As I've noted, the great fun for me of the Mystery Guest segments on What's My Line? is when they have people on who you'd never expect to see on a TV game show. And this fits right in with that -- although officially it's not the "Mystery Guest" segment. However, the contestant is well-known enough that the panelists play the game with their masks on because he's a popular novelist. It's Herman Wouk, author of such classics as The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar and The WInds of War.
However, the segment is great fun for another reason -- and not just because of having a best-selling author on with panelist Bennett Cerf, head of Random House. It's because one of the panelists is the great radio comedian Fred Allen...and much earlier in Wouk's career (known for being such a serious, thoughtful writer), he worked on the staff for Fred Allen's comedy radio show.
This is the full episode, but Herman Wouk comes in early, around the 2:03 mark.
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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