There aren't too many people who can name as friends everyone from pop star Michael Jackson to director Ron Howard and President Ronald Regan.
But longtime Hawaii resident and entertainer Jim Nabors can. At 84 years old he's finally ending a 42-year run as the opening act for the Indy 500.
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Sit down with Nabors, and you're going to hear a great story or two. Or 10.
"Being Alabama friendly, I had a mouth full of tuna and said, 'Hey how ya doing,'" he said, recalling meeting Eleanor Roosevelt.
And there was the time he met a U.S. president. "A guy comes up behind me and he says, 'Hey, Jim, how about watching the game with me?' And I said, 'OK, Mr. President.' It was Richard Nixon!"
Just shy of his 84th birthday, after more than 200 films, 46 albums and decades of making people smile and laugh, Nabors said it's time to take a step back and enjoy the rewards of an amazing career.
"I wasn't a singer. I wasn't an actor. I have a degree in business," he said. "I was doing my silliness and sang like this and talked like this."
That bit bloomed at a Santa Monica nightclub when the already famous Andy Griffith saw him perform and hired him.
Nabors is most well-known for his role as the lovable Gomer Pyle.
In 1972, there came an unexpected opportunity to be the opening act for the Indy 500.
"It's really a remarkable thing for me. It's the highlight of my year because it's 500,000 of my closest friends and they do make me feel like I'm their best friend," Nabors said.
He said he's tired of traveling, is satisfied with a life of success and happy to hang his hat in Hawaii.
"You kind of go back and say, 'Duh! Did I really do all that?'" said Nabors. "I've been so blessed. My career and all the incredible people I've gotten to know and become friends with. It's been amazing."
Nabors still performs but he said he and his long-time partner, Stan, are spending more time on their macadamia nut farm on Maui. They're in the process of transforming it into a fruit farm.
Nabors' final performance at the Indy 500 and the race itself airs at at 5 a.m Sunday here on KITV.