Don McNeill's "Breakfast Club"


[From "Twenty Years of Corn"

Don McNeill's services for Breakfast Club were assured until 1970 when he signed a twenty year contract with ABC. Four further events made 1950 a year long to be remembered. Don Celebrated his 5000th broadcast in April; the McNeill family spent six weeks in Europe; Philco launched the Don McNeill TV Club in September; and Breakfast Club made it a Merry Christmas for 73 Korean veterans.

Soon after the gang celebrated the start of Swift & Co.'s 10th year as a sponsor, Don was sidelined for ten days with a slipped disc. Bob (Ace) Murphy carried on with the duties of toastmaster in the best Breakfast Club style. Don Ameche took over while McNeill was in Europe. The year was climaxed with Don making a $10,000 Breakfast Club fund available for families of Korean war wounded veterans in 17 military hospitals to spend Christmas together.

Right: His severeset critics (Don Jr., Tom, Kay and Bob McNeill) were on hand to celebrate Don's 5000th broadcast.

Right: Gloria Swanson helped Don initiate his TV Club for Philco in September.

Right: Jerry Lewis broke up a Breakfast Club broadcast when he visited with the gang in April.

Left: A fight manager's dream! Don McNeill put Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis in the same ring for a TV Club show.

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