Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013, 09:25 am
Gaw-awll-lee, Surprise Surprise Surprise, ShaZAM! and Other Obvious Declarations
I liked Jim Nabors
when I was a kid -- watched him on The Andy Griffith Show
, and then when he spun off into the equally popular Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C
. Then one day we got to hear him sing
, and whoa
. Bumpkin face, opera voice.
Not that I'd thought much about him in the ensuing decades. He'd kinda dropped off my radar. Well, that certainly changed today
Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom "Gomer Pyle, USMC," married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.
Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who's 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15.
"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."
I'm very happy as well. Dude's spent his life entertaining people, and half of it in the company of one devoted companion.
And, I can't help it: the mercenary, politically-minded side of me thinks the timing is perfect. Nabors is a lesser American icon, pretty much beloved by everybody, without a mean bone in his body... and now he is finally, legally wed to his long-time partner. Who's mean or crabby or obsessed enough to object? What the hell are people going to say against Gomer Pyle? Does this invalidate all the gospel records he recorded?
Go get 'em, Jim. And much happiness to you and Stan.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1598051.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Well, good for him. And good for the people that have fought for and enabled marriage rights, so that no-one is excluded from this basic human joy.
Though my wiseass impulse is to say "Goll-lle!", which I seem to remember was his character's signature line.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Every time I hear his name, I remember a number from one of his long-ago Christmas specials. To "The 12 Days of Christmas," all the guests were complaining about poorly-conceived gifts they'd received. Nabors had the punchline, 6'+ of basso profundo & sad hound dog eyes ending each verse with "And a sweat-e-er down to my knees."
Good to know he's well & happy.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
He's not married, he's civilly unionized. At least as far as Hawaii is concerned.
Let's hope that that changes while Jim and Stan are around to see it.
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
They actually went to a state (Washington, where it's just recently been legalized) that allows marriage & got married there, Hawaii recognizes it reciprocally as a civil union.
I'd guess it'll be a full marriage in Hawaii in the next 2 years.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Goes to show how clueless I was about him. Good for him and his husband both.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Nabors is well-known for his opera- (or near-opera-)quality voice. I hope he sang at the wedding.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
This made me so happy. I'm bummed that they had to fly to another state, but this makes me so fricking happy. And it screws with the realities of wingnuts all over the place who saw Gomer Pyle as a cornerstone of hetero-normative austerity.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
And mazel tov to them both. It's just a shame it took so long for it to be feasible.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
I guess Gomer Pyle was waiting for the repeal of don't ask, don't tell.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats to him and Stan. But I look forward to the day when two people getting married stops being news even if one of them is famous.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
You'll be waiting a long time - remember the fooforaw around the royal wedding?
But I take your meaning, and applaud you for it.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
I just don't like celebraty gossip. I can sort of understand it here since it's recently legal, but apart from that I don't see the point in magazines like People.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
And other news, Patty Andrews has died. I has a sad.
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. *hugs*
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you for this smile today!
Other than his acting, he was also the person that sang "Back Home Again (In Indiana)" every year for the Indianapolis 500 when I was watching it as a kid. His voice is won-der-ful.
Interviews with him always showed his kindness and love for people.
As someone said above (below?), I hope he sang at the wedding.
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
gardnerhill: Poor Sgt. Carter. Always a bridesmaid...
Seriously, do you know how many red-state heads this will make explode? Jim Nabors is a major icon of the whole Mayberry / Gomer / Beverly Hillbillies / Petticoat Junction / Gunsmoke demographic - that whole generation of TV viewers. They can't start the Indy 500 without Jim singing "Indiana" fer cripes' sake. This is HUGE.
While the old TPers are stroking out and stomping on their "Mayberry" DVDs, though, their kids are all, "So?" And that's the part that terrifies them beyond belief.
This news definitely makes up for my sadness at another dude with a funny Tennessee twang - Huell Houser, who adored his adopted state in his "California's Gold" series on PBS - passing away earlier this month.
Sun, Feb. 3rd, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
dan_ad_nauseam: Re: Poor Sgt. Carter. Always a bridesmaid...
And somehow I suspect tat Andy Griffith couldn't have cared less.
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Worst kept secret in Hollywood. But he kept a low profile about it and it was just part of normal life. There's the take-home lesson if you need one.
Snopes says Nope to the longstanding rumor of a relationship between Jim Nabors and Rock Hudson:http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/nabors.asp
So as I calculate it, Stan would have been 25 when they met, and as a firefighter he had to be in good shape. HAWT!
Can you imagine the love songs in that wooing? *wibbles*
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 06:00 am (UTC)
For years I have thought of anyone who has an awkward speaking voice and a good singing voice as having "a Jim Nabors voice". One recent example was Susan Boyle.
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
Yes, I remember being blown away by this voice also!!
Congratulations to him! :)
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid, Jim was always the topic of discussion at family gatherings. He is apparently a distant cousin and the most famous person to which the family can claim relations. I always liked his voice but never really felt any strong family feelings towards him.
That has now changed. I'm very proud to be even distantly related to this man. He has lived his life the way he wanted without making a big deal of it. Now, when the public really needs to see that "good, old-fashioned family values" can come from a same sex couple, he reveals his quietly kept secret to stand as the evidence that is needed.
Sun, Feb. 3rd, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Wed, Feb. 6th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
Well, sha-ZAY-um! Also, woot!