As a kid growing up in the Heart of Hoosierland, one of my favorite memories was the preparation for the family cookout on Race Day and listening to the opening ceremonies of The Indianapolis 500 which included actor Jim Nabors singing, “Back Home, Again, In Indiana.”
Two unbelievable things:
- Gomer Pyle had a beautiful voice
- “Back Home, Again, In Indiana” is only our state signature song; our state song is “On The Banks of the Wabash”
Like many, I grew up watching Jim Nabors play the goofy, very practical thinking, and generous hearted Gomer Pyle who debuted in Mayberry’s ANDY GRIFFITH and moved right onto the Marine base in GOMER PYLE.
Since moving to Ohio in 1990, the lilting melody so closely associated with my home state runs through my mind, and sometimes, out my mouth, when I see the big light blue arch on US70 West. It’s always Jim Nabors’ voice I hear when I’m back home, again, in Indiana.
Thanks for the laughs, the songs, and the many memories, Gomer and Jim.
Please say, “Hi yah” to Andy, Barney, and Floyd!
Thanks for always showing me how to laugh and making it a great day!