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Cerf:

The Government got it, but it was fun and great for my ego!

Q:

You were saying “What's My Line?" I think that fits in because you started that October 20, 1950, according to my source of information.

Cerf:

Well, the question that is most often asked me is, “How did you get into television?" Like everything else in my life, it was luck. First of all, I had become somewhat known, as I've told you, on radio as a result of the war and “Books are Bullets,” so that my name became one of those that would come up in discussions of being able to talk on radio.

Q:

And you were doing some lecturing.

Cerf:

I was doing some lecturing. Also, I love parlor games--some of them, not all of them. There were pictures of a game in Life once at Neysa McMein's house where we played The Game, it's called. There were a lot of celebrities at Neysa's like Bing Crosby and Cole Porter. Life made a feature of it and that helped me become somewhat known as a game player. I had also done one or two experimental T.V. programs when CBS had its first experimental T.V. station on the third floor of Grand Central Station. Dick Rodgers and Gypsy Rose Lee and I did some kind of crazy game there once. So at least I had gotten my toes into T.V.



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