(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor tonight was Post Honeycomb cereal. A decade later, there would be a memorable ad campaign which started off with "Come to the Honeycomb Hideout!" For years thereafter, these commercial advertisements were a staple of Saturday morning television.
(2) "MEMOREX" WATCH: This is the fourth surviving pre-taped episode of 1967, the eighth of the 1966-1967 season, and the fifteenth since EPISODE #820 of July 3, 1966, to leave out the origin of the show's production from announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: At the time tonight's show was taped (on the same night as the live, and sadly lost to history, EPISODE #855 of March 26, 1967, on which the exact same panel lineup was assembled as on this evening), Steve Allen was one week and one day away from the show he was hosting at the time, "I've Got a Secret," reaching the end of its nearly 15-year run on April 3, 1967. At the time this show aired tonight, Mr. Allen was hosting a summer-replacement series, "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour," which ran on CBS from June 14, 1967 to August 16, 1967. His lovely wife, and tonight's fellow guest panelist, Jayne Meadows, and a former regular from his 1956-1961 Sunday night NBC series, Louis Nye, were among the regulars on this short-lived program, as well as future "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" regular Ruth Buzzi, and John Byner. In 1980, Steverino would host another "Steve Allen Comedy Hour" for NBC which ran on and off from October 18, 1980 to January 10, 1981. Among the more notable regulars of this later show were Catherine O'Hara, then on a break from the Canadian sketch comedy series "Second City Television" (aka "SCTV"), and veteran stage and TV actress/singer/comedienne Kaye Ballard who had played the role of "Kaye Buell" on the Desi Arnaz-produced sitcom "The Mothers-in-Law" which ran on NBC from September 10, 1967 to September 7, 1969. And while this was Jayne Meadows' last appearance on the CBS "WML?," she will make a few appearances on the 1968-1975 syndicated version between 1969 and near the end, both as a guest panelist and a mystery guest. This tally includes one week in the final (1974-1975) season when she and Mr. Allen will be on the panel, in only one of two occasions Steverino would appear on the syndicated version -- unlike his 1953-1954 run as a regular panelist and his steady run of guest panelist and mystery guest appearances from 1956 to the very end which will be four weeks from tonight.
(4) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett (introduced as the "Maharaja of Mount Kisco" by Jayne Meadows, after she herself was introduced as a "maharani" for her Indian-made gown) made one of the last of his lame plays on words tonight, explaining how John was talking to a parrot and that as a result, he would end up speaking in "Polly-syllables." This bad wordplay incorporates both "Polly the Parrot" and "polysyllable," a word of more than three syllables. The publisher/panelist, again for probably the last time, introduced the panel moderator by his correct full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly.
(5) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show marked the final "WML?" appearance of Jack E. Leonard for what was left of its ever-dwindling run on CBS. The pre-Don Rickles "King of Insults" had made a total of six appearances, the first three of which -- including his first appearance on EPISODE #317 of July 1, 1956 -- were as a guest panelist, the remaining three, including tonight, as a mystery guest. He would make one final appearance, as a mystery guest, in the fifth season of the syndicated "WML?," during Larry Blyden's third week as host. The episode in question was from within Week #159 which was taped on August 3, 1972, and the panel that week consisted of Soupy Sales, Anita Gillette, Henry Morgan and Arlene Francis. Less than a year after that show, on May 9, 1973, Mr. Leonard died at age 62 of complications from diabetes.
(6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As with the live EPISODE #855 of March 26, 1967, which aired immediately after tonight's show was pre-taped, Hal Anderson was filling in as lighting director in place of Gene Ulrich. The rest of the production crew was the same as assembled at that point. All the end credits were shown in full screen once more, to the ultimate satisfaction of regular GSN viewers, on the cable and satellite channel's February 21, 2008 airing of this prerecorded installment.
(6) GSN's February 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the April 29, 1963 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the usual panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and celebrity guest Vic Damone. That this show was prerecorded was obvious at certain points, as the picture on the surviving kinescope was considerably "softer" than on live editions, suggesting that the 2" quadruplex videotape was "low-band," as was common prior to about 1965. - W-B (2008)