Wow, the last day of March already! It’s truly been a month of fun days! A lot of admirable people were born in March, and a lot of cool inventions, words, TV shows, and events were created in 1962! I had fun exploring the month, year, and day of my birth…so maybe next year? Who knows!
Word of the Day: Password
Password is an American television game show which was created by Bob Stewart for Goodson-Todman Productions. The host was Allen Ludden, who had previously been well known as the host of the G.E. College Bowl.
Password originally aired for 1,555 daytime telecasts each weekday from October 2, 1961 to September 15, 1967 on CBS, along with weekly prime time airings from January 2, 1962 to September 9, 1965 and December 25, 1966 to May 22, 1967. An additional 1,099 daytime shows aired from April 5, 1971 to June 27, 1975 on ABC.
In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #8 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.
Famous March Birthday: Hal Linden
Hal Linden (born March 20, 1931) is an American stage and screen actor, television director and musician.
Linden began his career as a big band musician and singer in the 1950s. After a stint in the United States Army, he began an acting career where he first worked insummer stock and off-Broadway productions. Linden found success on Broadway when he replaced Sydney Chaplin in the musical Bells Are Ringing. In 1971, he won a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the musical The Rothschilds.
In 1975, he landed his best-known role as the title character in the television comedy series Barney Miller. The role earned him seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations. During the series’ run, Linden also hosted two educational series, Animals, Animals, Animals and FYI. He won two specialDaytime Emmy Awards for the latter series. Linden won a third Daytime Emmy Award for a guest-starring role on CBS Schoolbreak Special in 1995. Linden has since continued his career on the stage, in films and guest-starring roles on television. He released his first album of pop and jazz standards, It’s Never Too Late, in 2011.
Poem of the Day: Cider Apples, 1962
Cider Apples, 1963
One of them was just a smudge
a hint of red left in the brown mud as if I’d erased it from the scene
it was watercolor, come on
and the shiny dead ones that remained
are too far gone for cider, really
just like me
We were all too far gone
for the thing we’d been designed to do
I was a canvas
left out in the rain
and whether or not I had been painted on before
I wasn’t now
It was watercolor, come on
Inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s Cider Apples, 1962