Childhood Memories Friday: Gilligan’s Island

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?

4 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Gilligan’s Island

  1. I am sure some of the little handmade Gilligan people still are around – either here or at your spot.

  2. How would we ever have done our homework without the commercials on Gilligan’s Island [and Batman and That Girl and Andy Griffith and and]? Nice post–I remember doing shows with friends–it was fun. My kids still occasionally do one for me, too, which I love.

  3. I only recall watching a very few versions of Gilligan’s Island. I was trying to think what I would have been doing in the 70s. If it was early 70s I would have been at the Ville and was perhaps working during those hours. Alas, Widipedia says it ran in the late 60s. I would have been in college or working during that time, so that tells me why I didn’t watch it regularly. In any case, the show never caught on with me.

  4. When I saw “Gilligan’s Island” I got so jazzed. I loved that show and still do. I can sing the song too. LOL My youngest son has two seasons on DVD. We also have two seasons of Get Smart. Remember Maxwell Smart and 99?

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