Listen to "The Quiz Kids"
the air from Chicago
A special pre-Christmas
"Quiz Broadcast", a remote from quiz master Joe Kelly's home in the
Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Only part of the broadcast is given over to grilling
the kids. The rest is a celebration of the season, including a brief appearance
by Joe Kelly's eleven-month-old grandson.
Featured along with Joe Kelly are Quiz Kids Ruthie Duskin, Joel Kupperman, Patrick
Conlon, Lonnie Lunde and Nelson Miles. The sponsor is Alka Seltzer and the announcer
is Bob Murphy (whom you can also listen to as an actor in "The Coffin in
Studio B", a 1946 episode of "Lights
1 (runs 2:41): The show opens with an upcut version of "Jingle Bells".
Joe Kelly sets the scene and the Quiz Kids introduce themselves.
2 (runs 7:10): A brief quiz session.
3 ((runs 5:02): Bob Murphy delivers the only Alka Seltzer commercial of the
broadcast. The kids, Joe and Bob describe holiday gifts they've received.
(runs 8:10): Ruthie Duskin delivers a parody of "A Visit from Saint Nicholas".
The kids present a drama written by Patrick Conlon entitled "A Present for
Santa Claus". Joseph Kelly III makes a brief appearance.
5 (runs 6:24): Joel Kupperman plays a piano selection. Nelson Miles tells
the story of the first Christmas. Lonnie Lunde plays and sings an original Christmas
carol, "Guiding Star". Nelson Miles offers a Christmas prayer and the
broadcast ends with announcer Bob Murphy extending the best wishes of sponsor
Not a "Quiz
Kids" show, but the Kids appearing on a Jack Benny broadcast from Chicago's
Civic Opera House. The "Quiz Kids" are challenged by the "Benny
Kids" who win---but only by cheating. Near the end of the show, the Quiz
Kids are trapped in a Lucky Strike commercial.
Featured along with the Benny regulars are Quiz Kids Harve Bennett Fischman, Ruthie
Duskin, Joel Kupperman and Richard Weixler.
To understand the topical references you need to know that this episode aired
in the midst of a strike by the United Mine Workers (led by the bushy-eyebrowed
John L. Lewis). Chicago was under "dimout" conditions, with only enough
coal on hand to power local electrical generating facilities until the end of
(runs 8:44): Jack, Don Wilson, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris and Dennis Day open
2 (runs 4:33): The Quiz Kids arrive. Dennis Day sings "That Little
Mother of Mine".
3 (runs 2:49): A phone call from Rochester.
4 (runs 12:34): The Quiz Kids face off against the Benny
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