This Day in American History — Oct. 17

squaresOn October 17, 1966, “Hollywood Squares” premiered on NBC. (Sorry for the TV repeat on TDiAH, but this was too good to pass up.) Frequent center-squarer Paul Lynde was my favorite when I watched this as a kid, the double entendres for which the show was known going completely over my head (thank goodness, eh, Mom?).   Still, the show was funny and easy to follow along with.

Here’s a clip from 1971
, with longtime host Peter Marshall. Funny to hear the excitement over the $4300 Secret Square prize, isn’t it? These days, that’s what one letter is worth on “Wheel of Fortune”!

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2 Responses to This Day in American History — Oct. 17

  1. ZZ says:

    Oh to win a Brohill bedroom set!

    • Larry says:

      I learned a lot about consumer products by watching “Squares”! And the early “Wheel of Fortune,” where they wasted half the show having winners buy stuff with their money.

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