• Jim Nabors, who originated the role of Gomer Pyle on the old “Andy Griffith Show,” then brought the character to a spinoff, “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” passed away yesterday. He was 87.

After achieving sitcom glory, not to mention financial security from residuals, Nabors went on to become a popular performer in nightclubs.

KC's View: Hard to imagine that there was a time so innocent that words like “golly” and “shazam” were laugh lines. But there was.