Today’s Match Game Contestant Is… John Levinson!

Says John: “I’m a professional golfer, and I also teach and play bridge and backgammon. My handicap right now I think is “Johnny Miller.” I was on the tour for three years and I had to drop off. I had an operation on my hand this summer in Los Angeles and I’m going to start playing again this summer.”

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Today’s Match Game Contestant is… Maggie Dewitt!

Says Maggie: “I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona and now I live in beautiful Santa Barbara!  I’m a cashier clerk.  And

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Theme Song Graveyard #2: “Different Worlds” from Angie – Maureen McGovern, Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel (ABC 1979)

After two seasons and thirty-something episodes, poor little Angie got the ax in 1981. I would guess that viewers mourned the loss of the theme song more than the show itself. I know I did. I really miss television that spells everything out for you in the opening credits.

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“General Hospi-Tale”: Sung by The Afternoon Delights (1981)

For those of you who weren’t around in the early 1980s when daytime soaps were at their indisputable peak, The Afternoon Delights are ready to catch you up with their 1981 novelty song re-capping the happenings on the King of All Soaps, General Hospital.

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Julie from My Office Didn’t Know Who Shot J.R. (R.I.P. Larry Hagman)

TV addiction will never be so much fun again. Now, we can each watch pretty much anything we want anytime we want. But I can still feel the labors of getting through the week leading up to that epsiode, hearing about it everywhere I went, the fun of getting a call from my sister-in-law’s family in Ohio, who got the show two hours earlier and refused to give up the identity of the culprit, and then… finally having my curiosity sated.

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My Game with Discover Card

The lady at Discover Card said, “Okay, in order for me to send you a replacement card I need to ask you a series of multiple choice questions. I got very excited and said, “Oh! I’m great at this. Let me go get comfortable!”

I plopped down on the couch and said, “Okay, go!”

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What’s My Line? Mystery Guest: Alfred Hitchcock (VIDEO)

This episode aired on September 12, 1954, right around the premiere of Rear Window. Hitch’s total lack of vocal disguise (and why should he bother…. he’s Alfred Hitchcock!) leads me to believe that the panel played along as long as they did for the fun of it… and because they knew how to make good television.

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Phyllis Diller in Stop-Motion, Singing “You’re Different!” From Mad Monster Party

When I pre-interviewed Phyllis Diller over the phone for her appearance later in the week on GSN Live, I told

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Phyllis Diller’s First Television Appearance: You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx

Take a look below at some of Phyllis Diller’s very first television appearance…way back in 1957 on the Groucho Marx talk-game hybrid You Bet Your Life.  Hard to believe she was ever nervous about stand-up.  A welcome reminder that looking  effortless at something you love requires lots and lots of commitment and fearlessness.

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