When I was a child, I loved the show Gilligan’s Island. My sister and I knew the song by heart – let’s see if I can still remember it …
Now, sit right back you’ll hear the tale, the tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailing man, the skipper brave and sure,
Nine passengers set sail that day for a three hour tour
A three hour tour.
** cue storm sounds**
The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed
If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost
The Minnow would be lost …
The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
with Gilligan – the Skipper too – the millionaire – and his wife – the movie star –
Now – there were two versions. The complete one went:
the professor and Mary Ann
while the condensed version went: and the rest
Here on Gilligan’s Isle.
I always disliked the truncated version. I mean, come on – is it so much more work to give the professor and Mary Ann their due?
We watched the show all the time. Of course we loved Ginger and Mary Ann, and I think I had a bit of a crush on the professor.
We even took our “like” a bit further by staging our own Gilligan’s Island plays. I invited over my friend Trina and we each played multiple roles to create all the characters. I remember one episode involved a talent show on the island. I was doing some type of tap dance number, and taped hard candy to the bottom of slippers to create tap shoes. We used the fireplace hearth as our stage.
I also loved drawing pictures of Gilligan’s Island, and my mom would get out bits of fabric scraps which I’d use to make clothing for the castaways. Today, I like Survivor. Maybe it’s just this generation’s version of Gilligan’s Island?
What’s your favorite Gilligan’s Island memory?