Probably one of the most notorious persons born in the state of North Carolina has to be Andy Griffith. Andy was born in Mount Airy NC, which was also the backdrop setting for the famous Mayberry in the Andy Griffith Show. Not only was Andy Griffith famous for this show but later for the show Matlock. Andy was born as Andy Samuel Griffith on June 1, 1926. He attended Mount Airy High School, where he became very interested in the Arts, which began his long career as an actor. In 1955 Andy made his first appearance on television in the made for television adaption of “No Time for Sergeants”. In the early 1960’s Andy started his career on The Andy Griffith Show. Later in the 1980’s he made his comeback to the screen in the hit series Matlock. On November 9, 2005, Andy Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
The famous sportscaster Howard Cosell was born on March 25, 1918 in Winston-Salem, NC. Howard Cosell was known and loved by most and was soon a household name. The most notably being that he was best known for his broadcasts of Monday Night Football games and his long time friendship with boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Howard Cosell became known as the man who always had his saying of “I’m just telling it like it is”. It was a sad day on April 23, 1995 when America lost this colorful and voicetrous commentator, but he will long be remembered by us all.
The Rev. Billy Graham, born William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina on a dairy farm. He began his evangelistic crusades in 1948. It is said that Billy Graham has preached to 2.5 million people both in person and through radio and television audiences. Rev. Graham has been evangelistic advisor to several US Presidents starting with Harry Truman in the oval office in 1950 and continuing through to each president all the way to George W. Bush.
Virginia Dare who is an American myth and folklore icon was born on August 18th, 1587 on Roanoke Island, Colony of Roanoke, North Carolina. Virginia Dare was as far as we are aware, the first white child to be born to English parents in the Americas. No one seems to know what actually happened to the colony as her grandfather, John White returned to England to seek assistance for the colony and when he returned 3 years later the colony and all its inhabitants, including Virginia were gone, never to be heard from again. The date and cause of her death to this day remains a total mystery. A must see in North Carolina is the “Lost Colony”
Edward R. Murrow, pioneer journalist was born on April 25th, 1908 in Polecat Creek, North Carolina in Guilford County. He became a prominent journalist and TV reporter. His earliest broadcasts were a series of radio news broadcasting during World War 11 where he gained millions of listeners and followers in both the United States and Canada. Edward R. Murrow was known for his honesty and integrity in delivering his broadcasts. America lost this pioneer journalist on April 27th, 1965. History had been made and his legacy lives on to this day, some 40 years after his death.
The well known landscape artist, Bob Timberlake was born in Lexington, North Carolina. Bob is best known for his landscape paintings worldwide. Another side of Bob Timberlake is the designer of furniture. His works has been honored by Presidents Carter and Reagan, as well as Prince Charles. Timberlake’s charity works has received numerous awards and recognitions. Bob Timberlake is the only artist to date to ever receive the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal for Artistry award. The launching of The World of Bob Timberlake® revolutionized the furniture industry with the idea of branding a collection of furniture according to its creator’s personality or lifestyle concept. The Bob Timberlake collection has been called the most significant line of furniture introduced in over 40 years.