The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Bob Denver Dead at 70

Bob Denver, 1935-2005

From his Associated Press obituary:

Denver's signature role was Gilligan. But he was already known to TV audiences for another iconic character, that of Maynard G. Krebs, the bearded beatnik friend of Dwayne Hickman's Dobie in the The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which aired from 1959 to 1963.

Gilligan's Island lasted on CBS from 1964 to 1967, and it was revived in later seasons with three high-rated TV movies. It was a Robinson Crusoe story about seven disparate travellers who are marooned on a deserted Pacific Island after their small boat was wrecked in a storm.

TV critics hooted at Gilligan's Island as gag-ridden corn. Audiences adored its far-out comedy. Writer-creator Sherwood Schwartz insisted that the show had social meaning along with the laughs: "I knew that by assembling seven different people and forcing them to live together, the show would have great philosophical implications."


Vanwall said...

I prefer to remember his Krebs incarnation, a worthy role on an ultimately subversive show. I couldn't stand Gilligan's Island, even tho it had an interesting premise, which was, sadly, wasted. I'm much more saddened by Maynard's passing than that of a more.... "famous" individual's recent passing.

Rob in Dago

swac said...

Let me just add that I would kill for a copy of that record.

Seriously...human life means very little to me compared to a Maynard G. Krebs album.

Ivan G. said...

I've always been one of Gilligan's Island's most vehement defenders--I think people who crap on the show really haven't taken a look at how smartly subversive the program really was. When someone criticized the fact that the Howells seemed to have an awful lot of clothing for people only on a three-hour tour, creator Sherwood Schwartz replied: "The rich always have it good--no matter where they are."