I am awful. I thought Richard Dawson had already passed on. But today, it was reported he died. There are a bunch of old actors and actresses who will surprise me later when they die, because I already thought they had.
But here, for Dawson, I won’t do a Survey Says! joke.
A rundown of his life here at wikipedia.
Several things I didn’t realize about Richard Dawson – that he was born in England. That he insisted on kissing all the female contestants as a point to those conservative television stations that objected to kissing between different races (Petula Clark kissed Nat King Cole on tv and a bunch of people had a fit; that apparently stuck with Dawson). That he later married a contestant from Family Feud.
I can’t think of a more entertaining game show host who was so quick-witted and cool. All the game show hosts from the 70s seemed to be about the most enjoyable group of guys ever on tv, like they just stepped over from a restaurant or bar to spend a few minutes playing a game. If it was work, they didn’t make it seem so. Richard Dawson was the boss.
However, here’s a little blooper clip from the Feud that’s pretty funny, showing how one answer can derail the man:
The best games shows have a great host and a great game that allow regular people who don’t win to still have fun.