It should be noted that Valerie Pitts was at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in the mid-1950s. Among her classmates were Glenda Jackson and Diana Rigg. Later, after her appearance on WML?, in 1964 she would meet, and eventually marry, famed Hungarian-born conductor, Sir Georg Solti. Their marriage would last until his death in 1997, and in 2007, Valerie was named a Cultural Ambassador of Hungary, an honorary title bestowed by her husband's country of birth. Further details about her courtship with Sir Georg Solti can be found here:
REVIEW: This was a very exceptional night for the panel as they went 3 for 4 this evening. The evening didn't begin so promising though, as the panel was totally stumped by the female letter carrier from Santa Ana, California. Of course, no one would have thought that a very attractive lady, such as Carol Rathke was, would have been delivering mail, especially in the early 1960's. The panel bounced back nicely in the second game as Bennett correctly guessed that the lady from Kansas was a turkey farmer. In the mystery guest round, the panel made short work of Tony Martin. In fact, the panel probably already knew who it was by the time that Dorothy scored the coup de grâce. For the record, Tony was on the show to promote his appearance at the opening of the then new Americana Hotel in NYC. In the final game, guest panelist Peter Ustinov got into the act when he correctly guessed that the contestant, who was a countrywoman of his, was an announcer for the BBC. In fact, it was later revealed that she and Peter had crossed paths five years earlier as he handed her her diploma at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. That definitely put a nice touch on a great evening. - Sargebri
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! After a couple of weeks of being relatively sober, it looked as if Dolly Mae may have imbibed a little before the show due to the fact that she was extremely talkative this evening. However, she was relatively in control and still was able put in a good performance. - Sargebri
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at four down, even though Peter Ustinov had correctly identified her occupation. - agent_0042
(1) Unlike Peter Ustinov's prior "WML?" guest panelist appearances - EPISODE #390 of November 24, 1957 and EPISODE #392 of December 8, 1957 - John Daly this time out uses the more commonly used pronunciation of "Youstinov" for his surname. John had pronounced Peter's surname as "Oostinov" on the two 1957 shows.
(2) ABOUT THE AMERICANA HOTEL: The Americana Hotel, where tonight's mystery guest Tony Martin and last week's guest panelist, Harry Belafonte, had performed or were performing at the time of the respective episodes, was located at Seventh Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets in midtown Manhattan. The hotel, which opened earlier in 1962, was designed by Morris Lapidus and used a style of architecture called "bending slab" that had also been employed on another hotel he built in the previous year of 1961, the Summit Hotel on Lexington Avenue. The Americana was also famous - or infamous - as the venue for negotiations between the City of New York and transit workers on the eve of future "WML?" guest panelist John V. Lindsay's first of two mayoral terms, which lasted from 1966 to 1973. The breakdown of talks on New Year's Day in 1966 led to the 12-day transit strike which crippled the city and whose aftermath led to the passage of the Taylor Law which forbade strikes by public employees. As for the Americana Hotel itself, the building still stands today but is now known as the Sheraton New York.
(3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Ralph Holmes is back as lighting director, and Gil Herman is once again credited as production supervisor. - W-B
After Jean Ingersoll stumped the panel, John Daly said that she raised 15,000 to 20,000 turkeys on her farm each year. Arlene Francis got a laugh when she replied, "The theatre is doing almost as well!" - George Balsamo of Montgomery, IL
Current Events: The Cuban Missile Crisis (October 15-29, 1962). As with last week's episode, no mention of this important event is made on the show.
Many historians feel that the most dangerous moment of the Cuban Missile Crisis was the evening of Saturday, October 27, 1962, when the resolution of the crisis, war or peace, appeared to hang in the balance. - Suzanne
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Timeline of The Previous Week:
Monday, October 22: Despite being urged by Senate leaders to call for air strikes, President Kennedy addresses the American public and announces his resolve to implement naval blockade only. U.S. military alert is set at DEFCON 3 and Castro mobilizes all of Cuba's military forces.
Tuesday, October 23: The Organization of American States unanimously supports the U.S. decision to quarantine Cuba and, by the end of the day, all naval vessels are in place. Stunning reconnaissance photos reveal that Soviet missiles are poised for launch.
Wednesday, October 24: Soviet ships reach the quarantine line, but receive radio orders from Moscow to hold their positions.
Thursday, October 25: U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson confronts the Soviets at the U.N. but they refuse to answer. American military forces are instructed to set DEFCON 2 - the highest ever in U.S. history.
Friday, October 26: EX-COMM receives a letter from Khrushchev stating that the Soviets would remove their missiles if President Kennedy publicly guarantees the U.S. will not invade Cuba.
Saturday, October 27: While one U-2 spy plane accidentally flies into Russia, another is shot down over Cuba. EX-COMM receives a second letter from Khrushchev stating that, in addition to a public promise not to invade Cuba, the U.S. remove its missiles from Turkey.
Sunday, October 28: In a speech aired on Radio Moscow, Khrushchev announces the dismantling of Soviet missiles in Cuba and does not insist on his demands concerning the removal of U.S. missiles from Turkey. The crisis is over.
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Peter Ustinov, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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