The American panel game show I've Got a Secret, hosted by radio and TV personality Garry Moore, revealed some truly remarkable moments during its original run from 1952 to 1967.
The show featured weekly guests who gave insights into the intriguing secrets of their lives - and it sucked viewers in as they wanted to know more. I've Got a Secret was a classic game show that continues to surprise us with the secrets its guests revealed.
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A Contestant Witnessed The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln
Born in 1860, Samuel J. Seymour of Maryland was a guest in 1956 at the age of 96, when he told the panel and audience that he witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1865, at the age of 5, Seymour, his nurse Sarah Cook, and his godmother Mrs. George S. Goldsborough, went to see Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre. He recalled sitting in balcony seats across from the Presidential Box when he witnessed John Wilkes Booth leap from the box, and President Lincoln fall over.
Seymour was one of around 1,500 people present during Lincoln's assassination.
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A Contestant Invented Television When He Was 15
At the center of a 1957 episode was Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television. To not give away his identity, he was referred to as "Dr. X" to the panel as they tried to guess his incredible secret.
Farnsworth was only 15 years old in 1922 when he figured out how to bounce electrons back and forth in a vacuum tube to reproduce images electronically by shooting a beam of electrons, line by line, against a light-sensitive screen. He sketched his idea for his chemistry teacher, calling it an "image dissector."
After discarding his dream to support his family, Farnsworth came back to his idea in 1926 while living in San Francisco. He persuaded some friends to invest in his invention efforts, and in 1927 he demonstrated the first all-electronic TV.
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A Contestant Jumped From An Airplane And Her Chute Didn't Open
The episode that aired on September 10, 1962, featured Lois Ann Frotten from West Yarmouth, MA. Her secret was that when she made her first parachute jump from an airplane, her chute didn't open.
According to a 1962 newspaper article, Frotten plunged 2,500 feet and landed in a lake after her chute malfunctioned. Rescuers fished the 20-year-old out of Lake Mystic after an estimated fall speed of 65 mph, which her 26-year-old fiance John Burke witnessed. She was taken to a local hospital, amazingly suffering nothing more than facial lacerations and shock.
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A Contestant Accidentally Robbed A Bank On His First Day At Work
Charles King of Spring Branch, TX, was the guest on the show's May 4, 1964, airing. His secret - that he accidentally robbed a bank on his first day of work - threw the audience and the panel for a loop as they tried to guess.
After applying for a job through the Texas Employment Commission, King was set up with a man who claimed he owned a construction business, and was hired as his apprentice. King's first assignment was to go to the bank and pick up the payroll. He received a bag, the name of a teller, and a sealed envelope with the teller's name on it.
What King didn't know was that the envelope contained a letter asking the teller to fill the bag with money because they were holding her daughter in custody. Police arrested King's criminal boss when they found out how and why King had a bag with $10,000 in it.
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One Contestant Appeared With His Son, Grandson, And Great-Grandson, Who Were Surprisingly The Same Age
The episode that aired October 29, 1962, featured Roy Davis from Dover, OH, and his son, grandson, and great-grandson. The panel was stumped as they tried to figure out Davis's secret, which was that each of the boys was 5 years old. How could they all be the same age?
Davis had a 5-year-old son, Jeff, while Davis's (obviously older) son Frank had a 5-year-old son named John (Davis's grandson). Frank also had a daughter, who had a 5-year-old son named Mike (Davis's great-grandson). This made all three boys the same age.
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A Contestant Was The Only Resident Of Ironton, CO
On the July 1, 1963, airing of the show, Milton Larson from Ironton, CO, explained how he was the entire population of the town. Milton's father Charles purchased the Ida L and Dauntless mines of Ironton in 1933 for only $200. Soon after he and his sons Harry and Milton moved to the town, the post office closed and the rail service no longer offered a stop.
Charles and his sons continued to run the mine, with the young brothers taking the reins after Charles passed in 1937. Milton and Harry, locally known as "The Larson Brothers," operated the mine as a duo until Harry's 1959 passing.
Milton stayed in Ironton alone until 1964, and is still known as the town's last resident.