Of her late husband, Bob Denver, "I feel a huge responsibility to represent him," Dreama Denver says, standing on the deck of the Mercer County house where they raised their severely disabled child.
The full name of Bob Denver's "Gilligan's Island" character was "Willy Gilligan," which was never used on the show.
Bob Denver and the former Dreama Peery rehearse "Play It Again, Sam," the theatrical production in Florida where they first met.
"He was such a good father to our son," Dreama says of Bob, seen here walking with Colin. The couple chose to move to West Virginia to raise him after doctors told them Colin needed full-time care.
Before Gilligan, there was bongo-playing beatnik Maynard G. Krebs, the coffeehouse slacker Denver played who shrieked every time someone said the word "work."
Despite his worldwide fame from "Gilligan's Island," Bob Denver and other cast members made little more money than what they earned the three seasons the show ran, despite the bonanza of its later constant syndication.
Dreama and Bob Denver appear at the TV Land Awards in 2004 in what would be his last public appearance before his death in 2005 from throat cancer at age 70.
As he grew, the Denvers realized Colin wasn't passing the usual developmental benchmarks. He was diagnosed as being severely autistic.