What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 33


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 18, 1965 on CBS



  • Notes

    • Despite the fact that there were technical glitches in the kinescope during the mystery guest round, it still was a fun show. Abe Burrows added his usual good humor to the show and guessed the occupation of the female usher. Anita Gillette's appearance was a preview of things to come. She would not only become a fixture on many popular game shows of the 1970s, but also would become a semi-regular panelist on the syndicated WML. Miss Gillette would have a role in the 1972 sitcom "Me and the Chimp," which featured Ted Bessell and a chimpanzee. This short-lived 13-episode show was universally panned as one of the worst series in the history of television. Amazingly, it was produced by Garry Marshall, who later had many successful programs. Later, during 1982-1983, Anita would appear on "Quincy M.E." as "Quincy's" second wife, psychologist "Dr. Emily Hanover." Ironically, she also played "Quincy's" first wife in a flashback looking at the circumstances surrounding her death. Mystery guest Marian Anderson was one of the greatest voices in opera history. Her voice was classified as contralto, she could sing the high soprano notes and the low baritone notes. She had a long and storied career that was unfortunately marred by racism. In 1939, she was scheduled to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., but was prohibited from doing so by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the auditorium. So great was the controversy that then-member First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned her DAR membership in support of Miss Anderson. Miss Anderson did perform in Washington as scheduled, but outdoors on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1955 Marian Anderson, now 53, again made history by becoming the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Marian Anderson retired from singing in 1965 after an extended farewell tour. - Sargebri (2004)

      The first contestant was an usherette at the recently opened Houston Astrodome. This was the home of the Houston Astros (formerly the Houston Colt .45s) from 1965 to 2000, when they moved to Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field). It also was the home of the Houston Oilers from 1968 until their move to Memphis, TN. The Oilers eventually moved to Nashville and changed their name to the Tennessee Titans. The Astrodome was the scene of the classic January 20, 1968 college basketball game between the University of Houston, led by Elvin Hayes, and UCLA, led by Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in which Houston ended UCLA's 47-game winning streak with a score of 71-69. The Astrodome is still standing, despite the fact that no teams currently call it home. During the first year of its existence, grass was attempted to be grown inside the stadium with disastrous results. Since the stadium was covered, the grass wouldn't grow due to the lack of sunlight. It then was decided to put in a recently invented synthetic surface that was developed for playgrounds. AstroTurf was invented in 1965 by employees of Monsanto and patented in 1967 under the name "Chemgrass." It was renamed AstroTurf after its first well-publicized use at the Houston Astrodome. AstroTurf soon would be installed not only at many indoor stadiums, but in some outdoor stadiums as well. Originally, it was seen as a great maintenance-free advancement. However, many athletes, especially football players, soon realized that the surface was as hard as concrete and that their careers were being shortened due to injuries. Also, in baseball, the ball tends to bounce higher and faster on this hard surface. As a result, AstroTurf is being replaced in many stadiums with newer types of artificial turf, two common brands of this new generation being FieldTurf and SportGrass. These materials have properties much closer to natural grass turf. AstroTurf's version of this new artificial grass is called Astroplay. - Sargebri (2004)