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For the Win: 1955

For the Win: 1955

Nov. 15, 1955. "Dr. Joyce Brothers holds up her category, boxing, after winning $8,000 on the CBS television program The $64,000 Question. Dr. Brothers will return next week to decide whether to keep the $8,000 or risk it against $16,000." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.

 

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Part of my childhood

I remember as a teenager of 15 watching this show with my family. Dad was a fight fan and he and I used to watch "The Friday Night Fights From Madison Square Garden" religiously and between the announcers chatter and dad's comments I had picked up a little boxing lore.

We both knew answers in the early rounds and dad even got a few right a little later but both of us were blown out of the ring when a "mere woman" won in that category. My first lesson in finding out that there is no such thing as a "mere woman."

The Out-Foxy Lady

Not only did Joyce Brothers not take part in the shenanigans that led to the notorious "quiz show scandal" of the 1950s, she out-foxed the perpetrators. By becoming, on her own, an expert in the unlikely field of professional boxing, she was able to successfully field tricky questions designed to throw her over in favor of contestants the producers felt - incorrectly, as it turned out - were more audience-friendly. She eventually won the $64,000, then went on to win the top prize on The $64,000 Challenge.

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