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Was Ernest T right?

Ernest T. Bass is a character on the beloved “Andy Griffith Show” who burst upon the scene in the ‘60s. When Ernest T. came into Mayberry on occasion, he’d announce his presence by throwing a rock through a window and cackling an

rnest T. Bass is a character on the beloved “Andy Griffith Show” who burst upon the scene in the ‘60s. When Ernest T. came into Mayberry on occasion, he’d announce his presence by throwing a rock through a window and cackling an insane laugh, yelling out, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s Ernest T.”

Ernest T. had a somewhat limited view of life. He had grown up in an area cut off from much of the outside world.

In fact, he was illiterate, and the boundaries of the world as he knew it consisted of Old Man Kelsey’s Woods and Old Man Kelsey’s Creek.

In many ways he was like a wild animal, but he did live by a code. Free from peer pressure or the need to fit in, Ernest T. was completely free.

He lived off the land, hunted and fished and

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