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The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968, with a total of 249 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons—159 in black and white and 90 in color. The series originated from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show; the show starred Andy Griffith in the role of Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a fictional community of 2,000 people. Other major characters include deputy, Barney Fife. Eccentric townspeople and temperamental girlfriends complete the cast. Regarding the tone of the show, Griffith said that despite a contemporary setting, the show evoked nostalgia, saying in a Today Show interview: "Well, though we never said it, though it was shot in the'60s, it had a feeling of the'30s, it was, when we were doing it, of a time gone by."The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one. On separate occasions, it has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best and 13th-best show in American television history.

Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its 8-season run, co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The series spawned its own spin-off, Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. and a reunion telemovie, Return to Mayberry. After the eighth season, when Andy Griffith became one of the original cast members to leave the show, it was retitled Mayberry, R. F. D. with Ken Berry and Buddy Foster replacing Andy Griffith and Ron Howard in new roles. In the new format, it ran an additional three seasons and 78 episodes, ending in 1971. Reruns of the show are shown on TV Land, MeTV, The CW, SundanceTV, while the complete series is available on DVD; the sitcom has been made available on streaming video services such as Netflix. An annual festival celebrating the sitcom, Mayberry Days, is held each year in Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Sheldon Leonard, producer of The Danny Thomas Show, Danny Thomas hired veteran comedy writer Arthur Stander to create a pilot show for Andy Griffith, featuring him as justice of the peace and newspaper editor in a small town.

At the time, Broadway and radio star Griffith was interested in attempting a television role, the William Morris Agency told Leonard that Griffith's rural background and previous rustic characterizations were suited to the part. After conferences between Leonard and Griffith in New York, Griffith flew to Los Angeles and filmed the episode. On February 15, 1960, The Danny Thomas Show episode "Danny Meets Andy Griffith" aired. In the episode Griffith played fictional Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, North Carolina, who arrests Danny Williams for running a stop sign. Future players in The Andy Griffith Show, Frances Bavier and Ron Howard, appeared in the episode as townspeople Henrietta Perkins and Opie Taylor. General Foods, sponsor of The Danny Thomas Show, had first access to the spin-off and committed to it immediately. On October 3, 1960, at 9:30 p.m. The Andy Griffith Show made its debut; the sitcom's production team included producers Bob Ross. First-season writers included Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart, Arthur Stander and Frank Tarloff, Benedict Freedman and John Fenton Murray, Leo Solomon and Ben Gershman, Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum.

During season six and Fritzell left the show and Ruben departed for Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. A show. Writer Harvey Bullock left after season six. Bob Sweeney directed the first three seasons save the premiere; the show was filmed at Desilu Studios, with exteriors filmed at Forty Acres in Culver City, California. Woodsy locales were filmed north of Beverly Hills at Franklin Canyon. Don Knotts, who knew Griffith professionally and had seen The Danny Thomas Show episode, called Griffith during the developmental stages of the show and suggested the Sheriff character needed a deputy. Griffith agreed. Knotts auditioned for the show's creator and executive producer, Sheldon Leonard, was offered a five-year contract playing Barney Fife; the show's theme music, "The Fishin' Hole", was composed by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer, with lyrics written by Everett Sloane, who guest starred as Jubal Foster in the episode "The Keeper of the Flame". Whistling in the opening sequence, as well as the closing credits sequence, was performed by Earle Hagen.

One of the show's tunes, "The Mayberry March", was reworked a number of times in different tempo and orchestrations as background music. The show's sole sponsor was General Foods, with promotional consideration paid for by Ford Motor Company. Griffith played Taylor as a heavy-handed country bumpkin, grinning from ear to ear and speaking in a hesitant, frantic manner; the style recalled that used in the delivery of his popular monologues such as "What It Was, Was Football". He abandoned the "rustic Taylor" and developed a serious and thoughtful characterization. Producer Aaron Ruben recalled: He was being that marvelously funny character from No Time for Sergeants, Will Stockdale... One day he said, "I just realized that I'm the straight man. I'm playing straight to all these kooks around me." He didn't like himself... and in the next season he changed, becoming this Lincolnesque character. As Griffith stopped portraying some of the sheriff's more unsophisticated character tra

Santee, California

Santee is a suburban city in San Diego County, with a population of 53,413 at the 2010 census. Although it is a part of the East County region, Santee is located just 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean; the city is connected to the coastline by State Route 52, a six-lane freeway that runs from Interstate 5 in La Jolla to State Route 67 in El Cajon. The city is bisected by the San Diego River, a linear greenbelt that includes parks and more than 1,100 acres of natural riparian habitat; the region was the homeland of the Kumeyaay people. These original residents established the village of Sinyeweche on the banks of the San Diego River in the present day Santee area; the city is named after Milton Santee, the second husband of Jennie Blodgett, whose first husband was George A. Cowles, a pioneer rancher and businessperson in the San Diego County area. In 2010, the city was populated by 19,272 households, of which 64 percent had incomes greater than $45,000 annually. In 2009, the median household income was $78,872 per year, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

In 2010, Santee had one of the lowest crime rates among cities in San Diego County. Unlike most of the county's coastal cities, Santee still has sizable portions of vacant land suitable for development, it is a growing suburban community that in recent years has added upscale housing, a major corporate business park and expansive shopping centers, along with a destination recreational complex called Sportsplex USA Santee. Sports: Sportsplex USA Santee, a 15-acre sports field complex, opened on June 1, 2010. Located within Town Center Community Park, it features three lighted softball fields, four batting cages, two lighted arena soccer fields, spectator seating, parking and a sports-themed restaurant offering food and wine. Santee has hosted the 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Trials for the 50K racewalk on a course along Mast Blvd. Below Santana High School. Outdoors: In addition to being a popular spot for mountain bikers, the city hosts a popular Southern California rock climbing venue called Santee Boulders.

Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground offers 190 acres for fishing, bird watching and picnicking. An unincorporated hiking area just north of Santee is popular for mountain bikers, it has entrances at Prince Valiant Drive and Princess Joann Drive and includes many trails that extend to Poway and Santee Lakes, as well as a boot-shaped rock on a slope, unsurprisingly nicknamed “Boot Rock”. In 2035, a community named Fanita Ranch is expected to be built in that area, requiring Magnolia Avenue and Cuyamaca Street to be extended northbound. Golf: A local landmark since 1958, the Carlton Oaks Golf Course and resort offers a premier golfing destination; the course was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Music: A 10-week series of free concerts is organized each summer by the city's Community Services Department; the Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival, a fund-raiser for local park and youth recreation programs, is held each fall at Town Center Community Park. Santee is home to Off Broadway Live, a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre.

Off Broadway Live features year-round live theatre. Pickwick Players performs at Off Broadway Live. Pickwick Players brings high quality community theatre productions and educational opportunities to adults and children. State Route 52 was extended eastward through the city from its former terminus at State Route 125 to State Route 67 on the city's east side; the city is bisected by four main thoroughfares: Mast Boulevard and Mission Gorge Road traverse east and west, while Magnolia Avenue and Cuyamaca Street cross north and south. Santee is the eastern terminus of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Green Line trolley route, which connects East County to Old Town and downtown San Diego. MTS provides bus service. Gillespie Field, the oldest and largest of eight commercial aviation airports operated by San Diego County, is located on Santee's southern border with the city of El Cajon; the airport serves as a hub for local businesses. While not public transportation, a classic 1960s or earlier Dodge Dart Coupe is found street-parked on Cottonwood Avenue between Buena Vista Avenue and Gienke Lane.

The 55 acres Town Center Community Park is located east of Cuyamaca Street along the San Diego River. The center of the park features a 15 acres sports field complex operated by Sportsplex USA Santee, an aquatics center operated by the East County YMCA; the park's first two phases were completed in the fall of 2010. The $23.5 million facility was funded through a combination of redevelopment bonds, developer impact fees and grants. As of 2011, the city had completed about half of a 4-mile -long riverfront trail system that will connect with trails in Lakeside and Mission Trails Regional Park. Located on 15 acres in Santee is the Las Colinas Detention Facility, which serves as the primary point of intake for women prisoners in San Diego County, it began as a juvenile facility in 1967 and was converted to an adult women's institution in 1979. Santee, 345 feet above sea level, shares the northern part of a valley with the city of El Cajon; the city is bisected by the San Diego River, which flows east to west for 4.2 miles within the city limits.

Hills form a natural barrier on western sides. Gillespie Field and Airfield Park act as a southern border with El Cajon. Prominently overlooking the western side of Santee is Cowles Mountain; this natural landmark, the highest point in the city of San Diego, offers sweeping views of the county and is a popular hiking destination. According to the Köppen Climate Classification sy

Steve Owens (politician)

Stephen David Owens was a politician from Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995 who represented the Toronto riding of Scarborough Centre, he served as a cabinet minister in the government of Bob Rae. Owens held a General Arts and Science Certificate, worked as a hospital orderly at Toronto General Hospital, he served as president and vice-president of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2001, was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In 1990, he ran as the New Democratic Party candidate in the 1990 provincial election, defeating Liberal incumbent Cindy Nicholas by 4,162 votes in the riding of Scarborough Centre; the NDP won a majority government and Owens was appointed as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Correctional Services. He served as a parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance. On October 21, 1994, he was appointed as a Minister without portfolio responsible for Education and Training, serving as an assistant to Education Minister Dave Cooke.

During his tenure as MPP he served as party whip and caucus chair. The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, Owens finished third against Progressive Conservative Dan Newman in his bid for re-election. In 2003, he supported Bill Blaikie for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party. Owens worked for ACCES Employment Services finding professional work for new immigrants, he volunteered for the Toronto International Film Festival and in May 2016 was given an Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history