Gilligan’s Island

Oh, no! Gilligan is dead! I read it on Facebook!

Posted on 09/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentSad, and true: the Skipper’s “little buddy,” Bob Denver — who also starred, unforgettably, as Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis — died. Seven years ago this week, as it turns out. Didn’t remember that? You’re not alone: “news” of his death, reposted and re-tweeted breathlessly with the requisite comments of social media mourning — such as “RIP, Gilligan!” “Another part of my childhood gone” etc. — spread via Facebook and Twitter this week as if he had …