Dr. Wheeler has had two parallel careers for many years: one in the field of adventure and exploration as the owner of Wheeler Expeditions; the other in the field of political and economic freedom as president of the Freedom Research Foundation. Regarding the first, at age 12 he was honored in the White House by President Eisenhower as the Youngest Eagle Scout in the history of the Boy Scouts. He climbed the Matterhorn at age 14, swam the Hellespont (LIFE Magazine 12/12/60) and lived with Amazon headhunters at 16, hunted a man-eating tiger in Vietnam at 17, started an export business in Vietnam at 19, and wrote The Adventurer's Guide (New York: Mackay, 1975), described by Merv Griffin as "the definitive book for anyone wishing to lead a more adventurous and exciting life." He has three "first contacts" with tribes never before contacted by the outside world: a clan of Aushiri in the Amazon, the Wali-Ali-Fo in New Guinea, and a band of Bushmen in the Kalahari. He has retraced Hannibal's route over the Alps with elephants; led numerous expeditions in Central Asia, Tibet, Africa, the Amazon, the Sahara, Mongolia, and elsewhere, including 21 expeditions to the North Pole; and has been listed in The Guinness Book of World Records for the first free fall sky-dive in history at the North Pole.
Kurt Donsbach an alternative health practitioner pled guilty to 13 felony counts posing as a doctor in 2011.
"The Swarm" was the worst disaster film ever made, lasting two weeks at the box office. Produced and directed by Irwin Allen and featuring a stellar cast, the film was panned by film critics and moviegoers alike.
This episode features the last television appearance by Jean Arthur.
Singer Dorothy Morrison was the original lead vocalist on the 1960's song "Oh Happy Day".
Miss Miller in a crowded, junky room promotes her new favorite Merv Griffin whose talk show premieres in August 1969 she is the woman from the Jack Paar audience.
Dick Roman was the preliminary winner of The Arthur Godfrey Talent Scout Show on April 21, 1958 singing "Love is a Many Splendored Thing".
Xavier Cugat and Charo were newly married on August 7, 1966 in Las Vegas' Caesars Palace. Two days after their appearance on Merv's show. Charo maintains that she was 15 years old at the time making her birth year 1951 and not 1941. This is still being disputed to this day.
Merv Griffin's talk show premiered the same day that Johnny Carson began hosting The Tonight Show.