Chances are someone you know—it's pretty much a one degree of separation thing—once appeared on CHEX's long-running intramural, elementary school game show Campus Quiz in Peterborough. In the annals of local pop culture, it is one of the greatest things ever. At some level, it's one of the best game shows ever anywhere. Here are 18 reasons it rocks...
1. It was a huge success, starting the late 1960s and running until spring 1999 when to ended due to a reduction in space. That's an incredible run.
2. The awesome Grade 7 and 8 students always gave 110%.
3. The hairstyles were fantastic. Eighties samples below...
4. One of its legendary hosts, Graham Hart, was just so cool. And still is.
5. You could win a Steve Miller album on the show. From the joker Graham Hart.
6. Every player had the chance to go home with a bag of Humpty Dumpty Chips, a Pepsi and Pure Spring ginger ale, a ball point pen from Coles, a Big Mac coupon, and a $5 gift certificate to the Peterborough Square mall. Quite the prize pack.
7. The show gave us a window into the hopes and dreams of generations of kids, asking all the kids what they want to do with their lives—answers ranging from Wall Street executive to being a teacher to computers to cartoonist to "I dunno".
8. The awesome fashion of the various hosts over the years.
9. The Campus Quiz theme song. Don't deny it's not stuck in your head.
10. The show logos over the years.
11. The live studio audience, with students cheering on the competitors.
12. Because the host Don Miller in 1989 predicted a "computer dating service" (2:31 mark here). Wow.
13. The cutting edge digital effects.
14. The looks on contestants' faces when they were struggling with a question.
15. The scramble-grams audience members got to play.
16. The old school T-shirts
17. The Best of 3 "Bubble-gum blowout" audience members got to play. (The winner received a Wolf key chain, a pass to go roller-skating and a bag of Humpty Dumpty chips.)
18. Because it was—and we know we're repeating this—quite simply, one of the best game shows ever. Period. Correct.
Scroll down to watch old YouTube footage from the shows...
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