Tuesday, October 6, 2009
hey to Goober
I've been waiting for an opportunity to mention Mayberry's resident philosopher. He didn't get tenure, but it was fun while it lasted. Thinking about Barney's Rock naturally put me in mind of the time "Goober [made] history."
"It seems like the me that is really me and was bein' held back by the I that I am is comin' out all over my face."
That was the fictive television filling station attendant Goober Pyle, Gomer's cousin, in Andy Griffith Show episode 196 ("Goober Makes History"), reflecting on growing a beard and discovering his inner philosopher. Goober had to shave—not with Occam's razor but Floyd's—to rediscover "his self": a cautionary tale for all professional thinkers.