Garry Moore

In 1940, Thomas Garrison Morfit host of the radio show CLUB MATINEE decided to change his name. He offered a fifty dollar prize and a trip to Chicago to any listener who could suggest the right stage name for him. A housewife from Pittsburgh won the contest with her submission of “Garry Moore.”


Mr. Moore was the star of a successful variety program THE GARRY MOORE SHOW/CBS/1958-67, a program which first brought comedienne Carol Burnett to national attention (1959-62).


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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