To tell the truth

In some classes this week, we played a conversation-starting game called “True or False” where you have to make three statements about your winter break experiences and we have to guess which of the three is  true.

And speaking of truth-telling, I happened across a video from an old TV game show called “To Tell the Truth” — it was a quiz show from the 1950s and 60s (and still going on today in a different incarnation) where panel members (TV celebrities) have to guess which of the three contestants is the real person.

Most Japanese students know about Rosa Parks, yes? She, along with Mother Teresa, were two historical figures I remember being popular research topics in the Japanese junior high school where I used to teach. Ms. Parks was the African American woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in the segregated South in 1955.

Here’s Ms. Parks as one of the contestants on “To Tell the Truth”. Can you guess which one she is?

There’s lots to talk about her, including Ms. Parks, the format of the show, the hairstyles and fashions of the time (this episode aired in 1980).

If you’re curious, you can try searching for other famous people appearing on this show. For instance, Frank Abagnale, the man whose life the movie “Catch Me If You Can” (with Leonardo DiCaprio) was based,Or, jumping ahead 5 decades, Sergei Brin, the founder of Google.

This is from a different 1950s quiz show, but here’s a man who witnessed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Jaw-dropping, yes?


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