Barney Fife Sings on Andy Griffith

Don Knotts portraying Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show is asked by the choir director to be the featured tenor for the choir in an upcoming program.

In an earlier part of the show not shown in this clip the choir director decides to use Barney as the featured tenor in an upcoming program. However that was before he actually heard Barney sing.

When the choir has their first practice with Barney singing the choir director notices someone is singing offkey and Barney volunteers to move around in the choir to help find out who the culprit is that is singing so badly.

Then the choir director finds out it is Barney singing offkey and is perplexed about how to solve the situation since Barney is ruining the song he is to be featured on.

Andy and the choir director decide to use another singer who will be offstage to sing Barney’s part. Only problem is how to keep Barney from actually singing.

Then Andy comes up with the perfect solution by telling Barney that when the microphone and speakers are on that Barney will be singing too loud for the audience. So Andy tells Barney to practice singing quieter and quieter till Barney can’t be heard and Andy tells him that is perfect.

When the choir starts singing the song the singer who will be actually singing sneaks out of the choir to a place where he can’t be seen by the audience.

Then when it is time for Barney to sing his featured tenor solo part Barney is actually lip syncing while this booming voice is heard from the actual singer. The singer doesn’t sound like a tenor to me though and sounds more like a baritone.

This is some dialogue from the show posted at tv.com that tells what Barney’s girlfriend Thelma Lou thinks of Barney’s singing:

(Thelma Lou hears that Barney is going to join the choir)
Thelma Lou: Barney’s going to be in the choir? My Barney?
Andy: That’s right.
Thelma Lou: But Barney can’t sing.
Andy: I know.
Thelma Lou: He’s a warm, wonderful person and I love him dearly; but he can’t sing.
Andy: That’s true.
Thelma Lou: He’s kind, considerate, good-hearted – the most gentle person I’ve ever known; but he can’t sing.
Andy: You’re right.
Thelma Lou: He’s the man I want to marry – the man I want to be the father of my children…
Andy: But he can’t sing.
Thelma Lou: Not a lick!

This episode is one of my alltime favorite Andy Griffith shows and it showcases the comedy talent of both Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.


Little Couple: Reality TV As It Should Be

Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein the stars of the Little People reality show on TLC at their wedding.

Reality television is a misnomer since so little reality emanates from that genre of television. Most reality shows center around celebrities in rehab, celebrity families like the Kardashians that have more drama in one show than most people have in one lifetime and reality dating shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in which almost nobody winds up getting married.

The TLC reality show Little Couple is a breath of fresh air for reality fans. It may not be a hundred percent real but it is close to it as any other reality show being shown today.

It is a show about Dr. Jennifer Arnold a pediatrician and neonatal specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas and her husband Bill Klein who is chief operating officer of the company Emerge an online sales company.

They are both highly successful in their fields despite being little people in a world with mostly big people. They have the same problems most of us have yet have other problems larger people never encounter such as reaching the top shelves at the supermarket.

For instance Jen has to climb up on a stepstool to see the babies she takes care of.  Bill on the other hand has stayed at home mostly to conduct his business online but does travel from time to time to take care of business matters.

The best feature of the show is that they get along so well and you can see from their actions how much they love each other. If you are looking for a reality show that has a lot of yelling and confrontations this is not the show for you.

Both Bill and Jen are very likable and handle being a little couple well. It is a testament to their willpower and drive to become successful despite facing obstacles that prevent little people from being a success for little people with less resolve than them.

The show is now centered on the couple building their home in Houston which will be made especially for them with features that will make it easier for them to live comfortably like light switches they can reach easily and showers that accomodate little people.

Another concern for them now is that they are hoping to have a surrogate baby in their future since they cannot have a baby on their own due to medical reasons.

Bill and Jen were shown in one show learning how to paint in an art class and went to a fashion show where Jen had the idea of having a dress custom made for her since she has a formal speaking engagement.

The one thing that stands out in the show is that I have never heard Bill or Jen have a harsh word or even have an argument. That goes against the grain for reality shows which thrive on confrontation and anger.

Best of all after watching an episode of Little Couple you will feel better having seen a couple like Bill and Jen who have the odds stacked against them live a normal life as possible in less than ideal conditions.

Noah’s Potato Chips – Alexandria, Louisiana

Noah's Potato Chips were produced in this building on Lee Street in Alexandria, Louisiana and were unlike any potato chip I had tasted before or after.

Noah’s Potato Chips were unlike any potato chip I have ever tasted. They seemed to be thinner and greasier than most potato chips today. Noah’s potato chips were not only sold in bags but were sold in cans and are the only chips I recall being sold in a can. The Lee Street location in Alexandria is the only place I remember them being produced.

Noah Bohrer founded the Noah Potato Chips company in the 1940’s. As far as I know the company no longer exists. I can only recall the

This article tells about his the death of Noah Bohrer at the age of 93 and how he got started in the potato chip business:

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