Wednesday, September 07, 2005
GOOD BYE MAYNARD G. KREBS
THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS was a ground breaking show in that it was the first to show teens going through growing pains and having serious issues, rather than show them as just dolts good for comic fodder. The show revolved around Dobie's (Dwayne Hickman) inability to catch a dream girl, Zelda Gilroy's (Sheila James) inability to catch Dobie, and Maynard G. Krebs ability to shirk work and screw things up.
Hickman, Denver, and James were brilliant together, Hickman the perfect foil for Denver's pratfalls and James sarcastic one liners. The show ran from 1959-63, when Hickman left to pursue other offers. A spinoff, ZELDA, was planned and four episodes filmed, but word of James lesbianism began to circulate, and the project was cancelled.
Hickman went on to star in a number of successful summer "beach" movies, then landed the role of a career... in the Oscar winning CAT BALLOU. He then decided to work on the other side of the camera, and for twenty years worked as a producer and director at CBS. He retired to work at his first love, art, and today, at age 71, is a successful artist living in southern CA.
Sheila James experience with ZELDA inspired her to go to law school. She became one of the leading feminist lawyers in the country. Today she is a California State Senator, re-elected in a landslide in 2004.
The year after DOBIE went off the air, Bob Denver landed the role he will forever be identified with, Gilligan. But the influence of Maynard lived on, inspiring the character "Shaggy" in the Scooby Doo cartoons and movies. In his later years, Denver owned a number of radio stations, and until the week before he died of cancer, did a regular Saturday morning radio show.
Hickman and Denver remained close friends for over fifty years, till Denver's death. Read Hickman's tribute to Denver HERE
Attention America: Maynard G. Krebs has finally gone home to feed his Iguana!
You knew I couldn't make it through a whole post without mentioning the Hurricane Katrina disaster. So here is my question:
How is it that our government couldn't get any rescue personnel into New Orleans till Saturday, but the CANADIAN government managed to get 45 urban search and rescue experts from Vancouver into New Orleans early on the previous Wednesday? Just curious!
Of course if he was a bad boy, he's probably doing time in New Orleans.
Like it's Maynard
Click on the "Smoking Gun" post.
The station mentioned in their tribute that they remembered him fondly in the Dobie Gilis show and the world will always remember him with the red shirt and white hat.
As to your disaster question, Great White Bear, I have one four-letter word..."B_S_"!
I heard somewhere that our illustrious leader only had faith-based groups on the disaster at first. I don't have anything to back that up. Do you know anything about that? I do know that Canada offered help right away and it took days before it was accepted. I also heard that Castro offered doctors and medical help which was, for political reasons, turned down.
I also saw a memo from FEMA director Michael Brown on the site Vancouver Calling
(http://vancouvercalling.blogspot.com/) rrequesting that states NOT send any help until it was requested by FEMA. I am planning on posting it tommorrow!
The BC government dispatched them, I believe, not the feds. Not that it mattered, but I have heard some rumblings about who's going to fund it now and that the BC gov't will ask the feds to pay a large chunk of it. Good luck, Gordo, that's all I have to say (Gordo being the premier of this fine province and a fascist to boot).
It's interesing how the soft wood lumber dispute is playing into this. I saw something on the CTV about how they'll need our lumber in the southern states now to rebuild, but that the US is going to have to do something about the tariffs to make it easier for themselves to get the lumber in. So what the WTO couldn't accomplish, a natural disaster may have come to the rescue.
Everyone else in my league is approximately my age (33), and I don't think anyone in the group knew who my coaches were. It's a shame.
My kids never got it when I'd compare Dobie Gillis to Scooby Doo.