Sunday, April 12, 2020

It's an Easter Match, Charlie Brown

Began my Easter with work. I spent the entire morning cleaning the bathrooms and wiping doors and credit card machines least, when I could get into the bathrooms. People kept going into them, and I had to wait for them to leave. It did get busy around 10:30-11, but was quiet by the time I finally finished at 2...and I saw why when I dashed out the door. A long line of people waiting to get in stretched around the side of the store, and from what I could hear as I rode by them, not a single one was happy. They were only letting ten people in at a time, and the store closed at 3 today.

Goes without saying I was happy to get home. As soon as I arrived, I opened the Easter present Mom sent me. It was an adorable egg-shaped box of See's Candies. (Mom must have sent them before they closed - their website says they're not shipping online right now. Either that, or her box came from elsewhere.) She also sent me a floral mask for work.

Ran It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, as I started an early dinner. The Peanuts celebrate the spring with trips to the store for new shoes, Snoopy buying his buddy Woodstock a bird house, and Peppermint Patty's futile attempts to teach Marcie how to color eggs. No need for all the fuss, says Linus. The Easter Beagle does all that. Sally's understandably skeptical after the incident with the Great Pumpkin at Halloween. Lucy would rather color and hide her own eggs.

My Easter dinner was the bacon and cheese quiche from Julie's Cooking Studio, with yogurt instead of sour cream, Mexican shredded cheese instead of Swiss and cheddar, turkey bacon instead of pork, and added spinach and mushrooms. Oh, yum. It came out perfectly, just the right blend of salty and savory. Probably the best pie I ever made.

Switched to The First Easter Rabbit while starting Glazed Lemon Rolls. This Rankin-Bass 2-D animated tale of something of a cross between Frosty the Snowman and The Velveteen Rabbit. Stuffy (Robert Morse) was little Glinda's favorite toy. He ends up on a bonfire pile when she comes down with scarlet fever, but a fairy takes pity on him and turns him into a real rabbit. He's now the Easter Bunny, symbol of springtime and ruler of April Valley...if he can get around Zero, who wants to unleash permanent winter on the valley!

Moved to the next Match Game Marathon while the rolls rose, and then while they baked. Comedian Bill Daily is today best-known for his sitcom work, including prominent roles in I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show, and Alf, but game show fans know him as one of the wildest of the show's stable of semi-regulars. He threw noisy tantrums whenever the audience got too rowdy and gave answers that matched Joyce Bulifant's in their strangeness (and lack of matching). He traded jackets with Gene in one syndicated episode, then complained about his chair being too short in another.

Bill was present for two of the show's most memorable contestants. He was there for the final week on CBS in 1979, when that lady Carolyn won over 30,000 and became the highest-winning contestant in the show's history. Later that year in the syndicated version, a woman in the Head-to-Head round answered "Cuckoo ___" with "Cukoo, Friend, and Ollie," and did it with utter confidence. Gene laughed so hard, he nearly fell all over the stage, and the panelists were all falling over laughing, too. Bill would later relate in Match Game 101 that they had to stop taping, everyone was laughing so hard. (She meant "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie," the puppet duo, who appeared on the show earlier that year. Poor Robert Walden eventually gave what was likely the definitive answer, "cuckoo clock.")

Here's Bill's marathon, so you can attempt to match his wild answers yourself! And come around tomorrow at 3 PM for the next semi-regular in the spotlight, talented and sassy Patty Duke.

The Best of Bill Daily on Match Game Marathon 1973 - 1982

And I hope you matched yourself a wonderful Easter, no matter where you celebrated it!

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