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The Government got it, but it was fun and great for
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.
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.
And you were doing some lecturing.
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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