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Old 08 May 2008, 08:18 PM
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Comment: Perhaps I'm halucinating, but I saw the program with the black
man saying, "Knob."

The show was Password. The word was 'money'. Alan Alda said, "Dough."
When the man said, "Knob," Alan busted out laughing. Someone explained and
the black man joined in the laughter. Alan apologized and the man took it
in good humor.

I have no idea what year it was or what state I was living in. Dad was
airforce, but it could have been after I was grown. My mom was also in the
room, but she has passed on so that source of confirmation is gone.

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Comment: Your answer concerning www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/password.asp was
incorrect. It is TRUE. I saw that particular show...in fact, if memory
serves me correctly the celebrity "white man" was the first Colonel on
M*A*S*H...Maclean Stevenson. The black fellows answer had everyone
laughing so hard they had to go to a commercial. I remember it very
clearly.

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Comment: Regarding the "doe" and "knob" game show incident,
I recall watching a clip where the celeb. host was Burt Reynolds and the
contestant a black lady.
I recall Burt collapsing onto the floor laughing.
Now I'm wondering if I was watching a "doctored" clip.
Quite possible, I'm sure.
I even thought I remembered him making an apology,
but you know how we hardly ever remember things the way they actually
were.
Just curious as I didn't see Burt's name anywhere and I do remember
watching it.

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Comment: I witnessed this episode on Password with Tom Selleck. I know I
wasn't imagining this!!!! He literally fell off of his chair. The older
woman was a bit stoic and everyone seemed sorry for her in spite of all.
Having grown up in Louisiana, I've heard such dialect all my life. It
wasn't long after this I read an aritcle in the then Dallas Times Herald
that there was a lawsuit pending and I never heard another word about
this. I felt that this was the reason this was never shown on any blooper
show...for obvious reasons. I feel this should be researched more as I did
not dream about this and never heard of any other such thing happening.

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Comment: I remember in my younger days,watching an episode of Dick Clarks
game show The $---Dollar Pyramid.The contestant was a black female,& the
clue doe was given.Her response was knob.I'm not sure who the celebrity
guest was,I think it was Anson Williams(not sure tho)I believe the answer was
"words used to describe currency" I'll check around & see what I can come up
with in reguards to this. Mabey your resourses can find an episode,this was in
syndication when I saw it.

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Comment: I have enjoyed visiting your website. The "Doe" knob story you
claim never happened actually did. I came home one afternoon to find my
Father laughing,I asked him what it was about and he described the incident
you were talking about. I thought very little of it (although I did not believe
when I first heard it). I saw the film clip of it years later when it was on the
news that the black women decided to sue the show. The celebrity that gave
the clue was John Davidson and it was a black women contestant who
responded with "knob" as her answer. I believe the show was one of the
pyramid shows. The time frame had to be in the mid eighties or so. I would
think this would be fairly easy to verify.
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