(1) JOHN VLIET LINDSAY: At the time of tonight's "WML?" episode, guest panelist John V. Lindsay (1921-2000) was a U.S. Congressman for the 17th Congressional District of New York, aka the "Silk Stocking" district, which he served from 1959 through 1965. On the panel desk, his nameplate read as "REP. LINDSAY." During the introductions, it transpired that all three regular panelists were his constituents.
Mr. Lindsay then served as Mayor of New York City for two tumultuous terms, from 1966 to 1973. His run as mayor was marked by major strikes by transit workers, garbagemen and school teachers, and decentralization of the city's school system, among other events. He originally ran for Mayor in 1965 as a Republican, then ran for re-election in 1969 on the Liberal ticket. A few years later, he switched his party affiliation to Democrat.
After the last of his two terms as Mayor ended, Mr. Lindsay was a contributor to the ill-fated 1975 ABC-TV morning show "AM America," a precursor to "Good Morning America." Dorothy's opening comment of "He's really a movie star" notwithstanding, his only movie acting role was in the 1975 movie "Rosebud," in which he played "Senator Donnovan." The film, directed by Otto Preminger who had been a "WML?" guest panelist on EPISODE #542 of December 11, 1960, also starred Peter O'Toole as "Larry Martin," and in the role of Lindsay's daughter, a young actress named Kim Cattrall who would go on to greater fame as "Samantha Jones" in the HBO series "Sex and the City" which ran from 1998 to 2004.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live broadcast was the second known kinescope copy (after EPISODE #696 of January 19, 1964) to have the word "live" edited out of the opening, thus Johnny Olson's intro comes across as "And now...[click] from New York..." The reasons for this edit are explained in the notes to EPISODE #696 and the notes to EPISODE #697 of January 26, 1964. - W-B (2006)