|Lou Ann Poovie was Gomer Pyle's girlfriend in|
the series. We now know why they never got
further than holding hands.
|Don't ask, don't tell.|
|Nabors worked with Burt Reynolds in Cannonball II,|
Stroker Ace, and Best Little Whorehouse... in the mid-80s.
They ended Jim's film career.
He has spent most of the past few decades living quietly in Hawaii, with his partner of 38 years, a former firefighter who is 15 years his junior. But back in the 1960s and 70s, Nabors was a recognized celebrity with what must be described as an open secret.
I remember the rumors which were repeated about Jim and Rock Hudson, as a couple no less! There doesn't seem to be much evidence that those two stars ever had a relationship (we now know Hudson was into blond boytoys), though they lived close to each other at the beach and apparently were friends.
|Hudson, Nabors, and flame dame Burnett, before the|
glitter hit the fan.
The story goes that, as a joke, Jim and Rock invited all their gay friends to a mock wedding between Hudson and Gomer Pyle. The stunt did not remain as private as the two stars may have wished, and it gave way to those rumors of an actual romance between the two stars. Nabors now claims that he never hid his homosexuality, but that does not ring quite true to my memory of the time. No matter, it's terrific that he has now married his partner.
I confess that Jim Nabors was not a particular favorite of mine, but I certainly watched him during his sitcom years.
|Nitwit Gomer first worked at "the fillin' station"|
in The Andy Griffith Show's Mayberry.
Somebody smelled a spinoff.
Gomer Pyle, USMC showcased his downhome persona quite well, but I never got used to the occasions when his country hick accent would give way to the operatic singing voice.
|When goofball Gomer started to sing, it was a bit|
Jim had a rich baritone voice, but seeing that voice come out of the Gawlee facial expressions of Gomer Pyle gave me the willies.
|Carol Burnett and her good luck charm, who guested on her first show every season.|