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Old January 17 2014, 03:21 AM   #16
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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Another childhood icon is gone, RIP Professor.
and another sad day for all of us, RIP Professor.
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Old January 17 2014, 03:46 AM   #17
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

R.I.P. sir, thank you for the laughs.
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Old January 17 2014, 04:05 AM   #18
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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The Professor has finally gotten off the Island. RIP
Russell Johnson made his home on Bainbridge Island, WA.
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Old January 17 2014, 10:30 AM   #19
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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Another childhood icon is gone, RIP Professor.
and another sad day for all of us, RIP Professor.
This. I feel like I did when Captain Kangaroo died. A friend is gone.
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Old January 17 2014, 11:04 AM   #20
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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.
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Old January 17 2014, 04:04 PM   #21
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Whenever a cast member from "Gilligan" dies, I'm reminded of a cartoon I saw when Alan (The Skipper) Hale Jr. died.

He's at the "pearly gates" and he says, "I played the skipper on Gilligan's Island." And St. Peter says, "We know, but we're letting you in anyway."

Rip, Mr. Johnson.
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Old January 17 2014, 05:06 PM   #22
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Whenever a cast member from "Gilligan" dies, I'm reminded of a cartoon I saw when Alan (The Skipper) Hale Jr. died.

He's at the "pearly gates" and he says, "I played the skipper on Gilligan's Island." And St. Peter says, "We know, but we're letting you in anyway."
I don't think Gilligan's Island deserves the scorn it gets, certainly not in an era where popular entertainment is dominated by degrading "reality" shows and sharknadoes. It was a fun, charming, imaginative show, lowbrow in some ways but surprisingly clever in others.

I think the problem is that when it started out, it was a pretty lousy show, and the critics judged it accordingly and moved on. So by the time it got substantially better, they weren't paying attention anymore. But it's stood the test of time better than a lot of its contemporaries.
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Old January 17 2014, 05:11 PM   #23
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

I remember an interview Johnson did a few years back. He said Alan Hale was a sweetheart, always smiling, always slapping you on the back with a hearty laugh. Jim Bacchus would tell dirty jokes on set, a new one everyday. And Bobby Denver (as everyone called him) took his role as series star very seriously, going through every script to make sure his fellows were given equal screen time and material.
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Old January 17 2014, 05:15 PM   #24
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Sort of the opposite of what you hear about many series leads.

The Professor and Mary Ann were my favorite castaways.

RIP Mr. Johnson.
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Old January 17 2014, 05:36 PM   #25
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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Another childhood icon is gone, RIP Professor.
Agree, RIP Russell Johnson.
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Old January 17 2014, 06:48 PM   #26
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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The Professor and Mary Ann were my favorite castaways.
Mine too, the first season "and the rest" thing made them sort of underdogs, to me. And I believe Johnson and Dawn Wells were the closest friends to each other among the cast.

It was always fun to see "The Professor" in something else such as Gunsmoke or Wagon Train, it seemed like he was usually a bad guy before GI. Just recently I saw him as WW2 Admiral King in the movie MacArthur; with his head of hair he looked nothing like the real person, but it was just nice to see him.

Thanks and RIP, Mr. Johnson.
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Old January 17 2014, 11:34 PM   #27
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Interesting history: in the original unaired pilot, the Professor was not an educator at all. He was a writer of travel books. "Professor" was simply a nickname he'd been given because he was well-read and had researched a great many subjects.

The Howell's were a well-to-do couple, but hardly the multi-millionaires they were later portrayed to be. Ginger was a secretary, and Mary Ann a store clerk. Gilligan himself was a Navy cook who was hired on the spot because the Skipper's real first mate was sick and couldn't make the trip. All of that changed, of course, when the pilot was scrapped and new actors were hired, retooling the characters into the ones we know today.
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Old January 18 2014, 12:08 AM   #28
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Interesting history: in the original unaired pilot, the Professor was not an educator at all. He was a writer of travel books. "Professor" was simply a nickname he'd been given because he was well-read and had researched a great many subjects.

The Howell's were a well-to-do couple, but hardly the multi-millionaires they were later portrayed to be. Ginger was a secretary, and Mary Ann a store clerk. Gilligan himself was a Navy cook who was hired on the spot because the Skipper's real first mate was sick and couldn't make the trip. All of that changed, of course, when the pilot was scrapped and new actors were hired, retooling the characters into the ones we know today.
You've apparently been misinformed about a few things. According to the pilot's rather dreadful theme song, the two younger women were both secretaries (Ginger and Bunny, played by Kit Smythe and Nancy McCarthy) and the Professor (John Gabriel) was a high-school teacher. As far as I know or can find out, Gilligan was never meant to be anything but the character we know. He, the Skipper, and the Howells were the same in the pilot as they were in the series. We know this because the majority of the pilot's footage was incorporated into "Two on a Raft" (the first aired episode) and "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk" (the Christmas episode that flashed back to the first day on the island). And note that the theme song clearly refers to the Howells as millionaires.
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Old January 18 2014, 01:52 AM   #29
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

RIP Mr Johnson, thanks for all the fun. Now, it's up to God to decide the great question of Ginger or Maryann.
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Old January 18 2014, 03:57 AM   #30
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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.
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