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» Tuesday, December 06, 2005Memories
Amongst the black and white eps of What's My Line?, etc., I found a copy of the game show He Said, She Said. This was the "parent" series of the later Tattletales with Bert Convy; the host of HS,SS was Joe Garagiola (yeah, the ex ballplayer/sportscaster) and I used to enjoy watching it during school vacation. Pretty dull crew in this outing; my favorite shows were the ones with Brett Somers and Jack Klugman. Somers brought down the house one day when she commented that her little boy had told her, "Mommy, when you're on that show, they should call it 'She Said, She Said.'"
I do remember when I went in for surgery in my senior year, I couldn't watch He Said, She Said, at least until the stitches came out. It hurt too much to laugh.
I wish I'd saved more of the What's My Line? shows. Most of the panel and the host had been on radio at one timethe host, John Charles Daly, is the voice you usually hear announcing the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II retrospectivesand it was great watching them dressed to the nines in evening gowns and tuxedos to participate on a game show. My favorite panelist was Bennett Cerf, the head of Random House publishing company. I had most of his humor collections from the time I was in elementary school. (My other favorite humorist at that time was Sam Levenson, who appears in one of the episodes of I've Got a Secret that I have. He wrote a wonderfully funny memoir called Everything But Money back in the 60s.)
I still like Random House; they're publishing Rupert Holmes' books, after all. :-)