"We write and produce for people, not for critics."
~ Sherwood Schwartz
The creator and writer of Gilligan's Island, Sherwood Schwartz passed away today. He was 94.
"For all its crude sight gags, low-brow humor and pratfalls, Schwartz viewed "Gilligan's Island" as something more: It is, he proclaimed, "my version of a social microcosm, where seven people from various backgrounds had to learn to live together."
I wasn't around when the show came out but because many stations air re~runs I've seen each episode more than a dozen times and here are a few questions I've never been able to answer:
1. How was The Professor able to create gadgets and inventions like a battery recharger made from coconuts, bamboo and vine for the radio, not be able to fix a simple hole in The S.S. Minnow?
2. How did Gilligan's white pants and signature hat and the Skipper's pants stay so fresh and clean?
3. Why did the Howell's travel with a trunk full of money? Were they perhaps headed to another island to meet with an off shore accountant?
4. Why did Ginger pack so many clothes for a 3 hour tour?
I actually have an answer for that one. Seeing how I always love getting all dolled up regardless of the occasion, a girl never knows when the need may arise to wear a sequence gown.
5. How did Mary Anne bake all those coconut cream pies? Was there a special island~oven? Why was it never shown?
I guess that's the fun in watching Gilligan's Island, nothing ever really makes a whole lot of sense. It's one of those shows that can best be described as plain funny and silly. The funniest thing about the show? Gilligan and his cast mates actually make it off the island to civilization years after being marooned only to end right back on the same island.