02-14-2008, 02:42 AM
I just saw a rerun of one of my favorite Season 6 eps, "Beaver on TV". This ep was chock full of lots of contemporary references to people like Bennett Cerf and Jackie Kennedy and to tv shows of that time (and still today in 1 case), like Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse Club, Meet the Press (still going strong after 60 years!), and best of all, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. It was appropriate for Gilbert to make that reference, as Stephen Talbot made 2 appearances on that show himself. I just found out not long ago, probably from a earlier post to this board, that John Jacobs, who played the "Teenage Forum" moderator, was in fact the late Chuck Barris and Barry-Enright announcer better known as Johnny Jacobs. When he says "Welcome to Teenage Forum!", I can imagine the same voice saying "Here come the newlyweds!". Also the director was played by Jack Smith, who hosted shows like "You Asked for It" (both in the 50s and 80s) and played the game show host "Jack Smith" when Aunt Bee won all her prizes in California on The Andy Griffith Show.