|Bill hosted this brief
afternoon sports anthology series which covered exotic events from
the world. Much like NBC Sports In
which Bill co-hosted a few years later, this one-hour show was clearly
patterned after the successful model of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Since Bill was still
quite active at the time with The
Price Is Right and I've Got A Secret,
likely that he was merely a studio host for this series,
and that he didn't go traipsing around the world on his bum leg to
the events in person.
archives, we've found a number of stations which aired this series,
most notably WNBC in New York City. The series premiered there on
October 7, 1962 and appears to have concluded its run by December,
suggesting that as few as 13 episodes may have been produced.
In other cities, including Detroit (see below), the series didn't even
premiere until the following spring. Given the unusual and
obscure nature of the events that were covered, spoilers must not have
been much of problem!
In October, 2010 two 16mm reels containing the debut episode went up for auction on Ebay. Unfortunately, we didn't win that auction. Still, we know that at least that episode exists in the hands of a private collector.