor with their proud parents with their aunts and uncles and I don't know who all, and toys, toys covering every inch of floor space. It was a wonderful experience. Cipie is still two going on twenty-four I think sometimes watching him. His brother Ansel, just seven months old, seems to be in awe of everything and everybody around him. Adaline, 7 months, is a real sweetheart and was more reserved. 

Then later Cipie and I went upstairs and he played my drums,quietly, making certain that he hit every drum, every one of them and every cymbal, every cow bell and even the little gong. And when I asked him which was his favorite he went all around him and carefully hit every one of them again. They were all his favorites. But then he discovered the foot pedal for the big bass drum and there was no more contest. He crawled down on the floor where he could get some leverage and he pushed down on the pedal and BOOM! BOOM!  He was so intrigued by that bass pedal and operating it that the contest for favorite was over. Just imagine, three great grandchildren all together with us and oh, and oh, how can I say it.  Oh, how great it felt right then with so many loving people all around us.    

May God continue to bless America and bring us world peace.  

Points To Ponder
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe

A Little Humor
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

Quote
Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don't just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding. Mary Lambert

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