What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 3


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 19, 1965 on CBS



  • Notes

    • 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)

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