This was unexpected -- and most-especially appropriate. The Mystery Guest on this episode of What's My Line? is Aretha Franklin, almost 44 years ago to the day. It comes from a later incarnation of the show, done in 1974 in color with Larry Blyden as the host, and the panelists aren't remotely as good as those on the original show. Still, it's fun to see one of the original panelists, Arlene Francis, there, and another is Jerry Orbach. Another is Soupy Sales, though I can tell who the fourth is. The questioning is pretty lame -- but fun is that afterwards they have a much longer interview with Aretha Franklin than would usually happen on the original version of the show.
Her segment starts around the 12:20 mark, in case you want to jump to it.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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