Back in the Day
Before Deal or No Deal, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire or even Jeopardy, there was the GE College Bowl Quiz program. In 1960, Vanderbilt’s team of “thinking people”—Bob Andrews, BA’62; Rollin Lasseter, BA’61; Charles Ryan, BA’63; Jon Wilson, BA’61; and alternate Jim Moody, BA’61—became one of only a handful of university teams with a string of four quiz program wins. The students and their coach, Philip Hallie, professor of philosophy, flew to New York City every week to appear on the nationally televised program before losing to Vassar in their fifth match. The competition earned $6,500 for university scholarship funds, gave team members bragging rights, and brought awareness of Vanderbilt to millions of homes across the country. The excitement on campus ranged from 70 students vying for the five team slots to what was estimated as one-half to nearly two-thirds of the student body tuned into the team’s television appearances.
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