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  • Season 17 Episode 33: EPISODE #812

  • GOOF WATCH: During the introductions, Arlene erroneously introduces guest panelist Digby Wolfe as "Digby Worth." No one noticed this mistake - or if they did - it was never commented upon. - W-B (2007)

  • Season 17 Episode 3: EPISODE #782

  • GOOF WATCH: During the second game with contestant Deedee Thompsen, John goofed the flip count and announced, "Two down and ten to go." In fact, there were eight to go. - W-B (2007)

  • Season 16 Episode 38: EPISODE #765

  • When Robert Goulet mentions that he will sing the National Anthem at the fight, one of the panelists wonders if the fight will be shorter than the anthem. And of course, that is what happened -- Ali won the fight very early in the first round. - ymike673 (2007)

  • Season 16 Episode 34: EPISODE #761

  • GOOF: John made a rare mistake on the show. Johnny Olson had announced that this show was sponsored by The Ford Motor Company. After the introductions, John said, "We will be right back after a word from Kellogg's!" Instead of a commercial for Kellogg's, a commercial for Ford was shown. After the commercial break, John said that the sponsor was "Kelly-Ford." - ymike673 (2006)

  • Season 16 Episode 5: EPISODE #733

  • John Daly accidently gives away the identity of the mystery guest Steve Allen. More detail under "Notes."

  • Season 15 Episode 47: EPISODE #722

  • GOOF ALERT: A blindfolded Bennett asked mystery guest Jack Palance if he was ever on the "WML?" panel and Mr. Palance, doing a Spanish-language voice, answered in the affirmative. In fact, Jack never appeared on the "WML?" panel at any time during its run on CBS; his only other appearance was also as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #286 of November 27, 1955. - W-B

  • Season 15 Episode 41: EPISODE #716

  • GOOF ALERT: During the mystery guest round, after Bennett received a "no" answer from Helen Hayes to the question of whether she was currently on Broadway, John directly went to Dorothy without flipping any cards. - W-B

  • Season 15 Episode 38: EPISODE #713

  • GOOF ALERT: Before the first commercial, John flubs his transitory line thus: "We'll also have a famous mystery guest before my friends on the channel a little - er, panel, rather, a little bit later in the program..." - W-B

  • Season 15 Episode 30: EPISODE #705

  • WHAT'S IN A NAME? As Arlene is about to guess the product of Ed Dempsey, the aspirin manufacturer, she asks, "Can we use a brand name?" She showed concern because the broadcast media treated the use of brand names in unauthorized settings very carefully from its earliest days in the 1920s until the 1990s when cautions were relaxed. While "aspirin" was a name in the public domain in 1964, it had not always been so. The Bayer company created the name Aspirin and registered it as a trademark in the late 1800's, but within 20 years, the name was in common use and a federal court ruled in 1921 that the trademark owner no longer had a claim to the name. Since then, other owners of common trade names have exerted concerted efforts to keep their names out of the public domain.

    Common trademarks often incorrectly used as generic terms include Band-Aid, Dumpster, Jell-O, Kleenex, Scotch tape and Xerox. Those names are still registered as trademarks.

    Common trademarked names which are struggling to retain their trademarked status include Ace bandage, Advil, Ajax, Aqua-Lung, Baggies, Beer Nuts, BVDs, ChapStick, Crescent wrench, Freon, Hells Angels, Hula Hoop, Kitty Litter, Ouija game board, Pampers, Ping-Pong, Port-a-Potty, Weedeater, Windex, Ziplock and more.

    The list of formerly copyrighted names that have entered the public domain, much to their owners' regret, is surprisingly long and includes Allen wrench, bikini, cellophane, crock pot, dry ice, escalator, gramophone, granola, heroin (trademarked by Bayer as a pain reliever!), lanolin, laundromat, mimeograph, plasterboard, yo-yo and zipper.

    For more reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_generic_and_genericized_trademarks

    Lee McIntyre (2006)

  • Season 15 Episode 26: EPISODE #701

  • ZIEGFELD THEATRE TRIVIA: Arlene mentions that Bert Lahr is appearing in "Foxy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre. This theatre was built in 1927 and despite its name, the "Ziegfeld Follies" were never presented there. After a few years, the theatre became a "Loews" movie house and then a TV studio before becoming a legitimate theatre again around 1960. The theatre was closed and demolished in 1966. A "Ziegfeld" movie theatre now stands down the block from the original. Ironically, as of 2006, this theatre is currently the largest movie theatre in Manhattan. - ymike673

  • Season 15 Episode 24: EPISODE #699

  • John Daly incorrectly said that Johnny Mercer was a 2-time Oscar winner. At this time, Mercer was actually a 4-time Oscar winner, and was evidently too humble to correct John. Mercer had won the following songwriting Oscars to date: 1947 Oscar for "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" - 1952 Oscar for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" - 1962 Oscar for "Moon River" - 1963 Oscar for "Days of Wine and Roses" - Suzanne

  • Season 14 Episode 48: EPISODE #674

  • GOOF: While on camera, one end of Peter Cook's clip-on bow tie becomes unclipped and hangs free. Before the questioning cycles around again, his bow tie is once again correctly in place on his shirt. - Suzanne (2006)

  • Season 14 Episode 44: EPISODE #670

  • GOOF: John Daly slipped and called Bennett "Benefit" at one point during the questioning of the race track timer. - TheNooz

  • Season 13 Episode 47: EPISODE #623

  • GSN aired a little bit of the original 1962 closing commercial at the end of the broadcast. - ymike673

  • Season 13 Episode 43: EPISODE #619

  • GOOF: John made a small mistake at the beginning of the program. He said that the panel would meet a mystery challenger after the sponsor message. He corrected himself afterwards, saying that they would start as usual with a regular contestant. - agent_0042

  • Season 13 Episode 25: EPISODE #602

  • This episode was aired by GSN on February 19, 2006, just "one day" after its original airing on February 18, 1962. - ymike673

  • Season 13 Episode 15: EPISODE #592

  • If you listen carefully at the beginning of the opening, you can hear someone cough. Could be Johnny Olson. - ymike673

  • Season 13 Episode 13: EPISODE #590

  • John Daly addressed Darren McGavin as "Darrell" three times. More info under "notes."

  • Season 13 Episode 11: EPISODE #588

  • HOCKEY TEAM NAME GOOF: After flipping the cards for the final contestant Constance Williams, John mentioned that Williams was the general manager of a hockey team named the Philadelphia Ramblers. As Williams exited the stage to shake hands with the panel, she was seen briefly talking to Bennett. As John and the panel were saying their good nights, Bennett "corrected" John, calling the team the Philadelphia Rebels. Bennett told John that he had asked Williams the name of her team. In fact, it was Bennett who was wrong. The Philadelphia Ramblers team was a part of the now-defunct Eastern Hockey League in the Northern Division from the 1955-1956 season to the 1963-1964 season. After the 1964-1965 season, the team relocated to New Jersey and was renamed the Jersey Devils, which was probably the inspiration for the name of today's NHL team called the New Jersey Devils. - W-B

  • Season 13 Episode 1: EPISODE #579

  • Sadly, exactly six years later on 9/3/1967, the last WML would be aired on the same month and date as tonight's show of 9/3/1961. - ymike673

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