Step aside, Sundance ? beloved Andy Griffith Show
regular George "Goober" Lindsey
is angling to make his North Alabama festival the
place for up-and-coming filmmakers.
The former Mayberry resident and Hee-Haw star is busy gearing up for the third annual George "Goober" Lindsey/University of North Alabama Television & Film Festival, a three-day event set for April 27-29 at the actor's alma mater. Featured guests joining Lindsey at the free event (lunch not included) will be pals Stephen Root (NewsRadio) and former Nashville Network host Ralph Emery.
"I was the starting quarterback here for two years," Lindsey tells TV Guide Online by phone from the UNA dean's office. Although the actor had a dirt-poor childhood in Alabama ? his mother's bum hip was treated with maggots and his family's outhouse was equipped with corncobs for toilet paper ? he says he still has fond memories of the Deep South.
"I'm very proud of where I come from, my high school and my friends and my college," says Lindsey, who now lives in Nashville. "This is where I come from. You dance with the one that brought you."
Lindsey says he has no plans to retire and has no regrets about choosing a career in acting. "What amazes me and really makes me feel good is that every day of my life, somebody stops me and says, 'Thank you,' " he says. "And then I have to turn and say, 'Thanks, Andy.' If I never do anything else again in my life, I knocked it out of the park once."