(1) In the manner of some 1965-1966 episodes, the complete opening sequence was shown with no opening sponsor.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: Due to the manner in which the opening of last week's EPISODE #853 was edited, tonight's show is therefore the 43rd existing kinescope of a live telecast from within the post-Kilgallen era to retain the "live" wording with no cuts to announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: It was interesting that Henry Morgan was on the same "WML?" panel tonight as Gypsy Rose Lee, in the context of her snide intro of Bennett -- given that down the road, on EPISODE #868 of July 9, 1967, Mr. Morgan himself reached the end of the CBS "WML?" line with his rude interruption of Mr. Cerf during the intros. Henry would, however, frequently appear on the panel on the syndicated "WML?" between 1969 and the show's final week in 1975. Gypsy, on the other hand, never appeared on the program again.
(4) GYPSY ROSE LEE: At the time of her wrong-footed "WML?" appearance tonight, Gypsy Rose Lee was appearing in the Phyllis Diller vehicle "The Pruitts of Southampton," which debuted on ABC on September 6, 1966, changed its title to "The Phyllis Diller Show" in January of 1967, and ended its run on September 1, 1967. Miss Lee played the role of "Regina Wentworth," the nosy next-door neighbor of Miss Diller's character, "Phyllis Poindexter Pruitt." This short-lived sitcom was based on the novel "House Party" by Patrick Dennis, who also wrote "Auntie Mame" which spawned not only the 1958 film of the same name, but also the 1966 Broadway musical (and 1974 movie) "Mame." Gypsy also hosted a long-running daytime talk show on ABC's San Francisco owned-and-operated station, KGO-TV (Channel 7), where she was frequently known for her outspokenness. This base of operations may explain Miss Lee's having visited the second contestant's fortune cookie factory a few days prior to tonight's show. As for "Pruitts," it was listed among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name.
(5) VIDAL SASSOON ON BOTH CLASSIC AND SYNDIE "WML?": Two years to the month after his mystery guest appearance on tonight's show, hair stylist Vidal Sassoon appeared as a mystery guest on the color syndicated "WML?" in an episode from Week #36 which was taped on March 6, 1969. The host on that 1969 show was Wally Bruner, and the panel consisted of Soupy Sales, Joanna Barnes, Hal Holbrook and Arlene Francis. That daytime episode was also notable for the appearance of another person who was on both versions of "WML?," baseball umpire school head Al Somers, who had previously been a contestant on EPISODE #674 of July 28, 1963. The 1969 edition was most recently shown by GSN on August 8, 2006 as part of a month-long tribute to the Baseball Hall of Fame on its 70th anniversary.
(6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, A.J. Gulino is once again credited as audio engineer. In addition, the cruelly caddish penchant for "crunching" the end credit sequence was again in full force on the February 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN.
(7) A DOUBLE DOSE OF HENRY MORGAN: The February 9, 2008 airing of tonight's episode by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was first broadcast "live from New York" on February 4, 1963 and hosted by Garry Moore. Celebrity guest Jack Benny introduced himself at the opening as "Jascha Heifetz," which was almost identical to his "Heifetz" mystery guest sign-in on "WML?" EPISODE #469 of June 21, 1959. The "IGAS" panel on this occasion was arranged thus: Bess Myerson, Henry Morgan, Jack's daughter Joan Benny (filling in for the vacationing Bill Cullen), and Betsy Palmer. - W-B (2008)
THE SHOW MUST GO ON: By sheer coincidence, Henry Morgan was suffering from illnesses on both the 1967 "WML?" episode and the 1963 "IGAS" episode broadcast back-to-back by GSN on February 9, 2008. On "WML?" he stated that he was very sick with "pneumonia and a cold" and on "IGAS" he had laryngitis. - Suzanne (2008)