“The Professor, and Mary Anne”

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The Professor, Russell Johnson, has died at age 89.

Yeah, that Professor. From Gilligan’s Island. For many of us, the only professor who actually mattered, who proved you could do the impossible with a couple of coconuts and some random stuff purloined from Mrs. Howell’s impossibly large steamer trunk.

I also know why he couldn’t fix the boat. I mean, if I were stranded on a deserted island with Mary Anne, I wouldn’t fix the damn boat either!

(Turns out he was a local guy too, living across the water from M.E. Sequoyah’s boat in Seattle.)

Rest in peace, Professor. I hope you’ve found your deserted island, that Bob Denver doesn’t share it, and that the Mary Anne of your dreams is waiting for you.

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