Mickey nurtured Griffith's talent throughout high school until graduation in 1944.
Griffith was delighted when he was offered a role in The Lost Colony by Paul Green, a play about Roanoke Island still performed today.
He began college studying to be a Moravian preacher, but he changed his major to music and became a part of the school's Carolina Playmakers.
At UNC, he was president of the UNC chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, America's oldest fraternity for men in music. Griffith's early career was as a monologist, delivering long stories such as What It Was, Was Football, which is told from the point of view of a naïve country preacher trying to figure out what was going on in a football game.
He was a shy student, but once he found a way to make his peers laugh, he began to come out of his shell and come into his own.
No one should be allowed to operate outside that 36 percent usury law." The Attorney General's Office and the Department of Financial Institutions have vowed to crack down on businesses that violate the state's lending laws and encourage consumers to report questionable behavior by lenders.Maureen West is a freelance writer based in Phoenix.whose career spanned seven decades of music and television."Nearly all offer some variation of the auto title loan product, but they are also experimenting with other consumer loans, check cashing and prepaid debit cards." He estimates auto title lending may be 60 percent of some lenders' business.In traditional auto title loans, which have been around for decades, the lender assumes title of a car for the life of the loan.Griffith believed a stake had been driven into the heart of what she considered a predatory monster. Beginning in 2008, when the clock started winding down on payday lending in Arizona, Griffith's Tucson-based group, the Center for Economic Integrity, watched as more than 200 payday loan businesses obtained licenses as auto title lenders.Some of the same storefronts that had advertised "Payday Loans" now have prominent signs for "Car Title Loans." Arizona laws allow up to a 204 percent annual interest rate if a vehicle is involved as security.Griffith starred in Ira Levin's one-hour teleplay version of No Time for Sergeants (March 1955) — a story about a country boy in the United States Air Force — on The United States Steel Hour, a television anthology series.He expanded that role in Ira Levin's full-length theatrical version of the same name (October 1955) on Broadway in New York City.They sincerely believe that morally, legally, ethically, the maximum Americans should pay for loans is 36 percent annually," he said.Ritch Steven, AARP Arizona advocacy network chair, said AARP supports closing the loophole.