“Sooner than you think” is a series of posts on The Measured Circle where we find that things we think are modern have actually been around a bit longer than that…
While you may not think of Gilligan’s Island as a geeky TV series, there were certainly elements of fantasy and sometimes science fiction in it.
a second season episode by Bob Stevens (originally broadcast on February 10, 1966), a robot is accidentally dropped on the island.
The castaways try to use it to get off the island (of course).
What you might find surprising is how we are told the robot got on the island in the first place:
“…and the drone plane which accidentally ejected the robot XR-1000 landed at Vanderburg Air Field. Since the airplane was operated by remote control, the officials have no way of knowing where the robot was ejected.”
That’s right: in 1966, a fictional aerial craft with no humans aboard was referred to as a drone.
Sooner than you think…
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