Apr 2, 2013
20 Questions was one of the most popular quiz shows to ever
air. It drew as many as 20,000 letters in one week.
The contestants were mostly the Van Deventer family - Mom, Pop, and two kids - but they used different last names so the audience wouldn't know they were related.
The show was simple. The contestants had to identify a mystery "something" by asking no more than 20 yes-or-no questions, and their only clue was that the answer was animal, vegetable, or mineral.
From this basic concept, hilarity often ensued.
This episode first aired on September 10, 1946.