Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him.
Today we learn that Don Pardo, known as Dandy Don Pardon to us baby boomers died. He was 96 years old and had continued to be the voice of Saturday Night Live through the last season! Most people would recall his voice on Saturday Night Live. He had a great voice and I loved it as a child.
But I knew Dandy Don Pardo from one of my favorite game shows of the 1950's which had both a day time and night time version and that was the original Price is Right with Bill Cullen. There was something about Don Pardo's voice that I absolutely loved as a child. He worked for NBC since 1940!
Just as an aside, the night time version of Bill Cullen's Price is Right was in color even in the late 1950's as NBC was a pioneer in producing color shows even then. The NBC Peacock would come on before any "Brought to you in living color by NBC" show began. I could not figure out what was the difference between "living color" shows and others that weren't since we had a black and white TV. I am still confused about the difference.
Here's a black and white (or in living color on our black and white tv) Price is Right with Bill Cullen and Dandy Don Pardo announcing! Oh, the nostalgia! As a child, because of my ruined eyes, I wore glasses and many said I could pass for Bill Cullen's son!