Sunday, May 6, 2012

Goober Pyle (George Lindsey) of Mayberry Dead at 83! A Tribute!

George Lindsey as Goober Pyle

"Goober" Pyle is dead!

Gomer's cousin, and Andy's, Barney's, Opie's and Aunt Bea's life long friend from Mayberry (USA) and The Andy Griffith Show from a bygone era, Goober Pyle is gone. He was 83.

George Lindsey was found dead in his home today in Tennessee and the announcement was made by a funeral home close to his residence.

George Lindsay as Goober Pyle
George Lindsey WAS Goober on TV, and played this character for more than 30 years. First in 1964 on the Andy Griffith Show as a cousin to Gomer who left the show for his own series, then on Mayberry R.F.D., and then on Hee-Haw well into the 1980's. 

Goober, along with his counterparts is to be remembered as one the iconic personifications of all that is good about America and it's people.  

Andy, Opie, Barney and Cousin Gomer
Many of Americans grew up with the ideals that "Fairness" in all things is Right; that individual integrity is Right; that helping those who can't help themselves is Right; that helping those in need is Right; that the elderly are to be respected because they have something to contribute is Right; and, that tolerance for others is Right! The Andy Griffith Show provided these moral imperatives for a generation, and Goober Pyle was part of it.

Andy, Goober and Floyd-1966, The Andy Griffith Show
One reason we created this blog was to resist and fight against some of today's politicians and a corporate media who wants to lead America into a rejection of these American ideals. Our "Smash-mouth" sometimes cynical responses in our articles are in direct proportion to these realities in today's world.   

Aunt Bea Loved Goober
We know Goober agrees with us because he has told us so in not so recent interviews.

Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) was a great friend of Goober, and had his own way of exacting justice which is why Sheriff Andy took his bullets away. 

Andy Griffith, also in his 80's, said today that he remained close to George Lindsey and spoke with him often. Their last conversation was just 2 days ago. 

Griffith said that being 80+ gives one leave to say "I LOVE YOU" to all those cared about. Such were the last words spoken by these two iconic figures.

And for the record, we loved 'Goober' too.

In tribute to George Lindsey!


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