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Richard Dawson Unhappy Match Game Departure CBS had an immediate winner on its hands when it reintroduced TV audiences to Match Game in 1973. Gene Rayburn had hosted a more formal version of the game show in the 1960s, but it was never a big hit. However, the fun, free-wheeling 1970s version on CBS caught the fancy of viewers by the millions with its moderately risque questions in which TINKLE or BOOBS might be proffered as matches to the show's fill-in-the-blank format. Airing weekdays at 4:30 p.m., Match Game drew a wide variety of viewers from housewives to students getting home from school and everything in between. Although Rayburn was again the emcee, Richard Dawson, whose last major TV gig was his role as Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971, quickly became the show's centerpiece. Seated in the center of the bottom tier, he routinely engaged in witty and humorous banter with Gene and the contestants--and he was consistently the best player on the six-person panel. Match Game was the number-one daytime show in from 1973 until 1976. It was finally usurped by Family Feud, another game based on matching answers that was hosted by...Richard Dawson! His engaging manner absolutely shone in Family Feud. As Family Feud soared in popularity, Dawson became less interested in being a Match Game panelist. Still, Dawson was the clearly best player and would most often be selected by knowledgeable contestants when they were playing for the Super-Match jackpot question. In a candid interview long after Match Game went off the air, fellow regular panelist Brett Somers said she and Charles Nelson Reilly disliked Dawson because of his aloof personality to the point of them silently hoping he would not match the contestant. (Dawson, a non-drinker, did not socialize with the other five panelists during their boisterous lunch breaks where booze flowed freely.) In 1978, CBS expanded its afternoon soap operas to full hours and moved Match Game to a morning time slot. It was a horrendous blunder. The after-school crowd and working people could no longer watch the show. Moreover, a new gimmick--the star wheel-- was introduced. It randomized which celebrity would be used for the jackpot question. Dawson saw the star wheel as a personal slight and his mood on the show noticeably soured. His friendly banter with Gene virtually disappeared. Sensing Dawson was unhappy with Match Game, the show's producers asked if he wanted out of his contract. Dawson said yes. His final appearance on the daytime version of Match Game was episode #1285. He was shown in the opening montage holding a sign that said, "Fare thee well." At the episode's end, Gene made no announcement pertaining to Richard's impending departure--even after he was conspicuously not listed among the celebrity panelists who would be appearing on the following week's shows. Dawson left the studio without saying goodbye to anyone. He and Gene Rayburn never spoke again. Dawson coldly stated years later, "I moved on to greener pastures." Beset by declining ratings, Match Game was cancelled by CBS in 1979, although the syndicated Match Game PM ran until 1982. Rayburn died in 1999. Dawson died in 2012.
Tags: Match  Game  Richard  Dawson  unhappy  departure 
Added: 6th July 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Philip Morris CEO Tells Pregnant Moms Smoking is Safe A news clip from 1971 where then Philip Morris CEO Joseph Cullman vows to take any ingredients found to be dangerous out of cigarettes. He also assures pregnant moms that smoking is safe and that cigarettes can actually be good for moms as "some women prefer smaller babies
Tags: Smoking    Philip    Morris    CEO    Health    Joseph    Cullman    Lung    Cancer    Big    Tobacco    Big-Tobacco    Lies    Blog     
Added: 18th March 2009
Views: 1740
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Posted By: Cliffy
Buster Brown Shoes oh, i have a HORRIBLE story to share with you about Buster Browns!! YEA, HUH? When my Dad was little, his Uncle gave him a little goat . . (that's the good part) they were very poor and it was time for Dad to get a new outfit. They didn't have any money, so HIS MOTHER sold the goat unbeknownst to my Dad . . Daddy came home with this incredibly uncomfortable Buster Brown outfit . . and THEN couldn't find his little knot-headed buddy!! Of all the nerve!! Bothered him all his life . . So one year for Christmas, i got him a life-sized carved goat that a 'fellow' whittled out of wood, and i put it outside the picture window at my parent's house with a big red bow on it. On Christmas morning when my sister and I got down there (now in our 40's) and we had opened all our presents, i went and opened the curtains . .TA DA!! Dad was THRILLED . .Mom is STILL mad because it's an eye sore!! LOL
Tags: ad  Buster  Brown 
Added: 19th November 2007
Views: 1489
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Posted By: Teresa
I Am Legend OPENS December 14th . . why not try a little horror for the holidays . .Will Smith IS the last man on Earth, and he's stuck in NYC after a virus turns the rest of the world's popululation into mindless creatures . . thought it was supposed to be fiction . .
Tags: movie  I  Am  Legend  Will  Smith   
Added: 20th November 2007
Views: 1008
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Posted By: Teresa
Polyester leisure suit The ultimate men's fashion statement from the 1970s: the much-maligned polyester leisure suit! Polyester was first developed by British researchers during the Second World War. It became a consumer item in 1963 when an Illinois chemist named Delbert Meyer came up with a better way of producing the material. The new threads were blended with natural fibers to create clothing that almost felt like cotton or wool but was washable and wrinkle resistant. Cut from rolls of spongy double-knitted polyester, leisure suits came in all variety of colours: earth tones, blues, racing green, maroon, and the entire spectrum of pastel hues. Airless and horribly uncomfortable in hot and humid weather, polyester leisure suits clung to the wearer's arms and legs. The highly flammable synthetic melted when it burned and stuck to its wearer like napalm. Upper-class men were not impressed, and preferred to stick to their genuine wools, silks and cottons. One fashion writer declared, 'Leisure suits were just too democratic. They made everybody look like a bus driver.'
Tags: polyester  leisure  suit 
Added: 22nd November 2007
Views: 2659
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Posted By: Lava1964
Chef Boy Ar Dee Pizza Commercial I actually tried this product once. I don't think too many pizzerias were worried about the competition from Chef Boy-Ar-Dee.
Tags: Pizza  commercial 
Added: 24th November 2007
Views: 1120
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Posted By: Lava1964
Kramer And The Monkey sorry Barry!
Tags: comedy  Seinfeld  Kramer  Michael  Richards 
Added: 26th November 2007
Views: 1575
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Posted By: Teresa
people are strange How I feel at the moment. STRANGE. I hear this song and it reminds me of a good movie, The Lost Boys.
Tags: Jim  Morrison  The  Doors  Exceptional  Sound 
Added: 15th January 2008
Views: 1637
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Posted By: donmac101
Boomer Babies  Episode 2 The first 'senior moment'....if it hasn't happened yet, don't worry..it will.
Tags: boomer  babies  senior  moments  episode  2 
Added: 12th January 2008
Views: 1315
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Posted By: Naomi
Oh Henry i love this clip of Kramer's lawyer, Jackie Chiles . . obviously doing a parody of Johnnie Cochran . . .
Tags: comedy  Kramer  Michael  Richards  Jackie  Chiles  Phil  Morris 
Added: 30th November 2007
Views: 1545
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Posted By: Teresa

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