"Heaven is where I've been since the day I was born…"

Want a real day-brightener?

Check out this lovely note from the late Sherwood Schwartz, creator of “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” who passed away yesterday.

It was written to be published after his death.  As the Hollywood Reporter notes:

The Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch creator penned the goodbye as an account of what he expected to encounter upon reaching “the Pearly Gates” of heaven. In it, Schwartz recalls the day he met wife Mildred, the goals achieved by each of his four children, as well as his own long and rewarding career.

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  1. Greg, I can’t remember if I got the following from your blog, but I thought this would be interesting:

    Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island, said he patterned the ‘seven stranded castaways’ after the seven deadly sins but he didn’t admit it until years later in his book about the show.

    I’m sure you can attribute the sins to the proper characters but here they are:
    The Professor – Pride
    Thurston Howell III – Greed
    Ginger – Lust
    Mary Ann – Envy (of Ginger’s looks)
    Mrs. Lovey Howell – Gluttony
    The Skipper – Anger or wrath
     Gilligan – Sloth

  2. Deak, I’ve heard about the Seven Deadly Gilligans before but I didn’t know it was intentional!

    I had always heard, though, that Mrs Howell was Sloth and Gilligan was Gluttony (with his love of those pies.)

  3. Sherwood Schwartz, Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord.

    So this is the tale of the castways,
    They’re here for a long, long time,
    They’ll have to make the best of things,
    It’s an uphill climb.


  4. …and is the eternal question of Ginger vs. Mary Ann one of lust??

  5. Jim Dotter says:

    From the “man-pig”:

    Date Ginger. Marry Mary Ann! 😉

  6. Oh what a beautiful letter. I had not heard of him before he passed away. Apparently a wonderful man. I’m sure they let him in the gates.

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