Aaron Ruben Of The Andy Griffith Show Dies

Aaron Ruben, who was a producer, writer and director for some of the most popular television comedies of the 1960s and 70s, notably The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC and Sanford and Son, died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 95 Mr. Ruben, who cut his teeth as a comedy writer on radio for George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Milton Berle and on television for Phil Silvers and Sid Caesar, tapped a rich vein of television gold when, in 1960, he shifted location to the mythical small town of Mayberry, NC As the producer and sometime writer and director of The Andy Griffith Show for its first five seasons, he helped create one of the most revered series in television history, a gentle family comedy whose troupe of genial actors included Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors Frances Bavier and Ron Howard. Spotting the appeal of Mr. Nabors, whose guest appearance as the gas-station attendant Gomer Pyle had become a regular role, Mr. Ruben created the series Gomer Pyle, USMC, with Mr. Nabors transposing his lovable but clueless character to the hostile environment of the Marine Corps. The series became an enormous hit, coming in second only to Bonanza in the 1965-66 season. It ran until 1969. Mr. Ruben was later hired by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin to produce Sanford and Son, an American version of the British hit Steptoe and Son, with the comedian Redd Foxx in the lead role as an ill-tempered junk dealer. That series, a runaway success from the outset

On a beautiful summer day , I decide to go for a bike ride.. I always carry a video camera with me, just in case I have to become Jimmy Justice. In New York City , it is prohibited to smoke in a bar, a public park, and all city owned property including vehicles. The traffic enforcement agency is notorious for being heartless and writing summonses without discretion for every petty nonsensical traffic violation. But as usual , they dont follow the rules themselves. Officer Collum was smoking a cigarette when she was supposed to be working, and she did this inside her vehicle in clear violation of NYC’s clean air act.
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