Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Innocence Lost


A recent blog post featured a photo of Jim Nabors as PFC Gomer Pyle, and  that started me thinking.

His sitcom aired at a rough time in American history.  1964 to 1969.  Vietnam.  Assassinations.  Riots.

Nabors' character was a sweet and innocent oasis, a purely good and nice person.  Gomer might have driven SGT Carter insane, but you never doubted his heart.

I don't watch much television these days, and I can't think of another character that comes even close to Gomer's characteristics.  Every current character is flawed in some way.  Flaws can be funny.  It's the story of my life.

Simon & Garfunkel sang "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?  Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."  You can replace Joltin' Joe with Gomer.

We can all use a little Gomer these days.