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Well, I have the perfect story for this prompt…only problem is, I already posted it back in September of 2019 for the prompt Games People Play. Rather than repost the same story, here’s a link to that one.

This time I'll let the clip tell the story...if you're old enough, you'll likely get a kick out of  it.

Now I have another one I think you’ll enjoy, although I already gave the gist of this one away in my story “This Just In” for the more recent prompt Advertising Jingles and Slogans. This time I’ll let the clip tell the whole story…if you’re old enough, you’ll likely get a kick out of  it.

P.S. In case it isn’t obvious, my maiden name is Schultz, and those are my brothers.

Profile photo of Barbara Buckles Barbara Buckles
Artist, writer, storyteller, spy. Okay, not a spy…I was just going for the rhythm.

I call myself “an inveterate dabbler.” (And my husband calls me “an invertebrate babbler.”) I just love to create one way or another. My latest passion is telling true stories live, on stage. Because it scares the hell out of me.

As a memoirist, I focus on the undercurrents. Drawing from memory, diaries, notes, letters and photographs, I never ever lie, but I do claim creative license when fleshing out actual events in order to enhance the literary quality, i.e., what I might have been wearing, what might have been on the table, what season it might have been. By virtue of its genre, memoir also adds a patina of introspection and insight that most probably did not exist in real time.

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Characterizations: funny, right on!, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Barb, that is FANTASTIC! What a treasure to have that clip. You’ve written about all your show biz connections, but this really drove it home and was perfect for this prompt. Thank you so much for sharing your personal memorabilia with us, your fan base.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    I loved your other stories, but I especially enjoyed your link to I’ve Got a Secret. Took me back to the era when people smoked on TV (not so great) but were also more innocent. Love the crew cuts and slicked back hair.

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    I also loved the clip, and a chance to see the Doublemint Twins in an earlier incarnation. I remember the show too–it was pretty engaging and fun to see again, although the cigarette was the real shocker. Thanks!

  4. Marian says:

    Loved this story and the clip, Barb. Nothing brings back that era like seeing the original show. Your brothers were adorable. Weren’t Bess Myerson and Betsy Palmer glamorous? Yes, other than the smoking, a wonderful memory.

  5. Suzy says:

    Barb, exuberant thanks for this story that packs so much into a small amount of space!

    First, I really appreciate your linking to your Word Games story, since it is exactly on point for this prompt – I hope everyone goes back and reads it, either again or for the first time. When you published it in Sept. 2019 you were new to the site and we didn’t know you. Rereading it again two years later I got so much more out of it.

    Second, that clip of your brothers on I’ve Got A Secret was amazing! They were adorable, and the panelists were really something! I’ve always loved Bess Myerson, who was the first Jewish Miss America, and she was so poised and lovely asking her questions. And then Betsy Palmer . . . “I don’t know that little boy!” Classic!!

    • What a lovely comment! I love that you took the time to reread the Word Games story AND watch the I’ve Got A Secret clip! And yes, Betsy Palmer’s reactions were priceless. So glad you enjoyed the story…thanks so much, Suzy!

  6. Bebe, thanx for the clip, what a sweet memory!
    And yes I too remember you told us that years later your brothers also played the Doublemint Twins!
    What fun!

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