(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Polident denture cleanser tablets.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 39th surviving post-Kilgallen kinescope of a live edition to leave intact the "live" wording on announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Yet again, Phyllis Newman is introduced first - the 10th time she had this honor since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing. In her introduction of Allen Ludden, seen tonight in his next-to-last "WML?" appearance, Miss Newman noted that his show, "Password," can be seen daily and "on Sundays at 5:00 [PM] in color." Actually, "Password's" executive producer, Frank Wayne, was more "forward-looking" in the preservation department than "WML?'s" "minimalist" Gil Fates, given that those episodes of the 1961-1967 CBS version of "Password" that still exist are on videotape, whether black-and-white pre-1966 or color post-1966.
(4) CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: GSN's most recent airing of tonight's show was February 3, 2008 - two days' shy of 41 years from the original airing on CBS.
(5) TONY RANDALL: His "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe" album (issued on MG 21108/SR 61108, several months after The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" on sister label Fontana) would not be the only album he would put out for the Mercury label. Later in the year, as "WML?" was reaching the end of its 17.5-year CBS run, Mr. Randall released another LP on Mercury, "Warm and Wavery" (MG 21128/SR 61128). Among the contents of that album were such standards as "The Debutante's Ball," "Me and My Shadow," and "You Ought to Be in Pictures." In earlier years, Tony had recorded for the Imperial label (of Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson fame), prior to its 1963 acquisition by Liberty Records. Thus the claim of his being a "New Recording Star," as displayed on the overlay screen next to his name, stretched the truth a bit.
(6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's diabolically dastardly habit of "crunching" the screen during the end credit sequence continued unabated as of the cable and satellite channel's February 3, 2008 airing of this edition.
(7) GSN's February 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a rerun of an episode of "I've Got a Secret" which was originally transmitted "live from New York" on December 10, 1962. The host was Garry Moore, the panel consisted of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was Ray Bolger. - W-B (2008)