Report by attendee Art Hutchinson
I went on the Washington D.C. Gilligan's Island Odyssey Cruise on Oct 20, 1998.
It was a GREAT evening.
I purchased the $175 "VIP Reception" ticket, which was supposed to allow
us a "private" reception with the Castaways from 5:45pm until sailing at
7:00pm. Unfortunately, the Press used this time to commandeer the
castaways for interviews, etc... so they could leave the boat prior to
sailing to get their reports on the evening news. Dawn, Bob, and
Russell tried their best to mingle with the paying guests, unfortunately
Tina was tied up with the press for most of the night possibly discussing her
We finally set sail, and it was a three hour party. Dawn, Bob and
Russell were so accessable, answering every often asked question as if
it was the first time they ever heard it. I had brought a lifering on board for the castaways to sign, and
D, B, and R signed it immediately (and commented on what a good idea it
was). Tina was being interviewed by a press agent that stayed on
board, so I waited patiently for the interview to end.
I went and had my collector dolls signed by Bob and Russell, my Bob
Denver book signed by Dawn, then retrieved my lifering to try Tina
Dinner was served, each castaway was given the American Icon Award by
the Women of Film and Video, and each gave speeches. (Joanne Worley was
Master of Ceremony????????) Bob kept it short, but appreciative,
Russell gave a moving tribute to his deceased son, and Dawn was so sweet
as she talked about the deceased castaways, and what being Mary Ann
meant to her. I finally approached Tina and I got my 4th sig on the lifering
(it's pretty cool.) I was hero of the table when I came back
with the signature (they suffered through my ordeal with me, as they wanted
me to succeed).
Long story short, I had a blast with the castaways. I hope you
enjoy the pics when Willy Gilligan posts them.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: I brought my Dart Card Box and each castaway didn't
know what it was. I explained it, and they seemed very interested.
I spent a good deal of time with Bob discussing his web site. He is
VERY interested in knowing what the fans would like on it, and he said
to email him with ideas.
I ended up with Bob and Dreama's placetags from the dinner table as a
Dawn usually signs with the "cursive, rounded D (in Dawn), but on my
lifering, she signed with a "printed" D. Interesting. You'll see it in