Another childhood icon is gone.
The Professor was one of my earliest heroes back in the 60s. Like Reed Richards, he was a character I could really relate to and admire. Intelligent, diversified, and always focused on using his abilities to help others-- exactly what I wanted to grow up to be. He was not ambitious or vain, but he was the reason the castaways survived-- the Skipper was in charge, but he never did anything without checking with the Professor first. And in real life, Russell Johnson was a really nice guy, grateful to his fans, and always ready to use his fame for a good cause.
RIP, Professor. You were loved and you made a difference.