A fresh edition of the Tweed News, hot off the presses, will be arriving in our mailbox at the Manse tomorrow, so I feel I must post this delightful tidbit from last week’s edition before it slips away and out of memory. It is a highly entertaining (verging on mind-boggling) bit from the weekly Days Gone By column, in which select news items from 50 years ago and 25 years ago are shared. I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed this tidbit from the 50-years-ago section. (I have inserted links that will explain some of the references if you are puzzled by them. Sulphide, for you folks not from this area, is a tiny hamlet northeast of Tweed that was once a bustling mining community but now is even quieter than Queensborough.) Here goes:
50 Years Ago: January 29, 1964
Wilma’s secret baffles panel – Bonanza and Maverick may have lots of fans, but in Tweed and district, Monday night at 8, the solid ratings had to go to Channel 7 and Mrs. Wilma Knapp. Mrs. Knapp appeared on Garry Moore‘s “I’ve Got a Secret” program – and Monday afternoon TV dealer Cartha Cassidy had to stop taking service calls – he couldn’t handle any more. “Everyone wants to get their sets working before tonight,” he said. Mrs. Knapp, Garry Moore and the panel were all at their best for the first part of the program, and a sparkling bit of entertainment it was. The panel wasn’t able to guess her secret – that the dress she was wearing on the show was one she had made from 204 nylon stockings – but they were intrigued by the idea when they found out. Mrs. Knapp was able to put in a few good words for Sulphide, Allied Chemical and her fellow members of the Tweed Kinette Club, who helped gather up the stockings to make the dress. And from all comments since the program, everyone agreed with Garry’s summing up, that it was a pleasure to have had Mrs. Knapp on the program.
Now if that doesn’t beat all, I don’t know what does. I don’t know which part I like best: that a matron from tiny Sulphide, Ont., appeared on a wildly popular CBS-TV program (and stumped the celebrity panelists); or that the entire town of Tweed was calling the local TV dealer to get their sets in tip-top shape to watch her. And then there’s the business of the dress made of nylons. To that I can only say what I started this post with: you couldn’t make this stuff up.