Year 1959

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I’ve Got a Secret — 1959

Episodes listed on this page:

Seen by us 46
Details unavailable 3
Total entries 49

All air dates are Wednesdays.

Cast

  • Host: There is no indication that anyone but Garry Moore was host, so the host is omitted from the table.
  • Panel: For most of the year, the seating order was Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson, Henry Morgan, and Betsy Palmer. Beginning week 381, the women switched positions. Guest panelists appeared in 16 episodes.

Crew

The following are the same wherever credits are known and therefore are not included in the details section below:

  • Associate Producer: Roger Peterson
  • Musical Director: Norman Paris (never credited on screen, but occasionally appeared on camera)
  • Program Staff 1: Judy Crichton
  • Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

The remaining credits vary and are included in the details section where known:

  • Director: Normally Franklin Heller, but Ira Skutch substituted at least three times, and no director was credited week 391.
  • Technical Director: Normally Vernon Gamble, but Charles Lyons substituted week 363.
  • Lighting: Charles Reinhard and Sal Bonsignore alternated.
  • Program Staff 2 and 3: Kay Lloyd, Frank Abrahams, Hazel Oxholm (credited simply as “H. Oxholm”; Garry says her first name in the episode of 8/10/60).
  • Associate Director: George Bartholomew, Bruce Minnix, Joseph Chomyn. Position credited only occasionally.

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Calendar Week Air Date Guest Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
343: 1/4-10 1/7/59 Sal Mineo Regular (Bill, Bess, Henry, Betsy)
344: 1/11-17 1/14/59 Andy Griffith Bill Eydie Gorme Henry Bess
345: 1/18-24 1/21/59 Dana Wynter Regular
346: 1/25-31 [Unknown]
347: 2/1-7 2/4/59 Jayne Regular
348: 2/8-14 2/11/59 Rocky Graziano Johnny Carson Bess Henry Betsy
349: 2/15-21 2/18/59 Bob Cummings [Unknown]
350: 2/22-28 2/25/59 Dick Powell Bill Esther Williams Henry Bess
351: 3/1-7 3/4/59 Martha Raye Bill Jayne Henry Betsy
352: 3/8-14 3/11/59 Andy Griffith Bill Jayne Henry Betsy
353: 3/15-21 3/18/59 David Wayne Bill Joan Bennett Henry Betsy
354: 3/22-28 3/25/59 Julius LaRosa Regular
355: 3/29-4/4 4/1/59 Jane Powell Bill Jayne Henry Betsy
356: 4/5-11 4/8/59 Hugh O’Brian Regular
357: 4/12-18 4/15/59 Vincent Price Bill Kathryn Grayson Henry Betsy
358: 4/19-25 4/22/59 Jeanne Crain Bill Janis Paige Henry Betsy
359: 4/26-5/2 4/29/59 Don McNeill Bill Vivian Blaine Henry Betsy
360: 5/3-9 5/6/59 Jack Lemmon Regular
361: 5/10-16 5/13/59 [None] Regular
362: 5/17-23 5/20/59 Charles Coburn [Unknown]
363: 5/24-30 5/27/59 Craig Stevens Regular
364: 5/31-6/6 [Unknown]
365: 6/7-13 6/10/59 Jayne Meadows Regular
366: 6/14-20 6/17/59 [None] Regular
367: 6/21-27 6/24/59 Joan Bennett Bill Monique Van Vooren Henry Betsy
368: 6/28-7/4 7/1/59 Monique Van Vooren Regular
369: 7/5-11 7/8/59 Walter Brennan Bill Bess Henry Eva Marie Saint
370: 7/12-18 7/15/59 Imogene Coca Regular
371: 7/19-25 7/22/59 Tab Hunter Regular
372: 7/26-8/1 7/29/59 Ginger Rogers Regular
373: 8/2-8 8/5/59 Red Buttons Regular
374: 8/9-15 8/12/59 Hermione Gingold Bill Jayne Henry Betsy
375: 8/16-22 8/19/59 Johnny Carson Regular
376: 8/23-29 8/26/59 Rocky Graziano Bill Bess Johnny Carson Betsy
377: 8/30-9/5 9/2/59 Arthur Treacher Regular
378: 9/6-12 9/9/59 Robert Q. Lewis Regular
379: 9/13-19 9/16/59 Groucho Marx Bill Monique Van Vooren Henry Betsy
380: 9/20-26 9/23/59 Ben Gazzara Regular
381: 9/27-10/3 9/30/59 Mitch Miller Regular (Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess)
382: 10/4-10 10/7/59 Jack Hawkins Regular
383: 10/11-17 [Unknown]
384: 10/18-24 10/21/59 Vivian Vance Regular
385: 10/25-31 10/28/59 Hugh O’Brian Bill Bess Henry Betsy
386: 11/1-7 11/4/59 Arnold Stang Regular
387: 11/8-14 11/11/59 Fred MacMurray Regular
388: 11/15-21 11/18/59 Joel McCrea Regular
389: 11/22-28 11/25/59 Marion Lorne Regular
390: 11/29-12/5 12/2/59 Jayne Regular
391: 12/6-12 12/9/59 Eva Gabor Regular
392: 12/13-19 12/16/59 Pat Boone Regular
393: 12/20-26 12/23/59 Elsa Maxwell Regular
394: 12/27/59-1/2/60 12/30/59 Hermione Gingold Bill Carmel Quinn Henry Bess

Week 343, 1/7/59

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Dr. Harry Coover, Kingsport, TN: “I’m going to lift Garry up in the air on this wire … with one drop of glue” (Eastman 910 Adhesive).
  2. Bill McIntire, TX: “I became a U.S. Senate page boy today.” Bess guesses, going third. Another page, Fritz “Duke” Zeller, then appears.
  3. Guest Sal Mineo: Is currently filming “The Gene Krupa Story.” He and the panel are provided with separate drum sets that they play during the questioning. “Gene Krupa is in the audience judging this contest.” Betsy wins. This segment is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2

Week 344, 1/14/59

Panel: Bill, Eydie Gorme, Henry, Bess

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Opening comments indicate that Eydie has been a panelist before, but this is the earliest appearance we know of.
  2. “Mr. X and Mr. Y” (Colin Mudie and A.B. “Bushy” Eiloart): “We’re the first to try to fly the Atlantic Ocean in a balloon.” Eydie guesses, going third.
  3. Jack Moseley, Long Beach, CA: “I’m going to inflate an automobile inner tube until it explodes … with my mouth.” Eventually he succeeds, but the stunt takes longer than expected — in fact, it take up the rest of the episode, preempting the guest segment. This incident is featured heavily on the ninth anniversary show of 6/21/61. The entire incident, which includes both this and the next segment, is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Andy Griffith: Appears at the desk with Garry, but does not do his scheduled secret because like everyone else, he is fascinated by watching Jack Moseley blow up the inner tube: “I wan’ see ‘er bust.” His secret is postponed until 3/11. This segment, included in the above, can be seen by itself here.

Week 345, 1/21/59

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Bill Ballantine, Rockland County, NY: “I have a troupe of trained fleas at the end of this rope.” See also 3/16/64.
  2. Georgette, Terry, Cheryl, and Randy Thorne: “I was born Jan. 22, 1947/1949/1951/1953 … tomorrow is our birthday.”
  3. Guest Dana Wynter: While panel is blindfolded, makes herself up, without any help, so as to look 80 years old.

Week 347, 2/4/59

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Garry says that if Jayne doesn’t make it, they can bring back the inner tube guy from 1/14.
  2. Ann Hertrich, Long Island City; Rosemary Pangia, Brooklyn: I was born in Macy’s/Gimbels Department Store.” Each store is giving the girl born in the other store a complete spring wardrobe.
  3. Johnny, a toy poodle who will compete in the Westminster Show, fills time until Jayne arrives.
  4. Guest Jayne: Shows up during intermission time between the two acts of “The Gazebo” in which she is performing. She changes her costume behind a dressing screen while the questioning is going on. “I’m giving Henry Morgan a part in the second act of my play … tonight.” He will play the corpse.
  5. Joyce Rice, Greenfield, OH; Claudette Reilly (or Riley), Knoxville: “We are the finalists in the U.S. baton twirling contest … We will compete for the grand championship tonight.” Rice wins. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 348, 2/11/59

Panel: Johnny Carson, Bess, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Henry did so well as the corpse in “The Gazebo” last week that the producers decided to leave him in.
  2. Johnny, the toy poodle from last week, is back: “I can ride a scooter.” Johnny C. disqualifies himself; Henry guesses, going last. The Best in Show winner, a miniature poodle named Tina (Ch. Fontclair Festoon), appears with handler Anne Holm Rogers.
  3. “Mr. X” (Vince Mondi, Greenvale, Long Island): “I am a one-man band … I was the first amateur on the first ‘Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour’ (1933) … I’ll be the entire orchestra on Henry Morgan’s new TV show … Henry has never met me.” Tommy Gun has posted a transcript of this segment, which is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Rocky Graziano: Wears a Boy Scout uniform in honor of Boy Scout Week. Garry then also changes into a uniform, and the two compete for a Tenderfoot badge. They are judged by a panel of actual Boy Scouts (Bobby Konvit, Frankie Meyer, Skip Brannon, Henry Shire, Paul Christiansen, Scott Taylor, Dave Aikman, Garry Dial, P.J. Delaney). Christiansen wrote to Tommy Gun with more details about this segment, which is viewable on YouTube.

Week 350, 2/25/59

Panel: Bill, Esther Williams, Henry, Bess

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Guest panelist Esther is jokingly introduced as “someone from the business world,” being the president of International Swimming Pool Corporation of White Plains.
  2. James D. Moore, Charleston, WV: “I costarred in a play with Garry Moore … he played my mother.” The contestant played his daughter. The play was put on by the Paint and Powder Club in Baltimore. Garry reads reviews written at the time. Other members of the club are in the audience.
  3. Elliott Glasser, NYC: “These rocks are worth 2 million dollars” (they are solid opal). Bess guesses, going last.
  4. Guest Dick Powell: Has scheduled a party at his home on the night this show airs (it is being taped on 1/14). He and the cast will perform for the amusement of the guests at his party that night. He plays the saxophone while Garry dances, then plays the trombone. Bess then is recruited to play the flute (“Summertime”). Time runs out before the other panelists can perform individually, so Bess plays the piano while everyone else sings “The Children’s Marching Song.”

Week 351, 3/4/59

Panel: Bill, Jayne, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

Episode is devoted to secrets that purportedly are of special interest to women.

  1. Retha Buell and Jan Robin, fashion models: “We are mother and daughter.” Panelists are allowed only one question each. Bill guesses, going last.
  2. “Mr. X”: “I’m listed in ‘Who’s Who of American Women’ … My name is Shirley Povich” (ex-president of Sportswriters Association).
  3. Joanne Trefethen, Lomita, CA: “I fly an airplane that I built myself … I built it in my house.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Martha Raye: Performs wifely services for the blindfolded Henry that a man otherwise would have to pay for (valet, masseuse, tailor, banker, nurse, cook, waitress, housekeeper).

Week 352, 3/11/59

Panel: Bill, Jayne, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Associate Director: George Bartholomew

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Linda and Teresa Stabile (identical twins), Victor and Elizabeth Stabile (fraternal twins): “We were all brought into the world by Betsy Palmer’s husband.” Betsy guesses, going third.
  2. Jack Mallon (Garry spells), West Ferry, Long Island: “I’m going to drive a golf ball through a 600-page telephone book.” The first attempt goes only halfway through, causing Garry to fear a repeat of what happened the last time Andy Griffith was scheduled. Fortunately, the second attempt succeeds.
  3. Guest Andy Griffith: Returns to do the secret he was supposed to do on 1/14 before being preempted by Jack Moseley’s inner tube stunt. Responds to each question in the manner of a different animal. The secret is too easy and Betsy guesses immediately, but a disappointed Garry wants to keep playing anyway, despite producer Chester Feldman’s objections.

Week 353, 3/18/59

Panel: Bill, Joan Bennett, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Robert L. Rod, Mineola, NY, president of Acoustica Associates: “I’m going to clean this glass with sound waves.”
  2. Brace Beemer: “I was the original Lone Ranger on radio.” (He actually was not the first, but took over after Earle Graser died in 1941.) Betsy guesses after all have played. Not until after the commercial does Garry realize that Beemer’s name was never given (nor was he introduced as “Mr. X”). See also 1/20/64.
  3. Guest David Wayne: Answers questions with quotes from actual conversations overheard while he was in disguise among the audience standing in line before the show. Bill guesses, going last.

Week 354, 3/25/59

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Garry arrives late from the nearby Satellite Club.
  2. Lucille Buckley, Chuck Walton, Peter Wilson, teacher and students at West Haven High School, CT: “We discovered a way to hatch Easter chicks … in different colors — red, green, blue, orange and chartreuse.”
  3. Elmo M. Pickerell, Mineola, Long Island: “The Wright Brothers taught me to fly (1910).”
  4. Guest Julius LaRosa: He and Garry borrow miscellaneous items from the audience and then incorporate those items into “hats” that they are making for Betsy and Bess. Meanwhile, professional hat designer Mr. Chandoo is behind the curtain doing the same thing.

Week 355, 4/1/59

Panel: Bill, Jayne, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

April Fool’s Day show. The first three contestants come out on stage simultaneously but then do their secrets one at a time.

  1. Craig Andrews, River Edge, NJ: “I scored the winning basket for the opposing team.” Bill guesses, going third.
  2. Basil Holder, Black River Falls, WI: “I dived into an empty swimming pool.”
  3. Rev. James Pernell, Winston-Salem, NC: “I fell asleep listening to my own sermon.” Bill guesses, going third.
  4. Guest Jane Powell: “I’m wearing 4 dresses” (designed by Miss Fontaine, who is in the audience). The April Fool’s joke is that there is a fifth dress underneath.
  5. Kevin Marietta, Manhattan: “I won a pizza pie making contest … and I’m going to teach the panel how to toss them.” At the end, a food fight breaks out involving TelePrompTer operator Bob Anderson. This segment is featured on the ninth anniversary episode of 6/21/61.

Week 356, 4/8/59

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

  1. Cheryl Banco, Billy Simaluca, Mike Stevens, unnamed child, Mickey Reyes, unnamed child, Joy Hirsch, George Halfrich: “We were all born in cars on the Garden State Parkway.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Sonar Man first Class James Hall, Tonawanda, NY; Lt. Cmdr. Richard T. Arnest, Gales Ferry, CT: “We went swimming under the polar ice cap.”
  3. Guest Hugh O’Brian: Performs services for the blindfolded panel by remote control with American Machine and Foundry Company’s Master Slave Manipulator, which normally is used for handling radioactive materials.
    • Puts makeup on Bess.
    • Gives Henry a glass of water and a cigarette.
    • Polishes Betsy’s fingernails.
    • Gives Bill a shave.

Week 357, 4/15/59

Panel: Bill, Kathryn Grayson, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

  1. The sixth grade class of Schuyler School, Kearny, NJ, play “Old Folks at Home” on Tonettes and Flutophones. “We learned to play these instruments by watching a television class.” The TV instructor, Richard Berg, whom they have never before seen in person, is in the audience. Their regular teacher, Doris Jackson, conducts as they play “The Children’s Marching Song.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Teddy, a tortoise from the Bronx Zoo: “I was captured by Theodore Roosevelt (1914).” Kathryn guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Vincent Price: Reads humorous captions to famous artworks being projected.

Week 358, 4/22/59

Panel: Bill, Janis Paige, Henry, Betsy

Director: Ira Skutch

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Jill Forrest, Trenton, NJ: “I’m going to lift the entire panel on my back.”
  2. Guest Jeanne Crain: The prop department has brought every kind of chair it could find onto the stage, thereby giving all the standees in the audience a place to sit and watch the rest of the show. Included is the world’s largest upholstered chair from U.S. Rubber.
  3. “Mr. X” (Ira Skutch): “I’m talking to the TV cameramen on this phone … I’m directing this show tonight.” Betsy guesses, going third.

Week 359, 4/29/59

Panel: Bill, Vivian Blaine, Henry, Betsy

  1. Calvin Keller, mayor of Niagara Falls, NY; Lt. Robert Fitzsimmons, president of Policemen’s Club; Franklin Miller, mayor of Niagara Falls, ON; Officer Buckley: “My police force is challenging his police force to a tug-of-war … and we’re going to have a test match tonight.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Bill Hardy, NYC: “I taught Arthur Murray how to dance.”
  3. Guest Don McNeill: Drops eggs from an elevated chair onto an Ensolite foam mat, and as the eggs bounce, Garry and the panelists have to catch them. This segment is referred to on 12/2 and is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Garry starts to explain to the audience that the reason he’s been wearing an overcoat throughout the show is that he got egg on his suit during rehearsal. His explanation is disrupted, though, when Henry sneaks up on him and smashes the eggs he has in his coat pockets. Time runs out and he has to give the full explanation next week.

Week 360, 5/6/59

Director: Ira Skutch

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Bob, Bill, Tom, Jim, Joe, John, Pat, Jerry, and Michael McNamara: “We finally had a baby sister last week.” Bess guesses, going third.
  2. Sgt. Ira Jones: “I was Elvis Presley’s platoon sergeant.” Bess guesses, going third, though Bill was about to.
  3. Guest Jack Lemmon: Arrives with Miss American Bicycle Month. After each question, he brings out a representative for some other special month or week.
    • Miss Perfume Month (June)
    • Miss Let’s All Play Ball Week (Apr. 4-10)
    • Miss Ice Cream for the Holidays Week (Dec. 7-11)
    • Miss Ripe Olives Week (July 5-11)
    • Mr. National Laugh Week (Apr. 1-7)
    • Miss National Thrift Observance Week (Jan. 17-23)
    • Miss Slenderizing Week (Mar. 15-22)
    • Miss National Future Farmers of America Week (Feb. 21-28)
    • Show closes with Miss National Let’s Have a Picnic Week.

Week 361, 5/13/59

Director: Ira Skutch

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Last week Garry announced that Doris Day would be on, but she’s ill, so they found another Doris Day, a kid from Prospect Park, NJ.
  2. “Mr. X” (Jens Johansson) and interpreter: “My son [Ingemar Johansson] will fight Floyd Patterson next month … for the heavyweight championship of the world.” At the end the interpreter is revealed to be Ingemar in disguise.
  3. Doris Day: The blindfolded panel’s microphones are hooked up to Revell HO electric trains that move in response to their voices. The idea is to find out who talks the most, but technical difficulties cause the trains to start moving of their own accord.
  4. Dr. Henry Redka, Mt. Vernon, NY: “I’m going to put Garry Moore inside a soap bubble.” Another stunt that threatens not to work, it succeeds at the last possible moment. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 363, 5/27/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Technical Director: Charles Lyons

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. In last week’s episode (which is unavailable), a contestant met his wife as a result of having been on the show. Henry joked that he’s been on the show all along and hasn’t met anybody. As a result of this comment, the show has received 500 letters from women.
  2. “Mrs. X” (Helen Weiss) and “Mrs. Y” (Sylvia Grove): “We used to play in a musical trio with Bess Myerson … Bess is our sister.” The three play Schubert’s “Serenade” with Bess on flute, Sylvia on piano, and Helen on violin.
  3. TelePrompTer operator Bob Anderson has just become a father.
  4. Jesse Roper Mohorovich, NYC, Merchant Marine cadet: “I was born in a lifeboat on the high seas” (he is named after the boat).
  5. Guest Craig Stevens: “I’m going to test the panel’s powers of observation.” The panel’s questioning is interrupted by a scene in which an actress pretending to be a contestant comes on stage and argues with Garry about not being on tonight’s show. The woman’s “brother” (actually an actor, Robert Stewart) also comes out and the altercation proceeds backstage, culminating with shots being fired. Stevens then becomes the questioner and interrogates the panel about what they remember. At the end, the name of the actress is revealed to the live audience but is drowned out by a voiceover on the original broadcast.

Week 365, 6/10/59

  1. Col. Brian Williams, Brooklyn: Lights a blowtorch to demonstrate a new kind of fireproofed wood. “I’m going to hold the blowtorch under this chair … while Garry Moore is sitting in it.” Garry later gets up and has the blindfolded Henry take over.
  2. Robert Dome, Syracuse, NY: “This is the very first television set ever built.” Garry then presents a new 10-pound portable TV set from GE. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Jayne: Two minutes before the show began, a bogus technical delay was announced. Those two minutes were videotaped, and now the panel have to watch what they did during that time.

Week 366, 6/17/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Bruce Minnix

Audio: Billy Taylor

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

Seventh anniversary show.

  1. Garry conducts a tour around the theater. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
    • The curtain is gone to reveal the fly gallery and backstage.
    • Head carpenter Ed and prop department head Jerry appear.
    • Garry goes out the scenery door onto 47th Street.
    • Bess and Betsy wave from the stage entrance.
    • Shot of the theater and Satellite Room from across the street.
    • Garry reenters the theater and says hello to ushers and to theater manager Guy Alexander.
    • In the control room are Billy Taylor (see also 9/21/64), Vernon Gamble, Franklin Heller, Bruce Minnix.
    • Norman Paris, Jack Amarein (buzzer), Joe Schwartz (camera).
  2. Max Greenfield, head electrician: “I’m going to play my 1-string fiddle (accompanied by Bess Myerson)” (“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”). The string is attached to a push broom and the resonator is a Winstons carton.
  3. Mike Altieri, usher: “I’m going to sing a duet with Betsy Palmer” (“We’re a Couple of Swells”).
  4. Bob Anderson, TelePrompTer; June Gossett, makeup: “We’re going to costar in a dramatic scene … It was written for us by Bill Cullen and Henry Morgan” (a Romeo and Juliet takeoff). Bess guesses, after Betsy.
  5. Tommy Germain, spotlight, sings “The World Is Mine Tonight.”
  6. Roger Peterson and usher Eddie Rodriguez bring out a birthday cake. A note from director Franklin Heller asks Garry to do his funny dance.

Week 367, 6/24/59

Panel: Bill, Monique Van Vooren, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Mrs. Francis S. Loomis, MI: “I drove the first car ever built in Detroit (in 1900).” Her husband was chief engineer for Olds. A smaller-scale replica is brought out, which Garry drives.
  2. “Mr. X” and “Mr. Y” (Clarence and Vincent Poulter, Vancouver): “We are twins.” Betsy guesses, going second.
  3. Guest Joan Bennett: Before going backstage, the men must leave their billfolds and the women each must leave one shoe. The objects then are hidden. To find them, the panel are provided with a pay phone from which they can call someone they think might be watching.

Week 368, 7/1/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

  1. Betsy will be gone next week to do “Once More with Feeling” for summer stock.
  2. Gary Senese and Anthony Genovese, Staten Island: “I pitched a no-hit game against his team … But my team won the game.” Tommy Gun has posted a transcript of this segment, and Gary Senese has contributed his own recollections. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Carl W. Bollum (Garry spells), Sr., DC: “I’m floating on air.” The device is an experimental model for a hydro-air vehicle. Bill guesses, going second.
  4. Guest Monique Van Vooren: Has a tiny wrapped box that contains Brigitte Bardot’s bathing suit.

Week 369, 7/8/59

Panel: Bill, Bess, Henry, Eva Marie Saint

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Bill, Bess, and Henry all have LPs coming out (see also 9/9 and 9/30).
  2. “Mr. X” (Heliodore Cyr, New Brunswick): “This is my third appearance on ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ … The first time was when my 25th child was born … The second time was when my 26th child was born … We’ve done it again! (The 27th is a boy.)” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Young Stephanie Conlow (exact age not given), Teaneck, NJ: “The State Department is ending me” (and twin sister Megan) “to Russia to model American fashions.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Walter Brennan: “I’m going to answer every third question the panel asks.” The other questions are answered by impressionists Tom Allen and Edwin Bruce.

Week 370, 7/15/59

  1. Sgt. Martin Difrancisco, Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane: “I was a contestant on ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ in Japan” (see also 7/15/63). His secret there was, “I’m the only American to hold a high degree in the Japanese art of swordsmanship.” Using a samurai sword, he slices a carrot placed on the back of his brother Dan’s neck. This segment is viewable on YouTube. Another video of Sgt. Difrancisco is here.
  2. “Mr. X” (Spanky McFarland, Tulsa): “I led the gang in the ‘Our Gang’ comedy movies.” Henry guesses, going third.
  3. Guest Imogene Coca: Harry Harris of Associated Press is taking publicity photos of Coca for an upcoming production of “Bells Are Ringing.” The poses she adopts imitate photos of the panel that are being projected behind them. Betsy guesses, going last. It will not be until 11/25 that the panel guess another guest secret.

Week 371, 7/22/59

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Dr. George Speake, Los Angeles: “I’m going to let electricity pass through my body … one million volts.”
  2. Emil Crawford, Moses Lake, WA: “I’m a house mover … I moved the wrong house by mistake.”
  3. Guest Tab Hunter: Had planned to do a Western scene, but he has a dislocated shoulder and his arm in a sling (no joke), so Garry acts as his stunt double.

Week 372, 7/29/59

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Trailer, St. Petersburg, FL: “We built the furniture in our 8-room house for $195.” Bill guesses, going third.
  2. Lt. Carl Keith, Infantry; Lt. Michael Cronyn, Signal Corps: “We just graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.”
  3. Guest Ginger Rogers: The panel are tested against statements attributed to them in the press.
    • Bess (San Diego Union): “I weigh the same today as I did when I was Miss America — 135 pounds” (she weighs 146 pounds).
    • Henry (Nashville Banner): “I always wear bow ties because they don’t get in the soup.”
    • Betsy (New York Post): “I love New York … I’ll never leave” (she lives in Englewood, NJ).
    • Bill (TV Radio Mirror): “I hate cocktail parties — I never go to them.”
    • Bess (New York Post): “My favorite cocktail is milk.”
    • Henry (Richmond Independent): “In school I learned touch typing and humility.”
    • Betsy (Cincinnati Post): “I’m tired of smiling.”
    • Bill (New Orleans Times-Picayune): “Brigitte Bardot? I think she’s terribly overrated.”
    • Bess (TV Profiles magazine): “I pride myself on cooking dinner at home every day.”
    • Henry (Cincinnati Post): “If I had $100, I would go off and write a book.”
    • Bill (TV Radio Mirror): “I’m scared stiff of horses.”

Week 373, 8/5/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Gorgeous George: “I’m wearing a wig … I lost a bet and had to shave my head.”
  2. Agnes Clarkson and George Lybell, mother and son, Eagle, WI: “We’re both sergeants in the Army.”
  3. Guest Red Buttons: Everyone in the audience was invited to submit jokes on cards. Fifteen cards were selected to give to Buttons, who looks through them during the questioning and narrows them down to his three favorites. The people who submitted the jokes (Joanne Wagner, John Nydahl, and Dorothy Price) then deliver them on stage, competing for a cash prize as determined by an applause meter.

Week 374, 8/12/59

Panel: Bill, Jayne, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Harold Zweigbaum, Metuchen, NJ: “I’m bouncing my answers off the moon … by radar.” Answers are communicated via an oscilloscope, two beeps for yes and one for no. Bill guesses, going last.
  2. Pixie Foster, Columbia, SC, 14: “I’m a college student (University of South Carolina).” Henry guesses, going second.
  3. Guest Hermione Gingold: “Henry Morgan made a blind date for tonight … he doesn’t know it, but it’s with me!”

Week 375, 8/19/59

Director: Ira Skutch

Program Staff 2: Kay Lloyd

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Members of the New Orleans Philharmonic (Robert Rowe, contrabass; Donald Hazlitt, harpsichord; Kennth Guth, flute; Glenn Dodson, trombone; Lee Gravano, contrabass): “We play symphonic music on pop bottles.”
  2. Elfege Nadeau, Woonsocket, RI: “I wove the material for all the clothes I’m wearing.”
  3. Guest Johnny Carson: “I’m going to knock an apple off Garry Moore’s head … with my bow and arrow.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 376, 8/26/59

Panel: Bill, Bess, Johnny Carson, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Bruce Minnix

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Panel is on the cover of TV Guide.
  2. Lillian and Vaughn Barmakian, Arlington, MA: “We’re not married to each other … I’m married to his identical twin brother [Darren] … I’m married to her identical twin sister [Sylvia].” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Lt. Col. Bill Rankin, Pittsburgh: “I made the longest parachute jump in history.”
  4. Guest Rocky Graziano: The panel are confronted with questions they have themselves asked contestants while each was a quizmaster. Afterward, Bill, who currently hosts “The Price Is Right,” must bid against the other panelists to reclaim ownership of his own ice bucket (Betsy wins it).

Week 377, 9/2/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Bruce Minnix

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Curtis Gaynor Hamill, Kerrville, TX: “I drilled the first oil gusher in history (1901)” (at Spindletop).
  2. Willie Ruff, New Haven, CT; Dwight Mitchell, NYC: “We’re the only Americans ever permitted to play jazz in Russia.” They play “Moscow Nights” (aka “Midnight in Moscow”).
  3. Guest Arthur Treacher: It’s hot in New York, so Treacher is going to treat everyone in the audience to a cup of ice tea. He and Garry are sitting on two blocks of ice totaling 600 pounds. The panel are going to be the ones who cut up the ice for the tea. To guarantee that they will do this willingly, their paychecks have been frozen inside the ice. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 378, 9/9/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

  1. Chris, a beagle from Salt Lake City: “I’m wearing contact lenses.” Betsy guesses after all have played. See also 10/17/66.
  2. John Kresse, Brainard, NE: “I was the first boy in Boys Town (1917).” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Robert Q. Lewis: Henry’s LP (mentioned 7/8) has proved to be popular among the beatnik set, so Lewis has booked Henry to appear at the Village Vanguard (a former haunt of Jack Kerouac’s) to recite his poetry.

Week 379, 9/16/59

Panel: Bill, Monique Van Vooren, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

  1. Henry’s Village Vanguard gig was such a hit that he has been asked to return there nightly.
  2. Donald, Richard, Diane, Jean, Albert, Wilfred, Raymond, and Norman Du Lac, Lewiston, ME: All attend the same eight-year school, one in each of the eight grades. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Peggy Kilkenny, NYC: “I was held up by a bank robber last week … I’m going to show movies of the actual robbery.”
  4. Guest Groucho Marx: Not only the panel but Garry, too, have to leave the stage before Marx reveals his secret, which is that he once auditioned to host a show called “Take It or Leave It” but lost the job to Garry. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 380, 9/23/59

  1. Jack Chambers, Los Angeles: “I memorized all the news in today’s New York Herald Tribune.” He hosts a show on KTTV where callers try to stump him on the day’s news.
  2. Guest Ben Gazzara: Plays a boxer in “Body and Soul” on “The DuPont Show of the Month.” Garry says he wishes he could play a role like that, so Gazzara puts him through the necessary training. Whitey Ford and Joe Louis appear. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. To celebrate the second season of Garry’s variety show, a giant three-layer cake is revealed, out of which pops Marion Lorne.

Week 381, 9/30/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Bruce Minnix

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

Beginning this week, Betsy and Bess trade seats (Betsy is now second, Bess fourth).

  1. George Gardner and Robert Nash, Vincennes, IN: “We’re watermelon seed-spitting champions … I won the title for distance/marksmanship.”
  2. Jack Christiansen, Mason City, IA: ” I had my picture taken with Khrushchev patting my stomach.” Henry guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Mitch Miller: As indicated in the episode of 7/8, Betsy is the only one of the panel who doesn’t have an album out. Therefore, she is invited to make a recording of herself reciting Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry — on equipment similar to Edison’s original invention. Norman Paris accompanies on piano.

Week 382, 10/7/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Bruce Minnix

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. “Mr. X” (magician Milbern Christopher): “Bess Myerson is floating on air.” Henry guesses, going last.
  2. Zady Bunker, Palm Springs: “I flew a jet plane and broke the sound barrier.” Bill guesses, going third.
  3. Guest Jack Hawkins: During each (blindfolded) panelist’s questioning, a suspenseful situation is set up, the end of which marks the end of the questioning.
    • Bill: Garry blows up a balloon until it bursts.
    • Bess: Garry stacks cups and saucers in Hawkins’s hands until the stack falls.
    • Henry: A fuse is lit to a large firework that throws out confetti.
    • Bess: A fuse is lit to a smaller firework that — after the panelists have removed their blindfolds — eventually releases a flag with the word “BANG” on it.

Week 384, 10/21/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Bruce Minnix

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Julius B. Schuster, Orlando, FL: “I’ll pick up and hold these 10 tennis balls with one hand.” Henry guesses, going last.
  2. Joan and Otto Gerdes (Garry spells), daughter and father, NYC: “We both graduated from the same high school last June … Now we’re both freshmen in the same college.”
  3. Guest Vivian Vance: Garry has already recorded his lines for a dramatic radio scene. Vance delivers her lines during the questioning, after which the resulting assembled scene is played back.

Week 385, 10/28/59

Panel: Bill, Bess, Henry, Betsy (earlier seating arrangement)

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

Though not formally introduced as such, the show has a transportation theme.

  1. Abbott Dugally, Los Angeles: “I pedaled a bicycle around the world (7 years, 75,000 miles).” Bess guesses, going last.
  2. Guest Hugh O’Brian: “I’m going to attach a motor to my roller skates.”
  3. Molton Taylor, Longview, WA: “I flew to New York in this automobile … It converts into an airplane.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 386, 11/4/59

Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Charles Reinhard

Physical fitness theme. This entire episode is viewable on YouTube in three parts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

  1. Bruce Randall, NABBA Mr. Universe, Harrisburg, PA: “I used to weigh 401 pounds … I lost 218 pounds.”
  2. Erwin Erkfitz, Detroit: “I walked across the United States (3,000 miles — 67 days).”
  3. Diane Strubel, Fort Lauderdale, FL: “I swam around Manhattan Island” (35 miles in 11 hours).
  4. Maurille Hilliard, Quinton, GA: “I rocked in a rocking chair for 70 hours without stopping.”
  5. Guest Arnold Stang: “I’m going to prove that I can punch my way out of a paper bag.”

Week 387, 11/11/59

Midpoint of the show’s run in terms of calendar time; in terms of number of episodes, the midpoint was some months earlier.

  1. George Pernicano (Garry spells) and Johnny Todd, both from San Diego: “I have a man at the end of this rope … His mustache is longer than mine” (15 inches and 20 inches, respectively). Henry guesses, going last.
  2. Jacob S. Schneider, NYC: “I own the world’s largest collection of phonograph records (450,000 records).” Some rarities are played featuring Rudolph Valentino, George Bernard Shaw, Tallulah Bankhead, Sarah Bernhardt, Walter Pidgeon, Theodore Roosevelt, Lillian Russell, and Gloria Swanson.
  3. Guest Fred MacMurray: Next week marks the sixth anniversary of his first appearance on the show (11/18/53). Because the sixth is the candy anniversary, he and Garry walk among the audience passing out candy during the questioning. The secret is that the panel are about to be recruited to participate in a taffy pull.

Week 388, 11/18/59

Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams
Program Staff 2: H. Oxholm
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. David Shepard, Washington DC: “I invented a machine that reads and writes.” Mr. Shepard was the inventor of the first OCR (Optical Character Recognition) machine, though that term is not used here. Henry, described as the fastest typist of the panel members, is asked to type continuously on a center-stage typewriter throughout the questioning period, at the end of which the paper he has typed is read by Mr. Shepard’s invention, a product of the Farrington Manufacturing Company. Henry’s typing is (apparently) reproduced perfectly by the reader/computer/flexiwriter combination. This is a good example of several instances when IGAS presented innovative technologies to a large viewing audience for the first time.
  2. Guest Joel McCrea seeks to prove that western stars (of which he is one) are capable of much more than the monosyllabic “yep” and “nope” of which they’re often accused. He will do this by taking exactly as much time to answer each panelist’s question as the panelist takes to ask it. A pair of clocks controlled by Garry are used to time the panel’s questions and Joel’s answers; the blindfolded panelists don’t see the clocks until after their questioning periods.
  3. Eight dentists from Dayton, Ohio (Drs. Bright, Halstead, Triffin, Tune, DeBock, Shamel, McFall, and Lehman) and one from Waynesville, Ohio (Dr. Snyder): “We’ve organized our own Dixieland Band.” Their group, “The Docs of Dixieland”, plays “Alabama Jubilee”, with most band members getting to perform a brief solo. They continue to play over the closing credits.

Week 389, 11/25/59

  1. Paul Selecky (Garry spells), Glen Lyon, PA: “I’m going to be a chorus girl in a college show.” Four members of the Masque and Wig Club of University of Pennsylvania — two of them in drag — perform “Daddy” by Bobby Troup, who was a graduate.
  2. Herman Stendberg, NYC; Harry Stark, OK: “We just graduated from a school for Santa Clauses.” Col. Oliver P. Strickland, National Field Secretary for Volunteers of America and conductor of the school, appears.
  3. Guest Marion Lorne: It’s been a long time since the panel succeeded in guessing a guest’s secret (not since 7/15, to be exact). Garry therefore vows that tonight the panel will guess the secret, even if the questioning has to continue after the show is over (which it does). The secret is that the panel must pay the prize money out of their own pockets.

Week 390, 12/2/59

Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 2: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Betsy was the one who finally guessed Marion Lorne’s secret last week, 15 minutes after the show was over.
  2. Edwin Busbee, Commissary Airman First Class, Bayside, VA, is awarded a large trophy by Rear Adm. Hugh Haynesworth, Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Center, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, VA. “I made the best bean soup in the United States Navy.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Charles I. Blood, 89, Kansas City, MO: “I’ve been working for the same newspaper for 75 years.”
  4. Guest Jayne: Shares moments from past shows before Bess was a panelist.
    • “Panel had to test weight-reducing machines (11/17/54)” (episode unavailable).
    • “Panel had to catch raw eggs on the bounce (4/29).” (Jayne wasn’t on this show, either; Vivian Blaine was.)
    • Betsy guesses the secret.
    • Show goes out with “Panel had to milk a cow (9/12/56)” (episode unavailable).

Week 391, 12/9/59

No director credited

Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 2: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Buttercup, the cow from the end of last week’s show: “I’ve just been hired to appear in a Broadway play” (“Green Willow” with Anthony Perkins at the Alvin Theatre). Bill guesses, going first. Producer Robert Willey appears.
  2. Don Burrough, Univ. of Houston; Bernard Schultz, Univ. of TX: “We trained for football by studying … ballet.” Bill guesses, going third. Their ballet teacher, Du Ann Wharton, appears.
  3. Guest Eva Gabor: To squelch the unfounded rumor that she speaks with an accent, a diction contest is held between her and the panel in which they are given tongue-twisters to say. However, Gabor has to say each only once while the panelist has to say it fast five times in a row.
    • Bill: Lemon liniment (see also 5/25/64).
    • Betsy: Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
    • Henry: A box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits, and a biscuit mixer.
    • Bess: Shy Sarah saw six Swiss wristwatches.

Week 392, 12/16/59

Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 2: Hazel Oxholm

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Brothers George and Edward Pupp, brothers Aloysius and Joseph Geiger, all from WI: “We married their sisters.” Henry guesses, going second. The wives, Agnes and Ethel Pupp and Catherine and Margaret Geiger, then appear, and the panel guess who is married to whom (only Bess gets one right, undoing an earlier guess). This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Hans Krauss, NYC: “I just bought a book … It cost $182,000 (highest price ever paid for a book).” It is a 13th-century illuminated manuscript of the Book of Revelation.
  3. Guest Pat Boone: The panel will accompany him in a performance of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Betsy guesses, going second. Mort Lindsay plays piano. The panel don’t seem to know how “five golden rings” is supposed to be sung. Also, the most common version concludes with drummers, pipers, lords, and ladies topping the list, but the version here concludes with fiddlers, lords, ladies, and pipers.

Week 393, 12/23/59

Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 2: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Commander Larry Flint, Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD: “Two weeks ago, I set a new world’s jet plane altitude record (19 miles up).” Capt. Joe B. Jordan, Edwards AFB, CA: “Last week I broke his record.” Flint was already scheduled to appear before his record was broken. Bess guesses, going third, after Henry gets close.
  2. Grace Wee, Mrs. Alfred Wish, Alan Yu, Latha Alla, Madeline Merry, Walter Christmas, Daniel Ande, M.L. Happy, Bobby New, all from NYC; John M. Years, Philadelphia: “Our last names are Wee Wish Yu Alla Merry Christmas Ande Happy New Years.” Henry guesses, going last. See also 3/25/63, 12/28/64, and 12/26/66. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Elsa Maxwell: Garry and the panel test children’s toys to see if they are suitable for adults. Garry walks on stilts, Bill twirls a plate on the end of a stick, Betsy balances on a wobble board, Henry uses a pogo stick, and Bess walks using an arc-shaped “hula board.” This segment is featured on the ninth anniversary episode of 6/21/61.

Week 394, 12/30/59

Panel: Bill, Carmel Quinn, Henry, Betsy

Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams

Program Staff 2: Hazel Oxholm

Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn

Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Irene Tsai and Ted Li, Yeh Yu Chinese Opera Association, NYC: “We’re going to sing a duet from a Chinese opera … I’m going to sing the male/female role.”
  2. Lynn Porter, Penn Yan, NY: “My Christmas dinner cost me $840 … I flew to London for it!” He ordered dinner at the Mayfair Hotel, but never got to enjoy it because of all the BBC reporters who were covering the story of him being there.
  3. Guest Hermione Gingold: Henry is going to be sent to the Mayfair Hotel to deliver Lynn Porter the Christmas dinner he didn’t get to eat (16 Whitestable oysters, two Dover soles, roast Norfolk goose, two pounds Christmas pudding smothered in brandy, Stilton cheese, black English tea, champagne). Bill guesses, going second. Gary Wagner takes Henry’s passport photo. See the next episode, 1/6/60.

13 Responses to “Year 1959”

  1. Richard Dulac says:

    Hello, My name is Richard Dulac. My family was on I’ve Got a Secret on week 379, 9/16/59.

    Week 379, 9/16/59
    Panel: Bill, Monique Van Vooren, Henry, Betsy
    Program Staff 2: Frank Abrahams
    Program Staff 3: Hazel Oxholm
    1. Henry’s Village Vanguard gig was such a hit that he has been asked to return there nightly.
    2. Donald, Richard, Diane, Jean, Albert, Wilfred, Raymond, and Norman Du Lac, Lewiston, ME: All attend the same eight-year school, one in each of the eight grades.
    3. Peggy Kilkenny, NYC: “I was held up by a bank robber last week … I’m going to show movies of the actual robbery.”
    4. Guest Groucho Marx: Not only the panel but Garry, too, have to leave the stage before Marx reveals his secret, which is that he once auditioned to host a show called “Take It or Leave It” but lost the job to Garry.

    I was in the 2nd grade and that was also my secret. Is there somewhere on the internet that I would be able to watch the whole show that air that night. I’m able to find the clip where Groucho Marx comes on the show but they don’t show the guests that appear before him or after him. Thank you

  2. Richard Carson says:

    Richard: Thanks for informing me of the correct spelling of your last name (Dulac instead of Du Lac). I’ll make that change. This site does not officially provide copies of episodes, but should I be in a position to do so myself I could get back to you.

  3. michel cyr says:

    I MY NAME IS MICHEL CYR, MY GRAND PA WAS ON WEEK 369, I WISH YOU COULD HAVE SOME PICTURE, OK . WITH 27 CHILD .NOW I AM HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT MY DAD THE 3 FROM 27 STIL REMENING AT 16 CHILD THANK MIKE

  4. Amy says:

    My granddad was on episode 390. His name is Ed Busbee and he STILL makes the best bean soup! He’s been retired from the Navy for a very long time but still the best bean soup ever!! He still have a huge trophy from the Navy displayed in his home and we have a few pictures from the episode that I will try and scan and send your way!!

    Granddad: Edwin H. Busbee
    His secret “I made the best bean soup in the United States Navy”

  5. Joyce Triezenbeg says:

    My uncle, Robert Dome, appeared on Week 365, 6/10/59. I remember the whole family going over to a neighbor’s to watch this episode when I was a little girl. We only had antenna reception at our own house, which is why we had to go to watch it at a neighbor’s house. This is ironic since my uncle was on the show due to his work on developing the early TV. Is there a You Tube of this episode?

  6. donna difrancesco says:

    martin francisco is my brother in law. he appeared in week 370 on 7/15/59. is there any way i can get the tape of this show???? my family would greatly appreciate it

  7. Richard Carson says:

    Donna: This site does not send out physical copies of episodes, but I will upload that segment to YouTube and you will be able to see it there.

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  9. Ron Gomes says:

    I have a recording of the episode of November 18, 1959, on which Joel McCrea appeared, made from GSN’s overnight airing on April 10, 2002. (I’ll probably be uploading this to YouTube–the first segment for sure.) Description in the format used here:

    Week 388, 11/18/59

    Program Staff 1: Frank Abrahams
    Program Staff 2: H. Oxholm
    Lighting: Charles Reinhard

    1. David Shepard, Washington DC: “I invented a machine that reads and writes.” Mr. Shepard was the inventor of the first OCR (Optical Character Recognition) machine, though that term is not used here. Henry, described as the fastest typist of the panel members, is asked to type continuously on a center-stage typewriter throughout the questioning period, at the end of which the paper he has typed is read by Mr. Shepard’s invention, a product of the Farrington Manufacturing Company. Henry’s typing is (apparently) reproduced perfectly by the reader/computer/flexiwriter combination. This is a good example of several instances when IGAS presented innovative technologies to a large viewing audience for the first time.

    2. Guest Joel McCrea seeks to prove that western stars (of which he is one) are capable of much more than the monosyllabic “yep” and “nope” of which they’re often accused. He will do this by taking exactly as much time to answer each panelist’s question as the panelist takes to ask it. A pair of clocks controlled by Garry are used to time the panel’s questions and Joel’s answers; the blindfolded panelists don’t see the clocks until after their questioning periods.

    3. Six dentists from Dayton, Ohio (Drs. Bright, Halstead, Triffin, Tune, DeBock, Shamel, McFall, and Lehman) and one from Waynesville, Ohio (Dr. Snyder): “We’ve organized our own Dixieland Band.” Their group, “The Docs of Dixieland”, plays “Alabama Jubilee”, with most band members getting to perform a brief solo. They continue to play over the closing credits.

  10. Ron Gomes says:

    Oops. #3 should have read “Eight dentists from Dayton, Ohio…” (not “six dentists”).

  11. Elizabeth Lehaman Lemons says:

    I would like to know how to get a copy of wk. 388. 11/18/59. My father (Herman Lehman) was one of the eight dentists that were in The Docs of Dixieland. I have tried many times over the years to get this and have failed. My father has since passed away and would love this as a keepsake.

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