ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Game show fans
are in for a treat.
The National Archives of Game Show History, which will be stocked with scripts, props, set designs, and other materials collected from game show performers, writers, and executives, was announced on Wednesday by the Strong National Museum of Play.
Howard Blumenthal of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" and Bob Boden of "Funny
You Should Ask" are co-founders of the project.
” champion-turned-guest host Ken Jennings
and Wink Martindale
, who spent decades guiding contestants through “Gambit,” “High Rollers,” “Tic-Tac-Dough
,” and “Debt,” were early supporters of the idea.
“I grew up watching game shows as a daily ritual,” Jennings said in a statement to The Strong, “and they’ve shaped who I am as a person, as well as our cultural landscape.”
The game show archives, according to Christopher Bensch, vice president
of collections at The Strong, were a natural fit for a museum dedicated to the history of play.
He stated that the materials would be displayed at the museum as well as in traveling exhibitions.
“It’s fantastic to hear about the National Archives of Game Show History stepping up to capture and preserve the legacy of game shows,” Martindale said in a statement. “Without this initiative, many primary resources relating to these shows, as well as oral histories of their creators and talent, risked being lost forever.”