Really Dixon? Three and a half years? It took you that long?
Yes, I know, I know, but there's only so much you can add for a show that's been off the air for 31 years. But still, when the show came back as Hip Hop Squares and made a big splash doing so, I couldn't let it go unnoticed. It now takes its rightful place along the show's other three remakes, and as the series progresses I'll fill out the page a lot better. I seemed to have some issues with Yahoo Webhosting Pagebuilder, that's why I didn't add any references to it beforehand. Also cleaning out a few cobwebs and tweaking a few things here and there, to add references to Hip Hop and on the Square Links page, cleaned out a few obsolete links. (Really, Chris Lambert?)
I'm also considering doing away with this page and the old, now deserted Square News page in favor of a "Square Blog." What do you think?
Two new George Gobel zingers appear at the bottom of his page. Also, updates and fills on the 1966-70 and 1971-75 NBC daytime archive pages, which among other things, show previously earliest known appearances of Elizabeth Montgomery and Kathy Garver.
wo brief updates kick off a new round of 'freshening up" around here. One glaring much needed update comes on the Merrill Heatter/Bob Quigley page, which now includes GSN's Catch 21 in Heatter's credits. A newly discovered factoid--about how Rhodes Syndication almost stole the daytime Squares away from NBC--has found its way onto the second Square Facts page.
Updated the Contestant Memories page to add the details provided by Jean Smith Newell, a contestant sometime around early 1971. Thanks, Jean! Also added snapshots from two other contestants, one next to his TV and one in front of NBC Burbank.
For the first time since I've put up the Square Guest Archive, I've made a major update. I make minor ones all the time but this one involved a lot of listings: I decided to list some by correct seating order (CSO) whenever I can find that information. If you know of any not already listed, please let me know but please provide documentation. The ones I have are based on existing stills, audio tape (based on the notion that Charley Weaver always sat in the same place) and video tape, as well as notes some people (Tom Kalina, for instance, from late 1974 to August 1978) took at the time of original broadcast. The 1976-80 page is still being redone with this new info.
I need some more help in making out the archive. If the syndicated nighttime version debuted in your area before September 1972, please let me know (exact dates, station call letters & channel number, market). The stations in my area (the South) were up to a year behind the rest of the country in the episodes they showed beginning in September 1972. How do I know? Because Wally Cox was listed as much as a year after his death, and I remember him appearing that late on the syndicated version in my area.
Other updates: some additions to the Square Facts page, with some extra celebrities you might not have known were Squares (George Foreman? Really? Yep) and a new, growing list of celebrities whose absence from the grid is rather glaring to many to the point that I'm asked. Nipsey Russell is the most obvious example. This will mainly consist of celebrities who did many other game shows, and/or fellow cast members from their TV shows appear on the Squares, they just didn't for whatever reason. The criteria to appear on that list will remain fairly tight so it won't be a runaway list.
It's finally here. Years in the making, the Classic Square Archive episode guide is finally online--at this point, all but the nighttime syndicated version. Thanks to everyone whose names are on the title page, who did much of the work. If you see anything that should be added/changed, please let me know and back it up with some kind of documentation.
I also added some info to the Storybook Squares page, which I found while compiling these archives.
When Don Knotts passed away I was reminded of two of his classic zingers. They're at the bottom of the Guest Squares page. Also added 12 new Paul Lynde zingers.
Someone asked about the oldest-ever Square. I don't have a definitive answer but the best I know is now on the Square Facts II page. On that same page, I've updated the list of Squares who hosted their own game shows. There had been a lot of omissions, some, like Betty White and Chuck Woolery, were rather glaring.
Added some frequent guest names to the newly-created Guest Squares page, and some presidential trivia to Square Facts II.
First, I split the "Other Regulars and Guests" page in two: one is now devoted to Other Regulars and Semi-Regulars (new pics as well), and the other is devoted to Guests. The zingers have been sub-divided between the two pages with new ones sprinkled throughout.
For fans of the game as much or moreso than the comedy, I have devoted a page to memorable bluffs, some of which could be as funny as any zinger.
Some new pics at the bottom of the Square Sights II page...seven to be exact. One of them is a real treasure, showing a contestant posing for a photograph next to a TV set on which he's appearing with Peter Marshall.
And finally, I changed the two pics on the Wally Cox page, from the old black and whites to two nice color shots.
Who can get enough Paul Lynde? Very few apparently, so I have added a third page of his zingers, one that is still growing. Thanks to all who sent them in.
Also updated the Square FAQ page to put the most frequently asked question up top ("Where can I find the show I appeared on...blah, blah, blah") and added some new answers: who is dead and who's not, why there's not (yet) a full week-by-week celebrity listing on the site, and further down the page, who now owns the rights to the Marshall Squares (reflecting the Sony/MGM merger).
One of the site's biggest fans (Jason Carter) wanted to know the youngest Square. That sent me on a quest that yielded some surprising information about under-18 Squares. And that eventually led to the creation of a second page devoted to "Square Facts." It includes all the names of under-18 Squares I can find, and a pic of the hands-down youngest. It also has the story about Eartha Kitt's controversial appearance in 1968 and a list of shows in which 50 percent of the cast appeared on the Marshall Squares. I have a complicated forumla for that list, but if you can think of any other shows that belong there, feel free to let me know.
On the original Square Facts page, I deleted a redundant fact about the 1965 pilot, moved the pic to the Pilot page, and moved a list of Squares who hosted their own game shows to the second Facts page. I also added some dates to the Squares notable date list.
Well, a year and a half late I finally added my own pics, and my own page, devoted to Peter Marshall's triumphant return to Hollywood Squares, hosting the H2 version in December 2002. I thought it was the best way possible to pay tribute to the late, lamented Bergeron version of the show. On Marshall's own page I cleaned up some grossly outdated information, and added the script to the infamous "Sacajawea" exchange with the late game show host Art James in 1975.
I went to add one little thing to the Square FAQ page, and saw how outdated it was. There were still questions about why GSN does this and that, so I have updated the whole page. The new questions, and updated questions, are scattered throughout the page. I also changed the last paragraph of the History page, to reflect the cancellation of the Bergeron version and GSN's dropping of the Marshall reruns. I will be making other updates as I can, including an entire page devoted to Peter Marshall's one-day shot at hosting again in 2002.
I've done a major, dramatic restructuring of the Sequels page, since it was getting to be a festering pain to download/navigate and a nightmare to update. There are now four pages in all, with the original now devoted to just the stars who appeared on more than one version (Marshall and at least one other), and one page apiece devoted to The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (some new info), The New Hollywood Squares (some new info and pics), and the most recent (and recently cancelled) version hosted by Tom Bergeron (again, new info and a couple of new pics). Special thanks to Doug Morris, Chris Tufts and and Brent for all their help.
A special thanks to Chris Tufts, who made it possible for me to make the biggest one-time update on the Square Sequels page since its inception. He sent a long list of updated names (stars who appeared in more than one version), perhaps because he had something I never did: access to a list of celebrities from the Davidson years.
Here's his list, so you won't have to dig the names out of the page:
Marshall, Bauman: Bart Braverman, Jimmy Brogan, Randi Oakes, Joe Santos
Marshall, Bauman, Davidson: Bob Denver, Fabian, Jayne Meadows, Marilyn Michaels, Martha Smith, McLean Stevenson, Fred Travelena
Marshall, Davidson: Don Adams, Kip Adotta, Joey Bishop, Amanda Blake, Eileen Brennan, John Byner, Charlie Callas, Glen Campbell, Diana Canova, Vikki Carr, Tommy Chong, James Coco, Mike Connors, William Conrad, Julie (McWhirter) Dees, Stephen Furst, Eva Gabor, Gil Gerard, Shecky Greene, Pat Harrington, Mariette Hartley, Jill Ireland, Jay Johnson, Jack Jones, Gabe Kaplan, Loretta Lynn, Jackie Mason. Roddy McDowall, Phyllis McGuire, Garrett Morris, Barry Newman, Louis Nye, Donna Pescow, Vincent Price, Robert Reed, Paul Regina, Dale Robertson, Richard Roundtree, Bobby Rydell, Doc Severinsen, Dick Shawn, Elke Sommer, Jill St. John, Andrew Stevens, Kaye Stevens, Stella Stevens, Josh Taylor, Mel Tillis, Charlene Tilton, Brenda Vaccaro, Abigail Van Buren, Robert Walden, Nancy Walker, Jessica Walter, Paul Williams, Wolfman Jack, Henny Youngman, Pia Zadora
Marshall, Davidson, Bergeron: Willie Aames, Tom Bosley, David Brenner, Carol Channing, Tom Dreesen, Chad Everett, Robert Guillaume, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Ed McMahon, Anne Meara, Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Isabel Sanford, Connie Stevens, Dick Van Patten, Dionne Warwick, Fred Willard, Jo Anne Worley
Marshall, Bergeron: Susan Stafford, Ruta Lee
What, an update on the "Update" page??? That can't be! But yes, I did add some pics to the Square Sights II page. They probably mean more to me than to you though, because they all consist of TV promo shots (and a TV Guide ad) of the show's 1970s syndicated run on the station where I now work, WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham. In those days it was an ABC affiliate, and you'll see why that's of note when you browse through the pics linked at the bottom of the page.
Not much here, but did update the Pilot page with a little new information gleaned from the E! True Hollywood Story. Also, finally revamped my horrendously lame and outdated welcome message on my title page, in favor of something a lot more up to date.
Updated several biography pages with new zingers from the GSN run, and the Sequels page with more info about the 2002 changes to the Bergeron version. Added a couple of links to the Links page, including one to our email list at Yahoogroups.
If you can play the sounds, you are in luck. Robert W. Clark just sent me a true treasure: an audio-only copy of the February 16, 1973 daytime episode of The Hollywood Squares. This is significant because Wally Cox died the day before and Peter Marshall opens the show with a heart-ripping tribute to Wally and an explanation as to why viewers would see two more weeks of him. Don't wait until you get to the Square Sounds II page (where I have three other new ones), listen to Wally's tribute now.
Well, I finally did it. I updated my sounds. In fact, I have a second page devoted to the newly edited treasures, a few from the reruns but most from rare audio tapes that have been sent to me over the last year and a half. Special thanks to Matt Ottinger and Martin Barron for the rarities they were so gracious to supply me. When my hard drive crashed this summer I lost the name of a third person who supplied me with a CD of July 1968 shows featuring a contestant named Beth Dinwiddie. Please contact me, sir, so I can see to it you are give your proper, well-deserved credit.