Al Santmyer from San Diego, California: “I rode the back of a live
On January 8, 1962, Santmyer and three skin diving buddies encountered an exhausted whale trapped in a commercial fishing net and spent three hours posing for pictures and goofing around with the animal before releasing him.
Joseph LaBonte, Joseph LaBonte, Joseph LaBonte and Philip LaBonte are on stage together, and Philip shares the secret: “My name used to be Joseph LaBonte…The four of us are brothers”
The brothers LaBonte are normally addressed by their middle names, of course, but Philip at some point decided to legally drop the “Joseph” part.
Special guest Salvador Dali has the
panel each describe the meaning behind one of their own paintings to him. He responds to each with a terse “No
comment.” It turns out that Dali is
friends with Bess’ husband Arnold Grant, and Bess’ work is a reproduction of a Dali
painting which hangs in their home. The
flamboyant and eccentric artist later creates an abstract work using shaving
cream on a canvas. Some might think of
Dali as an art figure from the distant past. His most famous work, The
Persistence of Memory (the one with the melting clocks), was finished in 1931
and was one of his earliest major paintings.
He actually lived through most of the 20th century (1904-1989)
and was a media darling in the 1960s, also appearing on What’s My Line, The
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and even commercials for the
now-defunct Braniff airline company.