To the editor:

There appears to be only a few people in town who know that Bob Denver was raised right here in Brownwood. Sadly, I learned this fact by reading his obituary in Time magazine. Now, if you don’t know who Bob Denver is, let me refresh your memory. Bob Denver played the character of Maynard G. Krebbs in the TV sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” If you are too young to remember that show then perhaps you are more familiar with the TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” in which he played Gilligan.

According to what I have read about him, he was a very caring person. One example of this is that he requested that the theme song of the show be rewritten to include the line “the professor and Mary Ann” so that no one would be left out. He is remembered as one of the most loved characters on television.

I am a firm believer in the theory that people are largely a product of how they react to things that happen to them as they are growing up. Allow me to submit that many good things must have happened to Bob Denver as he was growing up here in Brownwood.

Before he became a successful actor he was, among other things, a mail carrier in California and that brings me to the point of this letter.

I have lived in many places in my life so far but nowhere have I seen so very many happy and courteous postal employees as I have in Brownwood. I also believe this is not a recent thing only.

When there is so much good among a group of people as there is among the postal employees here, it has to be a long standing tradition. Perhaps it was already going on when Bob Denver grew up here, I choose to think so. With that thought in mind, imagine the influence that must have had on Bob Denver.

To end this letter I want to thank the postal employees of Brownwood for continuing the tradition that brought the world Bob, Maynard and “Gilligan’s Island.” Frankly I have enjoyed all of Paris Hilton I can stand.

Jerry Van Der Pol