I am quite sure many of you who have no idea of Jim Nabors. Back in the 1970s, it was gay urban legend that Rock Hudson had married Jim Nabors. This was cruelly repeated often & was even fodder for comedians including Johnny Carson. The joke, which I shamefully repeated, was based on the mere fact that both were gay & homophobia was so much a condition of the times that you needed to be only suspected of being gay & you automatically were sexually linked to any other gays.
Jim Nabors, best known for playing Gomer Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show & Gomer Pyle, USMC, is a newlywed at age 82.
Nabors married his longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader, 64, earlier in early January. The couple, residents of Hawaii & together for 38 years, got married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
Nabors: "We've been together for 38 years, & I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody. I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years, & I feel very blessed. &, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."
Nabors had never publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in the media but said he never really tried to keep it secret. On Post Apocalyptic Bohemian, I have been rather hard on Nabors for not coming out. I even had a strong comment on his birthday post, taking me to task for being mean spirited.
Nabors: "I haven't ever made a public spectacle of it. Well, I've known since I was a child, so, come on. It's not that kind of a thing. I've never made a huge secret of it at all."
Nabor’s character, Gomer Pyle, was famous for the catchphrases: "shazam," "surprise, surprise, surprise" & "gaaahhlllllee" in the early 1960s on The Andy Griffith Show. After 2 seasons, he was spun off into Gomer Pyle, USMC, which ran for 5 years. He reprised the role for the 1986 TV movie Return To Mayberry & for the 1990s series Hi Honey, I'm Home.
Nabors also made frequent appearances on The Carol Burnett Show, The Sonny & Cher Show & hosted his own series, The Jim Nabors Hour, from 1969-71.
Nabors, a strong baritone, has recorded more than 25 albums & has performed on stage in musicals.
Everyone at Post Apocalyptic Bohemia wishes congratulations & the best for Jim & Stan.