Isolation Booth - Game show gadget used on
THE 64,000 QUESTION/CBS/1955-58. Quizmaster Hal March introduced
the Isolation Booth on June 7, 1955. After the players reached
the $4,000 level of winnings they were asked only one question
per week. When the player reached the $8,000 level, they were
placed into the "Isolation Booth" to ponder their answer to the
weekly question that risked all their previous winnings (and to
keep contestants from hearing answers shouted by audience
The quiz show TWENTY ONE/NBC/1956-58 featured
two contestants both competing against each other in isolation
booths. The heat in the booth was even raised a few degrees to
make the contestants sweat and thus look "really" nervous.
TRIVIA NOTE: The
first $64,000 winner was gastronomy expert, Marine Captain
Richard McCutchen. Dr. Joyce Brothers was the second to reach
$64,000 with her knowledge of boxing.
Other winners included
actress Barbara Feldon, a Shakespeare expert; Bronx shoemaker
Gino Prato, an opera expert; and 11-year-old Robert Strom, whose
knowledge in science earned him $192,000 on the April 16, 1957
The first contestant to actually go all the way
to $64,000 was Redmond O'Hanlon, a police officer from Staten
Island whose subject was Shakespeare.
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