Remembering the good ol' days with the Hollywood Squares

Photos for Headline Surfer / Above, a vintage image of the original decade-and-a-half run of NBC's zany game show, The Hollywood Squares, with host Peter Marshall and regulars like Paul Lynde, Rich Little and Rose Marie. NBC's running of show ended in 1981. Two years later, it was back on TV for nearly another decade with various hosts, panelists and producers.
YouTube download / Taped in May 1968, with Lorne Greene, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Charley Weaver, Abby Dalton, Wally Cox, Kaye Ballard, Jan Murray, Buddy Hackett and Paul Lynde.
Below the column: Did You Know? segment on the panelists from this paricular showing of The Hollywood Squares and additional video highlights.
 
EDITOR'S Note: New Smyrna Beach resident and local entertainer Richard J. 'Rick' Martorano, originally wrote about NBC's version of The Hollywood Squares, which was published initially on Feb. 27. 2010, when he contributed an occasional community column called, 'Living the Good Life,' for NSB News (NSBNews.net), which became Headfline Surfer® (HeadlineSurfer.com) in 2012. What follows is an updated editor's version of Martorano's original column as a show of appreciation to him and as a holiday offering, especially for the many new fans of the award-winning 24/7 internet media outlet.
 
Rick Hartorano / Headline SurferBy RICK MARTORANO
Living the Good Life
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- We don't stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing.

I am not a historian, but sometimes the “old days” were a little funnier. For those of us who remember, The Hollywood Squares was a TV show from 1965-1981. It had celebrity guests and the great questions and answers are from the days when the game show responses were spontaneous; not scripted, as they are now.

As described in Wikipedia, Paul Lynde was featured in the tactically-important center square throughout most of the original show's run. On Oct. 14, 1968, he became the regular center square. Lynde's outrageous jokes helped him win two daytime Emmy Awards both in 1974 & 1978. 

Among other regulars: Cliff Arquette (in character as "Charley Weaver"), a history buff, excelled at American history; Rich Little received questions about other celebrities, which gave him an opportunity to do an impression of that individual; Roddy McDowall handled the plays of Shakespeare; Rose Marie often received questions on dating and relationships and Demond Wilson often responded with mock anger to questions that were carefully worded to play upon African-American stereotypes. 

Paul Lynde of The Hollywood Squares / Headline SurferThe Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall / Headline SurferAs described in Wikipedia, Paul Lynde, shown here at left in the display image, was featured in the tactically-important center square throughout most of the original show's run. On Oct. 14, 1968, he became the regular center square. Lynde's outrageous jokes helped him win two daytime Emmy Awards both in 1974 & 1978. The host asking questions of Lynde and others was Peter Marshall, shown here in the B&W inset image.

Among other regulars: Cliff Arquette (in character as "Charley Weaver"), a history buff, excelled at American history; Rich Little received questions about other celebrities, which gave him an opportunity to do an impression of that individual; Roddy McDowall handled the plays of Shakespeare; Rose Marie often received questions on dating and relationships and Demond Wilson often responded with mock anger to questions that were carefully worded to play upon African-American stereotypes.

Here is a sampling of questions asked by host Peter Marshall and answered by some of The Hollywood Squares panelists that are sure to make you laugh, and today, we could all use a good laugh. Please read on and enjoy:

Question:. What is a good reason for pounding meat?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Loneliness! Note: The audience laughs so long and so hard it takes up almost 15 minutes of the show)
 
Question: Do female frogs croak?
Answer, Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.
 
Question: If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be? 
Answer, Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
 
Question: True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years?
Answer, George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.
 
Question: You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
Answer, Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.
 
Question: According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
Answer, Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.
 
Question: Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
Answer, Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.
 
Question: In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say 'I Love You'?
Answer, Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.
 
Question: What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?
Answer, George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.
 
Question: As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
Answer, Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing-old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.
 
Question: Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
 
Question: Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
Answer, Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries. 
 
Question: In bowling, what's a perfect score?
Answer, Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.
 
Question: It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Tape measures.
 
Question: During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
Answer, Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.
 
Question: Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
Answer, Marty Allen: Only after lights out.
 
Question: When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Make him bark?
 
Question: If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.
 
Question: According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
Answer, Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.
 
Question: It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.
 
Question: Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
Answer, George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.
 
Question: Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?
 
Question: When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
Answer, Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.
 
Question: .Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
Answer, Charley Weaver: His feet.
 
Question:  According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
Answer, Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.
 
FAST FACTS: History of The Hollywood Squares:
Snapshot of The Hollywood Squares TV game show / Headline Surfer• American panel game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win cash and prizes. The show piloted on NBC in 1965, and the regular series debuted in 1966, on the same network.The stars are asked questions by the host, and the contestants judge the truth of their answers to gain squares in the right pattern to win the game.
• Although The Hollywood Squares was a legitimate game show, the game largely acted as the background for the show's comedy in the form of joke answers (called "zingers"), often given by the stars prior to their real answer. The show's writers usually supplied the jokes. In addition, the stars were given the questions' subjects and bluff (plausible but incorrect) answers prior to the show. The show was scripted in this sense, but the gameplay was not.
• Original host Peter Marshall would explain at the beginning of the Secret Square game, the celebrities were briefed prior to the show to help them with bluff answers, but they otherwise heard the actual questions for the first time as they were asked on air.
• Bert Parks hosted the 1965 pilot of Hollywood Squares. NBC acquired the rights to the show, which debuted Oct.17, 1966, with Marshall as host, a job he held for 15 years.
• During most of its daytime run, NBC broadcast The Hollywood Squares at 11:30 a.m. and it was a ratings dominator. The daytime show aired its 3,536th & last episode June 20, 1980.
• The show also ran at night, first on NBC from Jan. 12 to Sept. 13, 1968, as a mid-season replacement for the short-lived sitcom Accidental Family. A night-time syndicated program ran from Nov. 1, 1971 until May 22, 1981. Initially airing once weekly, the syndicated Squares added a second airing in 1972, and began airing daily or nightly in September 1980, the show's final season.
• Besides the likes of Paul Lynda and Rich Little, other regular- or semi-regulars: Nanette Fabray, Kaye Ballard, Wally Cox, Morey Amsterdam, Florence Henderson, Buddy Hackett, Marty Allen, Wayland Flowers and Madame, Barbara Eden, George Gobel, Vincent Price, Charo, Sandy Duncan, Carol Wayne, Jonathan Winters, Foster Brooks, The Lennon Sisters, Garrett Morris, Karen Valentine and Joan Rivers.
After its run was completed on NBC in 1981, The Hollywood Squares was back on TV two years later with several different hosts and some format changes for nearly a decade.
-- Source: Wikipedia
 
Did You Know?
Zsa Zsa Gabor, featured in the 1968 episode of The Hollywood Squares, displayed above in the video, passed away six days ago.
Here is Headline Surfer's story on her death: 
2016-12-19 07:10:58 -0500
 
Among the other Other celebrities on the same Hollywood Squares episode with Zsa Zsa Gabor:
• Lorne Greene, star of the TV western Bonanza (1959-'73), who died in 1987 at age 72;
• Charley Weaver (real name Cliff Arquette), comedian & actor, who died in 1974 at age 68; 
• Abby Dalton,  who starred in TV sitcoms Hennesey (1959-'62) & The Joey Bishop Show (1962-'65), and as Julia Cumson in the primetime soap opera, Falcon Crest (1981-'86), is 84;
• Wally Cox, actor & comedian (voice of the popular animated canine superhero Underdog), died in 1973 at age 48; Kaye Ballard, an actress & singer, is 91;
• Jan Murray, stand-up comedian, actor, and game show host, died in 2006 at age 89;
• Buddy Hackett, actor & comedian who starred in the  The Love Bug (1968, Herbie as the talking VW), died in 2003 at age 78;
• Paul Lynda, comedian & actor (Uncle Arthur on Bewitched) and the center square ocupant on The Hollywood Squares, died in 1982, at age 55.
• Peter Marshall, host of the game show is 90 years old, and Rich Little, another of the regulars later on, is 78 years old.
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