616     September 20, 1965 (Taped September 13)
Betsy, Bill, Bess, Henry

Charlie Heiferman from West Nyack, New York: “Someone stole the water from my pool…4000 gallons, overnight”                 
The New York City area was facing a severe water shortage in the mid-60s, and local municipalities established rules governing what would be seen as waste.  Heiferman managed to fill his pool before the restrictions in his area took place, and believes that his water was taken by someone from somewhere with even tighter regulations, such as New Jersey.  How a thief could make off with that much water unnoticed, when a noisy fire truck could only hold about a thousand gallons, is never sufficiently explained.   

Walter von Gunten from Madison, Wisconsin: “I didn’t draw this picture…I cut it out of one piece of paper – with scissors”                 
Von Gunten is an artist, originally from Switzerland, and the picture he refers to is a detailed work of art showing an owl in a tree. The technique is known as ‘scherenscnitte’ or ‘scissor cuts’.   

Special guest Soupy Sales introduces a group of five Watusi people from the Congo, dressed in African garb, who perform a native dance: “We met in a dancing class…We’re learning an American dance…The Watusi” 
As a dance, “The Watusi” was a fad in the 1960s, named in large part for the exotic African culture whose traditions involved spectacular dances such as the one performed here.  As a people, Watusi was the former name of an African ethnic group we now identify as the Tutsis.   This group is performing at the African Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair.  Soupy and the Tutsis perform The Watusi to the great, culturally appropriated delight of the audience.  Sales is about to star in his first feature film, Birds Do It (1966).  It would be the only starring role in film for a man who would become much more famous for his television work.