The kids of the past twenty years don't know how good they have it, and saying that makes me quite the fuddy duddy. But they have so many channels and so much media to consume. In the old days of the 1970's, all we had were ABC, NBC, CBS and a few UHF stations that played repeats of old schmaltzy programs. Which ones? Besides my favorite of Hogan's Heroes, the other two that were endlessly repeated and endlessly watched were Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island. Neither would be confused for excellent television, but they were consumable and repeatedly so. Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of these two shows, died today. For that, I owe him some thanks for the hundreds of hours I spent watching Gilligan screw up and Marcia be cute.
And as it turns out, he is a model for any graduate student! Not a bad transition from failed grad student to uber-successful producer.