Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:21 PM
Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:54 PM
A bit before my time, but we have plenty of people who grew up with the original Concentration.
Personally, I'd like to know: Just how far did your involvement go on the show, besides creating the puzzles? Did you ever watch the Jack Narz revival, the 1985 pilot with Orson Bean or Classic Concentration? If so, what did you think of them?
Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:31 PM
Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:49 PM
Some of us grew up watching Concentration going back to the Hugh Downs days. Were you with the show from the very beginning, with Mr. Barry and Mr. Enright?
We have a thread in our archive devoted to that marvel of game show technology, the Concentration board. Corey Cooper describes how the electronic game board worked. You may remember Corey's dad, Ted Cooper. If there is anything you would like to add about the board or the puzzles or anything else, please post it here and it will be enshrined in the archive.
BTW, I never knew Milton Kaye was a renowned and in-demand musician apart from Concentration.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:53 PM
You've already answered some of the questions I had about how the home versions were developed. I guess one of the things I'd like to know is whether you're aware of any surviving episodes of your classic version that we might not know about. Most collectors know of eight classic episodes thay survive in black and white, one very early episode and a few Challenge of Champions and Christmas shows. Some collectors have the very last network episode, and I've seen one episode at the Paley Center in New York. Are you aware of others? Got a few tapes stashed in a closet somewhere, for instance?
Posted 04 February 2011 - 02:06 AM
I recently bought and read your newest book. As a near-lifelong broadcaster myself, I especially love the behind-the-scenes stories.
I am hungry for anything and everything about Concentration, which made its debut only 19 months after I did. By the time I was three, I was a huge fan -- and was already pretty good at matching prizes, and figuring out the solutions to the rebuses. (Seriously!)
I really wish NBC would let go of some of the old tapes. I'd pay to see whatever they have in the vaults!
I'd also love to see a picture of the board from the back side, if any such photos exist. The description of its operation (found elsewhere in this forum) just intrigues the heck out of me.
My best to you, sir.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:33 AM
I wasn't born until 1967, so I remember Bob Clayton but not Hugh Downs. I was, however, very good at the Concentration home games when I was a preschooler in a suburb of Minneapolis. I've also played the Classic Concentration computer games, and I have a copy of Steve Ryan's book. I'm planning to buy a copy of your book in the near future.
Probably more than anyone else, I consider it a shame that NBC won't do anything with the Concentration format, especially since the recent Comcast buyout.