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The Oxford Companion to United States History explains that "especially in urban areas, new public diversions like dance halls, amusement parks, theaters, and parks enticed courting couples away from the safety of their parlors." Courtship had officially transformed into a public act.Television, which became a familiar device in people's homes in the 1950s and ‘60s, further contributed to our understanding of what a date should be.Meredith is also heard weekly by thousands of listeners of the Great Life Entertainment radio show.
After a sleepy question-and-answer round, a fake brawl broke out between the male suitors, all of whom were actually professional stuntmen. Another infamous episode featured serial killer Rodney Alcala as a contestant."The popular culture was a world within which people formed their understandings of how to behave, and what romance was like, and what the conventions of dating were." It makes sense then that TV execs would realize a show solely devoted to dating could be hugely successful. The Dating Game began its initial run in 1965 and ended in 1973, followed by several different syndication revivals (including one in the ‘90s that was presented back-to-back with The Newlywed Game for "The Dating-Newlywed Hour").Leading up to The Dating Game, competition-based series like What's My Line?Valentine's Day 2011 hundreds attended her event on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade where singles speed dated on the Guinness World Record's Longest Sofa in the World.Meredith's television appearances include Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker and NBC's Your LA.