“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Sherwood Schwartz…

Posted on July 12, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

schwartz   The iconic creator of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch has died today. His television writing credits include The Joan Davis Show, My Favorite Martian, The Red Skelton Hour, It’s About Time, and  Harper Valley P.T.A. In 1961, he received an Emmy for his work with Red Skelton.

   Schwartz began his career as a gag writer on Bob Hope’s radio show in 1939. During World War II, he added his humor skills to a series of Armed Forces Radio programs. After the war, he was hired to write for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He remained close friends with Hope until his death in 2003.

   Though panned by critics, his comedic creations were beloved by the growing television audience. His sense of humor also carried an edge for Hollywood insiders. The S.S. Minnow piloted by the Skipper and Gilligan was named for Newton Minow, the FCC chief in the early 1960’s, famous for calling television:  a vast wasteland.

   The writer is credited for penning the familiar openings to his shows. Most baby boomers can recite the exact words from the themes to Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch.

   Here’s a story of a man named… Sherwood Schawrtz. His three hour tour lasted a lifetime.

   Sherwood Schwartz was 94.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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