The Professor has died.
I did not know him but he influenced my life, nudging me to where I am today. Yes, he is partially to blame.
(As I write this, I realize that for those with some knowledge of the history of this page, don't worry. I'm not talking about that The Professor.)
I started to make a joke about this whole thing but the more I type (and drink), the more I realize that this was the first "smart" person that I saw on TV (i.e., source of role models). I always liked the idea of being like The Professor, though most of my friends considered me more of a Gilligan type. Actually, they initially thought I was closer to the Maynard G. Krebs model. But now I've gone and switched Bob Denver shows, which is the signal that I need to stop typing.