Show Business: Plenty of Peanuts

Now that the big quiz shows have been found wanting and the big quizmasters have found subpoena servers waiting, neither the clerk with the photographic memory nor the student with the encyclopedic mind has much of a chance to turn a fast TV dollar. Almost the only quizzes left are the small-payoff contests that the trade calls "peanut" shows. But this week, after four months on the air, Air Force Lieut. James Astrue will have proved that, given time, tenacity, and a modest amount of information, a man can still amass an astonishing amount of peanuts.

Astrue started playing NBC's Tic Tac...

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