WHAT'S MY FONT? This is the first episode where the occupation overlay screens and mystery guest names are typeset in Futura Demi Bold. Previously, the predominantly used typeface had been Kabel Heavy. Additional typesetting in some of the 1955-1956 shows featured Futura Medium, used on some episodes for occupation overlays, and on others for the mystery guest names. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's main sponsor was Helene Curtis. With Arlene back on the panel, she is once again seated at the far end of the panel desk. And as with Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney's prior stint as guest panelists on EPISODE #308 of April 29, 1956, the panel was pre-seated tonight.
(2) For this first show with a new overlay font, the typesetters initially carried on with their occasional tendency to combine all capital letters with mixed case (upper and lower case) letters, as on first mystery guest Frank Lloyd Wright's overlay, "World Famous ARCHITECT." The remaining overlays tonight were all capital letters.
(3) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT - PART I: This was the only "WML?" appearance of the famed (and often controversial) architect, nearly three years before his death on April 9, 1959 at age 91. His last major work in his lifetime, which wasn't completed until after his death, was the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue and East 88th Street in upper Manhattan. Largely derided at the time of its opening, the museum has since become one of the city's landmarks, on a par with the Empire State Building, the United Nations Building, and Rockefeller Center. In his private life, one of Mr. Wright's grandchildren was the actress Anne Baxter who, a few months from tonight's show, co-starred in Cecil B. DeMille's epic spectacular "The Ten Commandments" as "Nefertiti."
(4) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT - PART II: Another of Mr. Wright's most famous works was the Johnson Wax Headquarters building, built in 1936 and opened in 1939, with additions opened in 1951. The building, with its 14-story-tall Research Tower (with the curved edges, built in 1944), was seen in the openings of every other episode of Goodson-Todman's "The Name's the Same" between late 1952 and 1954, during the opening advertisement for Johnson's Wax. It was more than a decade from then that Johnson Wax became a participating advertiser on "WML?" (Ironically, after GSN aired this episode on September 16, 2008, the vintage 1953 "TNTS" episode which followed was sponsored by Swanson foods, which by the time of tonight's 1956 "WML?" episode had been taken over by Campbell Soup Company.)
(5) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT - PART III: Mr. Wright became immortalized in song more than ten years after his death, when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel dedicated the song "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" to his memory. The track was featured on the duo's last original studio album, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Columbia KCS 9914, 1970). The lyrics of the song's chorus summed up Mr. Wright's on-and-off renown with critics and the public over his long career:
Architects may come and
Architects may go and
Never change your point of view.
When I run dry
I stop awhile and think of you.
(6) LIBERACE - PART I: This was the first appearance of the pianist/showman, who at the time of tonight's show was still hosting "The Liberace Show" in perpetual reruns in syndication. He will make three more appearances on "WML?," the last being on EPISODE #715 of May 31, 1964. This tally includes one guest panelist shot on EPISODE #629 of September 2, 1962. However, this evening was to be the only time his brother George would appear on the program.
(7) LIBERACE - PART II: Over the years, Liberace and his persona were the subject of endless parodies. One such spoof that stood out in 1956 was in the Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd cartoon "Wideo Wabbit," where in one scene Bugs, in an attempt to elude Elmer, disguises himself as "Liverace" and plays a few bars from the opening of Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody." When Elmer comes around, Bugs hands him a candelabra where the "candles" are all sticks of dynamite, and after they explode, Bugs as "Liverace" notes, "I did that because I want my program to go over with a bang."
(8) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again tonight, after the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits only go up to the art card for executive producer Gil Fates and no farther. And once again, GSN continued to vex and aggravate the viewing audience on its September 16, 2008 airing of this episode with its endlessly unrelenting "crunching" of the screen.
(9) GSN's September 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the November 24, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern. The celebrity guest was Herb Shriner, then host of another popular G-T show, on "another network," "Two for the Money." - W-B (2008)