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Old January 16 2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Enjoy that great bamboo laboratory in the sky, Professor.

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Old January 16 2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Dawn Wells just posted this on Facebook.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Another childhood icon is gone, RIP Professor.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:17 PM   #4
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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.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:25 PM   #5
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

RIP Mr. Johnson, you were my favorite character on the island.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:28 PM   #6
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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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.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:52 PM   #7
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Rest in peace Professor.
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Old January 16 2014, 11:10 PM   #8
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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.
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Old January 16 2014, 11:18 PM   #9
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

His comment at a gathering at MIT:

“ 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! ”
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Old January 16 2014, 11:19 PM   #10
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

Oh, boo. Now only MaryAnn and Ginger are left.
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Old January 16 2014, 11:21 PM   #11
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His comment at a gathering at MIT:

“ 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.
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Old January 16 2014, 11:39 PM   #12
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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His comment at a gathering at MIT:

“ 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.
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Old January 17 2014, 12:56 AM   #13
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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
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Old January 17 2014, 01:57 AM   #14
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Re: R.I.P. - Russell Johnson, the "Professor" from Gilligan's Island

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Ah, the Prof. He was MacGyver before MacGyver was MacGyver.

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

RIP Russell.
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Old January 17 2014, 02:35 AM   #15
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RIP, Sir. Thanks for great afternoons after school. & the science. Thanks.
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