So, here is one of the prompts for today:
Write a blog post inspired by the word:
I finally decided that Kat had intended the word to be “blank,” so here we go…
When I was younger, I loved game shows. Any time I was home during the day, such as when I was “sick,” I’d watch the game shows on TV during the day. In the early ’60’s, there were games like Concentration, Password, Seven Keys (that’s from the ’50’s, and I still remember it), and The Price Is Right. In 1962, they came up with a new game show called The Match Game. It was hosted by Gene Rayburn (who graduated from the same Chicago high school as my mother-in-law, as it happens) and featured two teams, with a celebrity and two contestants on each team. Rather than trying to explain how the game was played, here’s the original episode.
It lasted on NBC until about 1970, then was taken off in favor of shows like Wheel Of Fortune and High Rollers, and I was heartbroken. CBS brought it back in 1973 and changed the game a lot. Now, instead of two teams with a celebrity and two contestants, there were two contestants attempting to match six celebrities. The question went from ones like “Name a Major League Baseball team” to questions where the celebrities and contestants (usually) had to fill in a blank. In keeping with the times (the Swingin’ Seventies), the questions were put in a way (probably intentionally) that would guarantee answers that were double entendres. Here’s the pilot for that one.
One of the funnier (and, as it turns out, relatively clean) questions in the later version was “Robinson Crusoe put an ad in the paper: ‘For Sale, one knife. Only used on (blank).'” The contestant said “Friday,” and she matched five of the six celebrities. The sixth one answered “coconuts” and was razzed mercilessly by the other celebrities.
The Match Game will live on forever in reruns, even as almost all the celebrities (and probably half the contestants) are no longer among the living. They’ve tried bringing it back, hosted by Alec Baldwin, but I’m pretty sure that’s going nowhere.
There are times when I wish the old game shows would come back. But then, there’d be no one watching. Oh well…