"Goober says hey!"
One of Goober's biggest goofs occurred when he promised to answer the courthouse
phone while Andy Taylor was out of town. Unfortunately, Gillie Walker, one of
Goober's customers complained about the performance of his car engine. So, to
kill two birds with one stone Goober disassembled the car and rebuilt it inside
the courthouse to work on it. That way he could help his customer and keep his
promise to Andy. When Andy returned and found an entire car sitting inside the
lobby of the jail, he was furious, but it all turned out for the best, in the
end. Luckily, some state patrolmen who unexpectedly visited the jail saw the car
and instead of being shocked, thought the car was part of a clever "safe driving
campaign" They praised Andy for his imagination and initiative and contemplated
copying the idea. However, Andy was still furious at Goober, who quickly removed
the car from the premises.
Another boo-boo committed by Goober happened when he mistakenly issued a bogus
$200.00 prize-winning ticket during his "Grab-bag for Cash" contest. When Floyd
Lawson won the grand prize ticket but Goober couldn't pay off, Floyd complained
to Sheriff Andy Taylor who then arrested Goober on fraud charges. But when Floyd
saw his friend behind bars, he quickly insisted that Andy release Goober from
When Sheriff Andy Taylor (who once introduced Goober as "Goober Beasley") moved
out of Mayberry, Goober befriended newcomer Sam Jones, a gentleman farmer who
moved to town and became an elected member of the town council. While Andy was
no longer around, Goober could still visit with Andy's aunt Bee Taylor who moved
into Sam Jones house to become his housekeeper and a second-mother, of sorts, to
Sam's young son, Mike.
One spot both Sam and Goober shared in common was Emmett's Fix-it Shop. They
visited with handyman Emmett Clark to watch him work and to discuss the town's
going's on. Before Emmett moved into town, Goober hung out with Andy Taylor at
Floyd's Barber Shop, a longtime gathering spot for the town locals. Floyd sold
his office space to Emmett before leaving Mayberry.
When Goober's cousin, Gomer left the Marines, he moved back to Mayberry and the
two became partners in the filling station. And a few years after that Andy
Taylor, too, moved back to town and became Sheriff once again. And it took no
time at all until Goober and Gomer renewed their friendship with Andy and began
to turn up at the courthouse to shoot the breeze, to share the town gossip and
to drive Deputy Barney Fife crazy with their antics.
So, the next time you're in North Carolina, y'all drop by and chew the fat with
Goober and his cousin, Gomer. Most likely you'll find them wiping grease off
their hands with an old rag and squabbling over how to best repair an engine.
And while you're at the filling station grab yourself a Nectarine Crush or
Huckleberry Smash soda pop. As town barber Floyd Lawson, used to say (they've)
“got the best pop in town.”
used to bother me when they (fans) called me
Goober instead of my real name, but I’ve made my
peace with that.” Biography Magazine,
TRIVIA NOTE: Born
December 17, 1935 in Fairfield, Alabama, George Lindsey grew up in the small
town of Jasper and later graduated from the University of North Alabama. He used
his newly earned degree to become a teacher at Hazel Green High School near
Eventually the acting bug, which had bitten at the age
of 14, urged George to pursue a career in the limelight. He left for New York to
study with Helen Hayes at the American Theater Wing and then George moved
from Broadway to Hollywood where he began acting in small parts on such shows as
THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, THE RIFLEMAN, and THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
landing a small role in the feature film Ensign Pulver (1964), George became a
regular cast member on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW from 1965-68 (first introduced in
episode #123, "The Fun Girls") and continued in his role of Goober Pyle in the
spin-off series MAYBERRY R.F.D. until 1971.
In 1972, George appeared on a
MASH episode as the wild and crazy Capt. Roy and then began a successful twenty
year run on country comedy variety hour HEE HAW from 1972-1992.
In 1986, George
reprised his role of Goober in the made for TV movie reunion Return to Mayberry
and then appeared as himself on The Andy Griffith Reunion (1993).
Lindsey's alma mater bestowed on him an honorary doctor of humane letters
degree. In his spare time George conducts the George Lindsey Celebrity Golf
Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama that raises money for the mentally retarded.
In 1998, Lindsey established the annual George Lindsey/University of North
Alabama Television and Film Festival that gives young filmmakers the opportunity
to show their work and learn about the filmmaking industry.
In addition, George
has authored two books about his career: "The Way Back to Mayberry" (with Joey Fann) and
"Goober in a Nutshell" (with Ken Beck and Jim Clark).
George Lindsey's Nashville Comedy Album (Capitol Records)
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