After scoring his 500th goal in 1957, the Rocket appeared on the long-running CBC show Front Page Challenge, answering the panelists’ questions from behind their backs as they tried to guess who he was. After the question and answer part, Rocket came out and chatted for about ten minutes with the panel 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 the 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 Rocket’s night, Toby Robins was doing the duties instead of Betty. The show focussed 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. Gordon Sinclair never failed to ask the guests how much money they made, Berton was informed and talkative, and Betty Kennedy was well-spoken and lovely.
Fred Davis was as smooth as smooth can be. He always said the right thing, was always polite with a smile on his face, and kept the show moving professionally.
When I looked up the dates and saw it ran to 1995, I couldn’t believe it. I watched it as a kid, and I can’t associate it with the nineties at all. Maybe I’m just losing my mind.