Burning some brain cells


Bored one afternoon with no books to read, I decided to scroll through the different streaming options on my TV.

I normally watch multiple channels, mainly sports, on YouTube.

At times, I’ll burn a few brain cells watching the Buzzr Network, which is a mixture of game shows from the 1970s and early 80s.

This particular day I chose Buzzr.

Once the screen came to life, there was Jack Narz hosting Concentration.

Contestants attempt to match squares, which reveal pieces of a rebus puzzle. Prizes for this episode included throat soothers, 15 favorite albums, a camera package (before 35mm became popular), window blinds, mattress set, guitar and golf clubs — just to name a few.

Once the puzzle is solved, the contestant heads to the bonus round.

There’s a catch, though.

They have just 10 seconds to figure out two brain teasers. Correctly guess the first and you win $100. Get the second one right before the buzzer sounds and you drive away in a gaudy orange Chevrolet valued at $2,000.

That’s right.


Boy, car prices have sure escalated since then.

Narz signs off and is followed by Supermarket Sweep.

Contestants build up their sweep time by answering questions about either items in the supermarket or pop culture during that time.

Once that segment ends, they race through the aisles and try to fill as many carts as they can with merchandise. Their total determines if they reach the final round where they answer three clues to win $5,000.

By this time, I’m bored.

You, at this point, may yawn at my idle chatter.

I don’t care too much about Card Sharks, Match Game, Classic Concentration, nearly two hours of Password (including the 1960 version) and Press Your Luck.

I turned off the TV and searched my bookcase for a movie.

Nothing appealed to me, not even old episodes of Batman.

I plopped back down on the sofa and grabbed my laptop. I managed to sort out my jumbled thoughts, put my fingers to work and cobbled out this column.

If you get a chance, watch Buzzr.

It’s nostalgic to see how people dressed back then and win prizes, that were undoubtedly valuable during that era. Some of the celebrities on those shows have passed away and some continue to live today, especially Betty White.

We all know Betty and her love for animals.

She’s a column within herself.

I wonder what’s on YouTube.

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. Reach him at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com.


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