What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 21, 1966 on CBS
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Game 1: David DeWan (b. 3/14/1943) - "Runs Dating Service By Computer" (self-employed; from Boston, MA; approximately age 23; his computer dating service, which he owns and operates, is named "Contact" and arranges blind dates through the use of computerized data gathered from questionnaires; he enters the dating data into a Honeywell computer and employs the use of "IBM machines" which refer to the card reading machines which read IBM punch cards; he is also a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he said that he has ideas for yet more computerized data applications; indeed, in 1974, David DeWan and Mitchell Kertzman founded CSI, Computer Solutions, Inc., based in Burlington, MA, which reached sales into the millions; see associated vintage newspaper article below)

Game 2: Mrs. Jackie Frankel - "Sells Airplanes" (salaried; very pretty brunette; she is a pilot and sells Cessna airplanes for Aviation Activities, Inc.; Mr. Daly said she was a former model and television commercial actress; from Chicago, IL)

Game 3: Walter Brennan (7/25/1894 - 9/21/1974) (as Mystery Guest)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Walter Brennan

    Walter Brennan

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Jayne Meadows

    Jayne Meadows

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • REVIEW: This was definitely a very solid night for the panel as they scored a perfecto. However, it also was "Old Home Night" because the prodigal son, Steve Allen, was on the show and he was accompanied by his lovely wife, Jayne Meadows. In fact, the Allens pretty much dominated the show. In the first game, the panel was led down the garden path by John and the contestant from Boston, who had them believing he had something to do with Harvard. However, it was Steve who guessed that he had something to do with dating and Jayne correctly guessed that he ran a computer dating service. In the second game, Jayne correctly guessed that the lady from Chicago was an airplane saleslady. The evening was capped off when Steverino, almost out of the blue, correctly identified two-time Oscar winner Walter Brennan, who tried to fool the panel by using an Irish brogue. His performance on the show, as well as the great performance by Steve and Jayne, definitely made this a night to remember. - Sargebri (2008)

        VINTAGE IGAS: Following GSN's airing of this episode in January 2008, a 1962 episode of "I've Got a Secret" aired. One of the highlights of that episode was the opening game, when four people came out with various injuries -- one girl had a broken kneecap; one girl had an injured back; one girl had a broken nose; and the young man in the group had a broken finger. Their secret was that they all received their injuries doing the twist. Now, if their injuries had happened today, the audience at home would have probably been told that their secret was that they had gotten their injuries from standing in a mosh pit at a rock concert. - Sargebri (2008)

      • Background: David DeWan's "Contact" service was very similar to a computer dating service at Harvard called "Operation Match." - Suzanne (2008)

        Reprint from: THE HARVARD CRIMSON

        University Police Eject Man From Winthrop House

        Originally published on Thursday, September 30, 1965

        (Original Author Unknown)

        University police last night stopped a salesman from distributing questionnaires in Winthrop House for a computer dating service much like "Operation Match."

        Although University police would release no information about the incident, a witness, John P. Bachner '66, reported that the salesman identified himself to police as David DeWan. DeWan, an M.I.T. graduate student, is the president and sole owner of "Contact," an enterprise which has reportedly collected 2000 completed questionnaires from Boston college students this fall.

        Interviewed last night before his reported appearance in Winthrop House, DeWan said his organization charged $4 for supplying five to ten names of "ideal" dates.

        DeWan called the "Operation Match" questionnaire "less sophisticated, appealing to the big, Mid-west universities." He said that under "Contact's" "two-way matches" which he described as an improvement over "Operation Match," a student would be the "ideal" date of the person whose name he received and that that person would also be the student's ideal date.

        The "Contact" man found in Winthrop last night reportedly told University police that he did not know that he had to have a permit to distribute the questionnaires in the Houses, saying that he had distributed the questionnaires at M.I.T. without one.

        An "Operation Match" executive said last night that a similar fate befell a "Contact" questionnaire distributor last week at Yale.

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at seven down. Steve had correctly guessed "dating" before the cards were over and Jayne had identified an association with machines just after they were over. On the second contestant, Jayne phrased a question in the form of "You don't test airplanes?" John, varying from the past method he had recently taken to handling such inquiries towards the end of a game, began to flip a card and then backpedaled and asked Jayne to go ahead. She got the correct line on her next question. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • HIGH TECHNOLOGY: The panel has fun with a man who runs a dating service by computer -- an idea which was a forerunner of advanced online dating services such as "Match.com" and "eHarmony.com." Of course, at that time in 1966, much more personal interaction would have been required on the part of the matchmaker. Upon hearing his occupation, Arlene commented, "I prefer the old-fashioned way" and Bennett responded, "Give me the good ol' days." At one point, John can be heard saying, "It's an application of the computer." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH - PART II: The closing sponsor for tonight's show is Kleenex tissues.
        (2) For the fifth time this year, the program's point of origin is not mentioned in announcer Johnny Olson's intro of this prerecorded episode.
        (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Tonight, Steve Allen is introduced first - the third time since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing that he had this honor. Announcer Johnny Olson introduces Mr. Allen as "The star of stage and television and host of 'I've Got a Secret'." This, coupled with the recent introductions of Phyllis Newman when she sat on the far end of the panel desk, is apparently a sign that the "star of stage and television" honorific is being broadened to describe others besides Arlene Francis in the post-Kilgallen era. Tonight's panel lineup is the same, albeit possibly arranged differently, as that of EPISODE #821 of July 10, 1966, which unfortunately is lost to history.
        (4) WALTER BRENNAN: While Walter Brennan, on the face of it, had nothing to promote, he filmed roles in two different films that came out the next year: as "D.J. Mulrooney" and "Knobby" in the Walt Disney picture "The Gnome-Mobile" (which also marked Ed Wynn's last film appearance, prior to the beloved comedian and actor's death in this year of 1966), and as "Pop Gillis" in the comedy "Who's Minding the Mint?" Also in 1967, Mr. Brennan returned to regular series TV as Army scout "Will Sonnett" in the Western "The Guns of Will Sonnett," which ran on ABC from September 8, 1967 to September 19, 1969, and also starred Dack Rambo as his grandson, "Jim Sonnett." In the years prior to his death in 1974, Walter had one more TV series role under his belt, in the final (1969-1970) season of the 1969-1971 sitcom "To Rome with Love," in which he played "Andy Pruitt." Tonight's show was Mr. Brennan's third and final "WML?" appearance.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, the same production crew credited on the last few pre-taped shows as airing this summer - starting with production supervisor Milton A. (Milt) Myers - is credited tonight. On the most recent airing of this show by GSN on January 13, 2008, the cable and satellite channel used their deservedly infamous "crunching" method for showing the end credits.
        (6) SPEAKING OF "I'VE GOT A SECRET": The January 13, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" show by GSN was followed by a repeat of the March 26, 1962 edition of "IGAS." That night, Henry Morgan filled in for Garry Moore as host, while his usual seat as a panelist was filled by Merv Griffin, who sat in with Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was Ann Sothern. - W-B (2008)

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 22, 1966, along with the previous episode. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Nytol non-habit forming sleep aid tablets. Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows are currently performing in one of the casinos at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

      • This was a pretty good outing for the panel, especially for the Allen clan. Steve came close when he said that the first contestant had something to do with dating. Just as John was about to throw all the cards over, Jayne guessed that the young man involved with computer dating. Jayne also managed to identify that the second contestant sold airplanes. She got the biggest laugh of the night when she told her husband that the pretty contestant didn't come with the product! It was Steve's turn again when he identified mystery guest Walter Brennan, who used a funny Irish accent to disguise his voice. There was some confusion, however, when the question was asked about whether or not he was on a regular series. Even though his 1957-1963 television series, "The Real McCoys" had been cancelled several years earlier, it was still seen daily in reruns, or "repeats" as they stated. Also adding to the confusion for the panel was the fact that John was answering all the questions himself, too, in an Irish brogue. Everybody had fun tonight, and there were lots of laughs, but this night definitely belonged to Steve and Jayne. - Sargebri (2004)

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