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You bet your life!

April 12, 2017

Groucho Marx had a television quiz show on 1950 NBC television.  You Bet Your Life had a melodramatic title for a comic and entertaining program.  One gimmick of the show was “Say the secret word” when a contestant triggers the duck to drop down after the word selected for that evening is uttered.  Bonus money has his audience applauding and laughing for the lucky contestant.

Groucho had a knack for mugging with his cigar and mustache that amused and entertained his audience.  His sly double entendre comments did sneak past the television censors.  My favorite Groucho quote was;  “I refuse to join any club that would accept me as a member!”

Today the commercial news media randomly selects their own secret word game.  Anyone who uses their secret word triggers the water boarding and hours of anguished examination by reporter celebrities.  Russia or wiretap has occupied hours upon hours of endless introspection by brilliant Democrat politicians.  The television audience from 1950 would be lost today trying to understand what is so newsworthy of endless hours babbling over secret words.


Our 45th president Donald J. Trump ignores the word games of reporters and talks straight to citizens of the USA.  In his own way, our president is entertaining by his eye rolls and “that’s a beauty” comment during reporter questioning.


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