Ballad of Gilligan's Island (1964)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This is about the fateful cruise of the S.S. Minnow. If you had a boat, what would christen it?
The "S.S. Please Don't Sink."2) "No phone! No lights! No motorcar! Not a single luxury!" To Sam, those sound more like everyday essentials than luxuries. If you were shipwrecked with the gang, what standard amenity would you miss the most?
I would have a lot of issues with no lights and (more important) no plumbing or medical treatment.3) The uncharted isle was in the Pacific, near Hawaii. Have you ever been to our 50th state?
Nope. Someday. Sparky's been there so if I can talk him into being a tour guide that would be fun.4) Natalie Schafer, who played Mrs. Howell, refused to divulge her age. Are you honest about how old you are? Or do you fudge it?
I turn 53 (officially) in about two hours. Don't care who knows it.5) Gilligan's Island featured many dream sequences. (Like the one where Gilligan dozes off and dreams that he's Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.) Have you had any vivid dreams lately?
I've had some of my usual weirdola dreams. Nothing that linear in terms of storyline, but lots of back and forth with what seems like every person I've ever met: college friends, middle school teachers, patrons from my first job, coworkers from now...and my son being multiple different ages at once. It's truly weird.6) The pilot was filmed in November, 1963, in Honolulu. The cast and crew were actually onset when they learned of President Kennedy's assassination.* Because on location filming was so expensive, they couldn't afford to take any time off. Tell us about a time when you had to work, even though your heart and head weren't in it.
THIS WHOLE WEEK FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING ON. What a nightmare.7) During the show's run, Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) was the clear fan favorite, receiving twice as many love letters as Ginger (Tina Louise). Have you ever written a fan letter (or posted a fan tweet or Facebook post)?
I have written two fan letters, one by myself and one with a friend, both of them to musical acts. I don't even remember if I got answers. I sure as hell hope the recipients shredded the letters!!8) Sam chose this week's song because it was going through her head, over and over again! Tell us a song that burrows into your head and stays there.
Pretty much every song by P!nk has had it's day/week on permanent repeat. Today it's been Christmas songs. Because it's November (she says drily).9) Random question: You went to a discount store and got an amazing bargain -- a pair of dress shoes for just $4.99. You go to a formal event and someone compliments you on those great shoes and asks where you got them. Do you tell the truth?
Of course. I'm from the Midwest; one does not NOT mention bargains when one has scored something like this!! [If I didn't like the person, I'd probably lie like a rug, though...lol]*That's why, in the credits for the black and white seasons, the flags are at half-staff when The Minnow leaves the harbor.