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The professor passes away...
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:38:37 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/arts/television/russell-johnson-the-professor-on-gilligans-island-dies-at-89.html?_r=0
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Russell Johnson, an actor who made a living by often playing villains in westerns until he was cast as the Professor, the brains of a bunch of sweetly clueless, self-involved, hopelessly naïve island castaways, on the hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died on Thursday at his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was 89.

His agent, Michael Eisenstadt, confirmed the death.

“Gilligan’s Island,” which was seen on CBS from 1964 to 1967 and still lives on in reruns, starred Bob Denver as Gilligan, the witless first mate of the S.S. Minnow, a small touring boat that runs aground on an uncharted island after a storm.

Besides Gilligan and the Professor, five others were on board: the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.); Ginger, a va-va-voom movie star (Tina Louise); the snobbish wealthy couple Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) and his wife, known as Lovey (Natalie Schafer); and Mary Ann, the prototypical girl next door (Dawn Wells).


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Re: The professor passes away...
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 11:35:22 PM »
He finally got off the island.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 03:05:36 AM »
He finally got off the island.

 :facepalm:  I did laugh though. 

Damn.  He was 89?!? My own ignorance but I had no idea this was a tv show from the 1960's.  I loved watching episodes when I was a kid. 

Must make some of you feel old, eh?!?!  ;D 

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 03:31:28 AM »
Some of us remember when color was new, others among us remember when TV was new.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 06:38:26 AM »
RIP
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2014, 07:01:23 AM »
Some of us remember when color was new, others among us remember when TV was new.


And when TV stations shut down at night.
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Re: The professor passes away...
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2014, 07:33:04 AM »
Some of us remember when color was new, others among us remember when TV was new.


And when TV stations shut down at night.
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And when WTBS went on the air all night playing old pirate movies and government produced shorts from the '50's to fill the air time and had their own faux news show with Bill Tush. Altered states and the classic B&W government short, "The Amazing Artichoke".  :D

RIP Russell Johnson.

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014, 07:53:50 AM »
I remember looking forward to the Jerry Lewis telethon because tv was on all night.

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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014, 08:15:15 AM »
Gilligan's Island is one of those shows that never grow old. I still feel like the kid I was then when I watch old reruns.

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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2014, 08:31:49 AM »
I do remember when stations shut down- the National Anthem with a waving flag, then the test signal, then static.
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2014, 08:33:21 AM »
Gilligan's Island is one of those shows that never grow old. I still feel like the kid I was then when I watch old reruns.

RIP Professor.

+1

But wow, I thought he'd died years ago.
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2014, 08:39:34 AM »
I do remember when stations shut down- the National Anthem with a waving flag, then the test signal, then static.

Wait -- that was TV?

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Re: The professor passes away...
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2014, 08:56:39 AM »
Ginger or Mary Ann?  Which one is your choice?

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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2014, 09:06:27 AM »
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Ginger or Mary Ann?  Which one is your choice?
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Back in the day, Maryann always made me feel kinda funny.
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2014, 09:06:51 AM »
Ginger or Mary Ann?  Which one is your choice?

Back in the day, Maryann always made me feel kinda funny.:inlove:

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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2014, 09:07:29 AM »
Mrs. Howell. The broad was loaded.
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« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2014, 09:08:20 AM »
Mrs. Howell. The broad was loaded.

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« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2014, 09:14:27 AM »
Mrs Howell had all the money ;D.  I could then afford MaryAnn, Ginger, and Jeannie :leghump:

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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2014, 10:21:25 AM »
Hmmm.....she always made me feel good.
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2014, 10:49:23 AM »
Dude could make a radio out of a coconut but couldn't fix a boat.

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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2014, 11:12:01 AM »
I didn't know that he wuz a bomber pilot during the war.

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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2014, 12:21:39 PM »
I liked him in "It Came From Outer Space".

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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2014, 12:32:40 PM »
I do remember when stations shut down- the National Anthem with a waving flag, then the test signal, then static.

And a key scene in "Poltergeist".

I too remember that.  And I'm only 43.
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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2014, 01:03:03 PM »
Some of us remember when color was new, others among us remember when TV was new.


And when TV stations shut down at night.
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2014, 01:05:39 PM »
Dude could make a radio out of a coconut but couldn't fix a boat.

Those that can't do, teach.

 The Professor was a high school science teacher.

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« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2014, 01:14:22 PM »
I liked him in "It Came From Outer Space".

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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2014, 01:35:31 PM »
I liked him in "It Came From Outer Space".

 :bigok:
Even more so in "This Island Earth." I love that stupid movie.

The alien Mutant costumes from "This Island Earth" were originally considered for "It Came From Outer Space", but rejected.

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« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2014, 01:35:43 PM »
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« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2014, 01:50:27 PM »
Local radio station played clips of an interview with him.
He and his wife lived on an island.
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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2014, 03:36:31 PM »
He was a native of Ashley, Pa.

About 4 miles down the road. Born + raised in a coal miners town.

RIP Professer.

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