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COMMENTARY

Answers to Jeff Simon's TV Trivia Super Quiz.

1. From 1950-1955, TV's first space series was "Space Patrol" a Saturday morning kid's favorite. Ed Kemmer played Commander Buzz Corey and Lynn Osborn played his "space cadet" Happy.  Their space ship was named "Terra." Among those who played bad guys on the show were actors Marvin Miller -- who weekly gave away a Million dollars on "The Millionaire" -- and the great all-time movie villain, Lee Van Cleef.

2. "Who Do You Trust?" was the name of the Johnny Carson quiz show that led to him hosting the "Tonight Show." Bill Nimmo was the announcer replaced by Ed McMahon.

3. Don Haggerty was the star of "The Cases of Eddie Drake" and "The Files of Jeffrey Jones."

4. Charles Bronson was the star of "The Man With the Camera," loosely based on a New York photographer in the mold of the famous Weegee.

Jeff Simon: A Super TV Trivia Quiz

5. David Letterman's announcer Bill Wendell also was the announcer way back when for "The Ernie Kovacs Show" and appeared in some skits with Kovacs.

6. Mayim Bialik is thought to be prime time network TV's only current Ph. D. Her field, as on the show, is neurobiology. Other acting Ph. D.'s have been Robert Vaughan and Harold Gould (who played Rhoda's father), both of whom earned doctorates in theater.

7. Alan King performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show"50 times between 1956-1969. It only seems like more.

8. What "Ozzie and Harriett" and "Hazel" had in common was Don DeFore who played the Nelson's next-door neighbor Thorny and Shirley Booth's co-star "Mr. B" on "Hazel."

9. The best known theme of "American Bandstand" is "Bandstand Boogie" played by the Larry Elgart Band. A sad footnote to "Bandstand" in that era: Its best known teen dancer was Pat Moliteri. She was only 36 when she died of a heart attack.

10. The name of Farrah Fawcett's character on "Harry O" was Sue Ingham. (Not Ingram.) Actors who played the cops whom Harry would bedevil were, first, Henry Darrow and later, Anthony Zerbe, who won an Emmy for the role.

11. An extremely rare disabled fictional character on television was on the imported British series "Mark Saber" which began in America as a show called "The Vise." Playing Saber was Donald Gray, a British actor who lost his left arm taking German tank fire in World War II.

12. The head writer for that fabled bunch of lunatics in Sid Caesar's employ was Mel Tolkin. His son Michael Tolkin wrote the Robert Altman film "The Player" and the novel it's based on.

13. The first anchor of an hourlong newscast in Buffalo was Steven Rowan, who came to Channel 4 in 1971 from a job as CBS' Pentagon Correspondent.

14. The only Buffalo TV news anchor ever to be a touring drummer with Dizzy Gillespie was Channel 4's Chuck Lampkin. His father, also named Chuck Lampkin, was a fine TV and movie character actor.

15. In 1961, the "Play of the Week's" version of "Waiting for Godot," somewhat incredibly, starred Burgess Meredith and Zero Mostel. Kurt Kasznar and Alvin Epstein also appeared in it. Milo O'Shea introduced it.

16. Chuck Connors, in 1946, was a pro basketball player with the Boston Celtics. He became the first ever to break a glass backboard. It wasn't even a slam dunk, just a "set shot" (in old terminology) that hit the rim hard.

17. Legendary film director Sam Peckinpah created "The Rifleman" with Connors and "The Westerner" with Brian Keith for TV.

18. The first African-American sports anchor on Buffalo TV was former Buffalo Bill tight end Ernie Warlick.

19. Gary Coleman of "Diff'rent Strokes" was 4-feet-8 inches tall.

20. The tallest actor ever to have a major continuing role in a network TV series is still considered to be Ted Cassidy, who played Lurch on "The Addams Family." He was 6-feet-9-inches tall. Richard Moll of "Night Court" was merely 6-foot-8.

21. The two TV series -- both obscure -- which featured Simon Rodia's Watts Towers in a major plot line were "Mr. Garlund" a fantasy a la "The Millionaire" about a do-gooder who happens to be the world's richest man and "Slattery's People," the first literate series about the struggles of a politician, in this case a California State Legislator. It starred Richard Crenna.

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