Q: The footage from your infancy and childhood was great. Your father Ron Howard had just left “Happy Days” at that time, correct?
A: Yes. I never really knew him as an actor. He was always a director for all of myself and all of my siblings’ childhoods. And yeah, it was so fun getting to go back and look at that footage and basically just saying, “Thanks, Mom and Dad for filming all this.” (Laughs)
Q: Were you aware of all that footage previously?
A: Yes, I knew that they had done like a mini, sort of personal documentary of each child. And so I hadn’t necessarily seen that footage for quite a long time. And so going back and watching it, especially now being a parent myself … I understand why we do this thing called take photographs and take videos of our lives and hold onto them for posterity because it’s incredible to have the privilege to reflect back and see your own parents at the age that you are now or even far younger than the age that you are now.
Q: The story in “Dads” of your grandfather Rance Howard speaking to Andy Griffith about how Opie would be portrayed on “The Andy Griffith Show” was tremendous.
A: Oh thank you. “The Andy Griffith Show” was really, really special for a lot of people, for a generation, and my dad has always felt so honored that he happened to his childhood and got to be a part of a show like that. But everyone who knows our family knows that behind the scenes the real superheroes were my grandfather and grandmother.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.