Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Maynard G. Krebs

MaynardGKrebsYou may remember Gilligan; I remember Maynard, my first TV role model.
"WORK!?"
I was thirteen when Maynard introduced me to Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. While the other seventh graders identified with Dobie, Thalia, Zelda, or Milton Armitage, my main man was always Maynard.
"You rang?"
Maynard was TV's first acknowledgment that things might be getting strange among the youth in the safe-as-milk 1950's. When The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis first aired in 1959 Maynard, as the stereotypical beatnik, was just a goofy oddball, a foil. Ten years later - think Woodstock - there were millions of us, Maynard's spiritual descendents.
"Like, I'm getting all misty."
I am sure somewhere in a closet at my mother's home are my bongos. Really.

R.I.P. Bob Denver. And thanks.

3 comments:

Malindi said...

you never cease to amaze me, father. bongos? i knew about the sitar, but bongos?

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, and I know where they are!

Sue

Sue T. said...

yeah...I think I remember those bongos too! I loved Maynard G. Krebs myself. Dobie Gillis was otherwise...boring as a show...until Maynard showed up.