Squarely Matching Passwords

“What game show would we be on and how would we do?” is this week’s question.
I spent a great deal of time in the 1960s and 70s watching game shows.
Those were the Game Show heydays and the airways were filled with celebrities playing with their spouses or ‘regular’ people, against other celebrities.

I was always really good at games, especially cards. I used to win like crazy at games of Poker and Black Jack. My brother always said he wanted to take me to Vegas when I got old enough, but he knew that I’d choke up and blow it…and he was probably right. That happened to me a lot. I’d get straight As in spelling, all the time. When we’d have spelling bees against other classes, my teachers would be counting on me to win, yet to their horror and disgust, I’d be out by the 4th round, having made a stupid mistake because I was nervous. I had nothing to be nervous about.

I know that the pressure of the “$100,000.00 Pyramid” would have been the death of me.
I figured that I could do “Password”, which, since we have an old set, I have been trying to talk people ,around me to play. My luck, though. I’d have gone on TV and gotten the handsomest, most attractive male star and make a fool of myself.

But as for game shows, two more that I always thought I could handle were “The Match Game” and “The Hollywood Squares”. The oldest version of The Match Game, (in the 60s), had two celebrities playing against each other with two contestants each on their teams. The most fun week I can remember was with a still reasonably-young Burt Reynolds and “Dandy” Don Meredith, who were actually long-time friends. There was a lot of good-natured ribbing between the two.

I also remember guessing the wholesale price of crickets before a famous stand-up comedian came up with the same answer on The Hollywood Squares. I remember seeing the comedian on another show sometime afterward when he told a story about being overseas somewhere when a man walked past him and the only thing he said was, “You knew the wholesale price of crickets? Yeah, right!” and kept walking. I believed he did figure out the price of crickets, because I had.

My mind is a mess of generally useless information. I know something about almost everything, (but am a master of a ridiculously few subjects). I had great recall as well, but I was also extremely shy. When I learned to overcome that for the most part, I found that I could carry on a pretty good conversation on almost any topic, because generally I knew enough to at least ask reasonable questions of those who knew more. Giving me alternative answers in a game show would help control my oh-gosh-what-am-I-doing anxiety. I used to guess the right answer or know when one was wrong nearly all of the time when watching both of the Match and Square shows.

My sister used to have me watch “Do You Want to Be a Millionaire?”, and stay on the phone with me. I would climb to the top almost every show. Her then-husband really thought that I should apply, but I would never have the nerve to risk the money once I hit a decent plateau. However, with my sister and her pop knowledge, plus my knows-so-much husband as ‘phone-a-friends’, I might have gone far. But who would I have taken with me for support???

When my boys were very little, I used to put “Wheel of Fortune” on. I’d get a chance to guess in between getting things done. Both boys quietly watched it, especially the oldest one. They both learned their letters at a very young age from it.

Since I married an egghead, we often watched Jeopardy for the first few years we were married. He stopped watching when he started to believe that most of the questions were trivial, (yes, but, so what?). He also found me being annoyed because I missed most of the show while he wanted to expound on the answers! Afterwards, I’d have listen to lectures on the ’whys’ of the answers, and that took up too much of his time.

I continued to watch for a while longer and have gone back to it upon occasion. I often thought that if we could play in tandem, my husband and I would walk away with big money. Even after he stopped watching, I’d see the categories and divvy them up in my head: “I’d take Hits of the 60s, give him WWI; I’d go for Lines of Poetry and he would do World Rivers; Medicine would be mine and he could take Machines.”
We’d have been unstoppable.

Go ahead, ask us to play as a team in Trivial Pursuit. I dare you!
Of course, you may be in for lectures on answers to most topics.
Just a warning!

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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5 Responses to Squarely Matching Passwords

  1. Joselyn says:

    Tag team would be great! You can feed off each other when you get on a roll too!
    On the Chase, The Beast sometimes gives a little synopsis of how he arrived at his answer. That’s interesting because you can see how he applies what he does know to a question he doesn’t know.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    I really like the idea of playing some of these game shows as a tag team. It’d be cool to be able to select your partner for his/her in depth knowledge of particular areas. For example, if I knew there’d be a lot of sports questions, I’d want to partner with my son, Dave. If I knew there’d be a lot of questions about religion, philosophy, or literature, I’d want my late Dad on my team. But if there were questions on psychology, medicine, science, etc., I’d want to team with my brother, Charles.
    For handicrafts, farm animals, and general knowledge — Denise should be on my team.

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    • Joe-the-Husband was on TV in the Washington, DC area on a show called “It’s Academic”, where high school teams competed against each other, much like the academic teams do now.I may have even seen him there, long before we met. During that time, we passed each other’s homes quite often.He moved out of state and then back, then we met.I assume it was meant t be.
      My point is, we should get up a game show with teams; You could get your family members and I could get Joe, and my sister. I’d include my niece who knows a great deal more current pop culture), and my great-nephew, (who knows a lot about a lot, especially electronics and even more current pop culture).
      I think we’d have a hit!


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m with you on being full of useless information. My brother won’t play Trivial Pursuit against me. Maybe next time I’ll suggest playing in teams!

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