Decades before his Oscar-winning career as the director of such films as A Beautiful Mind
, Apollo 13
and Cinderella Man
(not to mention two of my favorites, Cocoon
), Ron Howard
's creative mind began taking shape playing the only child of a widowed sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show
. After Griffith's passing on July 3, Howard spent his Independence Day holiday reflecting on the happy days he shared in Mayberry with a man he would ...