Sunday, August 11, 2013

Gilligan, Maynard & Me

1993, undated later edition, from Citadel Press
Bob Denver
Gilligan, Maynard & Me
Bought new for $12.95
Worn paperback

Although I'm using the "biography" tag, the amount Denver addresses the "characters" is in descending order of the title.  You have to read between the lines to figure out when he was born, and how many children he had.  But if you're a fan of Gilligan's Island and/or Dobie Gillis, there are lots of fun stories and pictures here.  He includes his top 25 DG episodes and top 50 of GI, pointing out absurdities of course but also telling behind the scenes anecdotes.  He doesn't seem to have minded being typecast, and I think part of his dislike of Tina Louise (which comes across pretty strongly) is that she objected to the typecasting.  

At the time this book came out, Jim Backus had been dead for about four years, Alan Hale for about three, and Natalie Schaefer for about two.  Denver himself died in 2005, at 70.  "The movie star and the rest" are still with us.  The Professor's book will be coming up soon, once I get to the J's for '93.

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