TELEVISION: People Are Wonderful

"Opposed to the dim uncertainty of the world of the educated man is the bright little circle of light in which the quiz-show contestant basks in his isolation booth. All is certainty there. One need not worry or be distressed. Only those questions are asked which have answers, and then only if the answers are available . . ."

—Charles Van Doren, September 1957

When he wrote these lines (in LIFE), soon after winning $129,000 on Twenty-One, Charles Van Doren was sneering at the intellectual futility of TV's quiz games. But by last...

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