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  • 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

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