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“What’s my line?”

“What’s my line?”

“You’re probably too young to remember”, was the response I received at a party this weekend. And I sure was!!!

“What’s my line?” was a popular game show from 1950-67… when they had black & white TV!

The idea of the game show was for 4 panelists to guess a person’s occupation by asking questions that had “yes” “no” answers. If the special guest was too recognisable the panelists had to wear blindfolds.

Many famous people from the ‘arts’ were invited on as special guests
Hugh Hefner – 12 years into the Playboy magazine
Ronald Reagan – when he was an actor
• A 33 year old Barbra Streisand
Clarence C. Nash – the voice of Donald duck
Colonel Sanders – today his caricature is so widely recognised
Elizabeth Taylor – onto her 2nd husband by 1954

My favourite guest was Salvador Dali who led the panelists to believe he was a jack of all trades.


I found it more interesting watching “What’s my line?” on youtube than switching on the TV.

Have you watched this show? How do you compare it to the game shows / reality shows of today?

Yours in Design,
Amber van Sloten

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