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'Gilligan's' Professor, Russell Johnson, dies at 89
WCBV.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Unattributed

Posted on 01/16/2014 4:00:22 PM PST by WXRGina

Edited on 01/16/2014 4:28:11 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "the professor" in the 1960s TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died Thursday, his agent said. Johnson was 89.

Johnson played the iconic role of Professor Roy Hinkley, whose scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued were always foiled by Gilligan's bumbling.


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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: andtherest; gilligan; gilligansisland; hollywood; obituary; royhinkley; russelljohnson
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1 posted on 01/16/2014 4:00:22 PM PST by WXRGina
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To: WXRGina

RIP. I think only Dawn “Mary Ann” Wells and Tina “Ginger” Louise are left.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 4:05:30 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

You are correct.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 4:06:15 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: WXRGina

“After high school, in the midst of World War II, Johnson joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-24 Liberator bombers. While flying as a navigator in a B-24 with the 100th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force, his plane and two other B-24s were shot down in the Philippines in March 1945 during a low level bombing and strafing run against Japanese targets. The planes were hit by intense flak and had to ditch in the waters off the port of Zamboanga. During the ditching, he broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart for this mission. He was also awarded the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three service stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one service star, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant on November 22, 1945. He then joined the Army Reserve and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies at the Actors Lab in Hollywood.[1] At acting school, he met actress Kay Levey; they married on July 23, 1949.[2]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Johnson

He was a bonafide war hero as were many of his generation. They fought for us they didn’t fight against us.

Bless you and your service Mr. Johnson. You were a hero and a cultural icon.

RIP


4 posted on 01/16/2014 4:07:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: pogo101

Wow, I didn’t know most of the cast was already gone.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 4:08:15 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: freedumb2003

Thanks for that, Freedumb2003! A hero! Rest in peace, Mr. Johnson.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 4:09:25 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: freedumb2003

Another of the “best” is gone. Rest in peace Sir!


7 posted on 01/16/2014 4:11:02 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: WXRGina

I feel old. I think I will take some extra turmeric and cumin.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 4:11:50 PM PST by jetson (THE)
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To: WXRGina
Sorry to hear this.

A cheesy series,for sure, but iconic.

Something about is still appealing - maybe it was the time.

9 posted on 01/16/2014 4:12:23 PM PST by skeeter
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To: WXRGina

Did he ever get off the island?


10 posted on 01/16/2014 4:14:24 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: skeeter

I’ve been watching the reruns...It’s light and fluffy and fun....and just plain silly sometimes...and there’s no doubt...it’s fiction.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 4:16:16 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: WXRGina

RIP Professor Roy Hinckley.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 4:17:58 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Sacajaweau

You mean its not possible to hang on to a palm tree in a typhoon, be blown horizontal but not lose your hat?


13 posted on 01/16/2014 4:19:23 PM PST by skeeter
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To: WXRGina

episode 1 & 2 air tonight on TVLand 7:36PM to 8:48PM


14 posted on 01/16/2014 4:19:38 PM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Yes, they did - they made several made for TV movies. They wound up making a resort out of their island.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 4:20:20 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: WXRGina

My he Rest In Peace.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 4:20:32 PM PST by AirForce-TechSgt ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: SMGFan

And you can catch 12 minutes of another episode on MeTV.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 4:21:03 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: WXRGina

RIP


18 posted on 01/16/2014 4:21:27 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: WXRGina

RIP Professor


19 posted on 01/16/2014 4:28:52 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: WXRGina

I always love a guy who can make a radio out of coconuts.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 4:29:46 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: skeeter

“You mean its not possible to hang on to a palm tree in a typhoon, be blown horizontal but not lose your hat?”

Actually, I think from classical fluid dynamics, if you are in a horizontal position and there is a strong zonal flow around your head, it may be impossible to lose your hat.

I remember there were occassional demostrations of this principle by putting a plastic ball under a vertical zonal flow and it would remains suspended in a stationary spot even when you tried to punch it.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 4:31:47 PM PST by staytrue
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To: Bullish
I always love a guy who can make a radio out of coconuts.

I always think of the Professer when the "oceans are rising" gang spews their rhetoric. Doesn't everyone know by now that the oceans are *not* rising? It's just Gilligan moving the Professor's depth gauge stick to tie off a lobster trap in deeper water!

22 posted on 01/16/2014 4:40:18 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Sacajaweau

Wait. Gilligan’s Island is fiction?

I thought it was the first reality show.

Man.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 4:42:35 PM PST by lurk
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To: Sacajaweau

I’ve been watching alot of pilots and “first episodes” of several TV classics. Funny, creative, likeable actors.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 4:42:37 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Four dead in Benghazi")
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Of course the westerns are the best!!

But have been enjoying Beaver....reminds me of all the little messes my brother and I got into.

25 posted on 01/16/2014 4:49:31 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

HA! That was one of the series. Teacher sends note home, Beav panics, Wally helps him alibi. Hilarious


26 posted on 01/16/2014 4:59:33 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Four dead in Benghazi")
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To: WXRGina

RIP, and thanks for your service.


27 posted on 01/16/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: WXRGina

28 posted on 01/16/2014 5:01:27 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: WXRGina
“Gilligan’s last name was Gilligan. No where on any of the episodes is his first name found or used, though producer Sherwood Schwartz said the character was to be named “Willie Gilligan.” “

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/On_Gilligan%27s_Island_what_was_Gilligan%27s_last_name
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“In the pilot, his full name is given as Willy Gilligan.”
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=A0oG7mpSU9hSOz8ABGVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzc3ZjMjdrBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1NNRTM0Nl8x?qid=20080221061303AAHMIkt

29 posted on 01/16/2014 5:03:50 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: staytrue

I’ll buy that. But I swear its not possible to run a radio on batteries made of coconut shells and seawater


30 posted on 01/16/2014 5:04:43 PM PST by skeeter
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To: WXRGina

I just heard about it on this coconut radio I built.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 5:19:24 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Democrats have destroyed more cities than Godzilla)
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To: skeeter

The coconut shells are used to hold mango or papaya juice (the electrolyte). A piece of copper wire and a zinc coated nail can be used as electrodes.


32 posted on 01/16/2014 5:22:04 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: A_Former_Democrat; All

Check out these short teasers from the unaired pilot episode. This was before Russell Johnson, Tina Louise and Dawn Wells got the roles. Way different theme song too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpimVRP3EW4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBq4KMkH8ug


33 posted on 01/16/2014 5:23:27 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sacajaweau

Fiction? Gosh, I’m heartbroken.


34 posted on 01/16/2014 5:27:49 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: heye2monn
Fiction? Gosh, I’m heartbroken.

"Those poor people...."

35 posted on 01/16/2014 5:33:02 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Kirkwood
That tears it.

I'm ordering the complete series collection in Blu Ray.

The whole saga obviously deserves more serious consideration than I've heretofore been willing to give it.

36 posted on 01/16/2014 5:40:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Actually the battery charger made from a row of cocoanut shells and wires and whatever was in them was one of the few things the professor made which could conceivably be done in real life.

Now making a geiger counter out of cocoanuts and bamboo was a bit much even for a show in which you had to suspend reality.


37 posted on 01/16/2014 5:41:38 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: staytrue
"Actually, I think from classical fluid dynamics, if you are in a horizontal position and there is a strong zonal flow around your head, it may be impossible to lose your hat."

You got stuffed in lockers when you were in junior high school, didn't you?

38 posted on 01/16/2014 5:43:29 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: skeeter
You mean its not possible to hang on to a palm tree in a typhoon, be blown horizontal but not lose your hat?

No that's possible. But taking that many changes of clothes on a 3 hour tour? Come on.

39 posted on 01/16/2014 5:54:24 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Mikey_1962

40 posted on 01/16/2014 6:06:14 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: skeeter
...not possible to run a radio on batteries made of coconut shells and seawater

Actually, I recall POWs in WWII used to make crude crystal radios with a tiny bit of wire and an old razor blade as a detector. I would assume as long as you could find a source for even a poor semiconductor or even a piece of crystal on the island (volcanic, no?) and enough dissimilar metals you could build a functional one. Not very efficient, but workable.

41 posted on 01/16/2014 6:22:28 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: WXRGina
scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued were always foiled by Gilligan's bumbling

First order of business on day 2: "KILL GILLIGAN"!

42 posted on 01/16/2014 6:22:55 PM PST by jaz.357 (Contrary To Ordinary)
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To: Utilizer
I have a radio here on my 'love me' desk that uses a chunk of galena for the detector, fine wire wrapped around a toilet paper roll for a coil, and foil from a cigarette pack along with the cellophane for a capacitor. It works.

It was the first functioning receiver I ever built. Having 2 clear channel AM stations nearby helped reception. ;)

/johnny

43 posted on 01/16/2014 6:38:05 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003
100th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force

Wow, same group my late Father was in. He was a bombardier in a B-24 in the Philippines too.

44 posted on 01/16/2014 6:49:04 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: freedumb2003

“After high school, in the midst of World War II, Johnson joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-24 Liberator bombers. While flying as a navigator in a B-24 with the 100th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force, his plane and two other B-24s were shot down in the Philippines in March 1945 during a low level bombing and strafing run against Japanese targets. The planes were hit by intense flak and had to ditch in the waters off the port of Zamboanga. During the ditching, he broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart for this mission. He was also awarded the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three service stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one service star, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant on November 22, 1945. He then joined the Army Reserve and used the GI Bill to fund his acting studies at the Actors Lab in Hollywood.[1] At acting school, he met actress Kay Levey; they married on July 23, 1949.[2]”

Wow, thanks for posting that. RIP Lieutenant, thank you for your service!


45 posted on 01/16/2014 6:53:04 PM PST by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: yarddog

Maybe not a geiger counter, but he could potentially make an ion chamber detector if he salvaged some transistors from the boat’s radio.


46 posted on 01/16/2014 6:57:57 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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47 posted on 01/16/2014 7:23:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: freedumb2003
Wow, I had no idea. RIP, Professor.


48 posted on 01/16/2014 7:27:37 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: WXRGina

Well looks like the “Professor’’ finally got off the island. RIP Russel Johnson.


49 posted on 01/16/2014 8:07:00 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: skeeter
Yeah you're right. America in the heyday of “Gilligan's Island’’ was so different than now.More innocent, more optimistic. I miss those days as a kid watching shows like "Gilligan's Island'', miss them so much.
50 posted on 01/16/2014 8:09:38 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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