A Blast from my Past. I grew up with these concepts and I blame them for the man and grandfather I have become. Alfred E. Neuman taught me the problems of the world cannot be solved easily and therefore a little humor is needed. Opie Taylor taught me there is a little kid in everyone and fathers could be smart. Notice Andy is Opie grown up. Barney taught me that I should never wear purple and little children should always have the ability to dream. And Howdy Doody, well I was a peanut member in the audience a long time ago. Life is a dream and hopefully a good one.
The image most closely associated with the magazine is that of Alfred E. Neuman, the boy with misaligned eyes, a gap-toothed smile and the perennial motto “What, me worry?” While the original image was a popular humorous graphic for many decades before Mad adopted it, the face is now primarily associated with Mad.
Mad first used the boy’s face in November 1954. His first iconic full-cover appearance, in which he was identified by name and sported his “What, me worry?” motto, was as a write-in candidate for President on issue #30 (December 1956). He has since appeared in a slew of guises and comic situations. According to Mad writer Frank Jacobs, a letter was once successfully delivered to the magazine through the U.S. mail bearing only Neuman’s face, without any address or other identifying information.
Opie Taylor is a fictional character in the American television program, The Andy Griffith Show which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. Opie Taylor appeared in 209 of the 249 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, and appeared in 2 spin-off shows.
Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father’s spinster aunt, Beatrice “Aunt Bee” Taylor (Frances Bavier). Both Andy and Opie became the catalyst of the show, and even shared their own father/son issues. Opie appears once in The Andy Griffith Show spinoff Mayberry R.F.D. and also in the 1986 reunion telemovie Return to Mayberry. The character is portrayed by Ron Howard. There are two explanations of the name’s origin. One is that Opie Taylor was named by Andy Griffith after bandleader and radio actor Opie Cates. The other is that he was named for Opie Shelton (1915–1999), a childhood friend of Griffith, who went on to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Barney & Friends is an American children’s television series aimed at children from ages 2 to 5. The series, which first aired on April 6, 1992, features the title character Barney, a purple anthropomorphic Tyrannosaurus rex who conveys educational messages through songs and small dance routines with a friendly, optimistic attitude
Howdy Doody is an American children’s television program (with circus and Western frontier themes) that was created and produced by E. Roger Muir and telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947 until September 24, 1960. It was a pioneer in children’s television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC (at the time owned by TV maker RCA) used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.