Garry Moore Fans - One day in September of 1954,
comedian Garry Moore, the daytime host of THE GARRY MOORE SHOW on CBS Network,
suggested to his TV viewers (some 3 million) that they each send a nickel to a
Michigan housewife, Mrs. Margaret Deibel (a visitor to the CBS Studio). Within a
week, she received nickels totaling $7,000 from Moore's loyal fans.
TRIVIA NOTE: In 1940 Thomas Garrison Morfit host of the radio show CLUB
MATINEE decided to change his name. He offered a fifty dollar prize and a trip
to Chicago to any listener who could suggest the right stage name for him. A
housewife from Pittsburgh won the contest with her submission of "Garry Moore."
Mr. Moore was the star of a successful variety program THE GARRY MOORE
SHOW/CBS/1958-67, a program which first brought comedienne Carol Burnett to
national attention (1959-62).