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Quiz Show Scandal One of the most disillusioning moments in American TV history was the revelation that some of the big-money quiz shows of the 1950s were rigged. The most famous incident occurred on Twenty-One when longtime champion Herbert Stempel was dethroned by Charles Van Doren. Stempel was groomed by producer Dan Enright to look and behave like a know-it-all nerd--which had its desired effect. The public rooted for the handsome and sophisticated challenger, Charles Van Doren, to defeat him. Both players were coached on the questions they would receive. After a series of tie games, Stempel deliberately missed a relatively easy question that would have given him the win. The game ended in another tie and Van Doren won the next game. For 'taking a dive,' Stempel had been promised his own panel show by Enright. When Enright reneged, Stempel told the press that Twenty-One was rigged. At first his claims were thought to be those of a sore loser, but when contestants on another game show, Dotto, came forward with solid evidence of fixes, Stempel's accusations had to be investigated. The 1994 movie Quiz Show was based on this scandal.
Tags: Quiz  Show  Stempel  Van  Doren  Enright 
Added: 20th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jimmy Stewart on Whats My Line Hollywood great Jimmy Stewart is the mystery challenger on this episode of What's My Line in 1963. He takes the opportunity to plug his new film, Take Her, She's Mine, that was just about to open.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Jimmy  Stewart 
Added: 23rd November 2007
Views: 1588
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ronald Reagan on Whats My Line On July 19, 1953 Ronald Reagan was the mystery challenger on What's My Line. (This clip shows another contestant after the 40th President's appearance.)
Tags: Ronald  Reagan  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 5th December 2007
Views: 2098
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rare Howdy Doody Christmas Film Short This was originally produced for the 16mm "home movie" market around 1952. Dayton Allen appeared as "Ugly Sam" and Bob Keeshan is Clarabelle.
Tags: the  howdy  doody 
Added: 6th December 2007
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Posted By: Guido
1972 Fischer Spassky World Chess Championship Chess was front page news and on the cover of Time Magazine in the summer of 1972 when American Bobby Fischer challenged world champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. Fischer, 29, had been prominent on the chess scene since 1958 when he won the U.S. championship just before he turned 15. The Soviet Union had dominated international chess for 25 years, but Spassky was bamboozled by Fischer's unpredictable openings. Fischer clinched the 24-game match, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, after 21 games with a record of seven wins, three losses, and eleven draws. Fischer's victory generated tremendous interest in the game in the United States. Known as the 'Fischer Boom,' membership numbers in the U.S. Chess Federation reached their peak in the following two years. The eccentric Fischer never defended his title. He opted to resign as world champion in 1974 when not all of his 64 conditions to defend against Anatoly Karpov were accepted by chess' governing body. Since then Fischer has been a recluse. He did make an appearance in 1992 to play his old rival Spassky in a specially arranged match in Yugoslavia. (This violated UN sanctions against Yugoslavia at the time.) Fischer won the match and proclaimed he was still the legitimate world champion. Despite having Jewish ancestry, Fischer is an anti-Semite and a passionate Holocaust denier. Fischer called a Manila talk-radio station to applaud the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a profanity-filled rant. Fischer now lives in Iceland where he was granted citizenship.
Tags: Bobby  Fischer  Boris  Spassky  chess 
Added: 12th December 2007
Views: 1682
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Posted By: Lava1964
Julie Newmar on Whats My Line In her pre-Catwoman days, Julie Newmar appeared as a mystery challenger on What's My Line. This clip must be from about 1960. That's when Julie's movie they're referring to (The Marriage-Go-Round) was released.
Tags: Julie  Newmar  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 12th December 2007
Views: 1468
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Posted By: Lava1964
Carol Burnett on Whats My Line Carol Burnett is the mystery challenger on this episode of What's My Line from December 1961. (Another contestant follows her appearance.)
Tags: Carol  Burnett  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 15th December 2007
Views: 1945
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Posted By: Lava1964
Robert Goulet on Whats My Line Robert Goulet was the mystery challenger on this episode of What's My Line from November 4, 1962. (Another contestant follows Mr. Goulet.)
Tags: Robert  Goulet  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 15th December 2007
Views: 1703
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Posted By: Lava1964
Remembering Dan Fogelberg Who Passed Today at Age 56 NEW YORK - Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. His death was announced in a statement released by his family through the firm, Scoop Marketing, and it was also posted on the singer's website. "Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side," it read. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.
Tags: Dan  Fogelberg 
Added: 16th December 2007
Views: 1464
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Posted By: Old Fart
Hedda Hopper on Whats My Line 1956 Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper was the mystery challenger on What's My Line on April 22, 1956.
Tags: Hedda  Hopper  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 17th March 2009
Views: 1275
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Posted By: Lava1964

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