The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Thursday that actor Jim Nabors will return to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" during pre-race ceremonies for Sunday's 97th running of the 500. Nabors missed last year's race due to heart surgery, so a video of him performing the song at his home in Hawaii aired instead.
Nabors has performed in person at the race 33 times since 1972.
Mr. Nabors was honored on Thursday, 12/2/10 at the Pacific Aviation Museum (as a Naval Aviator) - and given wings.
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Actor Jim Nabors sat in the cockpit of a Lockheed Martin F-35 simulator yesterday evening at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The Pacific Aviation Museum was celebrating its fourth anniversary with a benefit featuring music, food, socializing and prizes. Behind Nabors is Clint Churchill, president of the museum. For more information about the Pacific Aviation Museum, visit www.pacificaviationmuseum.org.
On (Tuesday, 12/7/10) Mr. Nabors attended and sang the National Anthem (Pearl Harbor Visitor Center) for the 69th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
Friday, 12/10 Mr. Nabors will be attending and performing (2) songs (Silent Night & Little Drummer Boy) for the Toys for Tots Concert (Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall).
And, on 12/13 & 12/14 Mr. Nabors will be performing (1) song (Silent Night) as a guest performer for the Shooting Stars Christmas show (at the Diamond Head Theatre).
Business of the Arts - Feb. 14, 2010
Jim Nabors Interview ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT
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The Navy League of the United States Honolulu Council will hold its sixth annual American Patriot Awards on September 25, 2009. LTG Hank Stackpole, USMC (Ret.) and Jim Nabors will be honored.
2009 6th Annual American Patriot Awards Banquet
Friday, September 25th
Christmas Show 2009 (Hawaii Theatre)
The listed dates of Friday, 11/27 (evening performance), Saturday, 11/28 (evening performance) and Sunday, 11/29 (matinee) for the Christmas show are set in stone. Theatre member ticket sales begin soon (I'm not sure of the date for public sale). Please check on the Hawaii Theatre website (http://www.hawaiitheatre.com/) for up to date news. (posted 2 September 2009)
Indy 500 is a go ... Jim was there!
Updates will be posted as available (posted 2 September 2009)
Jim Nabors being promoted to Honorary Corporal
in a sunset ceremony held at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Sept. 25, 2007
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Jim Nabors were honored on Friday, January 19th 2007 at "A Night of American Heroes," a patriotic musical salute to recognize individuals who epitomize the ideals of American heroism and values.
Fellow of the Pacific Award received on 9 January, 2008.
Hawaii Pacific University's highest honor - recognizing individuals in the local and national community for their humanitarianism, wisdom and dedication to the ideals of higher education.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH FRIENDS & NABORS performed its 10th anniversary, and final, performance run 15-17 December 2006 at the historic Hawaii Theatre.
Jim Nabors, star of "A Merry Christmas With Friends & Nabors" at the Hawai'i Theatre, ended the traditional holiday series after 10 years following this weekend's concerts.
It's the final bow for "A Merry Christmas With Friends & Nabors," a holiday tradition at the Hawai'i Theatre for 10 seasons.
"I'm going to miss it," Jim Nabors said about the rehearsals, the excitement, the joy of putting together a lavish production. "You always say 'never say never,' but this is it. Truly. It's no bull."
The veteran of the classic TV sitcom "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C," which canonized Pvt. Gomer Pyle in a spinoff from "The Andy Griffith Show," said his decision to end the concert series was largely based on the death earlier this year of his longtime friend and show director, Tom Hansen.
"Tom's passing certainly was a factor," he said. "I miss him. We were together for 30 years, after meeting when he was shooting his TV show next to mine. When I started going to Nevada and doing shows in Las Vegas, I got him to stage my shows." (Hansen was choreographer of "The Red Skelton Show.")
Nabors said Hansen's work style — choreographing amateur and professional performers at the downtown theater with troop like movement on stage, off stage, in the aisles and in the balcony — was masterful.
"When I first asked Tom to come on over, I told him, 'Don't expect to make any money; it's a freebie.' And he came."
The production has been Nabors' gift to the residents of Hawai'i that ultimately "became one big lovefest," said Nabors, who received no pay as the centerpiece of the show.
"It's been a wonderful gift for me, too," he said. "I've enjoyed every single year of doing it. There was genuine love from everybody in the cast."
He has no doubt that John Rampage, artistic director of the Diamond Head Theatre, will successfully fill Hansen's shoes for this weekend's finale. "I know John will do a fantastic job," Nabors said. Whether the concept of the variety show continues after his departure is uncertain.
Nabors' cast from the get-go included singers Karen Keawehawai'i and Emma Veary, who convened each year in a reunion not unlike a family homecoming. In recent years, Jimmy Borges joined the roster of singers.
The Hawai'i Theatre Orchestra was organized a couple of years ago to provide music, tapping the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra musicians and conductor Matt Catingub.
The show also has traditionally boasted the puppetry of Phil Huber & the Huber Marionettes, the Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars, several chorales and hula halau dancers, plus the keiki of Hula Hui O Kapunahala O Nu'uanu, which often provided impromptu but lasting moments when Nabors would talk story with the wee ones.
"Over the years, I've run into so many youths who did our show earlier," Nabors said. "They're all grown up and are good-looking, handsome kids. The little ones will say, 'I was only so-and-so (age)' and it's been a real pleasure for me. But I will be 77 next year; it's been a hell of a run. It's time."
So what does he plan to do for that inevitable exit?
"I'm not very good at this," he said of goodbyes. "So I'm not planning anything. To be honest with you, sometimes I fear I'd get too emotional. It's hard not to be sad. I want to go out happy."
"I've been totally blessed with a great career and great friends. After a while, you stockpile your memories."
By Wayne Harada
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