Front Page Challenge Presents…….

After scoring his 500th goal in 1957, Maurice Richard appeared on the long-running CBC show Front Page Challenge to answer the panels’ questions from behind their backs as they tried to guess who he was.

After the question and answer part, Rocket came out front and chatted for about ten minutes with the group who, on this night, included cranky old skinflint Gordon Sinclair, lovely Toby Robins, author and joint roller Pierre Berton, and guest Margaret Higgins.

I’ve no idea if Rocket fooled them or not.

Front Page Challenge ran from 1957 to 1995 and was as Canadian as you can get. Fred Davis was the slick moderator, and Gordon Sinclair and Pierre Berton were usually joined by Betty Kennedy, but on the night of the Rocket, Toby Robins was doing the duties instead of Betty. The show focused on world news headlines and the special secret guests all had some sort of connection to said events.

I thought it was a great show. A family show. One you would watch with ma and pa. Gordon Sinclair never failed to ask guests how much money they made (we’d laugh when he did and say, oh, there he goes again!), Berton was well-informed and talkative, and Betty Kennedy was smart and classy, and I thought she was quite hot actually.

Fred Davis was as smooth as smooth can be. He always said the right thing, was always incredibly polite with a smile on his face, he had that Mr. Nice guy aura about him, and kept the show moving in tasteful and professional manner. Surely he wasn’t that perfect at home. Or maybe he was!

When I looked up the dates and saw that it ran until 1995, I couldn’t believe it. Front Page Challenge was a long time ago.  But 1995? That was only, like, yesterday.

The picture you see at the top, with the Rocket, is from my old scrapbook.

Below – Pierre, Fred, Betty, and Gordon.

2 thoughts on “Front Page Challenge Presents…….”

  1. The Ed Sullivan show, Front Page Challenge, Jacky Gleason … and couple more that I can’t recall by name – these TV shows were real entertainment in their day, unlike most of the commercial-ridden pap that’s on the tube today. I got the chance to speak to the Rocket for a few minutes when he refereed an Old-timers game here in Prince Albert back in the 70’s . May be because of our age difference, we did not connect life I did with Guy Lafleur. Such is life, one moment can make such a difference.

  2. There were countless shows I liked back then, Orville, and now, with about 50 channels on my TV, there are almost none. Weird.

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