My Experience as a Contestant on a TV Game Show

What's The Good Word?

This long-since disappeared TV Word-Game  Show (1972 - 1976) has disappeared from posterity...
This long-since disappeared TV Word-Game Show (1972 - 1976) has disappeared from posterity...

TV Game Shows

When you think of TV Game Shows what comes to mind? "Jeopardy"? "Let's Make a Deal"? "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" "What's My Line?" "The Price Is Right"? "What's the Good Word?"

If you don't recognize "What's the Good Word?" you may be forgiven. This was a game show that ran on CTV (Canadian Television Network) from 1972 to 1976, a rather brief period in the life of a game show. It was filmed in an understated studio in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, British Columbia on BCTV and broadcast throughout the CTV network across Canada. There was no Internet in that day, so it is unlikely anyone in Iceland or Lower Slobovia ever caught it.

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My 15 Minutes Of Fame As A Game Show Contestant

In 1968 at a Swedish pop art gala, pop artist Andy Warhol is supposed to have said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes".

The people we know as "celebrities" have gone on to extend their 15 minutes into months, years, maybe decades. And then there are those reality TV stars who have had an opportunity to have millions of people watching them, worldwide, for a couple of weeks. And finally, there are those of us who spent our shining, magical 15 minutes on a TV game show -- worse, a Canadian TV game show that never got 'syndicated' and that was seemingly purged from the CTV archives the moment it faded from existence back in 1976.

Yes, my husband and I had a very brief flirtation with fame and fortune back in some forgotten year between 1972 and 1976 on a couple of tapings of "What's the Good Word?" Yes, Alyza and Angelika, Grandpa and Grandma were almost in the same league as 'My Little Ponies' and Justin Bieber. Almost.

Typical Abode For People With Dreams

An apartment block typical of that occupied by  young families in Vancouver's densely-populated West End in the 1970s
An apartment block typical of that occupied by young families in Vancouver's densely-populated West End in the 1970s

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We Had Dreams

In the early 1970s my husband and I lived a humble life, with two small children, in an apartment in the city of Vancouver, BC. Like young couples everywhere, then and now, we scrambled to make ends meet. We ate home-cooked meals-- remember 101 Ways to Prepare Hamburger?-- and each of us had one or more jobs. We had dreams of living in our own home.

At this particular juncture in our life, I worked nights at the downtown Vancouver Post Office, sorting city mail 'walks'. My husband, Ed, was a young stockbroker. He had inherited a number of "dead" accounts, meaning the accounts of older clients who were no longer actively interested in investing had been shifted from the more ambitious, edge-clinging account reps. to the new guy (Ed and other greenhorns). Some of these inherited clients had had their 'accounts' sheared down to the last of their "nest eggs" by the time Ed arrived on the scene.

Every day he got up and went off to work very early (I think the markets somewhere in the world opened at 6 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, so he had to be at work then). The children and I did our little domestic routine and went off to a park for an hour or so in the afternoon, and then home to nap, during which time I watched "Coronation Street" and whatever followed it before fixing supper.

Because Ed went off to work so early, he also came home early. My brilliant young husband would start firing the "correct" answers to the questions on the 3:30 pm Game Show that was on when he arrived home. I was amazed. He knew all the answers. If we were contestants on this show we would walk away with all the prizes!

Yes, you guessed it. I got on the phone and signed us up as contestants. We were invited for an interview with one of the directors.

How we looked in the early 1970s, minus the boutonnieres. I think Ed had a plaid sports jacket and a "leisure suit" that he wore as a contestant.  We were suave, Baby!
How we looked in the early 1970s, minus the boutonnieres. I think Ed had a plaid sports jacket and a "leisure suit" that he wore as a contestant. We were suave, Baby! | Source

Contestants Are Interviewed

We were invited to meet with one of the show's directors at the studio in Burnaby and we excitedly made our way out there. We were asked if we watched the show, of course, and a few other like-questions and then given a short spiel on the importance of showing a great deal of excitement and energy during the show. I was asked how I would respond to getting a right answer. How would I react if I got a wrong answer? Examples were given of appropriate gestures conveying excitement: arm-flapping, an abbreviated piercing shriek of joy, an expression of shock and disappointment.

Ed and I are ... well... Canadian. And both of us are pretty introverted. We both had some Drama experience, and hammed it up for the director, but deep down we knew that we would be as likely to yell out "yee-haw" in front of a TV camera as we would be apt to swan dive off the Lion's Gate Bridge... not likely at all. In any case, he seemed to buy in to our assurances that we occasionally lose all dignity and jump up and down screaming and clapping.

The Grand Prize!

A microwave oven- I don't think I had seen or heard of such a wonder before this game show!
A microwave oven- I don't think I had seen or heard of such a wonder before this game show!

On With the Show-- This Is It...

When the day of the taping arrived we were told to have three distinct outfits since if we won Game one and Game two, we would go on to a third game. So, we wore one of our TV outfits and carried the other two on hangers into the change rooms.

We met the other two sets of contestants: a young couple about our age, and a couple of women who were roomies or best friends or maybe a mother and daughter-- two women, in any case. We exchanged some polite words together and watched the introduction to the show with the studio audience.

The prizes for the first contest were introduced at some length by the narrator. Third Prize (for the Contest's big losers) was an assortment of men's cologne products, a popular Asian-themed brand of the time, very spicy and supposedly reminiscent of popular actor Bruce Lee's amazing feats in movies like "Fist of Fury" and "Enter the Dragon". The fellow in the other contesting couple said, and not in a joking voice, "We better not win that!"

Second place winners got to go home with some cultured pearls that had a big presentation emphasizing their magnificence. And the first place winners, in the first 'round' (or day), would haul away a large swanky new microwave oven. I don't think I'd laid eyes on a microwave oven before that day-- and I was impressed and hopeful, not to mention fairly confident that my brilliant young husband would just overwhelm everyone with his significant brain power. Only the first-place winners went on to Game Two. At some point in time some cash got thrown into the winner's pot, along with the high tech. appliances. We were naïve and easily satisfied in the World of TV Game Shows-- the prizes seemed extremely appealing. Secretly, I even thought the men's toiletries were pretty exciting.

3rd Prize- Careful How You Use It!

What's the Good Word?

The game was based on guessing a key word beginning with an introductory clue, and following with a cascade of single word clues until someone got the right answer or the timer went off.

For example, a set might begin with "This can either be a friend to man or an enemy." Clues would then be read while the timer clicked down. Clues for this example set might be: WILD, RED, FLASH, GUN, ANTS, SIDE, TRUCK, HYDRANT, and finally FIGHTER. The good word, of course, is FIRE. (example provided by Wikipedia)

The game show's host was a lovely fellow named John Barton. He had a great baritone voice with a clear enunciation. Nothing in his tempo or tone implied "hurry up" or "how dumb can you be?" He was tall and slim with wavy hair and glasses, and a reassuring smile.

As the game unfolded, it was very clear that I had underestimated the confidence of my brilliant young husband. I had forgotten that when I first met him I was struck by how shy he was, and how he blushed more readily than anyone I had ever known. One-on-one in our livingroom he was able to whip out answers to any clue. Beside me, on camera, he sat with a frozen smile on his face, completely tongue-tied, maybe even terrified.

I had also underestimated the girl-team as opponents. Clearly they had discussed a strategy before-hand, and although I can't remember what it was, it worked! The other couple threw out a couple of wrong answers, I managed to get one or two points, but by and large, the girl-team beat the socks off us.

At the end of the round the drum roll cued the back-stage narration of the prize won by the third-place couple. Across the screen was displayed the bright array of men's cologne, soap, after-shave lotion. The commentator sang out the names of this couple and the beginning syllable of the name of their prize, only to be interrupted by a loud expletive from the prize's winner. A few shocked gasps and titters followed.

John Barton looked stunned, glancing around for direction. Someone yelled "Cut" and the cameras were shut down. The wife of the offending winner persuaded her hot-headed husband to be gracious and looked pleased for the re-take of the prize announcement. Apparently, this had never happened before in the history of the game show. But because it didn't violate the ethics of the program, "the fix" proceeded smoothly. Really, that little piece of spontaneous drama was the most exciting and memorable part of the game show experience for us.

Enjoy this old SCTV Take-Off on A TV Game Show

Pearls of Wisdom

Yes, we won the second-place pearl necklace. And, actually, nobody went home with any prizes that particular day-- all of the prizes were sent out by mail. My brilliant young husband managed to get his voice back when the program ended, and was filled with shame and contrition.

As always happens in marriages (or correct me if I'm wrong please), I took a turn or two at letting him down in other foolish forays overlaid with vain hopes of fame and/or fortune.

Besides the 15 minutes of fame, I'm happy to say that my Auntie in Regina, Saskatchewan was excited to see us on her favourite game show several months later when it was finally shown. She was always my biggest fan.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

That would be great fun. I'm glad you experienced it and shared that experience with us.


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

You did a great job of sharing your experience! I enjoyed it. It sounds like it might be similar to the TV game, Password which was one of my mother's favorites. The infamous Betty White was on it consistently and her husband hosted it.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you billybuc for stopping by and sharing the memory of that silly experience with me. It probably was great fun-- if I could only remember that far back!


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Ann1Az2 for your comments! Betty White was a great boon to whatever program she was on-- such wit and humour!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I loved to watch game shows growing up and was quite good at winning while watching in my home LOL. I never thought that I could actually be on one live and in person. As shy as I was back then, I would have probably frozen and start to stammer and stutter.

Thank you for sharing of your interesting experience of actually being on a game show. What an experience! I enjoyed reading about your experience.

Ah, yes, the early days of marriage, sound a lot like mine back in the late 70s and early 80s.

Blessings


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Hi Faith-- I'm happy you enjoyed reading about our experiences-- brief as they were-- in the land of TV Games Shows. I didn't watch much TV growing up but more than made up for that when we had babies! It is very gratifying to have people, like you, read and identify with those times in my life and the world. Thank you!


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting hub! 70's----makes me nostalgic!

I remember, we also had many quiz and game shows in India during 70's. And we used to enjoy and get involved in them so much.

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences as a contestant on a TV show. I thoroughly enjoyed going through your hub.

Thanks and voted up!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is very interesting, techygran. It's entertaining, too! I enjoyed reading about your experiences and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the quiz show.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Hi AliciaC, thanks for your kind words... the behind-the-scenes-look was really just a flash glimpse, but I'm glad you were entertained!


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

ChitrangadaSharan-- thanks for your comments-- When I was doing my research, I actually noticed that India had a game show with the same name/theme as "What's the Good Word?" There was a good deal more about the Indian production than the old Canadian one that seems to have been 'disappeared' as an embarrassment to the network? lol And, yes,there is much to be nostalgic about in the 70s!


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nickico 2 years ago from New Jersey suburb

Wow! I think it is amazing that you have the experience of being on a game show. It's wonderful that you won the microwave when there were still pretty new. Did you use it often?


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thanks for dropping by nickico-- actually, we DIDN'T win the microwave-- we won the fake-o pearls. But it was a fun experience nonetheless, and eventually, like all of us folks caught up in the consumerist society, we did own a microwave of our own... three I think... but no more microwaves here.


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nickico 2 years ago from New Jersey suburb

I'm sorry about the misunderstanding. However, it sounds like an unforgettable experience. Fake-o pearls are still a pretty cool prize though.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

No problem nickico-- the microwave got star billing in the hub and might have had that place in our life, if we'd only won the thing! heheh


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Delightful read. Never thought of trying out for a game show. Sounds fun.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you, tirelesstraveler, for your observation-- yes it was fun! I appreciate your comment!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

It's too bad yo don't have a video of that. My mother was once in a commercial singing (she cannot sing and that was the point of the commercial). It aired locally and made her a local celebrity. We had a listing of every time it was supposed to come on so we would eagerly watch and giggle like baffoons.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Yes, too bad FlourishAnyway-- our kids and grandkids could have laughed their socks off for years if we'd had a video! Thank you for relating your lovely story of your Mom's celebrated singing career! These are things we should all try once! I appreciate your comments!


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Suhail and my dog 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Wow! This was funny and awesome!

I couldn't find any clip of the program on Youtube so it may not have been saved and uploaded.

Both of you look a gorgeous couple in that picture, I must add.

Regards,


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Suhail... I'm glad you enjoyed reading this little piece of nuttiness from the distant past. There are no clips anywhere of this video which likely speaks to the quality of the programming... but I did find that little ad that proves that it wasn't just a figment of my fecund imagination.. I appreciate your comments!


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

While in college in the Los Angeles area, I knew a charming woman who used to always try out for game shows. She would miss class to go to LA for auditions, then come to her friends for a "crash course" to get a passing grade in the classes she missed. I don't know whatever became of her, but seeing how hard it was for her, I never bothered to try myself.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Cynthia, how exciting for you and your husband. I always dreamed of appearing on games shows here like the Great Temptation, Who Wants to be a Millionaire etc, but I am too shy in public. I could sit and watch at home and amaze and annoy my family by answering all of the questions but was never confident enough to apply. I can sympathise with your husband. At one stage I thought I would enter a radio quiz. This particular one asked one question and listeners phoned in with their answer. There were four callers who gave the incorrect answer before my call got through and I answered correctly. However hearing myself on the radio gave me stage fright...I managed to get one more question correct and then the announcer asked me a question I could answer easily being a true movie fan. "What creatures did Charlton Heston encounter on another planet in ....a year?" easy of course.....Apes...Planet of the Apes was the movie, but do you think my brain would work...after a pause I said....dinosaurs! $100 prize down the drain....and jackpotting to tomorrow. I felt so dumb, and never even told my family I entered...

I enjoyed this hub enormously. Voted up.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

The closet I came to a game show experience was winning at a slot machine in Vegas. The thrill here must have been tremendous. I enjoyed your story and glad you shared it with readers.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Hi Dianna-- I love your analogy between winning the slots in Vegas and the game show! Upon reflection, I would have to say that the ding-ding-ding of the slots win probably trumps the terror and disappointment of our having been on the game show! Stick with the Vegas slots! I appreciate your comments!


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you for sharing that story, Yoleen-- I can't imagine being so motivated by the big win on a game show to do what your friend did-- but perhaps, like Edison, after 1500 tries the big light bulb went on and she won the car or some other amazing prize that made a greater impact in her life than a college education? I appreciate your dropping in to read and comment!


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

John (Joda), you really GET what was going on for my poor sweet young (brilliant) (but shy) husband on that day so long ago in that TV studio. While he can now get up and give a sermon in front of 50 people he knows, I doubt that he would he would dazzle any of the judges on a TV quiz show, even though he has gotten more brilliant with age (Ed, are you reading this?). Thank you for your sympathetic and understanding comments!


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

It was once my dream to be a contestant on Jeopardy. After all, I'm dynamite with coming up with the answers (or questions) when I'm watching at home. However, I suspect that it might be just a little harder when you're in front of the cameras. I'm sure your experience is a great memory. But I think I've cured myself of any game show desires I once had.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thanks for coming by Ron, and commenting. Game shows are a thing of the past for my husband and I as well.


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lifeandhealth 2 years ago from Washington State

Oh how funny--good endorphins for this morning. You look gorgeous in your picture, Cynthia. Ed looks youngish. Interesting what goes on behind those shows.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Hi Clara Mae- happy I could jog those endorphins for you this morning! Thank you for the kind comments on the hub and the young people that were us, back when...


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

I loved reading about your experience as a contestant! It was so well written that I felt like I was there. I have often thought about going on a game show but I don't have the confidence in thinking I would do well, and don't want to embarrass my friends and family.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Cynthia this is so funny, and voted that way and shared.

If I had the opportunity to go on a game show, I would but I doubt that I will ever get the chance. I did sing on the radio once, I won a t-shirt. That was not 15 minutes, so I guess that I have a few more minutes.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Cutest story I've read in a month! Sounds like you had some fun. I really got a kick out of your hubby's "camera shock."....LOL! UP++


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you so much for your kind comments on this old gasp from the past fpherj48-- my hubby has even matured himself to the point where he got a kick out of his 'camera shock'... thank you for the vote up as well! ~Cynthia


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Hi Shasta (Millionaire Tips)-- thanks for coming by with your great review of this hub! Yes, I'm not sure that a TV game show is set up for people who are shy or not feeling terribly confident... there is no escaping the eye of the camera that reflects into a metropolis of homes out there, sometimes into the watchful minds of family and friends! On the other hand, we sometimes surprise ourselves, right? Perhaps you haven't 'met your medium' yet, and the TV game show might be just the confidence-builder you have been looking for? ~Cynthia


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Shyron, I must apologize for getting my reply out of order here but I want you to know that I really appreciate your encouraging comments about this hub and for the vote! I would like to reciprocate by encouraging you to go for what is left of your 15 minutes in the limelight of life-- sing a couple more songs, or maybe read something you have written into a podcast-- but whatever you do, choose to have fun! Thanks again! ~Cynthia


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Your experience with the game show is interesting. The old show "Password" is about the only game show I willingly watched and might even been able to play. Otherwise, I would have been even worse than your husband at freezing up. voting up and sharing.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you, Don, for dropping by, commenting, voting, sharing... I think we learned our lesson. Although I didn't freeze up entirely, I still wasn't the sharpest crayon in the box, so it was quite humbling... quite often a good thing, early in life. Cheers! ~Cynthia


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Very entertaining and fun to read! In addition to the second prize, you got a good story for HP and I enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to more!


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Au Fait! Yes, if only I had looked at life as a series of stories to tell back then, I would have had some amazing experiences I'm sure! ~Cynthia


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Think about it. You may remember some other experiences you'd like to share. Seems to me everyone has a story to tell. Everyone's life is special in one way or another and everyone has something they can impart to the rest of us for our benefit.

Remembering things is getting harder for me and I can forget anything at all faster than you can blink your eye. It's almost gotten so bad that I must wear a name tag so if I forget who I am I can just look at it and be reminded. ;) In the process of moving right now and that makes it even harder to remember who I am and why I'm here.

Meant to share this engaging story with my followers and give it some votes up. Maybe I did, but I can't remember and so maybe I'm going to do it again. That's if it turns out I already did. Well, it deserves a second promotion if that is the case. I really enjoyed it. Take care . .


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Au fait for the chuckles and the encouragement! I much appreciate your making another drop-by and for the votes, etc. ~Cynthia


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada

@Techygran, love it! Truly! I love your writing style and read every word. I have never been on a game show, but used to love watching them. I am Canadian, too, and remember that show that I think was called Definition ... so low-budget and low-tech but we don't know any better back then. It sounded like a pretty exciting experience for the two of you. I agree with Au Fait ... share some more --- this was fantastic, and I am sharing!


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you @prairieprincess for your very encouraging comments-- I will have to go back into the Tickle Trunk (you remember Mr. Dressup?) and see what I can come up with! Thank you for sharing this .


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Greensleeves Hubs 24 months ago from Essex, UK

I liked this Cynthia! I've thought in the past of trying to get on a quiz show and phoned up a few times to 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' but didn't get selected. I thought I had good general knowledge and felt I ought to be able to win a few thousand pounds (UK) on that show. However, like your husband, I would probably have clammed up and become befuddled!

I've given up trying again. Today, too many questions on most quiz shows seem to involve popular culture, and as I recently proudly claimed on a HubPages forum not to know the name of a single song written in the 21st century, I feel I could embarress myself badly if I tried today!

I liked the video at the end - to be honest the banality of the questions and answers in that spoof game show are not so far from the truth on some of the shows I've seen on TV!

Two last points; do you still get 'Coronation Street' in Canada? Here in the UK it's still going strong after 50+ years.

And I trust you now have a microwave and enjoy using it :) Alun


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techygran 24 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Alun for dropping by and your generously kind words about our game show try-out. I have to chuckle about what you say about not knowing the name of a single song written in the 21st Century-- I have learned of a couple because of my granddaughters, but otherwise, I'm like you! I have noticed, however, that there are places that my husband and I frequent where they play wall-to-wall music from BEFORE this century. So, we're comfortable.

Yes, I believe we do still get Coronation Street here.... in fact, I know that we do. At some point I recognized that I was truly addicted to that 1/2 hour of pretend-life and cut myself off... maybe fifteen years ago. But from time to time I catch a peek on the Internet, where CBC continues the tradition. I recognize very few of the characters now and do not believe I'll ever be addicted again... hmm. Do you have a history with "The Street" or "Corry" as I've heard it called?

No microwave oven in our house anymore. The thrill has gone. lol

Thank you for the chat, as well as all your encouraging comments! ~Cynthia


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techygran 24 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

Thank you Alun for dropping by and your generously kind words about our game show try-out. I have to chuckle about what you say about not knowing the name of a single song written in the 21st Century-- I have learned of a couple because of my granddaughters, but otherwise, I'm like you! I have noticed, however, that there are places that my husband and I frequent where they play wall-to-wall music from BEFORE this century. So, we're comfortable.

Yes, I believe we do still get Coronation Street here.... in fact, I know that we do. At some point I recognized that I was truly addicted to that 1/2 hour of pretend-life and cut myself off... maybe fifteen years ago. But from time to time I catch a peek on the Internet, where CBC continues the tradition. I recognize very few of the characters now and do not believe I'll ever be addicted again... hmm. Do you have a history with "The Street" or "Corry" as I've heard it called?

No microwave oven in our house anymore. The thrill has gone. lol

Thank you for the chat, as well as all your encouraging comments! ~Cynthia


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Greensleeves Hubs 24 months ago from Essex, UK

Re-Coronation Street. I can't say I'm a fan - it's 'popular culture' after all, isn't it? It first came out when I was a small child, and we only had two TV channels in those days so it was hard to avoid it. I still remember the names of characters from the 60's - Ena Sharpels, Albert Tatlock, Len Fairclough etc - but rather like with those 21st century songs, I probably couldn't name a single character today (apart from Ken Barlow who's been there since the very beginning)!

Soap operas, reality TV shows, current music, current literature - those are my blind spots which would be my downfall if I went on a quiz show today. In my world, culture stopped about 20 years ago :) Best wishes, Alun


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LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

lol. How lucky that show wasn't going to air live! There would have been no chance to edit out that young man's reaction. :)


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techygran 23 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada Author

LongTimeMother, you are so right! It was a great mercy, and apparently, in that day anyhow, a rarity! Thank you for reading and commenting! Happy New Year! ~Cynthia

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