Q: On the TV show Gilligan's Island, the fictional farm girl Mary Ann Summers was said to be from this small Kansas town. What's the name of Mary Ann's hometown - a very real place in south-central Kansas?
On the TV comedy show Gilligan's Island, which first aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967 (and has been aired almost continuously since then in reruns), Mary Ann Summers is one of seven castaways who became stranded on a supposedly deserted and uncharted island (though, for a deserted island, it seemed to have an awful lot of visitors!). But we digress.
The island had no phone, no lights, no motor car - not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, it's primitive as can be. Mary Ann, a farm girl from Winfield, Kansas, had won a prize - a trip on what was supposed to be a three-hour tour on the S.S. Minnow, which shoved off from Honolulu, Hawaii.
In a storm, the weather started getting rough. The tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost. The Minnow would be lost. In any event, the ship crashed on the island but Mary Ann and the other six on board survived and spent the next several years trying to get off the island. The character of Mary Ann Summers was played by the actress Dawn Wells, a former Miss Nevada.
Fun Factoid: The seven castaways represent the Seven Deadly Sins!