Saturday, September 7, 2013
In particular, I'm referring to a game show called See What You Know, hosted by none other than Bennett Cerf. You might remember him from a certain old panel show. See What You Know started in 1946, when Google says that only 0.5% of American households had one of those newfangled TV sets. IMDb tells me that it's a "lost TV series," which actually sounds rather evocative. A trek through Google books finds this description of the gameplay, which seems appropriately primitive. Wikipedia (usual caveats) says the show lasted until 1949, when it vanished with hardly a trace.
But nothing disappears completely. In this 1968 interview, Bennett Cerf recalls "some kind of a crazy game" he did in the earliest days of TV with Gypsy Rose Lee and others. (The comments start at about the 2:00 mark in the clip.) He doesn't mention the show's name but it can only be See What You Know. Gypsy Rose is mention in the gameplay description linked above.
Sadly, I couldn't find any images from the show, so I can't show you what it looked like on those ancient television screens. What can I say? It's a lost TV series.