Mr. Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967) and the Brady Bunch (1969-1974) died Tuesday at the age of 94. I have to admit, I never knew the name of the man who was responsible for such a great contribution to America’s pop culture . Shows that I’m sure every one alive during the the 60s and 70s fondly remembers. Shows that were silly, fun and entertaining and a far cry from (shudder) “The Jersey Shore”, which is sadly the type of entertainment many teens prefer today.
Not only did Mr. Schwartz create and produce these shows. But he also co-wrote the theme songs, my personal favorite being the Gilligan’s Island theme song. Who can forget that catchy tune?
After abandoning a career in medicine, Sherwood Schwartz would go on to writing for many popular radio and television shows, including the Ozzie and Harriet radio show, the Bob Hope Show, Red Skelton Show and My Favorite Martian. But it was Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch that are his claim to fame.
Aside from the light hearted entertainment, who could forget the clothing? As a young fashion conscious girl, I anxiously tuned in every week to see what outfits Ginger, the glamorous Hollywood bombshell and Mary Anne, the beguiling girl next door, would be wearing. Both had their own look that fit their character and I loved them both. The fact that someone would take off for a day trip in a boat with suitcases full of clothing, including evening gowns, didn’t seem farfetched to me in the least! After all, why let the facts get in the way of a good story? I even had an appreciation for Mrs. Howell’s chic society lady get ups.
The Brady Bunch was the original “70s Show”. On air even before the “the Partridge Family”. Say what you will about those crazy looking fashions of the 1970s. But I’ll sure there were countless teenaged girls back then who coveted those sweet mod dresses that Marcia Brady wore. I know I was one of them!
So, thank you Mr. Schwartz, wherever you are, for providing me with hours of entertainment in my youth. And thanks to reruns, your memory will live on and on!