5     July 31, 1952
Bill, Jayne, Melville Cooper, Laraine Day

After having appeared as a guest star in E3, Day begins a run of seven panel appearances over the next nine weeks.   

Dottie Ann (a young child): “My grandfather is Vice-President Barkley.” 
The Democratic National Convention had been a week earlier (and had pre-empted Secret) so politics was on everyone’s mind.  Alben Barkley was a longtime Kentucky senator before becoming VP under Truman and a highly visible part of Truman’s administration.  He briefly retired after a failed effort to earn the 1952 Democratic nomination for president but returned to public life two years later when he was reelected to the US Senate. He died in office in 1956.  Barkley’s namesake grandson also makes a brief appearance on the show.  Dottie Ann became Dorothy Barkley Holloway and lives in the family’s hometown of Paducah.   

[Harry Fox]: “I am going to become a father.”                 
There was nothing out of the ordinary about Mr Fox, simply a father-to-be whose secret provided a few innuendo-filled laughs.   

Special Guest Ralph Kiner: “I’m wearing Leo Durocher’s tie.”                 
Kiner is introduced as the home run champion of the major leagues for the last five years.  His Pittsburgh Pirates had lost both games of a doubleheader to the Brooklyn Dodgers earlier that day.  Garry alludes to the rough day, and Kiner adds that Laraine was similarly suffering.  Day was the wife of Leo Durocher, at the time the manager of the New York Giants who had lost to the Cubs earlier.  This is all discussed with such casual ease that it’s obvious baseball is the dominant sport in the land, and everyone involved assumes that everyone watching understands what they’re all talking about. Kiner would play three more seasons in his Hall-of-Fame career, and then gain even greater fame as the announcer for New York Mets broadcasts from the franchise’s inception in 1961 until his death in 2013.   

[Thomas Devaney]: “I got a $10.00 tip from Jack Benny.” 
Benny’s professed stinginess was such a well-known running gag on his radio and television programs (both of which were on the air in 1952) that it got laughs even when Benny himself was nowhere to be seen.   

[Mrs. Beck]: “I was married on TV.” 
After an abbreviated game, Garry explains that “five weeks and four days ago” (probably referring to Monday, June 23) Mrs. Beck was married on the Bride and Groom show.  Bride and Groom (1951-1954, plus a brief revival in 1957) was, simply and literally, a wedding show.  Prospective couples wrote into the show in the hopes of being selected and treated to a lavish and legally binding ceremony on daytime TV.