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  • Some people can’t get enough of 'The Andy Griffith Show'

  • Since 1960, "The Andy Griffith Show" has never left the airwaves. But for some fans, having the show still on TV isn’t enough. Fan conventions and websites abound, and every fan seems to have a favorite character. Steve Ewing's commitment to Mayberry went a step further - he began getting the show's characters tattooed on his body in 2000. 

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  • Since 1960, "The Andy Griffith Show" has never left the airwaves.
    Original episodes of the show set in the fictional small town of Mayberry aired from 1960–68. Syndication made reruns a staple through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century.
    For some fans, having the show still on TV isn’t enough. Fan conventions and websites abound, and every fan seems to have a favorite character.
    Steve Ewing of Pittsburg, Ill., took his commitment to Mayberry a step further - he began getting the show's characters tattooed on his body in 2000. 
    Steve met one of his favorites, George “Goober” Lindsey, at the mall in Marion, Ill., in 2003. Lindsey was so impressed with his tattoos and knowledge of the show that he invited Ewing to a festival in Newcastle, Ind., in July 2003. He has been to several events since then.
    “Every episode had a lesson,” Ewing said.
    He recalls one of his favorites.
    “I was most impressed with the episode in which Opey shot a bird with a slingshot. Andy didn’t chew him out or give him a whipping. He just opened the window and let Opey hear the sound of the baby birds who had just lost their mother.
    “That was more punishment than anything Andy could have done.”
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