Who do you want to dress up as on Oct 13?
…with Gilligan…the Skipper too…the Millionaire and His Wife…
the Movie Star…the Professor and MaryAnn…
Gilligan was born in a small town in Pennsylvania. He had a turtle named Herman, and pigeon-toed Walter Stuckmeyer was one of his friends. His best friend was Skinny Mulligan. Gilligan once worked in a gas station, and was president of his 8th grade camera club.
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The Skipper served in the Navy and fought in WWII in the South Pacific, earning the rank of Captain. He led the navy band for 5 years aboard his ship, and was the best poker player in all of the 7th fleet. The Skipper met Gilligan in the navy, where Gilligan saved his life by pushing him out of the way of a depth charge that had broken loose and was rolling down the deck of their destroyer. After retiring, the Skipper used his commission to buy the S.S. Minnow and began offering 3 hour tours from Honolulu harbor. Gilligan was his first mate. The Skipper has the hardiest appetite. He played the line on the high school football team, and now weighs in at 220 pounds in his mid-forties. He says if they ever get rescued, “I’ll go straight to an Italian restaurant and have 8 or 10 pizzas, 6 dozen meatballs, and 2 miles of spaghetti, and then I’ll have dinner.” His favorite steak sandwich? A filet between two top sirloins! He is also superstitious. The Skipper has witnessed a number of peculiar happenings with some tribal natives. He’s always worried about voodoo curses and is constantly warning Gilligan to be on guard. Typically he then falls prey to them himself. The Skipper is the castaway’s good-natured leader. He is brave and sure, and is always looking out for them – particularly Gilligan. He continually encourages the castaways to work together toward what he knows will be their eventual rescue.
Dr. Hinkley, a 35 year old high school Professor, holds 6 degrees in the fields of chemistry, botany, biology and geography. He has a B.A from USC, a B.S. from UCLA, an M.A. from SMU, and received his Ph.D from TCU at the age of 25. He also holds a master’s degree in psychology, and can speak fluent Marubi, Papuan, and Katubi, to name a few. Back home, he is the number one man on his chess team, and was the youngest Eagle Scout in the entire city. He has never been married. He wrote a book called, “Rust, the Real Red Menace,” and was writing another book “Fun with Ferns,” which was the reason for taking the 3 hour tour. During his first week on the island, he discovered 5 different mutations of ragweed. The Professor shows very little knowledge of sex, sea navigation, and finance, and is oblivious to the constant pursuit by Ginger and Mary Ann. Still, the Professor is the only rational person on the island, and without his scientific skills and leadership ability it is unlikely that the castaways would ever stand a chance of survival, let alone rescue.
Mr. Howell is actually a billionaire and one of the world’s richest men, inherited from his father. He met his wife “Lovey” at Harvard and married her in 1944. He remembers it as the day Consolidated General jumped 17 points. Although they’ve been married 20 years, they both admit that the last 5 years haven’t been much of a picnic. But still, Thurston can be remarkably sentimental and romantic with Lovey. Known as the Wizard of Wall Street, he has been convicted 6 times on antitrust suits, and investigated every year for income tax evasion. He owns up to 12 corporations, and as chairman of the board, has 5,000 employees and an office on the second floor. He prides himself as being a Harvard graduate and a registered Republican. He has homes in Palm Beach, Paris, Newport, New York, Monaco, and all 50 states. Thurston has 20 suitcases just for himself. Howell displays little tact, blames the Skipper for the shipwreck, and is always trying to break the castaways’ laws and bribe others. He is sneaky, untrustworthy, conniving, greedy and corrupt. Yet, when it comes to the lives of his fellow castaways, he’s always exceptionally generous and caring. He refuses to do manual labor, preferring instead to hire Gilligan to work for him. He usually spends his day relaxing with his wife Lovey on the bamboo lounge chairs, sipping tropical drinks, and listening to the stock market report on the radio (which is his). He also enjoys playing golf with bamboo and seashell clubs and reading his only copy of the Wall Street Journal every day. He finds it comforting that the market never goes up or down.
Eunice (Lovey) Wentworth met Thurston at Harvard where she was the Queen of the Pitted Prune Bowl Parade and nurse’s aid. Thurston proposed to her at a French restaurant in Manhattan, and they eloped in the middle of the night. Lovey not only inherited her wealth, she inherited her diamond broach, which has been in her family since Queen Isabella gave it to Columbus. Lovey once dated Mark Vandergray and used an underhanded trick to dump him. While Thurston is undoubtedly devoted to her, she occasionally displays jealousy toward Ginger and Mary Ann. Lovey is more concerned with next Saturday’s dinner engagement than being rescued from the island, and is claimed to be the world’s most socially prominent international hostess. She hates having to sit out the social season on a tropical island paradise. She’s far more comfortable socializing with royalty than with her fellow castaways. While Mrs. Howell rarely displays leadership qualities, she gives motherly advice when Ginger and Mary Ann come to her. Still, she maintains social convention on the island, insisting that the castaways adhere to the accepted rules of conduct and civilized behavior.
Any man worth his weight in hormones would give his right arm to be stuck on an island with Ginger Grant. Ginger is an alluring and sexy actress, reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, who persists in worrying about her gowns, her appearance, her career, and Hollywood gossip. Ginger follows a fascinating moral code. While Ginger’s extraordinarily flirtatious and shapely, she never tried to advance her acting career on the casting couch. She’s always willing to use her seductive powers or acting ability to help her fellow castaways. She diverts any visitor to the island, and she eagerly suggests plans of action based on parts she’s played in movies. Ginger lives in Hollywood, California, and has an agent whose name we never learn. She once sang in a club in Waikiki, Hawaii, played a nurse in one episode of Ben Casey, and had minor roles in a remarkable number of Hollywood pictures. At the time of the shipwreck, Ginger was scheduled to play the lead role of Cleopatra in the Broadway production of “Pyramid for Two” – a part she’s convinced would have rocketed her to stardom. Since she only brought one gown with her, she sews other gowns together from Mrs. Howell’s remnants and fabric that washes ashore. She even made one dress from Gilligan’s duffel bag. Ginger can’t swim, and she can barely cook. She’s always assisting the Professor (the only man on the island she truly desires), entertaining the other castaways with her singing and acting, or nursing the other castaways back to health. Her one regret in life is that she didn’t pursue a career in nursing. Ginger shares a hut with Mary Ann. They aren’t best friends, but they fish, take mud baths, sew, cook, and do the laundry together.
Mary Ann Summers, a sweet naive country girl modeled after Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, is a well-meaning clerk from Winfield, Kansas, where she worked in the Winfield General Store. She has an Aunt Martha and Uncle George, was a member of the 4H club, and worked a farm by herself. She is gentle, kind, and exceptionally warmhearted. She has a soft spot for Gilligan, and looks to the Howells as parents. She’s the most honest, down-to-earth person on the island. She can’t be corrupted by Howell at any price. While she admires the castaways, she frowns on Ginger’s morals, and the Howell’s greed. While remarkably squeamish, Mary Ann displays rugged instincts. She farms the island and cooks all the meals. Thanks to her, the castaways eat amazingly well, nourished with a hot helping of moral principles.
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