'Andy Griffith' Fans Keep Laughing and Learning

Posted February 18, 2008 6:30 p.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2008 9:32 p.m. EST

— "The Andy Griffith Show" went off the air 40 years ago, and fans are still laughing and loving Barney, Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee and all the others.

The Six and Seven-Eighths club meets monthly in Oxford to take a nostalgic trip down to the fishing hole. Members crowd onto seats and the floors to watch episodes of the black-and-white series from the 1960s.

"If you look past just the humor of these shows, each one does preach a sermon," said Cam Ford, an "Andy Griffith" fan and a Baptist minister. "'The Andy Griffith Show' is always based on love. The luckiest thing a man can have is friendship."

The Six and Seven-Eighth club is one more than 1,300 "Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers' clubs nationwide – and 120 in North Carolina.

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