What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 14

EPISODE #641

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 02, 1962 on CBS
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Game 1: J. Edward Day (James Edward Day) (10/11/1914 - 10/29/1996), as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the normal questioning format was used - "U.S. Postmaster General" (salaried; he served from 1961 to 1963)

Game 2: Miss Joyce Case - "Sells Airplanes" (salaried; she works for Beechcraft Aircraft; she began flying at age 16 and received her pilot's license at age 17; John said she was an American Aviation Association Women's Acrobatic Champion; Beechcraft has 36 distributors and she is not the only female on the sales staff; from Wichita, KS)

Game 3: Steve Lawrence (b. 7/8/1935) & Eydie Gorme (8/16/1928 - 8/10/2013) (as Mystery Guest Duo)
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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

    Mystery Guest Duo

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    Eydie Gorme

    Eydie Gorme

    Mystery Guest Duo

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    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

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      • MORE ABOUT ZIP CODES: The ZIP in ZIP Code is always capitalized because it is an acronym for "Zoning Improvement Plan," and it did indeed offer great improvements over the "zones" that were used across the United States. Under the ZIP Code plan, every address in every city and town, including rural areas, would be assigned one of nearly 100,000 codes. (Today, of course, with ZIP+4, mail delivery is even more precise.) The post office promised, as an inducement to the American people to accept the code, that even though it would greatly speed up mail delivery, the use of a ZIP Code would never be required on non-presorted First Class Mail. To this day, they've kept that promise. For delivery, you don't need to include the ZIP Code on full-rate First Class Mail - but it is still wiser to use it. The web site of the United States Postal Service has a brief history of the ZIP Code and other post office innovations from the Pony Express to the present time, including a sketch of Mr. ZIP, the stick figure that personified the ZIP Code. - Lee McIntyre

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's great performance, the panel really had somewhat of a stinker of a night this evening. In fact, if it wasn't for the mystery guest round, the panel would have been shut out. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the then new Postmaster General of the United States. Of course, Arlene joked about the upcoming increase in postage, to what was then an astronomical price of five cents. Tony also brought up the introduction of the ZIP code which is still a staple. In the second game, it looked as if the panel would have had no trouble guessing that the lady from Wichita, Kansas sold airplanes. However, they guessed that she did everything else with airplanes except for selling them and never got around to correctly identifying her line before all the cards had been flipped. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy saved the day when she correctly identified Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. The couple was on the show to promote their engagement at the Copacabana. They also talked about their blessed event and seemed to compare notes with new papa John. Thankfully, this night ended on a high point. - Sargebri

      • This wouldn't be Steve and Eydie's last appearance on WML. The duo would make a couple more mystery guest appearances and Steve would become a frequent guest panelist on the show. Ironically, Eydie would never become a guest panelist, even after Dorothy's passing, when several ladies would come in and sit in Dolly Mae's vacant chair. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy seemed to have imbibed a little bit before the show. In fact, her mood seemed to swing wildly at a couple of times when she seemed to go from being somewhat combative to being somewhat quiet and meek. Of course, within the next few months, she would return to the LeRoy to combat her substance abuse problems. - Sargebri

      • On December 4, 1962, two days after tonight's show, Eydie Gorme would record her biggest hit, "Blame It On The Bossa Nova," which would be released as Columbia Records single #4-42661 on December 17, 1962. This was on top of Steve Lawrence's biggest hit, the chart-topping "Go Away Little Girl" (Columbia 4-42601). Both records were produced by Al Kasha, who would go on to co-write (with Joel Hirschhorn) "The Morning After," the theme from the 1972 movie "The Poseidon Adventure," which would reach Number One on the charts in 1973 in a recording by Maureen McGovern. - W-B

      • (1) The narrow vertical bars that are a part of the design of the desks for the panel and Mr. Daly have now returned to their original lighter color. For the past few weeks, their color had been darkened, more closely resembling the darker wood surfaces of the desks. Now, the contrasting lighter color has returned. This is seemingly a departure from the studio set design streamlining that we have seen over the past several months.
        (2) While not a pun, Bennett's story about traveling to the area near John's alma mater, Tilton School, was a setup for the punch line "the worst spell of weather" and it brought some groans just the same. - W-B

      • Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme have been husband and wife since December 29, 1957. The panel (especially Tony Randall) took great delight in Steve's vocal imitation of Frank Fontaine's comedy character, "Crazy Guggenheim." - Suzanne

      • Joyce Case Funsch graces this month's cover (June 1966) of SPORT AVIATION. The young lady does amazing things with the Pitts Special, at one time holding the title of women's aerobatic champion of the world. She has just added another accomplishment as she has received her Air Transport Rating, and is still in her twenties! Her father, Dean Case, was one of the earliest and best known Pitts builders. - Suzanne

      • Tony Randall asked the Postmaster General, "What about this zip business?" and Mr. Day replied, "It's zipping along!" Of course, they were discussing the implementation of today's current ZIP Code system. Next, Mr. Day mentioned that the new 5 cent rate for First Class stamps would begin on January 7, 1963. Oh, those were the days! - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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