In connection with the 50th anniversary of the unexpected hit series "Gilligan's Island," Dawn (who portrayed the lovable farm girl next door, Mary Ann Sommers), has released "A Guide To Life: What Would Mary Ann Do?" through Taylor Trade Publishing and Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
Dawn writes about the meaning of the Mary Ann character and observes the cultural shifts that have occurred since she was on the island. From the get-go, the Mary Ann character was different. She wasn't a Hollywood creation. She was molded by Dawn, from Dawn. The Character that was originally listed as "And the rest" on the credits became the fan favorite, garnering more fan mail that even the title character. With over 150,000 fans on her FaceBook page and fan clubs across the U.S., her following has remained faithful.
Dawn says that Mary Ann fits today just as she fit two generations ago, because she is timeless. In a world where the industry and society has been celebrating their "Bad girls," Mary Ann continues to be, for many, the breathe of fresh air as the “Good Girl.” Pop culture is too powerful and too pervasive to be controlled by parents, siblings or colleagues. It can be confused with reality. This leaves young people in a vulnerable position - they have to make decisions that are normally beyond their maturity. Dawn discusses decisions we make in life and even goes straight to the BIG DECISION and delivers her concept of the meaning of sex. In a world of participation trophies, easy praise, and entitlement attitudes, how do you define achievement? Dawn describes it as a journey of failure and learning and tenacity that requires a constant personal re-examination of what success really means.
Join Paul, Tomas and Scott on the WEEKEND EDITION of THE PM SHOW as they remember sports broadcast, the great Joe McDonnell...
Radio has had many iconic voices over the years. In terms of sports talk radio especially in the LA area there is only one man that many people think of and that is The Big Nasty Joe McDonnell. He was the voice of the people he was a true fan and I think that is why the man had such a following for his 40 years on the airwaves.
He was the man when it came to getting the scoops. When Magic Johnson was making his huge comeback he was there. When the unthinkable of Wayne Gretzky being traded happened again he was in the know. When Pat Riley got canned again The Big Nasty knew all about it. Fans just hung on his every word. Sadly as the mans fame and personality grew so did his waste line. Joe McDonnell would at his heaviest weigh an incredible 740 pounds. He was a ticking time bomb and the decision was made that he would need to have the risky gastric bypass surgery.
Joe McDonnell has lost the better part of 400 pounds which is just phenomenal. he now looks and feels great, but sadly this once titan of the airwaves no longer can be heard like he was once before. he still works, but as the sports guy on KNX 1070 which many see as a huge waste of the former big mans amazing talents.
As far as sports radio hosts goes who knows if we will ever get another who not only could get us the scoops, but also have the personality like The Big Nasty Joe McDonnell had.