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2014-01-17 06:58:37 AM  
http://www.russell-johnson.com/

"Old Friends and New Friends of GI, I send my best to you,
I get many emails and letters thanking me and the rest of the cast for the
laughter and joy this little show has lent to your lives. I want to say Thank You.

I think, what I love most at this point in time in the LONG LIFE OF GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
is the positive, intelligent nature of long time Gilligan aficionados. It amazes me.
I have received mail throughout the years from young viewers from all over the
world, year after year, who were so influenced by the Professor's smarts that they
became science buffs and are now Real  Professors, Doctors and Scientists.
It makes me proud . . .

Believe it or not the cast of Gilligan babysat some of you, many a time in your
lives. The little boys and girls that we, the cast, baby sat are now serving our
country, putting their lives on the line for us everyday of their young lives.
Makes me proud of you . . .

Now, many of you with children watch Gilligan along with them. You laugh together.
All of it fills my wife Constance and me with major affection for you.
I am delighted to be a part of all your lives.

It's a pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of my fondest career
memories with loyal fans like you, so 'sit right back' and enjoy
The Professor's Place!
My best to you,
Russell Johnson the Professor
"
 
2014-01-17 08:11:07 AM  
If he's so fly then tell me why he couldn't build a lousy raft?
 
2014-01-17 08:17:21 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: If he's so fly then tell me why he couldn't build a lousy raft?


I like your Ton.
 
2014-01-17 08:56:42 AM  
Jeez, all these posts which link him to MST3K and no mention of "The Space Children" yet?
 
2014-01-17 08:57:52 AM  
Nothing against Bob Newhart, but I wish they'd casted Russell Johnson to play Professor Proton.
 
2014-01-17 09:23:44 AM  

RedZoneTuba: Jeez, all these posts which link him to MST3K and no mention of "The Space Children" yet?


He's a mean drunk and a bad stepfather. He's lucky the neighbor lady didn't go off on him worse than she did.
 
2014-01-17 09:25:39 AM  

ZeroCorpse: For those who don't know their Gilligan's Island lore and insist on pointing out that the Professor could fix a radio with a coconut (actually, it was salvaged junk that washed ashore) but couldn't fix a hole in a boat, you clearly missed that he DID attempt to fix the hole very early in the show by creating an adhesive and trying to patch it with fabricated nails, but the attempt failed utterly (thanks in part to Gilligan, of course) and in making the attempt they actually wrecked the ship completely.


I do remember it.  Professor couldn't figure out basic metal working?  His nails exploded when struck by a hammer or went limp when held up.  That takes Gilligan type stupidity.
 
2014-01-17 09:26:23 AM  
Ironically, he was living on an island when he died.
 
2014-01-17 09:52:36 AM  
Ginger or Mary Ann? Which one will be the last surviving cast member of Gilligan's Island?
 
2014-01-17 10:20:34 AM  

bgilmore5: Ginger or Mary Ann? Which one will be the last surviving cast member of Gilligan's Island?


Mary Ann is always the correct answer.

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2014-01-17 10:52:41 AM  
Wow.  Love your work, Dowd.  She really should have had a better career.
 
2014-01-17 03:33:07 PM  

Confabulat: Shut up. If you hate Gilligan's Island you are a communist and need to be send to Gitmo or some island somewhere to learn what it's like.

have an IQ higher than 80.

FIFY

/always thought it was stupid
//that & the Brady Bunch
 
2014-01-17 03:41:07 PM  

ZMugg: Hector Remarkable: Salicylic acid.

Wonder what would happen if you mixed that with silly cider?


I believe you mean 'spider cider'.
 
2014-01-17 03:57:54 PM  

peterthx: Confabulat: Shut up. If you hate Gilligan's Island you are a communist and need to be send to Gitmo or some island somewhere to learn what it's like. have an IQ higher than 80.

FIFY

/always thought it was stupid
//that & the Brady Bunch


There's another current thread on Happy Days.  That show was just inane and mediocre enough to be actively annoying.

But Gilligan's Island was just straight, pure lowbrow situation comedy.  It was joyful in its bluntness and cartoonishness.  Of COURSE you "thought it was stupid" -- it was supposed to be, genius.  It reveled in it and pretended or aspired to anything else.  Working that ridiculously limited premise, they churned out the same exact story every week, and still made people laugh.

I liked the Brady Bunch too, but I don't really have a good defense for it.  Except Marcia.
 
2014-01-17 03:58:59 PM  
(didn't pretend or aspire)
 
2014-01-17 03:59:59 PM  

WordsnCollision: dericwater: Colour_out_of_Space: groppet: "You know I was stuck on an island with this guy that could take a couple of these coconuts and build a nuclear reactor but couldnt fix a two foot hole in a boat."

[wakefielddoctrine.com image 300x226]

"Hole in a boat? I used coconut extract to synthesize a contraceptive, an aphrodisiac and a lubricant. I'm never leaving."

Coconut oil makes for a great lubricant. And you won't feel uncomfortable licking it up.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 850x1060]


Great googly moogly.
 
2014-01-17 04:09:59 PM  

Far Cough: But Gilligan's Island was just straight, pure lowbrow situation comedy.  It was joyful in its bluntness and cartoonishness.  Of COURSE you "thought it was stupid" -- it was supposed to be, genius.  It reveled in it and pretended or aspired to anything else.  Working that ridiculously limited premise, they churned out the same exact story every week, and still made people laugh.


Dude, you're talking to a big Stooges/Young Ones/numerous other idiot-based entertainment fan. Even as a little kid, I found Gilligan's Island to be unfunny and a chore to watch...and watch it I did: our babysitter would have us in front of the TV most of the day. Cartoons in the morning, giving way to Gilligan, the Bradys, Family Affair, etc. Then her NBC soaps starting at noon. Then occasionally the afternoon movie on ABC. And I'll never forget the fact that the other kids in the group who enjoyed Gilligan's Island were morons.
 
2014-01-17 04:16:52 PM  
Well you're a wee bit harsh.  Interestingly I happen to hate the Stooges, apparently for the same reason you hate Gilligan.  Odd.  (I would often say I'm the only heterosexual male who hates the 3 Stooges, but I've met a few others.)

I couldn't STAND Family Affair.  Ugly kids, creepy Mr. French, stupid doll, it was all kinds of bad.

So in the end I think what we're saying here is, "stop liking what I don't like".
 
2014-01-17 05:03:58 PM  

nucal: http://www.russell-johnson.com/

"Old Friends and New Friends of GI, I send my best to you,
I get many emails and letters thanking me and the rest of the cast for the
laughter and joy this little show has lent to your lives. I want to say Thank You.

I think, what I love most at this point in time in the LONG LIFE OF GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
is the positive, intelligent nature of long time Gilligan aficionados. It amazes me.
I have received mail throughout the years from young viewers from all over the
world, year after year, who were so influenced by the Professor's smarts that they
became science buffs and are now Real  Professors, Doctors and Scientists.
It makes me proud . . .

Believe it or not the cast of Gilligan babysat some of you, many a time in your
lives. The little boys and girls that we, the cast, baby sat are now serving our
country, putting their lives on the line for us everyday of their young lives.
Makes me proud of you . . .

Now, many of you with children watch Gilligan along with them. You laugh together.
All of it fills my wife Constance and me with major affection for you.
I am delighted to be a part of all your lives.

It's a pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of my fondest career
memories with loyal fans like you, so 'sit right back' and enjoy
The Professor's Place!
My best to you,
Russell Johnson the Professor "


That's incredibly classy.

RIP, Prof.
 
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