GOOF WATCH: During the second game with contestant Deedee Thompsen, John goofed the flip count and announced, "Two down and ten to go." In fact, there were eight to go. - W-B (2007)
WELCOME BACK MARTIN!!! This is the first week of Bennett's vacation and filling his seat on the panel is none other than Martin Gabel. Unfortunately, Bennett's absence is felt as the panel went an abysmal 1 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, the panel failed to guess that the young lady from Montreal by way of England raised worms. In the second game, the panel was again stumped as they failed to guess that the contestant was a female doorman. The panel did regain a measure of self-respect as they correctly identified World Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (who was also introduced on the overlay with his birth name of Cassius Clay), who used a rather effeminate voice to try to fool the panel. The champ was on the show to promote his upcoming title defense against former champion Floyd Patterson. There was no time for a third game or, for that matter, the customary good nights, and on that note, the show ended. - Sargebri (2007)
Guest panelist Joe Garagiola was in the middle of his stint as play-by-play man for the New York Yankees and eventually would become the play-by-play man for NBC's "Game of the Week" coverage during the 1970's and 1980's. However, he would make frequent appearances on several game shows as well as become the host of a few game shows. He later would join the panel of the syndicated revival of "To Tell the Truth" and would become the host of that show when Garry Moore retired. In fact, it was during his stint on the panel that one of the most memorable moments in game show history took place. During a 1973 broadcast, the panel had to guess which one of three men was a New York City undercover policeman. The big shock came after the game was over and the identification was made. When it came time for the two imposters to introduce themselves, the panel was shocked when one of the young men turned out to be Joe's son, Joe Jr., and the other imposter turned out to be Kitty Carlisle's son, Chris Hart. That clip has been replayed many times on retrospective shows honoring game shows of the past. - Sargebri (2007)
(1) JOE GARAGIOLA: Tonight's "WML?" episode and the 1969-1978 syndicated "To Tell the Truth" were not the only Goodson-Todman productions Joe Garagiola had been involved in. From 1969 to 1970, he hosted another G-T game show, the five-day-a-week syndicated "He Said, She Said," which was announced by Johnny Olson and sponsored by Holiday Inn Hotels. The basic format - three celebrities and one non-celebrity, divided into two teams (the men and their wives) - would be revamped for the 1974-1978 CBS game show "Tattletales," which was hosted by another G-T favorite, Bert Convy.
(2) YOU KNOW THE OPENING SPONSOR IS A CIGARETTE MAKER WHEN... - On GSN's May 28, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel cut to a current commercial in the middle of the "WML?" opening titles.
(3) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's show is the 61st known surviving kinescope of a live broadcast where the word "live" has been cut from the intro.
(4) THE CHARCOAL ROOM: 846 Second Avenue, where Johnny Johnston's Charcoal Room was based as of 1965, was located at East 45th Street in an area commonly referred to as "Steak Row," which generally covered East 45th Street between First and Lexington Avenues. A web site with a transcription of a 1959 New York publication states, "The Charcoal Room, 846 Second Ave., at 95th St., formerly known as Johnny Johnston's Charcoal Room offers the novelty of permitting you to broil your own sirloin in an open pit which sits in the middle of the restaurant." However, the reference to 95th street is in error; it is possibly a typographical error which should read 45th Street. The building numbers at Second Avenue and East 95th Street would be within the mid-1800 (1800 to 1850) range.
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Gene Ulrich has returned to his regular position of lighting director for the first time this season.
(6) Following GSN's May 28, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired an edition of the "classic CBS" "I've Got a Secret" which was originally transmitted "live from New York" on May 18, 1964. The episode, sponsored by Toni Home Permanents, was a salute to Armed Forces Week, with an opening display from the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Honor Guard Company of Fort Myer, Virginia. The host was Garry Moore, then a few months away from being replaced as program host by Steve Allen, and the panel consisted of the "classic" lineup of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. - W-B (2007)
I'm a sports writer, and was in Columbus, Ohio once when Joe Garagiola was in town for some old-timers' function. He was a nice-enough guy, but he didn't come off as gregarious as he does on TV. Maybe he was just tired. - Bill Savage, August 2004
This was not a good night for the panel in general. The were stumped by both contestants, even though they were starting to get close on the person who rounded up worms. Guest panelist Joe Garagiola was still working the Yankee broadcasts at the time of this appearance. He later would work for several years on NBC's "Game of the Week," as well as several playoff and World Series broadcasts. This would not be his final appearance on a panel show. A few years later, he would join the panel of the 1969-1978 five-day-a-week syndicated revival version of another Goodson-Todman classic, "To Tell the Truth." In fact, he would replace Garry Moore as host in 1977 when Moore decided to retire. He put in a very good performance on this broadcast. John never once pronounced his name correctly, though! - Sargebri (2004)
I AM THE GREATEST! Bennett timed his vacation perfectly. He was among the majority of Americans who still called Muhammad Ali "Cassius Clay." However, Ali was still greeted quite warmly by the audience. Ali was on the show to promote his November 22, 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada fight against former world champ Floyd Patterson, who also refused to call him by his new name. Ali would eventually defeat Patterson with a TKO in the 12th round. For game play, Ali answered his questions in a high falsetto disguised voice. He was eventually guessed by the panel. In the post round conversation, Ali announced that this bout was going to be broadcast live on closed-circut television, to be aired by Sportsvision. John mentions the fact that Ali won a 1960 Olympic gold medal when he was still known as "Cassius Clay." He won it fighting in the light heavyweight division. He wore his medal all the time, even after returning home to Louisville, Kentucky. One night, he got into a confrontation with a white motorcycle gang who hurled insults at him. He and his friend Ronnie King beat up the bikers. Later, Ali began to seriously think about what the medal meant, and saw it as nothing more than an object. He then took the medal off and threw it into the Ohio River. A few years later in 1964, he defeated Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title. The next day, he stunned the world when he announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. A few months later, he faced Liston in a controversial rematch. Many people to this day say the Liston fight was fixed. However, that controversy was nothing compared to what would happen later. In 1967, Ali's draft status was changed to 1-A, meaning that he was eligible for the draft. Sighting his religious beliefs, Ali refused induction, even though in all likelihood he would have been given non-combat duty. Ali was then indicted on charges of draft dodging, causing him to lose his boxing license in every state in the union. This not only caused him to be stripped of his title, it effectively put his career on hold for three years. After his license was reinstated, he fought several tune-up fights. He eventually fought then-current champ Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971, in what many have called the "Fight of the Century." Ali lost that fight, but eventually would regain his title on October 30, 1974, when he defeated George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. In later years, his health deteriorated as a result of Parkinson's Syndrome, which was attributed to his years in the ring. However, this didn't stop Ali from becoming a goodwill ambassador. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he was given two honors: First, at the opening ceremony, he provided a very emotional moment when he lit the torch to open the games. His second honor came during halftime of the men's basketball final, when he was presented with a duplicate gold medal to replace the one he lost. Today, he still acts as a goodwill ambassador, and he is now watching his daughter Laila as she works on her career in boxing. - Sargebri (2004)
FLOATS LIKE A BUTTERFLY AND STINGS LIKE A BEE - Muhammad Ali received a huge laugh from everybody at the end of the show when he said to John Daly, "And I'd like to say, I've always watched your show since I was "this" small." (Ali now holds his hand out, indicating the height of a little boy.) Ali continues with, "I must admit, you really don't look that old!" - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Bennett is vacationing in Tel Aviv, Israel; Athens, Greece; and Madrid, Spain. Arlene's play, "Mrs. Dally," is next opening at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The play was written by William Hanley, produced by Martin Gabel, and stars Robert Forster, Arlene Francis and Ralph Meeker. Mickey Mantle Day was held Saturday (September 18, 1965) at Yankee Stadium. - Suzanne (2004)
Joe Garagiola (b. 2/12/1926)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Joe Garagiola.
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