Show Business: Scandal of the Quizzes

Right from the start there were skeptics who insisted that some of the quiz programs must be fixed. But the vast majority of knob twisters were stubbornly faithful, watched in breathless suspense and genuine admiration as contestants exercised their incredible memories. Questions might be tailored by the producers to fit a contestant's known areas of knowledge or ignorance, but the possibility of more blatant hanky-panky than that seemed remote. Too much money was at stake, too many people were involved, and if one show went sour—so the argument ran—they would all be suspect.

The argument was only too correct. When Dotto (TIME,...

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