Guest panelist John Payne identified the inventor and manufacture of the Hula Hoop. The panel were stumped by the chief painter at the White House. John Daly asked the gentleman if First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, oversaw the interior decorating of the White House and the gentleman confirmed that she was very involved and opined that she had excellent taste. Mystery guest, Ed Sullivan, donned a very silly mask as he was being questioned. The audience and John Daly could not contain their laughter. Arlene Francis, in a panel conference, guessed correctly that is was, indeed, Ed Sullivan. John Daly discussed the beginning of the 11th season of Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town and Mr. Sullivan enumerated a glittering roster of guests appearing on his season opener. Finally, John Daly wished Arlene Francis well on the New Haven opening of "Once More, With Feeling" in which she appeared. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode marked the second appearance by veteran leading man John Payne
, but his first as a guest panelist. Payne impressed by correctly surmising that the first guest, co-inventor Arthur "Spud" Melin had invented/manufactured [with Richard Knerr (30 June 1925 - 14 January 2008) who together owned Wham-O] the Hula Hoop, commenting on his apparent wealth given the craze, saying "I've got 3 of them in my house." Melin left with $5. He and Knerr would go on to invent and/or market the Super Ball and the Slip n' Slide, as well as the Frisbee (which was sold to them by Fred Morrison), reaping millions. He died at age 77 in 2002 in Costa Mesa, CA. See more