Making Whoopee

  • Summer mornings
  • Days home sick
  • After School

What do these three things have in common? They represent huge chunks of time I spent watching game shows as a child. We’re talking The Price is Right, $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game, Wheel of Fortune, The Newlywed Game, Jeopardy and even a brief foray into prime time with Who Wants to be a Millionaire only a few short years ago.

I swear I grew up on game shows between doses of I Love Lucy, Mary Tyler Moore and The Flintstones.

I could price out cans of soup and cleansers with every housewife and military man on leave wearing those big ole price tag name tags. Every car prize price always started with a 3 (with 3 digits after). They might still start with a 3, but there are going to be 4 digits after! My how times have changed.

The innuendos in so many of the shows were not lost on me – I knew just what Bob Eubanks was referring to when he would ask some sweet young bride the most unusual place she made whoopee. And Paul Lynde on The Match Game (Hollywood Squares) – the very mention of his name makes me think double entendre.

Got Game Show memories? Share ’em here and take a walk down memory lane. Since I don’t watch a whole lot of game shows anymore.

This post inspired by Parent Bloggers Network and Oliebollen.com, which is sponsoring an Armchair Sweep of their site. Pretty cool!

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2 responses to “Making Whoopee

  1. When I read the title of your post, I thought it was going to be about your date 🙂
    I also remember staying home sick and watching The Price is Right….C’mon down!!

  2. I watched all those too. We loved the Match Game. Gene Rayburn was fabulous as the emcee – when he said the word “Blank” his face would be the same. Then you had Charles Nelson Reilly snickering along with the other regulars, and the contestants would always pretend to be embarrassed.
    I don’t know if it’s still around, but there was a Game Show Network a few years back, and they showed the Match Game and the Newlywed Game, among others. It was REALLY funny to see those lovely 70s fashions again.

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