Gut Rumbles

September 06, 2005

i feel sad

Bob Denver made a lot of money in his life by playing buffoon characters on television. He died today, at the age of 70.

I really liked him as Maynard G. Krebbs on the old "Dobie Gillis" show. (Didn't the "G" stand for "Howard?"--- or some other name that didn't start with a "G?") Ole Maynard broke out in the galloping sweats anytime someone mentioned the word "work." I still watch those old reruns from time to time.

I simply COULD NOT suspend my disbelief enough to take "Gilligan's Island" seriously. You strand ME on a tropical island with a couple of hotties like Ginger and Mary Ann, and there's going to be some he-ing and she-ing before long. Hell--- I might have killed the Skipper in his sleep just so I could hog on BOTH wimmen.

But Gilligan was a like a pre-pubescent child. Or a homosexual deck-boy in love with his captain. I often thought I could write an X-rated version of Gilligan's Island that could explore all these dark secrets.

I never got around to doing that, and today I mourn for a man who became rich and famous by playing a silly bastard on TV. Did you know that he had a college degree and once was a school teacher? That's true.

Adios, Bob.


Hell, if I were on that island for years on end I would have banged Lovey.

Posted by: rightisright on September 6, 2005 07:22 PM

Mary Ann beat Ginger hands down. There would have been more than seven people stranded on that island even after the other 4 fuglies succumb to the elements, if the professor was really as smart as he was made out to be.

Posted by: gravdigr on September 6, 2005 07:49 PM

I'm really sad too. Maynard G. Krebs rocked.

I'm surprised you didn't mention Tuesday Weld though, either here or in the wimmin I would kiss thread.

Rest in peace Bob Denver.

Posted by: Libby on September 6, 2005 07:58 PM

The G. stood for walter- in honor of his aunt walter. who was married to his uncle edith.

Posted by: randy on September 6, 2005 08:09 PM

Mary Ann. Enough little Mary Ann and G98 offspring to populate the island, ala' Pitcairn Island. Two football teams' worth.

Doby Gillis was my first exposure to Bob Denver. Dad's nickname for Mom is still "Maynard". RIP, Bob.

Posted by: Gewehr98 on September 6, 2005 09:14 PM

Yeah, I thought Mary Ann was hot. Do you realize there was not one single car chase on that show, how did we make it thru??
I liked him in the corny beach movies also.
Innocence, I don't think any of those shows even had a theme, let alone a modern "social lesson".

Adios Gilligan

Posted by: TomR on September 6, 2005 10:39 PM

Adios, little buddy.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on September 6, 2005 11:22 PM

gilligan was so my homeboy growing up--i completely doted on him. my boss informed me at work today that bob denver also was infamous for having some of the hottest orgies in hollywood, although i haven't been able to find out anything which substantiates that on google.

Posted by: erica on September 6, 2005 11:31 PM

God bless him, and give him calm seas in his hereafter. I barely remember Dobie Gillis, but I remember wanting to be Maynard, to my father's horror. And part of the charm of Gilligan's Island was the way the castaways were all civilized in their (silly) behaviour. Gilligan, the dimmest of the 7, was also the most polite and most willing to help the others, even though his efforts were doomed to fail. Modern 'comedies' seem to be mostly people lying to each other, but Gilligan would tell the truth and always be doubted.

Posted by: Stewart on September 7, 2005 12:01 AM

Gilligan was great. RIP Bob.I always wondered though about the Professor. He seemed a bit... ummmm... eunuched or something. Even Lovey couldn't have turned his head for a second.....

Posted by: Horrabin on September 7, 2005 02:57 AM

Let alone the real hottie, MaryAnne. The hell with the glamour types, if I was the professor or anyone else, I'd have passed up Ginger myself. Just don't like those magazine women.There's still something odd about the Professor tho....

Posted by: Horrabin on September 7, 2005 03:00 AM

I must admit I lost some respect for Bob Denver several years ago. I was reading a sports mag and saw an ad for a cheesy 900 sports betting line. It featured a smiling Bob Denver--in the red shirt and white hat but looking about 60--confirming that "Gilligan says call [whatever betting line it was]."

Posted by: Chris on September 7, 2005 03:01 AM

Fred J, I had forgotten about Zelda but I do remember the character. She was very weird, and didn't she do some kind of nose wrinkle thing? I wonder if that's where they got the idea for Bewitched to wiggle hers?

Anyway I didn't know Zelda became a politician but maybe that's what all B-roll characters do. Didn't Gopher from Love Boat do pretty well in politics as well?

Posted by: Libby on September 7, 2005 10:07 AM

I loved "Gilligan's Island"!
I always thought the professor was just so handsome.

Posted by: UziQ on September 7, 2005 12:56 PM

Maynard and Dobie went to school together at Loyola U. Ended up being freinds for fourty years. Prettty cool if you think of it.

Sorry for the trivia, way back when, Dwayne Hickman was in the recruiting video.

( I see Jesuits everywhere...)

Posted by: Terry on September 7, 2005 12:57 PM

I think all the men on Gilligans Island were a little sissyfied. Hell, put me on an island with two fine babes like that and there would be a whole herd of young'uns running around before long.

Posted by: Assrot on September 7, 2005 06:21 PM
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