The news today (17 January 2014) reports the death of Russell Johnson, an actor with many roles to his credit, but best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island.
His was my favorite character from that show. Over the course of my teaching career, I’ve had my share of Gilligans in my classes–goofs who can’t seem to get things right, but are excruciatingly charming–so I sympathize more and more with the Professor. He was a MacGyver character before MacGyver came along, though still couldn’t make the S. S. Minnow seaworthy again. But really, that was the job of Gilligan and the Skipper, and his calm in the face of insanity gave at least one intellectual child hope that someday brains would win out over bumbling and brawn.
Since the song’s already in your head, watch the video, and raise a coconut to Russell Johnson.