Sunday, April 05, 2020

Springtime Matches

Began the day with one of my most recent record finds. Tune Up For Spring is another Columbia Records special products LP, originally sold by Autolite Spark Plugs. Unlike my other Columbia spring collection, this does stick a little more to the April theme. Along with repeating "Younger Than Springtime" by the Ray Conniff Orchestra, there's also Polly Bergen doing "Spring Is Here," a recording of Al Jolson singing "April Showers" that was vintage even then, and Rosemary Clooney performing "It Might as Well Be Spring" with The Harry James Orchestra.

Work was crazy for most of the day. I couldn't keep up with the carts, especially around 11. It's the beginning of the month, and I'm probably not the only one who got more money than usual. A lot of people need to emerge and shop again after getting over their initial panic from last month. It didn't help that they called me in at 11:30 to go in for one of the cashiers, and it was over an hour before I could get back outside. Two cashiers called out, both teenage girls who probably would rather enjoy the lovely, mid-60's spring day. I did finally get back out to help the other bagger with the carts and gather trash at the main door.

Dashed home as soon as I could. I meant to make muffins yesterday but never got to it. Did the Chocolate Chip-Orange Muffins from the 1934 Hershey's Cookbook I found last year. I really like those. They're easy to make, smell good in the oven, and taste amazing. I'll need them for lunch for the rest of the week.

Finished the day with the most recent Match Game marathon. Gene Rayburn was far from the only host to appear on the show. They frequently turned up as panelists as well, starting with Bob Barker of The Price Is Right and Bert Convy of Tattletales and Super Password in two of the earliest episodes from 1973. Both had the tendency to be easily distracted by pretty faces, Barker memorably in a 1978 episode where he kept whispering into Loni Anderson's ear. Other hosts to appear on the show included Allen Ludden from the Password franchise (with and without his wife Betty White), country star and host of Fandango from The Nashville Network and the short-lived The Better Sex "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson, the female host from The Better Sex Sarah Purcell, Arlene Francis of What's My Line, "dean of game show hosts" Bill Cullen, Peter Marshall of the original Hollywood Squares, Jack Narz of Concentration, and his younger brother Tom Kennedy of Body Language.

Hope you're a game show fan, because the spotlight tomorrow stays on Bob Barker and his skirt-chasing, refrigerator-auctioning antics. For now, enjoy seeing his peers play along with the rest of the wacky panel!

Game Show Hosts on Match Game 1973 - 1982

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