Lifespan: January 1980 - September 1981
Host: Ron Ely
Announcers: Dave Williams, John Harlan, Art James
Produced by: Sandy Frank Productions
Front Game Rules
3 players began the game. In the first round, the players were shown 6 portraits. Then, the band played a song. The player who buzzed in and could identify the song then had the opportunity to name the person to which the song alluded to (Ex. "From Russia with Love" would be the clue to Fidel Castro). Correctly doing so would earn that player 10 points. A total of five songs would be played in the first round.
In the second round, the players were given the category to a puzzle, with multiple songs acting as clues. (In this round, for instance, "I Got You Under my Skin" and "Mellow Yellow" would be clues to a Banana) If a player buzzed in with the wrong title, they sat out the next clue. Each correctly solved puzzle was worth 20 points. At the end of the round, the lowest-scoring player is eliminated. In the event of a second-place tie, a trio of pictures were shown and another set of one-song puzzles were played.
The third round took place between the two remaining challengers. Once again, songs were used as clues to the solution of a puzzle. The round worked the same as before, with solved puzzles worth 30 points apiece. At the end of the round, the highest-scoring player advanced to the Championship Round.
The winning challenger now faces the champion from the day before. With each song the band plays, a picture is revealed of a famous person, starting at childhood and working up to present day. If a player can name the person on the first song and picture, s/he wins $10,000 in cash. Otherwise, pictures two through six were worth $5000, $4000, $3000, $2000, and $1000, respectively. The winner of the round was crowned champion. If a champion could win five days in a row, s/he won a new car.
FtM is primarily known among the game show circles for its cheese factor. From the chase lighting that never seemed to work, to the corny music played while they showed the portraits, to the singer (Kathy Donovan) who occasionally sang the title to the song being played.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
I'll give 100 bonus brownie points to the first person who can tell me exactly what Sandy Frank was smoking when this show was created. Actually, the concept is actually pretty cohesive, but the presentation and execution of this show is absolute cornball. But hey, if you're going to be cornball, you might as well go whole hog, and that's exactly what they did here. Ron Ely wasn't the most comfortable person on camera, but he does a passable job hosting without any major problems.