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I babysat for my grandson last night, which was more of a “play date” than babysitting. Having a degree in psychology, it is always interesting to me how young children play with their character figures. We lined up Superman, Mario, Batman, Woody (from Toy Story,) a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Alejandro starts right off with them fighting each other, which is what he has seen many of them do in movies and on tv. Being a pacifist nana, I soon had them all having a “party”, dancing to music to which he and I sang. We had to, of course, match up male character with male character, but I told him that was okay, (setting the stage, perhaps, for a non-homophobic adulthood?) They danced and we sang and he said it was the best party ever!

Well, all good things must come to an end, and he was escorted up to bed where he promptly fell asleep after a few nana enacted bedtime stories. (I do a mean big bad wolf imitation!) Meandering back downstairs to watch television, I was fascinated with the many television channels my daughter has. Stopping short with an open mouth gape, I came to “THE GAME SHOW NETWORK”…and on that channel was an old episode of “The Ten Thousand Dollar Pyramid”, followed by an old episode of “Match Game” and “The Newlyweds” where the term “whoopie” was used as a euphemism for, well, for WHOOPIE! (They were not allowed to say “sex” on television in those days.) It struck me how cheerful and vibrant the contestants were, dressed in the finest clothing and hair fashions from the 1960s and 70’s. It dawned on me that the contestants may not be aware that their participation on these old shows was again being shown for all to see and laugh at!

All of this brings me to a little known fact about myself. I was on a game show in the 70s! Yes! Little ole me! It was called “All Star Secrets” and was hosted by Bob Eubanks. There were five stars on the panel, but the only ones I can clearly remember were Jim Backus and Jed Allen, an actor in a daytime soap opera at the time. The show began with a reveal of the contestants. As Bob Eubanks introduced each of us, we were supposed to smile and wave. When my time came, inexplicably I mouthed the words “Hi, Mom!” (Oh!!!! The embarrassment!!!!) The game consisted of the host telling us a “secret” about one of the stars and we had to guess which one. One secret was “This star used to be a very awkward and unpopular teenager”. My guess was Jed Allen, an extremely handsome and popular star. Bob Eubanks looked in my direction and said “Linda, why did you pick Jed Allen?” Panic went from my head to my stomach; we were never informed of the possibility that we would have to SPEAK! I managed to squeak out the sentence “Because he was the least likely person.” Duh! Sounds stupid, but I knew these shows tried to be interesting. The statement couldn’t possibly have been made by Jim Backus, the actor who played Mr. McGoo, as the other contestants had guessed. My guess was correct, and I WON a 2 week trip to EUROPE and $1,500!! (A huge win in “those days”.) I was SOOO excited, I collapsed on top of the podium and cried and screamed! I made so much of a fuss that they had to actually come over and pull me off the stage because the commercial was over and they no longer wanted the contestants to be visible.

So, if you happen to be watching the game show network and “All Star Secrets” comes on, look for me…I’ll be the one making a fool of myself, but enjoying every minute of it!




Comments on: "Look For Me on the Game Show Network!!" (32)

  1. Everything about this made me smile. From the little party to the big bad wolf impersonation to the game show story 🙂

  2. Like Pamela, this bought a smile to my face. I hope they do rerun your show and you can enjoy the memory even more vividly.

  3. Hey, maybe I should check out that channel some time. I was on a game show called Tic Tac Dough (with Wink Martindale) in 1983, when I was pregnant with our first child. It first aired in 1984 and then went into reruns. I didn’t win much money but got a lot of sponsor prizes, and ended up with lots of Rice-a-Roni! I will probably do a blog post on it someday. BTW, how was the two week trip to Europe? I would have been hysterical if I had won something like that!

    • I was on the show the first year I was married to my husband. For our honeymoon, we took a weekend trip to Cape Cod. (We got married over a holiday weekend so we’d have the extra day!) When I won the trip, we were able to change it for a 15 day trip to 5 Hawaiian Islands, all expenses paid, (meals, drinks, etc.) It was the most wonderful honeymoon ever!!!

  4. Linda, as if you could not be held in any higher esteem, that story just put you in a different stratosphere-love it:)

  5. My almost 2 year old always fights his action figures…we’re definitely going to have a party next time I see him fighting his toys…thanks for the idea!!!

  6. That’s so cool! I was on Bozo’s Circus. 🙂

  7. What a wonderful story! I’ll have to look for you, for sure. Just thinking about it is giving me a good giggle. I must say that most of what I’ve watched that had Jim Backus on it was Gilligan’s Island, that is now playing on ME TV that we get through Directv. Quite an experience to watch shows that used to have me glued to the tube.

  8. Great story! Grandkids and game shows, always good topics. 😉

  9. This is hysterical! You tell the story so well, I can actually see the episode like a movie in my head! Especially the part where they had to drag you off stage! 😀 Too bad you can’t be on reality TV nowadays–the more drama, the merrier!

  10. Well, I really amazed: you were on a show and are having the time of your life being a Grandma. Go for it!

  11. strawberryquicksand said:

    I love it. What an awesome story. And how was the trip away, anyway 🙂

  12. What fun! What happened, how you tell it, and all. xxoo

  13. What a exciting story to share on your blog…I would of been beside myself too!!!

  14. Linda, you are truly a wonder. Your life has been an adventure to be sure, and you sure make it a fun one. Again, LOVE your posts! 🙂

  15. That’s awesome! Congrats on the win. I’ve tried to get on Jeopardy! several times, taking the online test many times and even being called in once for auditions, but no luck otherwise.

    I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  16. Thank you for liking my post. I do really like your stuff in here too. I also adore kids so much and I always wanted them to be around me. Maybe I owe my bubbly side because of them. I love to laugh and giggle with them, play around and talk with them. I feel life with them.

    Thank you for making me smile. 🙂

  17. nah…. thanks for making me laugh!

  18. I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Please go to my blog post for the info! I am proud to be your blogging friend! Hugz Lisa and Bear

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