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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Forget the Shady Dell! No More Music! From Now On It's Hollywood Squares Each and Every Day of the Year!

 PETER MARSHALL: Glenda, start us off - pick a square. 

 GLENDA MILLER (teacher - Cleveland, Ohio): 
 I'll take Paul Lynde. 

 PETER MARSHALL: Paul, what do you call 
 Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, 
 Ten lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing, 
 Eight maids a milking, Seven swans a swimming, 
 Six geese a laying, Five golden rings, 
 Four calling birds, Three French Hens, 
 Two turtle doves And a Partridge in a pear tree? 








  1. Now if you can combine Hollywood Squares with music, you might be able to pull that off.
    Happy Easter!

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks, good buddy, and happy Easter to you as well!

  2. I love Paul Lynda! This is a funny April Fool’s and I love it. You could easily do a Hollywood Squares with music since Tony Randall really loved Opera and I know that is your fav...hahahaaaa. Florence Henderson had a beautiful voice and Paul Lynde was in Bye Bye Birdie. It’s funny that I looked at who was in the squares and all seemed kind of normal and then...there’s Glenn Ford a very famous film star. Happy Easter and enjoy a chocolate bunny!

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for breaking away from the A To Z circuit to spend some time in the Shady. I appreciate it, dear friend!

      Paul Lynde was one of the funniest people in show business. I enjoyed Paul in Bye Bye Birdie, in the Rock Hudson - Doris Day - Tony Randall comedy Send Me No Flowers, in Beach Blanket Bingo, in The Glass Bottom Boat and in his TV appearances on The Munsters along with Hollywood Squares.

      Yessum, the cast of H-wood Squares sometimes included a big name film star like Glenn Ford.

      Thanks again for taking a peek at the post, dear friend BB, and enjoy the week ahead from A To Z!

  3. I am great fan of game shows and have watched many, many over the years. The original Hollywood Squares was priceless!!

    Happy Easter, Shady.

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Happy Easter to you, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming over on the holiday. I am very happy to see you!

      I agree. The original Hollywood Squares was priceless, a perfect storm of a game show. Peter Marshall was the ideal host and straight man for funny guys like Paul Lynde and Charlie Weaver and funny ladies like the late, great Rose Marie. The comic timing was superb in those early years and Paul was sharp as a tack. It was fun to set him up for a zinger in observance of April Fools' Day.

      Thanks again, so much, for coming by, dear friend Kelly, and have a great week!

  4. Ha! Clever, my friend ;-) That game show brought chuckles to everyone - including those of us who weren't supposed to be watching ;-) Alex has a great idea and only you could pull that off.
    Happy Easter, dear Shady!

    1. Hi, diedre!

      Thank you very much for coming over on this super busy holiday weekend as we observe Easter, April Fools' Day and the start of the A To Z Challenge. I am so glad to see you!

      It's good to know you are familiar with Hollywood Squares. I can't imagine why you weren't supposed to be watching the game show, but I am thankful that you saw it and recall how funny it was. The parade of funny people as guests on the show reads like a who's who of comic legends that in addition to Paul Lynde included Jonathan Winters, Wally Cox, Jan Murray, Charles Nelson Reilly, Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Phyllis Diller to name a few favorites off the top of my head.

      Thanks again for your kind visit, dear friend diedre, and happy Easter to you and your family!

  5. Happy April Fools Day, dear friend! For a moment there, I thought you were serious!

    1. Hi again, Jessica Marie!

      Happy Easter and happy April Fools' Day to you as well, dear friend!

      If I had access to all of the zingers Paul Lynde delivered over the years on Hollywood Squares I am sure I could publish one post per day for an entire year. He was such a great entertainer.

      Thanks again for checking out my latest posts, dear friend JM, and have an excellent week!

  6. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 1, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    I enjoyed this take on Hollywood Squares and remember the personalities featured very well, such as Wally Cox. (Didn't he have his own show called Mr. Peepers?) I can go back even farther to "What's My Line" with the panel blindfolded and having to ask questions of the guest of honor to guess who they were. Remember Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen? How about "Beat the Clock"?(I still remember the theme song from that.) They sure seem like simpler times and forms of entertainment. Thanks for the memories!

    I also remember hearing a shock jock describe foreplay as asking his wife if she was done with her beer!

    Anyway, I've made up my mind... After this, no more comments over 25 words and posts longer than three paragraphs!*

    APRIL FOOLS to YOU Shady!

    *You wish! Of course you know I'm incapable of that ;-)

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend! Happy Easter and Fools' Day to you!

      It is a wonderful surprise to find you here this week as I salute Hollywood Squares and remember the zany (and very kinky) comic genius Paul Lynde.

      Yessum, I watched Wally Cox as Mr. Peepers when I was young and I certainly do remember those blindfolded guest panelists on What's My Line which also included Arlene Francis and her husband Martin Gabel. I also remember Bud Collyer hosting Beat The Clock. How about Bob Barker hosting T Or C, Jack Narz hosting Dotto and the late Monty Hall hosting Video Village?

      I was sipping tea as I read your comment, dear friend, and I did a "spit take" and sprayed my computer screen when I got to the part of your comment where you promise shorter comments and shorter posts from now on. :) I wouldn't hear of it, Kathleen! Your comments and posts are the blog's bread and butter and you are the cream in my coffee, the Hostess Twinkie inside my lunch box, my center square. I could go on and on. :)

      It's so much fun to swap humor with you, Kathleen. I'm very happy to find you in good spirits. Thank you again for making time for a holiday visit and for your delightful comment. Please take good care of yourself and have a wonderful week ahead!

  7. Hi Shady,

    You really had me going for a second! I use to enjoy watching Hollywood squares even though the punchlines on those jokes were so staged!

    Are you feeling ok, you look a little green! LOL!

    Happy Easter and April Fools’ Day!

    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni!

      How are you, dear friend? I am pleased that you just dropped in to see what condition my condition is in. :) I admit that I look a little green around the gills. I must have consumed too much beer back on St. Paddy's Day. :)

      I'm happy to know you recall the early glory years of the TV game show H-wood Squares. While it's true that the producers of the show supplied answers to the guest stars, you could always count on Paul Lynde to make his zingers seem spontaneous.

      Happy Easter & April Fools' Day to you as well, dear friend Toni. Thank you again for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Hey Shady,

      I just found out there is an updated version of Hollywood Squares called Hip Hop Squares! You can tune it in on VH1!

      Toni Deroche

    3. CONTESTANT: I'll take Missy Elliott to block.

      Hi, Toni!

      I never heard of Hip Hop Squares but did some reading and found this on Wiki: "Because of the show's status as part of the Hollywood Squares franchise, the show marked the sixth decade that a version of the franchise has aired on television, joining Let's Make a Deal, Jeopardy! and The Newlywed Game as a game show that has aired in six different decades. (The Price Is Right and To Tell the Truth have aired in seven decades.)"

      Thanks for letting me know about this latest version of the popular game show, dear friend Toni!

      CONTESTANT: I'll take Rick Ross for the win!

  8. Tom,

    What a hoot! You had me laughing with this post. I always enjoyed Hollywood Square as a kid. Talk about the stars and humor all in one show! Thanks for the smiles and for your visit this morning, dear friend. You rock!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for popping in for some laughs, dear friend! I'm happy to know you get a chuckle out of my combination Easter & April Fools' post.

      I'm glad you were exposed to Hollywood Squares in your youth and can therefore hear in your head the voices of Peter and Paul as Peter sets it up and Paul spikes it over the net.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit in the middle of your challenging A To Z marathon, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Tom,

      The Hollywood Square was an after school program, I think and it was always such fun to watch. Paul Lynne and Jo Anne Worley were my favorites. Thanks for your continued loyalty visiting me each day for the big A2Z challenge, my friend.

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Welcome back over, dear friend! Wiki says that for most of the original NBC run of Hollywood Squares it was a morning show which aired at 11:30 a.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Central. There was also a nighttime syndicated version of the show that aired in 1968 and from 1971 to 1981. If you watched Squares after school then perhaps your station aired its local news during Squares' morning time slot and ran a delayed playback of Squares in the late afternoon. Thanks for reminding me that Jo Anne Worley, who gained fame on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, also appeared on H-wood Squares. It is interesting to note that Bert Parks hosted the 1965 pilot of H-wood Squares and that Peter Marshall agreed to take over as regular host because he didn't want his rival Dan Rowan to land the job.

      Have a great day, dear friend Cathy!

    4. Tom,

      I might be remembering wrong about when I watched Hollywood Squares. I guess it could've been in the evening hours. That's just been too long ago for me to recall with any degree of accuracy. Isn't it funny how we perceive something from yesteryear? I remember Jo Anne Worley from Laugh-In, too. Wasn't Paul Lynne on the show, too? Thanks for catching up with my latest edition of A2Z iPad art sketch through the alphabet of my dolphin. When we were in Naples five years ago, we saw dolphin swimming near the pier. It was really exciting! Have a good day, my friend!

    5. Hi again, dear Cathy!

      I don't remember seeing Paul Lynde on Laugh-In, but some of his other TV credits include The Munsters, Bewitched, Love American Style and The New Temperatures Rising Show. He also starred in his own sitcom The Paul Lynde Show.

      I am enjoying your enhanced sketches, dear friend Cathy. Thanks again for coming by to chat!

  9. Happy Easter to you, too, Shady.

    And thanks for resurrecting Paul Lynde, if only for one day.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy!

      I'm happy to know you remember Paul Lynde, one of the great comic entertainers of the 20th century. Paul's appearances on The Munsters are priceless, and I loved him in the Rock Hudson - Doris Day movie Send Me No Flowers.

      I plan to resurrect Paul again next year so please stick around.

      Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your week, good buddy Kirk!

  10. Happy Easter to you and you always make me laugh on April Fools Day! Have a great week!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you for coming by, dear friend. I'm pleased to see you!

      I'm happy to know I tickled your funny bone with my April Fools' post. Stay tuned for another dose of funnyman Paul Lynde coming up next year at this time.

      Happy Easter to you as well and thank you again for being here, dear friend YaYa. Have a super week!

  11. ... post quacked me up, friend Shady ... and very much needed as Winter is still here big time ... was -25C the last 3 nights ... and speaking of snow, I have plenty for sale if you want some ... smiles ... Love always, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      How are you dear kitty friend? Thank you very much for coming to see my multi-purpose post celebrating Easter and April Fools' Day and saluting Hollywood Squares and comic genius Paul Lynde. I'm happy to learn that the post quacked you up.

      I can hardly believe it is still cold and snowing in your part of the world. Please box up some snow and ship it down to me pronto. I am willing to pay a pretty penny for it because I haven't seen snow since the early 1980s. :)

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend cat!

    2. U good sport, friend Shady ... smiles ... Love, cat.

    3. Lubbins lubbins lubbins, cat!

      :) :) :)

  12. You got me and it's already the 3rd. I should have seen your April Fool's joke, but I fell for it 100%! I think I'm just on a sugar high after all the Easter treats. I'll blame my gullibility on that.

    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks a lot for stopping by for my Easter and April Fools' combo.

      Sounds like the Easter Bunny was good to you this year. Mrs. Shady baked a lemon lavender cake for us. I usually don't eat cake but, because she insisted, I ate a hunk. It was delicious.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cheryl!

  13. Haha Shady! I had no idea you would be here, but I should have known-you always make a special appearance on April Fool's Day. Guess I was too busy hunting Easter eggs, lol!
    I very seldom watched Hollywood Squares, but knew a lot of the actors and actresses that would appear on the show. Of course, I adored Paul Lynde. He had a way with his facial expressions that would really send his punch lines to laugh Heaven.

    I am so glad I decided to check on you today and find a fun post. Easter in Fort Worth this week has been dreary with sprinkles here and there, and just slight chances of rain. We opted to do Barbecue ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn for Scootie, and Carrot cake on Saturday as our Easter dinner. Then, it was off for Mexican food on Easter Sunday for a late lunch! A bit off-the-wall perhaps, but it was a great time!

    It is so good to see you, Shady. I hope you and Mrs. Shady are doing well and having some pleasant weather.
    I read where you mentioned Mrs. Shady had baked a lemon lavender cake. It does sound pretty delicious.

    Have a wonderful week, Shady-and THAT'S NO FOOLIN'!

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for swinging by for a visit, dear friend. I am happy and relieved to see you and to find you in good spirits!

      Yessum, I always run a post on April 1 for April Fools' Day. It is a SDMM tradition that goes back 50-some years. :) However, this is the first time I remember Easter also falling on April Fools' Day.

      Although you were not a regular viewer of The H-wood Squares, it's good to know you remember the gifted comedian Paul Lynde. I'm willing to bet you remember his guest appearances on The Munsters and Bewitched. On H-wood Squares, Paul became legend for delivering mischievous, off-color zingers and he never failed to crack up host Peter Marshall.

      Thanks for letting me know what you and Scootie did for Easter. My dad belonged to the Lions Club and twice served as president of the local chapter. Every year the Lions staged two Easter related events beginning with members and their families gathering in the basement of a local restaurant to color dozens of eggs. I enjoyed taking part. That was followed by the annual Lions-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt which I also very much enjoyed.

      Mrs. S and I had a very nice Easter weekend. On Saturday we hosted a cookout for family and prepared steaks, lamb chops, Mahi Mahi, eggplant, zucchini and corn on the cob - all on the grill. As Thisisme used to say, it was "scrummy." Mrs. S. also baked that lavender lemon cake with yellow icing and big purple flowers on it. Rain was a threat that day but only a few drops fell. It was breezy and delightfully mild, cooler than usual for Florida at this time of year, an ideal day for an outdoor event of that kind.

      Thank you again for coming over, dear friend Suzanne. I am always happy and thankful to see you. I wish you and Scootie a wonderful month of April beginning with the week ahead!

    2. Your Easter fare sounds delicious, Shady, but I have to ask what Mahi Mahi is! And, I hope you took a nice photo of Mrs. Shady's cake!

    3. Hi again, dear Suzanne!

      I avoid meat as much as possible, and therefore, while the others dined on steaks and lamb chops, I had Mahi Mahi. It is a type of fish served in most seafood restaurants here in Florida.

      Wiki sez: "The mahi-mahi or common dolphinfish is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide." I never before had Mahi Mahi done over a charcoal fire and believe me, it was "scrummy!" :)

      Shucks, I just asked Mrs. Shady if anyone took a picture of her cake. She shook her head "no." Well, it's too late now, because it's all gone! :)

      Thanks again for coming to chat, dear friend Suzanne!

  14. You had me all confused. I didn't know which day it was! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Welcome back over, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      You say I had you all confused? Mission accomplished! :) That's what I try to do every year on April Fools' Day which this year happened to coincide with the Easter observance.

      Enjoy the rest of your week as well, dear friend Sherry, and thank you again for your visit and comment!


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