Just a few years ago I was involved in a film school production on comedy. A wonderful guy Mickey Schroeder and I were headed out to lunch and I had been telling Mickey how many people mistook me for Andy Griffith. He didn’t seem to be convinced and as we walked out on the sidewalk in front of the school a thirtyish couple approached us and the man took hold of my hand and started gushing about how thrilled he was to shake hands with Andy Griffith. I interrupted him and explained that I was not Andy Griffith but he was having no part of that. He kept on telling me that I (Andy) was probably the greatest living American and how thrilled he was to meet me. Again I said I wasn’t Andy but that just prompted the lady with him to tell me how she loved my TV Shows and such. I just shrugged to Mickey, we thanked them and took off.
The other day I was working on a speech segment and I was convinced that Andy Griffith was not our greatest American at that time, but then I asked myself who is our greatest living American today? I have just begun asking people that question. If you have a minute would you please visit our blog and tell us who you think is our greatest living American at the present time? It might be a president, a sports figure, a politician, a scientist, a movie star… that is up to you. All I want is your personal opinion. Maybe it’s my age and the fact that so many of my heroes have passed on but offhand, I can’t think of a whole lot of people I would put into that category. Do me a favor, will you? Give me some feedback on this.