New “Show Experience” – Tom Decker

Tom wrote in with his IGaS story, posted here.

Thanks, Tom!

“I’ve Got a Secret” Participation Card (scan)

Ernie sent this in:

I am e-mailing because last Saturday at a flea market, I found an index card autographed by Garry Moore on one side, and the other side was a card to fill out if you wanted to be on the show. I am attaching a scan of that card to this e-mail.

Thanks, Ernie!

Carol’s update on a 1958 secret

Carol sends a message about this 1958 episode: “Sandra Keister, Norman, OK, and K.C. Jones, Oklahoma City, who are engaged: “I am the only girl in a boys’ school” (studying to be a civil engineer); “I am the only boy in a girls’ school” (studying to be a nurse). ”

The message:

My father, K.C. Jones, passed away this August. One of the highlights of his life was being on the show. I’m sorry to say, he was never able to realize his dream of becoming a nurse but he did get into the Medical division in the U.S. Army Reserves. Also, shortly after the episode aired, Dad and Sandra broke up.

Carol Jones

Thanks, Carol!

Interview with Betsy Palmer, Show Experience

Kliph Nesteroff from Classic Television Showbiz interviewed Betsy Palmer last year, and it’s a great read. She talks about IGaS, her feud with Henry, some old films she was in, and even…talking dirty to James Dean!

Ben emailed me and shared this quick story about meeting Betsy during IGaS:

My father was close high school friends with Chester Feldman…In the late 50’s we’d go as a family several times a year to the Wednesday night, 9:30 live show in Manhattan…I was 8-9 years old and it was always a thrill….In fact there was some bit they did one night where they needed people to walk across the stage and Chester picked me to be part of that!…so I was actually on the show once…I have no recollection of what that was about…

Anyway, Betsy Palmer….We’d get to the theatre about an hour before airtime and Chester would always take us backstage for a bit to say hello to the panel and Garry Moore…the only real vivid memory I have of those meetings was Betsy Palmer…to this 8 year old she was the most stunningly beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life…I remember her being TALL ( well I was 8 years old), and she glowed…she was VERY friendly to us…I remember her bending down to shake my hand with that WONDERFUL smile….

And I remember once going to the theatre and backstage and Betsy caught sight of us coming over from a distance and her smiling and waving at ME…

I mean when I met Betsy Palmer she was standing there with Bess Myerson, a Miss America fer god sakes, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Betsy….

To this day I harbor a crush on Betsy Palmer…

Thanks, Ben!

Buy 220 episodes of “I’ve Got a Secret” on 34 DVDs for $55 shipped!

Terry sent me an email telling me about how someone on iOffer is selling a huge set of episodes for a ridiculously low price. Terry had already bought and received the DVDs, so I went ahead and got a set too, so I can tell you a bit about it (assuming everyone will get the same DVDs in the same order).

DVD Quality

These are not professional DVDs of course, they were home recorded, but the quality is very good. Some episodes do have a little static at the top of the frame, but there are no annoying “VHS lines” that I’ve seen so far.  You can see a screenshot below, and a whole bunch more in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

About the DVDs

The DVDs come in very thin double-sided sleeves (fabric/plastic), in one giant stack, shipped in a bubble envelope.  The DVDs are not labeled, but the sleeves are numbered. The discs have blank white labels on the top, so you can label them yourself if you’d like (I’ve been writing the year on them as I watch).  I’ve only watched the first two discs so far, but the episodes are in order, although some episodes were skipped (possibly because they weren’t aired, or maybe the person recording just missed them).  The episodes were recorded off of GSN’s “Black and White Overnight” block, the same block I recorded all my episodes of IGaS from (you can tell because some bumpers are briefly shown). The commercials have been edited out.

I went through and quickly checked random DVDs to see what sort of menus they have.  The early ones in the set have a simple menu that pops up at the beginning, where you can choose which episode you’d like to watch, though they aren’t labeled at all — you can choose 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.  The later DVDs have a nice IGaS background, and each episode is dated along with the name of the celebrity guest (e.g., “8/19/59 Guest is Johnny Carson”). You can see an example of each in the gallery below (for some reason the blue menu doesn’t show the text correctly when I play it on my PC, but works fine in my Xbox 360).

Terry noted that there are some duplicate episodes, and while I was checking the menus I saw that some discs have episodes from different years on them.

Buying from iOffer

I had never bought anything from iOffer before, and a quick search for “ioffer scam” found a lot of negative comments, so I would be VERY careful about what you buy.  Since both Terry and I purchased the same set from the same seller, I would advise you to do the same if you’re interested.  The seller is boobookittylovey and this is the IGaS set.  To be extra careful, use PayPal and use a credit card (you have to explicitly choose it on checkout with paypal).  These should offer protections if you get scammed. This is especially important if you choose to buy from a different seller.

Even though I have most of the GSN-aired episodes on tape, I’m really happy to have this set.  I don’t even have a VCR anymore, and transferring them all to DVD would have taken me ages (and extra equipment). I hope someday I can tell you all about a proper DVD set, but until then this is a great option.

Thanks, Terry!

How to Buy an Episode of “I’ve Got a Secret”

A couple months ago I posted a link about Michelle’s grandparents, who appeared on IGaS. Well, she took it upon herself to track down the episode, and sent me this email explaining how she did it! We get tons of emails asking for episodes, or where to buy an episode, so this could help out a lot of people in a similar situation:

It occurred to me that Wikipedia would have who owned the show. Indeed I saw that episodes from 2006 on were owned by the Game Show Network, but the episodes from 1976 and earlier were owned by CBS.

I hunted around on the CBS website until I found a staff listing that gave a person described as photo archivist. I knew this wouldn’t be the right person, but I wrote to them anyway on the assumption that one archivist knows the other archivists. My hunch paid off, and he put me in touch with a person named Fred Wostbrock with Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin & Associates. Fred helped me realize I had misspelled the guest host’s name as Eddie Cannon instead of Eddie Cantor, and that I had the date of the episode off by 1 day. Fred put me touch with a David Schwartz at the Game Show Network, who would have the master list. We learned that his company did not have the episode I needed, and he put me in touch with a new company.

I phoned a Jon with FremantleMedia with the date of the episode and the correct spelling of the guest star’s name. His assistant Jessica Pringle called me back, and told me that she would search their archives for my episode. She cautioned me that their records were very poorly labelled and stored from back then, so it could be some time, and she could make me no promises on locating it. About a month went by before I heard from her again.

Finally on May 11, she wrote me to say she was pretty sure she had found it! She was able to confirm it was indeed the right episode. Then she put me in touch with Heather Iles with Point 360. It was Heather who processed my order for the DVD, a total of $65. I received it just a few days after completing the order with Heather. I’m so happy to be able to share seeing my grandparents with all of my family very soon!

Go Michelle! Incredible work. I emailed her back asking for any contact info that might help out other episode seekers, and she provided these:

Fred Wostbrock with Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin & Associates
(help with more recent episodes)
fred@ksrtalent.com
www.KSRtalent.com

David Schwartz at the Game Show Network
(help with finding your episode’s exact date and guest star)
Possibly: help@gsn.com or dschwartz@gsn.com

FremantleMedia
(help with locating/ordering very old episodes)
My contact was Jessica Pringle:
jessica.pringle@fremantlemedia.com
If you write to her to inquire how to begin a search, she could likely direct you.
http://www.fremantlearchivesales.com/

Obviously you should not go through all this trouble if you’re just a fan, but if a relative appeared on the show it’s worth it. The first thing you should do is check our episode guide to find the date, if possible, before contacting any of these people. If anyone else has any luck, or has any additional tips/links to add, please post them in the comments! (And thank Michelle!)

Great IGaS experience: Mr. and Mrs. Moorehead

Michelle emailed me with this link about her grandparents. It’s a great story and has some newspaper/ticket scans, so take a look if you have a minute. This appears to fill in a gap in our episode guide, but if anyone has any information please post it in the comments!

Read the story: http://www.nellmoorehead.com/stories/ivegotasecret.shtml

More YouTube links being added

I’m in the process of collecting as many links as I can to YouTube videos of specific IGaS episodes or show segments and adding those links to the episode guide. Several dozen such links to videos have been added to the guide already. If you like, you can post here to inform me of additional YouTube links, although I may already be aware of them and have simply not got around to them yet. I also have the capacity to add videos. If you’ve ever written to this site because you or your relatives appeared on the show on a specific date, and there is not already a YouTube video of that episode, I hope to be able to provide one in the near future.

Note from Christine

My 4 sisters and I were on the Jan 1 show, 1958! We had our braids cut off by 5 top hairstylists in New York City! We were a singing group and performed a short number on the show, with my proud Dad accompanying us! I believe we could say that we were the FIRST MAKEOVERS on television!!! They cut and styled our hair in about 20 min. My sisters and I always had long braids and this was our first professional haircut and styling!
Now, all these years later, all 5 of us would love to have another makeover!

Christine Hayden (# 4 out of the 5 Singing Hayden Sisters!)

Thanks, Christine!

Quick note from Ed, who appeared on IGaS

In 1954, (I believe that was the year), don’t remember what month, my first grade class was on I’ve Got A Secret, presenting a Thanksgiving Pageant. We had kids as pilgrims & Indians, some had speaking lines, some didn’t. There was one boy who was an Indian who wouldn’t take his shirt off. Garry Moore looked over & said, “Looks like we have an Indian with a cold chest”. I was that boy. After the show was over, all the kids were given presents, the girls got a doll & the boys got plastic Knight’s armor, shield, sword, chest plate & helmet.
Our teacher was Miss Macy. The school was Washington Elementary in Union Township, NJ (07083)

Ed Hamtil

Thanks, Ed!