Saturday, September 9, 2017

Only child

A charming bit of game show history turned up today on the Interwebs.

On November 26, 1962 I've Got a Secret ran a segment with Rhonda Hogstad from Watertown, SD. Her secret was that she was the only student in her grade school. Accompanying Rhonda was her only teacher, Irene Franklin. The screenshot shows the two with Garry Moore.

A story in the Watertown Public Opinion - at least it's not a Gannett newspaper, so it doesn't have the boring one-size-fits-all USA Today look - recounts the saga of Rhonda and her game show appearance. In later life she was appreciative of her time on national TV, often talking about her turn on IGAS and saving various mementos.

Wouldn't you know, Bill Cullen guessed the secret with just a few questions, much to Garry Moore's chagrin. Henry Morgan got in a funny line about the entire student body standing in a corner. As so often happens, the episode endures on YouTube, thanks to a viewer who uploaded it from Buzzr. (You can barely see the Buzzr logo in the lower right-hand corner of the screenshot.)

Sadly, both student and teacher are now dead, as are all the cast members on the episode. One techie note on early TV from the linked story: this particular IGAS ep didn't air live in the Watertown market, so Rhonda's family drove to North Dakota to watch it. The taped version of the show made its way to Watertown a few weeks later. This was the pre-satellite era.

4 comments:

  1. I always liked the segments with "real people" such as this one. The part of IGAS that I could not stand was the celebrity guest whose secret was rarely his or her own but something dreamed up by the staff.

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    1. Disagree. A lot of the celeb secrets were hilarious. Like this Peter Lind Hayes segment with jokes written by Bill Cullen fifteen years ago...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcHYS7jwRfY

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  2. when is the next schedule change for gsn

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    1. GSN constantly changes the schedule. You just have to keep track on ScreenerTV or GSN's own online schedule.

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