Gene Shalit, Soupy Sales, and History's Greatest Monster


"Has anybody seen Jimmy Carter lately?" my colleague Tim Cavanaugh asked earlier this afternoon. Why, yes: Just the other day I was watching him on What's My Line? Enjoy this relic from a simpler age, before Hamilton Jordan visited Studio 54 and America lost its innocence:

Bonus links: Carter's predecessor and successor do the same show.

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  1. “A government official who provides a service?!” They way she so incredulously says this makes me happy.

    1. Larry (to crowd’s amusement):

      “All government officials provide a service.”

      Huhwhat??? News to me!

    2. A government official who provides a service.
      CONTENTANT: Now, is this service provided while you are on your knees, mouth agap, while another man stands very near your oral opening, with his zipper down. And you put you lips upon his….O my, how shall I say it? Upon his flexible appendage?”
      JIMMY: Thats not all I do!

  2. Call me when you find a clip of Richard Nixon on Twenty-One.

    1. There’s always Laugh-In.

  3. “Well, we cut down 300 government departments to 15…”


  4. Okay, so Carter deserves the brickbats for his policy failures, but credit where it is due – he kicked off deregulation and zero-based budgeting was a very good idea. Fault his fellow Dems in Congress for being the willing bitches of bureaucratic budget demands.

  5. I always thought America lost its innocence when the birth control pill first came out. And aren’t we the better for it! Hoot! Hoot!

    1. Ya like women want to be knocked-up putting up with shit-lol,the pill killed us

      1. The pill keeps me from making little brothers and sisters.

          1. No you are. Me are funny.

  6. Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 ? October 22, 20090
    Gene Shalit (born March 25, 1926 – almost dead)
    Arlene Francis (born Arline Francis Kazanjian; October 20, 1907[1] ? May 31, 2001
    Larry Blyden (June 23, 1925 ? June 6, 1975)
    Jimmy Carter (people wish he died in 77)
    No clue who Dana is but I’m sure she is not celebrating the day of the dead like Reason H&R.

  7. Jimmy Carter says “Yes”.

  8. History’s Greatest Monster? – where is Nessie?

      1. That would stand to reason, since she’s a water-dwelling beast.

          1. I guess your little earth worm never goes out in the rain

            1. No one’s dick compares to Daddy’s! He’s the only man for me!

  9. Would to God he’d stayed a governor, but nonetheless that was rather charming. And it led me to Vincent Price’s appearance, so it’s all to the good.

  10. from obscurity to infamy..

  11. The eleven Old World porcupines tend to be fairly big, and have spikes that are grouped in clusters.

    The two New World porcupines are mostly smaller (although the North American Porcupine reaches about 85 cm/33 in in length and 18 kg/40 lb), have their quills attached singly rather than grouped in clusters, and are excellent climbers, spending much of their time in trees. The New World porcupines evolved their spines independently (through convergent evolution) and are more closely related to several other families of rodent than they are to the Old World porcupines. Porcupines have a relatively high longevity and had held the record for being the longest-living rodent, which was recently broken by the Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber).

    Porcupines’ quills, or spines, take on various forms, depending on the species, but all are modified hairs coated with thick plates of keratin, and they are embedded in the skin musculature. Old World porcupines (Hystricidae) have quills embedded in clusters, whereas in New World porcupines (Erethizontidae), single quills are interspersed with bristles, underfur, and hair.

    Quills are released by contact with them, or they may drop out when the porcupine shakes its body, but cannot be projected at attackers. New quills grow to replace lost ones. From ancient times, it was believed that porcupines could throw their quills at an enemy, but this has long been refuted.

    Porcupines in search of salt sometimes encroach on human habitats, eating plywood cured with sodium nitrate, certain paints, tool handles, doors, tables, houses, footwear, clothes and other items that have been coated in salty sweat. Porcupines are attracted to roads in areas where rock salt is used to melt ice and snow and are known to gnaw on vehicle tires or wiring coated in road salt. Salt licks placed nearby can prevent porcupines from injuring themselves.

    Natural sources of salt consumed by porcupines include varieties of salt-rich plants (such as yellow water lily and aquatic liverwort), fresh animal bones, outer tree bark, mud in salt-rich soils, and objects imbued with urine.

    1. Porcupines?

      The anti-platypus bias of libertarians still lingers I see…

        1. What does any of this have to do with the fact that Soupy Sales would have been a MUCH better President than Jimmy Carter?

  12. A quote from the March issue”

    “I share the basic beliefs of my region [against] an excessive government intrusion into the private affairs of American citizens and also into the private affairs of the free enterprise system,” Jimmy Carter said in his one and only presidential debate with the man liberals now blame for deregulation, Ronald Reagan. “One of the commitments that I made was to deregulate the major industries of this country. We’ve been remarkably successful, with the help of a Democratic Congress. We have deregulated the air industry, the rail industry, the trucking industry, financial institutions. We’re now working on the communications industry.”

  13. No clue who Dana is…

    Dana Valery

  14. Wow thats pretty funny when you think about it.


  15. Where are the blindfolds? Did What’s My Line go through a brief (and clearly regrettable) no-blindfold period?

    1. They only donned blindfolds for the Mystery Guests–not during the normal rounds.

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