My Day With Sherwood Schwartz
Sherwood Schwartz creator of the Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island died Tuesday at the age of 94.
If you've ever had one person leave a lasting impression on your life even though you only spent a few days with them you'll understand the sentiment of this post.
At age 10 I had the good fortune of flying to LA for my cousins barmiztvah. My cousin just happens to be Sherwood Schwartz nephew. The festivities of this occasion brought me to Sherwood's home complete with a replica of the SS Minnow in the backyard. To a ten year old in the seventies this was a very big deal.
Gilligan's island and the Brady Bunch were wildly popular at the time and like most kids my age two of my favorites TV shows. As the car made it's way into the exclusive neighborhood my grandfather was pointing out the homes of notable stars and emphasized the fact this was a very special occasion.
Walking into the house with a solarium in the foyer it became clear to me just how monumental this privilege was. My family had always talked about Sherwood, the stories at the dinner table didn't hold a candle to the person I met that day.
As introductions were made and the grand tour of the house began, two things became clear, I was standing on Gilligan's Island ship taking pictures and Sherwood was a very funny man.
He grabbed me and planted a giant kiss on my forehead for a picture, and started to tell me he heard I was a good pianist and asked If I would play for him as he was leading me to a 12' Grand piano. I obliged him by playing Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique #14 after which he regaled me with the theme to Gilligan's island. Music was a common love we seemed to share.Continued on the next page