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My List of Things I Would Have Done on Giligan's Island

Updated on April 24, 2014

Alan Hale, Jr., the Skipper and Bob Denver, Gilligan


Gilligan's Island cast


(from left), Russell Johnson, as the professor; Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III; Natalie Schafer, as Mrs. Howell III; Alan Hale Jr., as the skipper; Bob Denver, as Gilligan; Judith Baldwin replacing original cast member Tina Louise, as Ginger, and Dawn Wells, as Mary Ann.

What a dream to be on Gilligan's Island

Any time that I want to enjoy nostalgia from my youth, all I need do is get on a satellite television channel that deals in re-runs of the 1960’s, and find Gilligan’s Island. That’s all. No booze, pills, party-loving friends.

Just (the late) Bob Denver as the golden-hearted “Gilligan,” and (the also-late) Alan Hale, Jr. as the “Skipper,” and the rest of the cast: Russell Johnson, as the professor; Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III; Natalie Schafer, as Mrs. Howell III; Alan Hale Jr., as the skipper; Bob Denver, as Gilligan; Judith Baldwin replacing original cast member Tina Louise, as Ginger, and Dawn Wells as Mary Ann.

Of course that, with all of their best-laid plans, failed, but not without each member of the tribe giving it the “old college try.” If I had been with this crew and endured so many failures, I guess I would have lobbied for “throwing in the towel,” and making a go of living our lives as forgotten faces once known by friends and family.

Why not give up and just have a great time creating a good life with what you have?

To prove my point, I give you all of the good things that the castaways had going for them:

  • Fresh water year round thanks to the Professor’s IQ in making a purification system.
  • Fresh, healthy food for the taking. No tax. No snooty cashiers. No long lines.
  • An abundance of materials for housing. In some episodes, this has already been accomplished. Hammocks included.
  • An abundance of materials for boat, raft and catamaran-building.
  • No blizzards. No ice on the roads and no below-zero weather. Sunshine all of the time.
  • No nosy neighbors. Everyone knew everything about everyone.

Need I go on? I could very easily. In a way of speaking, these people “had it made,” and were never brave enough to admit it.

With each episode, I envied Gilligan. Why wasn’t he ever called by his first name? And what was his first name? I am glad I asked that question, for my research led me to his first name: Willy. That is true. Willy Gilligan. Not Buck, Jim, or Roy. But Willy.

While we are on this “Faded Gilligan’s Island Facts,” The Skipper’s name was, Jonas Grumby and the Professor’s name was Roy Hinkley. Fun, huh?

Mrs. Howell’s maiden name was Lovelle Eunice Wentworth thus the “Lovey,” nickname given to her by husband, Thurston Howell, III.

Now, with all of our super-convenient e-technology, “I” don’t have to dream anymore about hanging-out with the folks on Gilligan’s Island. With the magic of HubPages, I am there. So to speak.

Oh if I had only been on the Minnow and had been ship-wrecked with all of these people whom I loved, the things I would have enjoyed on this dessert island.

I am proud to share this heart-felt list with you right now:

  • Made friends with the sweet and very-pretty Mary Ann.
  • Took-up for Gilligan when the rest of the crew conveniently-blamed him for “their” bumbling mistakes.
  • Took Mary Ann for long walks in the moonlight.
  • Talked in-length with the Professor and learn all that I could about making a working radio from coconut shells.
  • Had lunch with Mary Ann and confessed my very soul to her.
  • Make some “brownie points,” with Mr. Howell and tip him off on some fantastic stock investments such as Microsoft, Apple computers, iPads and the list goes on.
  • Took Mary Ann a bouquet of pretty island flowers.
  • Gave Jonas, the Skipper, some free anger management sessions.
  • Write poems and read them to Mary Ann.
  • Be super-nice to Mrs. Howell for everyone knew that she was the head of the Howell house.
  • Take Mary Ann on moonlight swims.
  • Get to know Willy Gilligan because none of the crew ever did that as long as the show lasted.
  • Send Mary Ann some romantic messages by the monkey I would train for such tasks.
  • Each time the gang wanted to just repair the Minnow and go home, I would step-in and discourage such dangerous ideas.
  • Learn to build my own island hut and invite Mary Ann over for a candlelight dinner.
  • Always tell Mary Ann just how beautiful she is.
  • Be casual friends with Ginger and learn what it takes to be in show business.
  • Learn where Mary Ann lived and what her life was really like back in civilization.

And finally, I would build my own raft and Mary Ann and I would sail away into the sunset.

Oh, without telling anyone that we were gone.

Tina Louise, Ginger; Dawn Wells, Mary Ann; Natalie Shaefer, Lovey.



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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      And some Coca Cola, hotdogs, charcoal, matches, tents, water, Sports Illustrated . . .why don't I just bring a barge-full of luxuries? LOL.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Probably Kenneth! I'll make sure there are a native girl or too to share. Bring along a copy of Robinson Crusoe when you come. :o)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thanks, ajwriters57,

      and if you do get marooned, signal to me and I will bring the cheese, snacks, seafood (safe to eat) as long as you can provide Ginger and Mary Ann, okay a stretch, but girls who look like them and we can pass the time doing old Gilligan's Island scripts.

      Would that work?

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kenneth Avery lol funny Hub! Great photos. Thanks for sharing all your ideas! I'll make a note in case I get marooned sometime in the future! :o)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Hi, Anne,

      Thank you kindly for your reading and commenting on this hub. I sincerely appreciate that. Honest.

      Yes, I remember black and white television. What a big thing when it came to our home.

      In summers when mom and dad worked, and I was out of school, I lost myself in television, but that is another story.

      Anne, I wasn't avoiding your assumption about Mary Ann. Yes, in THAT time, I would have been the happiest male in civilization. I would even went shopping with her. And wrote homemade poetry to her on the back of a shopping bag.

      Anne, I am just an old guy, sick with Fibromyalgia, Neurothopy, and Thrombosclorsis--no harm in dreaming.

      But thank you for the flattery.

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      Anne Harrison 3 years ago from Australia

      A great hub - it brings back memories of afternoons after school, when TV was still black and white. Life often seems so much more simple when reminiscing; hubs like this remind me that it's all how you look at it.

      (I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing life would be pretty good for you, kenneth, it you were standing next to Mary Ann!)

      Thanks for a great hub, voted up

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear sheilamyers,

      I have already published that one: "Announcing The New Gilligan's Island," and NONE of the actors are Jim Carey, as you wished.

      I am not a Carey fan. He is too arrogant. But when he was just starting out, he was great. Why is it that fame and money changes people?

      You and I will soon have money and popularity, so you and I do not change. Deal?


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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Ken: LOL @ Carey playing a palm tree! I'd really enjoy reading a hub listing your new cast of characters. Awesome idea!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sheila,

      Oh, how funny! Sinbad would be great and if George had not died, he would be great as the professor with a gift for complaining that he developed over the years.

      Hey, if you do not mind, I might write a hub (when I am rested) about the Cast for The Gilligan's Island that "I" would produce. I will name you as my director. Deal?

      Thank you so much for the comment.

      Kenneth, director of New Gilligan's Island and P.S. I will NOT approach Jim Carey about any role, but maybe let him play a palm tree.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Hmmm ... I'm not sure who I would pick for all of the roles, but I take it the movie would still be mostly a comedy. Keep Jim Carey out of it and I think almost anyone else would do. I have thought of a two though. For starters (and just off the top of my head), I'd have Sinbad play the captain and George Carlin as the professor.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Sheila,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment and deep questions? First off. Yes. In this time, Mary Ann WAS the girl I wanted to date and take back to the world.

      I am like you. The Professor and Skipper could have made it possible to get them home which brings up a movie idea:

      Of course with Gilligan dead, he cannot be replaced. But if he were alive, make a movie about all of the castaways secretly not wanting to go home due to some C.I.A. plot that was bigger than they were, or have them, the castaways working for the C.I.A. gathering information from this deserted island.

      Now. You tell me whom you would want to cast for each role.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Faith Reaper,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I needed them to cheer me up.

      I was really hung-up on Mary Ann back then. But time goes on. I saw her on some seminar some time back and she has held-up good over the years.

      Cannot say that for yours truly.

      Come back anytime, Faith, and talk to me.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I'm guessing you had a crush on Mary Ann. To this day I still wonder why they never got off the island. I mean come on. They had the super smart professor and the skipper who could build almost anything and they couldn't repair a hole in the boat.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I loved this one! Thanks for bringing back the memories of watching the show. I think we all fantasized back then about what we would do if we were ever to be caught in that situation.

      LOL, yes, we all loved sweet Mary Ann ...

      Wow, time sure has flown.

      Now, I will have that song in my head all day long : )

      Up and more and away.

      Blessings for a wonderful weekend ahead.