Here’s the story of a man named Sherwood. Sherwood Schwartz, the man perhaps more responsible than any (pre-reality) television producer for the dumbing down of America, passed away today, according to the Times. Before heading off to that coconut tree filled island in the sky, he littered the landscape of Americana with a treasure trove of icons: Gilligan, (the Skipper, too), Mr. Brady, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” and Alice were all his inventions. He made the nation ask itself deep philosophical questions, like “Ginger or Mary Ann?” It was his brain that sat us back and told us tales of Greg, the millionaire, and his wife.
Here’s Schwartz discussing morality and immortality in 1997.
Schwartz died after completing an 823,440 tour (an 823,440 hour tour) of the earth. In non S.S. Minnow time, he was 94.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 12, 2011