Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Gavin McLeod Plays ‘Captain Merrill Stupid’

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Gavin McLeod will always be known as Captain Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat, but he also doubles as a mayor as well.

McLeod serves as an “honorary captain” for the Princess Cruise Lines and makes public appearances whenever a new ship rolls out to sea.

The job also requires him to film training videos and go cruising to ports of call like Hawaii. In addition, he just participated in the world’s first spelling bee at sea against current National Spelling Bee Champion Katherine Close to help inaugurate the “Crown Princess,” the newest ship in the Princess line.

Sadly, he didn’t win the Bee because, as he puts it, “I’m normally a fine speller, but in order for this to work, Katherine had to win, and I had to be Captain Merrill Stupid.”

But when he’s not keeping things shipshape on the cruise ships, he serves as honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles; but, so far, neither position has required him to marry any couples.

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