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Old January 18 2014, 06:24 AM   #34
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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Yeah, as I understood it "The Professor" was more of a nick-name they gave him since he was so learned but not an actual title he earned (i.e. he wasn't an educator in a college or university) though he did hold degrees and doctorates.
I don't think the Professor's backstory was clearly enough developed to allow any certainty on that point. Certainly in Rescue from Gilligan's Island he was treated as a full professor teaching at a university, although it's possible that could've been an honorary position resulting from his fame as a noted castaway/survivor.
In development the character went from writer, to hign school teacher with professor as a nickname to a full professor in the final production on screen.
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