Thursday, August 13, 2020

Show Notes: Fame Game #6

 *Remember to listen to our latest Fame Game bonus episode before reading this if you want to play along and not be spoiled!

*Previous Fame Games can be found in the archives.


*Our Fame Game subject this week, Merv Griffin (1925-2007) was born in San Mateo, California, and lived most his life in the Golden State.

*Before we get a stream of letters, we do not actually have a surplus of Turtle Wax to give away.

*Play Your Hunch lasted 1958-1963, with Gene Rayburn and Robert Q.Lewis succeeding Griffin after he started his daytime talk show. The game show was on all 3 broadcast networks.

*Merv hosted a daytime chat show on NBC (1962-63) before starting his famous syndicated show, which aired in various time slots around the country.

*Griffin took a shot at opposing Johnny Carson with a late-night show in 1969, but he left that unsuccessful program to launch another syndicated show in 1972, and that version lasted till he retired in 1986.

*Joan Rivers was actually 8 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and was thus ineligible for military service during World War II.

*Arnold Schwarzenegger's first appearance on Griffin's show was in 1974. The actor attended Merv's funeral in 2007.

*Dance Fever aired weekly in first-run syndication from 1979 to 1987.

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