Saturday, September 24, 2016

Final account

Today in Google News I saw an obit for Micki Marlo, a singer from the 1950s and 1960s. Normally the sad news wouldn't be of much relevance to this blog, but Micki happened to have a connection to our little genre, though a tenuous one. She co-hosted Charge Account, a game show segment on Jan Murray's NBC daytime show from 1960 to 1962.

The linked article from U.S. Game Shows Wiki doesn't mention Micki Marlo, but everybody else on the web seems agreed that she really did appear on the show. The publicity photo of her with Jan Murray also exists as visual evidence. Jan would draw letters from the contraption in the photo, and contestants would try to make as many three and four-letter words as they could with the letters. Pretty basic, but I assume the game was mainly a vehicle for Jan Murray's random wit.

The wiki article dumps on Charge Account as a "flop," which seems a little harsh. The show lasted for a couple years, after all. Micki Marlo also worked in a radio precursor to Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and she was a regular on Steve Allen's talk show. There's a long interview with her on a classic TV blog. R.I.P.

1 comment:

  1. I've deleted a comment from "Michael Taylor." This idiot regularly posts a silly demand for the latest GSN pdf schedule, along with multiple exclamation points. The jerk is good for a few smiles, but the rules are clear: no spam.

    So when "Michael Taylor" reposted his demand for the October 3-9 pdf on this entry after previously posting it on another entry, I deleted it. He gets one asinine demand per week. Any more demands will be deleted as spam. Any demands for soap opera schedules (or any other schedules) will also be deleted as spam.

    It's unfortunate that "Michael Taylor" is such a fool. But I run a loose ship on comments, so he gets his one stupid demand per week. But only ONE.

    Of course, I always post the GSN pdf schedules as soon as I get them.