Radio: The Enormity of It

Not since the early days of radio's Amos 'n' Andy had so many Americans waited so breathlessly for an evening broadcast. The question "Will he go for it?" was self-explanatory, whether asked in taxi, train, hotel lobby or on a city street. The he in this case was Marine Captain Richard S. McCutchen. The 28-year-old naval science instructor at Ohio State, father of three and amateur cooking expert, had reached the $32,000 mark on The $64,000 Question by breezily describing the ingredients of five desserts: bombe, zabaglione, olycook, flummery and pfeffernuss.

"Shall he [or she] go for it?" had been asked every...

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