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of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper when they are thrown into a Southern small town jail. After he springs them Nicholson, clad in a seersucker jacket and a football helmet, climbs on the back of Fonda’s motorcycle and joins Peter and Dennis as they go looking for America. In the 1980s, Ben Matlock became the most popular TV lawyer since Perry Mason, and he was a lot better dressed. Matlock was played by Andy Griffith, a legendary Southern comedian and actor who in the 1960s portrayed Sheriff Andy Taylor in the highly popular sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show. The fictional Ben Matlock was reportedly based on a real-life Atlanta lawyer, Bobby Lee Cook, known throughout the Peach State as the dean of Georgia criminal defense lawyers. As a true Southern criminal defense attorney, Bobby Lee wore seersucker, and true to the character he portrayed, so did Andy Griffith as Matlock. Well, at least he did at the beginning of the TV series. In an era prior to the advent of high definition TV, seersucker presented some technical difficulties. In the earliest films of the show, Matlock’s blue-and-white striped seersucker often

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