REVIEW: Based on tonight's performance, this would have been a night the panel probably would have wanted to stay at home, but for the impassioned pleas and the very fun mystery guest round, this was still a very nice night. In the first game, the panel, which was blindfolded to keep from recognizing the first contestant, was absolutely stumped by legendary newsman/writer/sportsman Lowell Thomas. Mr. Thomas answered the panel in both French and German to fool the panel and seemingly was nervous, but once he got over his jitters, he was very charming. After the game, though, he got very serious by first announcing that he was donating his winnings to the earthquake relief efforts in his adopted home state of Alaska. He then made an impassioned plea to both the audience and the panel to donate whatever they could to the earthquake relief efforts. In the second game, the good news was that Bennett correctly guessed that the young lady from Germany did an act where she juggled while being hung from her hair. However, the bad news was that when he made the guess, it wasn't his turn, and she won the full prize by default. In the mystery guest round, the panel was again fooled; this time by former guest panelist Van Cliburn, who used a European accent of indeterminable origin to fool the panel. In fact, the panel was so far in left field that John threw in the towel. After the game, it was Van's turn to make an appeal. His appeal was for donations for the Interlochen Camp for young musicians. The two appeals helped to ease the blow of the panel being shut out. - Sargebri
Lowell Thomas wasn't the only famous member of his family. His son, Lowell Jr., would go on to become the Lt. Governor of Alaska. - Sargebri
1964 ALASKA EARTHQUAKE: Lowell Thomas made an impassioned plea for Americans to donate generously to "help Alaska." Although he didn't use the word "earthquake," on Friday, March 27, 1964, Alaska had recently suffered what is, as of this writing in June 2006, the most powerful seismic activity ever recorded in the United States. Its magnitude was 9.2 on the open-ended Richter scale. The Great Alaska Earthquake, also remembered as The Good Friday Earthquake, literally shook the world. Among the more than 100 casualties, 12 people in California were killed by the resulting tidal wave, and several fishing boats were sunk off the Louisiana coast in the oceanic disturbance generated by the quake. As far away as Spain, terrified residents reported water sloshing out of their wells. Property damage was extensive - the estimate was over 300 million dollars US, the equivalent of nearly two billion dollars in 2006. - Lee McIntyre
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at two down. Bennett had correctly guessed that she was a juggler, but he spoke out of turn. The panel also ascertained that as part of her act, she hung by her hair. John flipped all the cards for the mystery challenger, Van Cliburn, at six down, as time was running out. - agent_0042
(1) FOUND AFTER ALL: After skipping tonight's episode in 2002 and 2004, GSN aired this show in regular rotation on June 7, 2006. The kinescope appears to be in pristine condition.
(2) On the panel desk, Arlene's nameplate has a visible white dot located at the top right of her surname. This dot became apparent over the past few weeks.
(3) Guest panelist Allen Ludden, in introducing Dorothy, mentions a book she is "still" writing about great murders in history. The book will finally be published as "Murder One" in 1967 - two years after Dorothy's death.
(4) BAD PUN ALERT: During the introductions, Bennett mentioned that John believed the French should take over the Rock of Gibraltar so that it could be renamed "De Gaulle's Stone." Bennett's witticism was a double pun - not only on the medical term "gallstone," but also on the surname of then-French President Charles de Gaulle.
(5) LOWELL THOMAS: Aside from his long-running radio broadcast which lasted from 1930 to 1976, legendary news commentator Lowell Thomas (1892-1981) was a founding partner in the Cinerama venture and narrator of the 1952 movie "This Is Cinerama," as well as narrator for Fox Movietone newsreels for many years. His involvement with the latter would form the basis for his 1970s public TV series "Lowell Thomas Remembers." His famous sign-off was "So long, until tomorrow." Mr. Thomas was with CBS at the time of his appearance as the first mystery guest tonight.
(6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: After three weeks of super-truncated end credits, we are once again treated to the credits of the people behind the scenes at "WML?" Tonight, Dan F. Smith is credited as associate director, a position he will go on to hold to the end of the show's CBS run, and Jay Fairman is credited in the position of Audio in place of B.A. Taylor. Mr. Fairman will eventually relocate to Florida and be at the sound board for Jackie Gleason's variety show until its cancellation in 1970. - W-B
GSN INTERACTIVE TESTING, DAY TWO OF TWO: April 18, 2004, with no prior warning, GSN skipped this episode for testing of their new GSN website interactive game module. In addition, GSN had also skipped this episode in 2002. Up until the June 7, 2006 GSN broadcast of this episode, it was unknown whether or not this episode existed or was lost to history. - Suzanne
Panel: Arlene Francis, Allen Ludden, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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