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TV game show is faked, player says, LA bids for Olympics, August 29, 1958

August 29, 2008 |  6:06 am

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New York Dist. Atty. Frank S. Hogan announces the investigation of charges brought by Herbert Stempel that the NBC game show "Twenty-One" was rigged. NBC says it investigated the same charges a year before a found them without merit.

According to the New York World-Telegram and Sun, Stempel said  producers told him he could "make a pile of money" by "playing ball." He said he was instructed on how to "bite my lips, clench my fists and look agonized."   

Los Angeles contestants Wade Ruby of Pepperdine and Deputy Kermit Kynell (remember him from the Norwalk plane crash?) said they weren't coached before their winning appearances on the show.

In sports, the Rams and the Browns prepare for a game at the Coliseum. The Browns are 1-1 in exhibition games, having beaten the Steelers 10-0 and lost to the Lions 17-7. The Rams have beaten the Redskins 31-10 and the Giants 38-10. The Rams starting quarterback is Jim Ninowski ... The Braves beat the Giants 3-0, stretching their National League lead to 7 1/2 games ... And Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman introduces a resolution to seek the 1964 Olympic Games.



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