What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 26


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Feb 23, 1964 on CBS



  • Notes

    • BENNETT CERF'S CLOUDY CRYSTAL BALL: During the goodbyes at the end of this broadcast, Bennett Cerf said, "I want to predict you're going to see Lindsay in the governor's chair up at Albany one of these days. Remember what I said." At the time, John Lindsay was, as described by the New York Times, "the debonair political irregular who represented Manhattan's Silk Stocking district on the East Side for seven years in Congress."

      Lindsay never made it to the state governor's office up in the New York State capital of Albany, NY, but the year after this broadcast, Lindsay successfully ran for mayor as a Republican in a three-way race, defeating the Democratic candidate Abe Beame, then City Comptroller, and National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr., who ran on the Conservative line. Lindsay served two terms as mayor of New York City during the racial unrest, antiwar protests, municipal strikes and other upheavals of the 1960's and early 1970's. Lindsay left office in 1973 an unpopular mayor, choosing not to seek re-election. - Lee McIntyre

      Read more about the trials and travails of John Lindsay at Wikipedia:


      BENNETT PREDICTS: During the good nights, Bennett made a prediction that guest panelist John V. Lindsay would one day become Governor of New York State. History would prove Mr. Cerf wrong on that score, as within two years of tonight's show, Mr. Lindsay began the first of two terms as Mayor of the City of New York. While Bennett did make some on-air predictions that came true, such as for baseball team wins, his prediction of what office Lindsay would later occupy was somewhat off the mark. Nelson Rockefeller remained N.Y. State Governor up to near the end of Lindsay's mayoralty. - W-B