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Robert Q. Lewis (April 5, 1921December 11, 1991) was an American radio and television personality, game show host, and actor. He was born in New York City, and educated at the University of Michigan. is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ...

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Radio

Lewis worked for 12 years in radio as announcer and disc jockey. Among those who served as writers on Lewis's radio programs were famed playwright Neil Simon, renowned author and dramatist Paddy Chayevsky, and radio comedy legend Goodman Ace. Future talk-show host and producer Merv Griffin often sang on Lewis's show. Television would soon crowd Robert Q.'s calendar, but he continued his radio work, first for the CBS network and later as a disc jockey in Los Angeles. One of his radio series, Robert Q.'s Waxworks, was devoted to old records, setting the pattern that later radio personalities like Dr. Demento would follow. Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Neil Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish American playwright and screenwriter. ... Sidney Paddy Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 - August 1, 1981) was an acclaimed dramatist who transitioned from the golden age of American live television in the 1950s to have a successful career as a playwright and screenwriter for Hollywood. ... A word out of place will spoil the whole joke: Humourist Goodman Ace, from the inside jacket flap of his 1970 collection of scripts from his classic radio show, Ladies and Gentlemen-Easy Aces. ... Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin, Jr. ... Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen [1], who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ...


Television

Robert Q. Lewis was an early arrival on network television, and often presided over more than one series at a time, making him one of the busiest entertainers of the period. (In 1950 he hosted three TV shows concurrently!) The Robert Q. Lewis Show had a six-month run on CBS's Sunday night television lineup from July 16, 1950 to January 7, 1951. At the same time he also hosted CBS's TV talent-search variety program The Show Goes On from January 19, 1950 to February 16, 1952. He also had two daytime TV variety shows on CBS. The first, Robert Q's Matinee was a 45-minute daily show, which lasted 14 weeks, from October 16, 1950 to January 19, 1951. The second, more successful "Robert Q. Lewis Show," ran on CBS-TV from January 11, 1954 to May 25, 1956. Lewis's distinctive horn-rimmed spectacles were ever-present in his television appearances. This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Robert Q. Lewis was very often recruited to fill in for performers who were ill or otherwise unable to perform. He frequently sat in for Arthur Godfrey, and often performed and recorded with Godfrey's regular company of entertainers. He substituted for, and ultimately replaced, Merv Griffin as host of Play Your Hunch. Jackie Gleason invited "Robert Q. Lewis and His Gang" to take over his "American Scene Magazine" time slot while he was away. These emergency replacements became part of Lewis's comic monologue; he'd tell of how he phoned his mother to watch him on CBS, only to hear, "Oh? Who's sick?" In this CBS publicity photo of Arthur Godfrey Time, vocalist Patti Clayton is seen at the far right and Godfrey sits in the foreground. ... Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin, Jr. ... Play Your Hunch was an American game show first hosted by Merv Griffin (who would occasionally sing during the show, and play a song from his piano) from 1958 to 1962, and was then hosted by Robert Q. Lewis until 1963. ... Herbert John Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor, and musician. ...


Game Shows

Robert Q. became a fixture on TV game and quiz shows in the 1950s and 1960s, as host, guest host, panelist, or guest panelist. In 1952 he settled into his most enduring role as host of ABC's The Name's the Same, in which guests with unusual names (e.g. "A. Harem") or famous names (e.g. "Marilyn Monroe") were asked yes-or-no questions by three (and later four) celebrity panelists seeking to determine the contestant's name. The panelists' innocent questions often bordered on the risque or ridiculous when applied to the contestant's name. Lewis's genial nature, his ability to make contestants comfortable, and his easy laugh helped to make this and other shows an enjoyable watch for many viewers. Lewis gave up The Name's the Same to devote more time to his variety program; his last appearance on The Name's the Same in 1954 featured a juvenile contestant whose famous name was... Robert Q. Lewis. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Names the Same was a gameshow produced in the black and white era, whose premise was simliar to Whats My Line?, but the panelists here had to guess the name of the person, which also described something (e. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... The Names the Same was a gameshow produced in the black and white era, whose premise was simliar to Whats My Line?, but the panelists here had to guess the name of the person, which also described something (e. ... The Names the Same was a gameshow produced in the black and white era, whose premise was simliar to Whats My Line?, but the panelists here had to guess the name of the person, which also described something (e. ...


Lewis was a frequent participant in the 1950s panel show What's My Line?, including a spot as the "mystery guest." He was also a celebrity guest on the original The Match Game. In 1964, Lewis hosted the short-lived game show Get the Message on ABC. See also: 1949 in television, other events of 1950, 1951 in television and the list of years in television. // Events February 12 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) inaugurated. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... Match Game was an American television game show where contestants tried to match a panel of six celebrities in answering fill-in-the-blank questions. ... Get The Message was a television game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


Records

Robert Q. Lewis was always an enthusiast of vintage music. He frequently revived old Tin Pan Alley tunes on his radio and TV shows, and in his very popular nightclub act. From the 1940s he sang for Columbia Records, MGM Records, and Coral Records. He scored his biggest hit in 1951 with the dialect novelty song, "Where's-a Your House?", an answer record to the Rosemary Clooney hit "Come On-a My House". In 1967, Lewis recorded I'm Just Wild About Vaudeville for Atco—this collection of circa-1930 songs has Lewis cleverly imitating different singing styles of the day. Tin Pan Alley is the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ... Coral Records was a Decca Records subsidiary based in the United States of America. ... The answer record is, as the name suggests, a record or track released in answer to a previous recording. ... Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American popular singer and actress. ... Come on-a My House is a popular song, written by Ross Bagdasarian and William Saroyan in summer of 1939, but not produced until 1951. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Atco Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, currently operating through WMGs Rhino Entertainment. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Movies, TV, and theater

Lewis's fondness for show-business nostalgia was well known within the industry, and in 1949 he was hired to narrate the "lighter side" segment of the feature-length "March of Time" documentary film The Golden Twenties. Robert Q. was just too busy to pursue a movie career at the time; his hectic radio, TV, and nightclub schedule didn't permit it.


Later in his career, Lewis acted in a few movies, notably An Affair to Remember (1957), Good Neighbor Sam (1964), Ski Party (1965), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) (film) (1972), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) and the 1974 TV movie The Law, in which he played a dinner speaker at a lawyers' convention. He also performed on a number of TV shows, appearing on Branded and Bewitched. An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Good Neighbor Sam is a 1964 comedy film co-written and directed by David Swift and starring Jack Lemmon. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Ski Party is a B-movie, directed by Alan Rafkin, and released in 1965 by American International Pictures (AIP). Almost all of Ski Party is set on the slopes, and not on the sand, and AIP mainstay Annette Funicello has a tiny role. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) is a comedy film (1972) written and directed by Woody Allen, consisting of a series of short sequences inspired by the book of the same name. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a 1961 musical, initially running for 1,417 performances. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Branded was a Western series which aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966. ... This article is about an American television sitcom. ...


During the 1960s Lewis became a familiar face on the live-theater circuit, starring in road-company versions of Broadway hits, including "Bells Are Ringing" and "The Odd Couple." He continued to make sporadic acting appearances until a few years before his death from emphysema at the age of 70.


Other items of interest

A collection of Robert Q. Lewis's personal papers, notes, and scripts, covering roughly the years 1940 until 1960, now resides at Thousand Oaks Library in Thousand Oaks, California. He is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Ventura County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Ventura Settled 1875 Incorporated September 29, 1964 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Andrew P. Fox  - City manager Scott Mitnick Area [1]  - City  55. ... Mount Sinai Memorial Park is a Jewish cemetery located at 5950 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


In 1951 Lewis was briefly rumored to be romantically linked with Rosemary Clooney. Arthur Godfrey once alluded to his supposed homosexual tendencies when commenting "I wonder what the Q stands for." Actually, the "Q." did not stand for a middle name. Lewis stumbled on the initial while on the air in the 1940s when he followed a reference to radio comedian F. Chase Taylor's character "Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle" by saying, "And this is Robert Q. Lewis." The name stuck. Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American popular singer and actress. ... In this CBS publicity photo of Arthur Godfrey Time, vocalist Patti Clayton is seen at the far right and Godfrey sits in the foreground. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


External links

  • Robert Q. Lewis at the IMDB
  • Robert Q. Lewis' Gravesite

 
 

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