This is for you, who claim to know nothing about football.  Just a short education before the big SuperBowl today.  If you have ever attended a game at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC, this monologue will remind you of the topography.  For six years, I worked at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, which is right beside the stadium, and believe me, you did not want to work on home game day, because parking, even assigned parking, was no where to be found.

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Andy Griffith attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and graduated with a bachelor of music degree in 1949. At UNC, he was president of the UNC chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which claims to be America's oldest fraternity for men in music. He also played roles in several student operettas, including The Chimes of Normandy (1946), and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers (1945), The Mikado (1948) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1949). 

After graduation, he taught music and Drama for a few years at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he taught, among others, Carl Kasell. He also began to write.

Griffith's early career was as a monologist, delivering long stories such as What it Was, Was Football, which is told from the point of view of a rural backwoodsman trying to figure out what was going on in a football game. The monologue was released as a single in 1953 on the Colonial Records label, and was a hit for Griffith, reaching number nine on the charts in 1954. 


Anonymous said...

Interesting! Thanks! I might well have to find that monolog, which is surely lurking amongst the Youtubes somewhere!

Peace <3

David Jeffreys said...

Yes, YouTube is where I got it and there are several versions there including this one with the pictures. When I was a teenager, I had a copy of the 45 rpm record.

Practical Parsimony said...

I never knew there was video/pictures. I have heard the audio since it was first produced.

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