- - Monday, October 1, 2012

Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday.

Mr. Howard’s remarks were played during a tribute to Griffith at the 23rd annual Mayberry Days celebration in Mount Airy, N.C. It’s the first Mayberry Days held since Griffith, a native of Mount Airy, died July 3 at the age of 86 at his home in Manteo, N.C. The three-day event typically attracts 25,000 to 30,000 people.

Andy’s impact on my life and my approach to my work really can’t be measured,” Mr. Howard said. “The balance that he sustained between focused, creative effort and this overt, playful enjoyment that he got out of working hard with people that he liked, doing a show he loved, was something that I hope I’ll always remember and emulate.”

Mr. Howard played Opie Taylor, the red-headed son of Sheriff Andy Taylor, on “The Andy Griffith Show.” The CBS TV show aired from 1960 to 1968, starting when Mr. Howard was 6 years old and ending when he was 14.

Tanya Jones, executive director of the Surry Arts Council, said Mr. Howard reached out to her and told her he wanted to “do something for Andy,” adding that he knew Griffith loved his hometown.

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Mr. Howard hinted that what he learned on “The Andy Griffith Show” helped him with his future career, which includes an Academy Award for directing “A Beautiful Mind.” Griffith, he said, established an inclusive set that allowed him, at age 6, “to feel safe, comfortable enough to participate and then to be able to witness and learn so much about the collaborative process — the value of originality, the discipline of form and the bursts of individual inspiration that good moments and scenes are built on.”

Travel Channel show to feature Miami airport

The Travel Channel has spent years telling stories about where people go, but now they’re doing a show on how people get there.

“Airport 24/7: Miami” offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to move more than 100,000 travelers each day through Miami International Airport.

“We host a Super Bowl every day at MIA,” security director Lauren Stover said, comparing the number of travelers to attendance at the championship football game.

With thousands of employees running what can easily be compared to a small city, the show follows workers as they deal with terrorist threats, intercept drug smugglers, attend to medical emergencies, repair aircraft and secure an Air Force One landing, all the while trying to get the passengers to their flights and the planes in the sky on time.

“This is one of many ways in which Travel Channel is trying to give viewers a different look at all aspects of travel,” network general manager Andy Singer said. “And we think the Miami International Airport is a fascinating way to do that.”

The first two episodes of the show premier back-to-back at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The idea for the show started with 2C Media owner Chris Sloan, who said he’s had a passion for commercial aviation since he was a child. His longtime hobby has been collecting photos and memorabilia from airports around the world. He’s even been maintaining a website about airports and airlines — airchive.com — for nearly a decade.

“I travel a lot,” Mr. Sloan said. “And I felt that this was a world that was much maligned.”

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