This crossed my Facebook feed the other day, with the title “If you can recognize 5 of these people, you’re old.”
Well, I’m old. And I recognize most of them, but not all. So I did a little digging, and here are my results.
The photo (Click to enlarge):
Edit: A better key
The following table lists the personalities with one of the things they are notable for. Not necessarily their most “famous” work, or even one on CBS, but one that I was familiar with or enjoyed. Journalists have no particular show attached to their names because they were all over the place.
|2||Jean Stapleton||All in the Family|
|3||Walter Cronkite||Journalist – possibly the most famous of my generation|
|4||Alfred Hitchcock||The Birds|
|5||Mary Tyler Moore||The Mary Tyler Moore Show|
|6||Ellen Corby||The Waltons|
|7||Gene Rayburn||The Match Game|
|8||Vivian Vance||I Love Lucy|
|10||Ann Sothern||The Whales of August|
|11||Barbara Bain||Mission Impossible|
|12||Nancy Walker||Murder by Death|
|13||George Burns||George and Gracie|
|14||Cicely Tyson||The Help|
|15||Arthur Godfrey||The Glass Bottom Boat|
|16||Red Skelton||The Red Skelton Hour|
|17||Gale Storm||It Happened on 5th Avenue|
|18||Danny Kaye||The Court Jester|
|21||Dale Evans||Roy Rogers|
|22||Roy Rogers||Roy Rogers|
|23||Ken Murray||Follow Me Boys|
|24||June Lockhart||Lost in Space|
|25||Arthur Murray||Arthur Murray Dance Studio|
|26||Kathryn Murray||The Arthur Murray Party|
|27||Eric Scott||The Waltons|
|28||Cami Cotler||The Waltons|
|29||Bonnie Franklin||One Day at a Time|
|31||Eva Gabor||Green Acres|
|32||Allen Funt||Candid Camera|
|33||Tim Conway||The Tim Conway Comedy Hour|
|34||Danny Thomas||The Danny Thomas Show|
|35||Bob Keeshan||Captain Kangaroo|
|37||Ray Walston||My Favorite Martian|
|38||Sally Struthers||All in the Family|
|40||Linda Lavin||Barney Miller|
|41||Douglas Edwards||Newscaster and Correspondent|
|42||Betty White||The Golden Girls|
|46||Arlene Francis||What’s My Line|
|48||Adrienne Barbeau||Love Boat|
|49||Vicki Lawrence||The Carol Burnett Show|
|50||Mary McDonough||The Waltons|
|51||Don Knotts||The Andy Griffith Show|
|52||Lucille Ball||I Love Lucy|
|53||Ed Asner||The Mary Tyler Moore Show|
|55||Esther Rolle||Good Times|
|56||Joan Hackett||The Defenders|
|59||Sherman Hemsley||The Jeffersons|
|60||Jack Whitaker||Deadly Heroes|
|61||Isabel Sanford||The Jeffersons|
|62||Judy Norton Taylor||The Waltons|
|63||Bob Denver||Gilligan’s Island|
|64||Caroll O’Connor||All in the Family|
|65||Dwayne Hickman||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis|
|66||Richard C. Hottelet||Journalist|
|67||Will Geer||Broken Arrow|
|69||Art Carney||The Honeymooners|
|70||Tony Randall||The Odd Couple|
|71||Bob Newhart||The Bob Newhart Show|
|72||Dick Smothers||The Smothers Brothers|
|74||Ted Knight||The Mary Tyler Moore Show|
|75||Georgia Engel||The Mary Tyler Moore Show|
|78||Audrey Meadows||The Honeymooners|
|79||Valerie Harper||The Mary Tyler Moore Show|
|81||David Harper||The Waltons|
|84||Art Linkletter||House Party|
|85||Glen Campbell||True Grit|
|86||Buddy Ebsen||The Beverly Hillbillies|
|87||Michael Learned||The Waltons|
|88||John Forsythe||Bachelor Father|
|89||Steve Allen||The Tonight Show|
|90||Carol Burnett||The Carol Burnett Show|
|91||Jim Nabors||Gomer Pyle|
|92||Beatrice Arthur||The Golden Girls|
|95||Andy Griffith||Mayberry RFD|
|96||Lee Merriwether||Barnaby Jones|
|97||Demond Wilson||Sanford and Son|
|98||Lynda Carter||Wonder Women|
|100||Dick Van Dyke||Cold Turkey|
|101||Jack Lord||Hawaii Five-O|
|102||Ralph Waite||The Waltons|
|104||Martin Landau||Mission Impossible|
|105||Rob Reiner||The Princess Bride|
|106||Lynnie Greene||The Golden Girls|
|108||Bob Barker||Truth or Consequences|
|111||Richard Crenna||The Real McCoys|
Focusing on CBS television through 1978, Linda Lavin starred in Alice. Glen Campbell had a variety show. Bob Barker was the host of Price is Right. Gene Rayburn hosted Match Game. Tim Conway is most noted for the Carol Burnett Show. Dick Van Dyke was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Mary Tyler Moore also starred in. Rob Reiner best known as Meathead on All in the Family. Andy Griffith was The Andy Griffith show that spun off Mayberry RFD, in which Ken Berry also starred. Journalists were on CBS News and 60 Minutes. Art Linkletter hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things. Alfred Hitchcock hosted Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Bea Arthur was Maude. Betty White was on The Mary Tyler Moore show. The Tonight Show was on NBC but Steve Allen was a regular on What’s My Line. Adrienne Barbeau was Maude’s daughter. Will Geer was Grandpa on The Waltons. Nick Beatty played Szysznyk. Valerie Harper was also the star of Rhoda. Cicely Tyson was in Roots. But I didn’t watch a lot of TV back then 😉
char, great summary above!
i loved it above where they show the numbers, names, & what show they were on/journalist, etc.
betty gordon, ames, iowa
One major star who’s missing in this photo is Alan Alda (MASH).
You’re absolutely right. I could have suggested a couple of others as well, but Alda’s absence was noted when I saw Jamie Farr in the crowd.
Jon Walmsley was Jason on the Waltons.
Gene Rayburn hosted Match Game, not Jeopardy
No disrespect to Art Fleming, just had a brain fart.
The list should show the CBS SHOWS for which they were attending the CBS 50th anniversary show. Not that it matters in the scheme of things, but people should look elsewhere for a true list of the CBS shows.
Like I said, the shows that I mentioned are the ones that were the most familiar to me and not necessarily the ones that they were best known for. Want a different list? Create one on your own blog.
Lynnie Greene was in a CBS show at the time called On Our Own. A number of folks beside her were in low-rated CBS sitcoms at the time: Tony Randall in The Tony Randall Show, Ned Beatty in Szysnyk and Demond Wilson in Baby, I’m Back. Two of those folks I’d never heard of, Hughes Rudd and Richard C. Hottelet, but everyone else, I’m certainly familiar with.
Thanks for the input!
hi mark 😉
if you have NOT read down through all the replies, there are 1 or 2 showing the name of EVERYONE in that wonderful photo. so go take a peek like i/others did 😉 enjoy as much as we did solving WHO that person was in the photo.
betty gordon, ames, iowa lifelong fan of all in the photo 😉
Rudd and Hottelet were veterans of CBS News. Rudd also hosted a short-lived version of the CBS Morning News with Sally Quinn for a time. I was surprised to see them but to not see Roger Mudd, who was both the Congressional correspondent and also Cronkite’s substitute on the CBS Evening News during this time, and who along with Rather was considered among the front-runners to replace Cronkite when he retired.
Betty White was probably known for Mary Tyler Moore Show at the time as Golden Girls wasn’t a thing when the photo was taken and also an NBC show. Bea Arthur was on Maude. Linda Lavin was on Alice at the time.
Thanks for the list of names – hard to read that picture. I would also note that missing was Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners) and Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko/Phil Silvers Show).