(1) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's show - the first live edition in nearly two months, since EPISODE #833 of October 2, 1966 - is the 31st surviving kinescope copy of the post-Kilgallen era to maintain the complete "live" wording on announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This evening, Phyllis Newman is introduced first for the seventh time since Dorothy's passing. Also, in no small part due to the switch in panel lineup following the first mystery guest round, there are no nameplates on the panel desk tonight. Only Mr. Daly's desk has maintained his own nameplate.
(3) "IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR" - INDEED: 1966 was one of the high points of Francis Albert Sinatra's illustrious career. Earlier in the year, the "Chairman of the Board" scored a #1 hit with "Strangers in the Night" (Reprise single #0470), which originated from the movie "A Man Could Get Killed," whose main stars, James Garner and Melina Mercouri, were once "WML?" mystery guests, as was co-star Anthony Franciosa. Around the time of tonight's show, "Ol' Blue Eyes" had another Top 10 hit, "That's Life" (Reprise 0531). One of that song's co-writers, Kelly Gordon, went on to co-produce Bobbie Gentry's #1 single from 1967, "Ode to Billie Jo" (Capitol 5950). In addition, "That's Life" had previously been recorded, earlier in 1966, by O.C. Smith who himself would have a smash hit in 1968 with "Little Green Apples" (Columbia 4-44616). In between "Strangers in the Night" and "That's Life," Mr. Sinatra had another Top 30 single, "Summer Wind" (Reprise 0509), whose English lyricist, the legendary Johnny Mercer, was yet another former "WML?" mystery guest. Less than three years from tonight's show, Frank would be one of the first of many singers to record "My Way" (Reprise 0817, 1969), whose English lyricist, Paul Anka, was himself a former guest panelist and mystery guest on "WML?"
(4) MORE ABOUT FRANK SINATRA: Mr. Sinatra's ultimately ill-fated marriage to Mia Farrow was considered highly controversial at the time, not only due to the massive age difference between the two, but also due to the fact that Miss Farrow was younger than his first two children, Nancy and Frank Jr. (Only Tina Sinatra, his youngest daughter, was slightly younger than Mia.) His "May-December" marriage even brought about a sarcastic retort from one of his former wives, Ava Gardner, whose only "WML?" appearance, as a mystery guest, was on EPISODE #172 of September 13, 1953.
(5) LYNN CASTLE: There was a very peripheral connection between the first regular contestant, Lynn Castle, and Frank Sinatra. This was due to Miss Castle's having recorded for Lee Hazlewood's LHI label, as noted elsewhere below. Mr. Hazlewood, as explained in the notes to EPISODE #826 of August 14, 1966, had worked with Frank's daughter, Nancy Sinatra, as producer, writer and occasional duet partner. Mr. Hazlewood also co-produced (with Jimmy Bowen, who worked with "Ol' Blue Eyes" on his own forays into the singles charts) Frank and Nancy's #1 duet "Somethin' Stupid" (Reprise 0561, 1967).
(6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The outrageously offensive "crunching" of the end credits continued apace on GSN's January 24, 2008 airing of this show, which was first transmitted one year and 19 days after Dolly Mae's tragic death.
(7) Following the January 24, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the June 18, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was the 10th anniversary show. This episode led off with host Garry Moore operating an RCA TK-11 camera (not so steadily) and introducing the "classic '60's" panel lineup of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. It was presumably beginning the next season that this iconic camera (and its predecessor, the TK-10) which symbolized and signified American television's so-called "Golden Age" was replaced with British-made Marconi Mark IV cameras, which were in all likelihood ordered by CBS as much for its not being manufactured by RCA as for its providing a better quality picture than the earlier RCA cameras. - W-B (2008)