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Neroon January 16 2014 10:03 PM

R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
Enjoy that great bamboo laboratory in the sky, Professor. :(

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Forbin January 16 2014 10:06 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
Dawn Wells just posted this on Facebook.
:(

Davros January 16 2014 10:11 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
Another childhood icon is gone, RIP Professor.

CorporalCaptain January 16 2014 10:17 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
Professor Roy Hinkley ("The Professor") is hands-down my favorite character on the island. More likely than not, I'd've liked a different actor less.

MST3K fans may know that he's in This Island Earth, but unfortunately, IIRC, he doesn't have a very big part.

Rest In Peace, Professor.

Kirby January 16 2014 10:25 PM

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RIP Mr. Johnson, you were my favorite character on the island.

Greg Cox January 16 2014 10:28 PM

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CorporalCaptain wrote: (Post 9130996)
Professor Roy Hinkley ("The Professor") is hands-down my favorite character on the island. More likely than not, I'd've liked a different actor less.

MST3K fans may know that he's in This Island Earth, but unfortunately, IIRC, he doesn't have a very big part.

Rest In Peace, Professor.

He's also in They Came From Outer Space--in 3D.

Gary Mitchell January 16 2014 10:52 PM

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Rest in peace Professor.

Mr. Laser Beam January 16 2014 11:10 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
Ah, the Prof. He was MacGyver before MacGyver was MacGyver.

Still wondering why he couldn't fix the damn boat, though.

RIP Russell.

Neroon January 16 2014 11:18 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
His comment at a gathering at MIT:

Quote:

“ I was at a speaking engagement for MIT ... and I said ... the Professor has all sorts of degrees, including one from this very institution [MIT]! And that's why I can make a radio out of a coconut, and not fix a hole in a boat! ”

Kira's Mom January 16 2014 11:19 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
Oh, boo. :( Now only MaryAnn and Ginger are left.

Mr. Laser Beam January 16 2014 11:21 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
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Neroon wrote: (Post 9131245)
His comment at a gathering at MIT:

Quote:

I was at a speaking engagement for MIT ... and I said ... the Professor has all sorts of degrees, including one from this very institution [MIT]! And that's why I can make a radio out of a coconut, and not fix a hole in a boat!

Wikipedia's entry says that the Prof did actually try to fix the boat in an early episode but it was such a disaster that nearly the entire ship was destroyed. Also, they couldn't build a raft and sail for help because the nearby area was supposedly infested with sharks.

Christopher January 16 2014 11:39 PM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: (Post 9131257)
Quote:

Neroon wrote: (Post 9131245)
His comment at a gathering at MIT:

Quote:

“ I was at a speaking engagement for MIT ... and I said ... the Professor has all sorts of degrees, including one from this very institution [MIT]! And that's why I can make a radio out of a coconut, and not fix a hole in a boat! ”

Wikipedia's entry says that the Prof did actually try to fix the boat in an early episode but it was such a disaster that nearly the entire ship was destroyed. Also, they couldn't build a raft and sail for help because the nearby area was supposedly infested with sharks.

That's true enough -- it was in episode 8 that the Minnow fell apart after an attempt to repair it with a superglue that turned out to be impermanent. However, I'm pretty sure we saw the wreck of the Minnow again in later episodes. Continuity? Who needs it?

Of course, there's also a popular fan theory: If you were a smart guy, and you were stranded on a desert island with a gorgeous movie star and an even more gorgeous farm girl, would you be in a hurry to admit you could fix the boat...?

Really, though, the Professor never made a radio out of a coconut. The transistor radio continued to function throughout the series (though he did rig a battery recharger for it), and the revival movie Rescue from Gilligan's Island revealed that the radio had broken down years ago and the Professor had been unable to repair it. Although I believe the animated New Adventures of Gilligan showed a larger radio made at least partly of organic materials.

Vanyel January 17 2014 12:56 AM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
He was, in a way, my first science teacher.

The Professor has finally gotten off the Island. RIP

Grant January 17 2014 01:57 AM

Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island
 
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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: (Post 9131215)
Ah, the Prof. He was MacGyver before MacGyver was MacGyver.

Still wondering why he couldn't fix the damn boat, though.

RIP Russell.

Because of Ginger and Maryann and what they never showed on TV!

But seriously, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, This Island Earth----WWII aviator, AIDS activist after his son came out, all around nice guy, lived to 89---

Well done and R.I.P.

RogerWaters January 17 2014 02:35 AM

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RIP, Sir. Thanks for great afternoons after school. & the science. Thanks.


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