Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Gilligan, Maynard, and Ken Burns

Bob Denver passed away on Friday. Like many Americans, I ran home from the school bus to watch Gilligan's Island while eating a bowl of ice cream.

My favorite routine was when Skipper was trying to see if the radio worked. After the Skipper called out on the radio with no response, Gilligan answers Skipper by saying, "Hello." Skipper thinks that he has received a radio transmission and carefully asks:

"Where--are--you?"

To which Gilligan responds in the same cadence:

"Right--behind--you."

Then there was the one where they were testing out a boat to see if it was booby trapped. They are stuffing dummies to look like the seven castaways. Gilligan keeps adding more hay in the belly of Skipper's dummy, which the Skipper keeps removing. "I'm not that big, Gilligan." "Sure you are, Skipper."

There was once a debate on PBS Newshour concerning funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In response to arguments that the market should decide, filmmaker Ken Burns exclaimed, "If we give the public what they want, we'll get Gilligan's Island." I wonder if Ken Burns will be remembered as fondly in as many countries as Bob Denver.

Don't drop those coconuts from up there, Bob.

2 Comments:

Blogger Derek Jensen said...

Does the Constitution delegate power to the Federal government to fund "arts" projects?

Not that I can tell.

September 15, 2005 2:10 PM  
Blogger Derek Jensen said...

Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan's Island) fought with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He flew 44 combat missions as a crewman in B-24 Liberator bombers, and won seven decorations, including a Purple Heart for injuries sustained when his plane was shot down over the Philippines.

When the war was over he joined the reserves, and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies. By the 1960s, he was a well-established character actor whose credits include the science fiction classics This Island Earth and It Came From Outer Space.

What actors today demonstrate such service to their country?

October 31, 2005 7:29 PM  

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