(1) "MEMOREX" WATCH: Tonight's prerecorded edition, the first "new" "WML?" episode to air in the new year of 1967, has resumed leaving out the show's origin of production in announcer Johnny Olson's intro. This is the eleventh pre-taped show since EPISODE #820 of July 3, 1966, and the fourth this season alone, to continue this trend.
(2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This was Dick Cavett's second and final appearance on the CBS "WML?" panel. He will, however, appear twice more on the syndicated version - both times as a mystery guest, on the seventeenth week of the 1968-1969 season, and again on the fourth-to-the-last week of the series itself in 1974-1975.
(3) BAD PUN ALERT: Surprisingly, the culprit on this occasion isn't Bennett, but guest panelist Dick Cavett. In introducing the other guest panelist, he explains in his usual dry delivery, "If you were to be falsely arrested in the city of Oakland, California, you'd sue Oakland..." As for Mr. Cerf, in his intro of "our panel moderator" he solemnly explains, in the spirit of the New Year, that his continuous ribbings with John are all in good jest - as he has occasionally emphasized from time to time over the years.
(4) GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA ON "WML?" IN LIVING COLOR, PART II: Tonight's show was not the first time Miss Lollobrigida was seen in glorious color on "WML?" She was the second mystery guest on the special - and sadly, lost to history - EPISODE #225 of September 19, 1954, which was broadcast in CBS's experimental color. An irony in this was that on the earlier occasion, Steve Allen - whose "Tonight!" show was on the verge of going national - was on the panel for what would be the last time as a regular; while tonight, future talk-show legend Dick Cavett was a panelist for the last time. As for Gina, two years after tonight's show, in 1969, she would appear in the role of "Carla Campbell" in the comedy "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell," which featured such other former "WML?" mystery guests as Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers and Peter Lawford in the cast. Of this group, only Mr. Lawford had also been a "WML?" guest panelist. Miss Lollobrigida would work with Mr. Cavett again as a guest on his talk show in 1973.
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Yet again, the justly unappreciated procedure of "crunching" the end credit sequence was in clear evidence on GSN's January 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show.
(6) Following the January 29, 2008 airing of this episode, GSN ran the October 8, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson on the panel, and Victor Borge as the celebrity guest. One of the regular contestants on this episode was Chief John Big Tree from Syracuse, New York, now age 98 in 1962, who had been one of the three Native Americans who had posed in 1913 for the "Indian Head nickel" which is also known as the "Buffalo nickel." The Indian Chief stated that the portion of his face used by the coin's sculptor, James Earle Fraser, was his facial profile from his forehead to the bottom of his nose. This coin was minted from 1913 to 1938. - W-B (2008)