"I recently became aware of the prevalence of famous authors appearing
as game show contestants during the Golden Age of game shows (which I'd
align with What's My Line?'s initial run, from 1950-1967). Just as the
1960 Nixon/Kennedy debates changed politics forever, literary celebrity,
too, was evolving in the new televisual age, bringing new opportunities
for self-promotion and discourse.
As I fell down this rabbit hole, I discovered the five appearances I
will highlight here, as well as several others, including Lillian
Hellman on Who Said That? (1950), Mickey Spillane on The Name's the Same
(1954), and Truman Capote on The Cheap Show (1978)."
Via Esther Schindler, who wrote: "Spend some time down the rabbit hole
of author-as-gameshow contestant, from Herman Wouk to John le Carré. You
didn’t want to be productive at work, did you? This is loads of fun."
Share and enjoy,
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics