Start Herb alpert dating game

Herb alpert dating game

And the prizes were modest -- a restaurant dinner, a new washer and dryer.

Chuck Barris, the King of Schlock, the Baron of Bad Taste, the Ayatollah of Trasherola, remembered now mostly as the loopy, squinty-eyed host of "The Gong Show," is the godfather of reality TV.

"Game shows have always operated on the premise that ordinary people are the stars of the show," says Steven Stark, author of "Glued to the Set: The 60 Television Shows That Made Us Who We Are Today," "but he raised it to an art form in the sense that you don't just show ordinary people in favorable circumstances -- you may do badly on a quiz show but you still look OK anyway -- but you can humiliate them and they'll still go on, for their 15 minutes of fame or whatever." Barris didn't just introduce humiliation to daytime TV.

With nothing to do, Barris wrote a long memo every day detailing the minutiae of the show, along with some jokes and philosophical observations.