Fast-moving game show where three contestants, one a returning champion, competed to answer general knowledge questions and win cash. Host Kennedy announced a category (e.g., "Presidential losers") and a question relating to the category ("Everyone remembers the winners in a presidential election, but do you remember who they defeated?"); the players were shown three clues (Harry Truman (1948); Lyndon B.Johnson (1964); and Richard M. Nixon (1968)). All three contestants rang in, the one who rang in first having the first chance to select a clue and provide an answer. If he was right, he won a share of the pot; his/her opponents could answer two or possibly all three questions. Players were rewarded based on their ability to answer $5 each if all three contestants provided one right answer; $10 if two of them were right; and $25 if just one answered all three questions correctly (by the way, the correct answers were, in order, Thomas Dewey, Barry Goldwater and Hubert H. Humphrey). ... Written by
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Except for 21 shows - six of which can be seen on You Tube, particularly the 1975 series finale, while all the others are reposing in UCLA's Film and Television Archives - the remaining episodes of "Split Second" are *lost forever,* because ABC "wiped" the tapes around 1976 to use for other programs. (Some of the "Split Second" episodes UCLA has in their library were recorded on a video format that is not compatible with their present playback equipment, and as yet have not been dubbed onto an accessible format.) See more