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Monday, May 2, 2016

Ron Howard's Wedding.

Ron Howard's marriage coincided with my working on Happy Days.
Hence, I was invited to the wedding mass and the reception.
This is something that would't have happened in a million years if I weren't working on Happy Days at that time.
A highlight for me was that just about everyone that Ron Howard worked with in show business were there.
Which, if you think about it, is quite a few people that you would know.
I am talking like, 1981.
So all the surviving members of the Andy Griffith cast were there, including good old Anj and Barney Fife.
Marian the Librarian was there; Ron Howard had played Shirley Jones' little brother in The Music Man.
Ron had done a series with Henry Fonda, and everyone in that show, including Henry, were there.
Of course all the members of the cast of Happy Days were there, which involved another Henry.
Oddly enough, at the time, Henry Winkler was far more popular.
So I got to see up close, Aunt Bee, Helen Crump, Howard Sprague, and Otis Campbell.
And, as at most Gentile weddings, there was not a lot of food, just a couple of celery sticks before the mass started.
So it was a lovely afternoon, and we all mingled outside waiting for the mass to start.
I guess we were all hoping there would be a big spread afterwards.
But it was clear from about 15 minutes into the mass that we were not getting the condensed version.
This was going to be the full-on high mass.
I happen to have been seated alongside Andy Griffith, who seemed to be losing his patience a little bit.
And, as it was clear that the mass was winding down and they were about to do the actual ceremony, Garry Marshall, who was sitting in front of me, turned back towards me and said,
"Everything up until here is a lift".
I think I need to explain what a lift is.
It is an editing term.
It means you don't need this.
It means everything up until this point can be taken out, can be "a lift".
I, of course, was hysterical.
Andy Griffith was hysterical.
And then there was no reception after that.
Meaning no food.
Then nobody was hysterical; just hungry.


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  1. Garry's other word for excess was CHAFF.

  2. I don't know if you've seen the new book about Andy Griffith and Don Knotts that came out not long ago.

    When you mentioned that Aneta Corsaut (aka Helen Crump) was among the wedding guests ...
    ... and I recalled that Andy Griffith was between marriages in 1975 ...
    ... and the new book avers that Andy and Aneta were in fact closer off-camera than "Andy and Helen" were on-camera ...

    Just wonderin', is all ...

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."