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Q&A: About Andy Griffith's family life

Andy Griffith lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his second wife, Cindi.

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Andy Griffith lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his second wife, Cindi.

Andy Griffith's family life

Did Andy Griffith have children? Is he still married?

Andy Griffith lives with his second wife, Cindi, in the North Carolina Outer Banks town of Manteo. He had two children with his first wife, Barbara Edwards. He married Cindi Knight in 1983.

Griffith stars as a swinging bachelor who has a special way with the ladies in his new movie, Play the Game. He also appears in Brad Paisley's video Waitin' on a Woman and was a cranky diner owner in the acclaimed 2007 film, Waitress.

But he's best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor, gentle father to son Opie and dispenser of homegrown wisdom on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68), still widely seen on reruns. Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Song in AT&T commercial

There is a very cute AT&T TV commercial about a little girl who follows her daddy out to his car. Who is singing the song?

The song is Sweet Pea, sung by Amos Lee. It can be found on his 2006 CD, Supply and Demand.Lee, a Philadelphia native, graduated from opening for such artists as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Norah Jones and Merle Haggard, to headlining his own show with his folksy, soulful style. The former Philadelphia schoolteacher was discovered at an open-mike club by Norah Jones. Go to www.amoslee.com for information on his music.

Congress and Social Security

Why don't members of Congress belong to Social Security?

All members of Congress, no matter how long they've been in office, have been paying into the Social Security system since January 1984.

Under a law enacted in 1983, they contribute to and receive benefits from the Social Security system. Prior to 1984, members of Congress contributed to the separate Civil Servant Retirement System. Upon retirement, members receive either a combination of federal pension and Social Security benefits or Social Security alone, depending upon when their term of service started and how they configured their individual plans.

All about 'JAG'

I watch reruns of JAG on USA channel. When did the first and last episodes air and on what network? How many episodes were there? Did David James Elliott's real-life wife have a role in the series? What is Elliott doing now? Are there any plans for a movie sequel?

The series began on Sept. 23, 1995, on NBC, and concluded its long run on CBS on April 29, 2005. According to TV.com, there are about 227 episodes spread across 10 seasons; so far, eight seasons have been released on DVD. Elliott's wife, Nanci Chambers, played Lt. Loren Singer on the series. Elliott continues to act. There are no publicly announced plans for a movie, although fans have lobbied for one.

Q&A: About Andy Griffith's family life 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:31am]
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