Sunday, February 26, 2023

Games and History

Got such a late start, I pretty much had time for reading the first few chapters of The Mark of Zorro, writing, and wolfing down a quick breakfast before calling Uber. At least they arrived in 6 minutes and got me to work in about that amount of time, too. There was a little traffic down the White Horse Pike, but nothing overwhelming.

Work was off-and-on busy all day. This wasn't a big deal when I came in at 10:30 and we had more cashiers open. As the afternoon progressed, the morning workers went home...and no one replaced them. I spent the last few hours dealing with long lines mostly on my own. And my relief was late, which meant I was late leaving.

Thank goodness I had no trouble getting Uber home. Got a driver in 7 minutes and home in 5. Maybe that had to do with the gorgeous weather. It was sunny, breezy, and relatively warm all day, probably in the lower 50's. 

I was so worn out after work, I went straight home and into a nap. I needed it rather badly. Managed to sleep for an hour and a half, and probably would have gone longer if it hadn't been getting late. 

Had dinner while working on writing. Richard does end up renting the room from Marcia. The view is lovely, and it's close enough to town for him to easily walk to the sheriff's office. Marcia reminds him about paying extra for meals, but he says he's eating with the Marshal and his wife that night.

Finished up the night first on Buzzr for their African American Greats Marathon. Former football player Lynn Swann briefly hosted the 1990 version of To Tell the Truth from October 1990 to February 1991. (Alex Trebek finished out the run.) He wasn't really bad as he helped Kitty Carlisle, Monty Hall, Vicki Lawrence, and David Niven Jr. figure out which teen girl and her puppet companion was an expert ventriloquist and which man in black authored a book on his experiences in the CIA.

They had more fun on a 1971 episode of What's My Line? Sweet Sally Ann Howes joined Soupy Sales, Gail Sheldon, and Irish comedian Eamonn Andrews to find out how a teen from Cherry Hill filled donuts with jelly. They competed to see who could fill the most donuts in the least time. I think Gail and Eamonn won, but the kid finally admitted they all made more of a mess than dessert. They had no more luck figuring out a comely would-be actress had a side-line testing amusement park rides. (Wonder if she ever tested any in Wildwood or Ocean City?) Soupy did better with the Mystery Guest, black folk and blues singer Odetta.

Odetta wasn't the only performer from the 60's and 70's I never heard of until tonight who got a showcase on a game show. Philadelphia jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley demonstrated his craft on a 1966 episode of I've Got a Secret. He wasn't bad, either. I might have to look up his work online. He was certainly easier to tolerate than some of the stranger mid-60's fashions Lucille Ball introduced later. (And considering she mentioned a lot of orange and green and purple together, I'm glad the copy on Buzzr was in black and white.)

Switched to YouTube for the last Black History Month marathon from Match Game Productions. This time, the focus shifted to the later shows, as we saw Nathan Cook of Hotel, Roger E. Mosley of Magnum PI, and soap opera star Patronia Paley on two 1984 episodes of The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour. Roger returned for Match Game '90, along with Nell Carter of the sitcom Gimmie a Break and the Broadway revue Ain't Misbehavin' and a noisy Jimmie Walker. Nipsey Russell and Scoey Mitchilll joined in for episodes from the '70s run, including one from 1975 where Scoey left in the middle of a game after he already matched to make a bathroom break. Sitcom moms Esther Rolle and Mabel King appeared on nighttime episodes in 1975 and 1978 (the latter even got to briefly show off her gorgeous voice). 

Here's the link to the marathon, so you can honor the black greats of Match Game one more time!

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