Ruth Duskin Feldman

Quiz Show Panelist


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her two-hour Archive interview, Ruth Duskin Feldman (1934-2015) speaks in great detail about her long-running association with television's legendary Quiz Kids. S he talks about the show's early years on radio when she was one of the only female regulars. She discusses the children's interaction with the producers and host Joe Kelly, working with her "co-stars," and the show's transition from radio to television. She recalls the impact of child stardom on the genius-level youngsters who appeared on the series. She describes her "graduation" from Quiz Kids, at the mandatory age of 16, and her subsequent retirement to private life. Feldman outlines writing a chronology of the show entitled "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted" published in 1982. B-roll consists of photos and memorabilia from Quiz Kids. Karen Herman conducted the interview on October 12, 2004 in Highland Park, IL.

"There are dangers inherent in a child being in the public eye, so I would say that a parent should be especially careful to examine the motives and figure out who's really the one who wants this."

Highlights
Ruth Duskin Feldman on her first appearance on Quiz Kids
03:13
Ruth Duskin Feldman on Jack Benny appearing on Quiz Kids
01:48
Ruth Duskin Feldman on what she found when she interviewed former Quiz Kids  panelists for "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"
03:32
Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a gifted child
02:09
Ruth Duskin Feldman on her advice to parents with children in the public eye
04:02
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on auditioning for Quiz Kids;  on being accepted for Quiz Kids  and how the show worked
14:56
On the scoring system of Quiz Kids; on her first appearance on Quiz Kids and the prizes awarded; on the sponsors and producers of Quiz Kids
14:46

Chapter 2

On the questions on Quiz Kids;  on becoming a regular on Quiz Kids  and its effect on her home and school life; on how she was viewed by the public on Quiz Kids
15:33
On preparing to be on Quiz Kids  and her on-air persona; on the staff of Quiz Kids; on celebrities appearing on Quiz Kids and writing a book at 12 years old
14:05

Chapter 3

On writing a book at age 12 and her relationship with her mother; on various fellow Quiz Kids panelists including Pat Conlon and Joel Kupperman
17:50
On hanging out with her fellow Quiz Kids panelists; on the first time she saw television; on Quiz Kids' transition from radio to television 
11:13

Chapter 4

On the proliferation of children's television shows in the '50s and retiring from Quiz Kids; on her life after retiring from Quiz Kids; on deciding to write the book "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"
14:53
On what she found when she interviewed former Quiz Kids panelists for "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"; on how her experiences on Quiz Kids affected her as a parent; on her advice to parents with children in the public eye
14:16

Chapter 5

On B-Roll pictures and memorabilia from her career as a Quiz Kids panelist- Quiz Kids postcard showing host and panel; another Quiz Kids postcard showing host and panel; Quiz Kids panelists with Eddie Cantor; Quiz Kids panelists with Chico Marx; sitting on a pile of fan mail; with Quiz Kids panelists on a war bond tour; Quiz Kids paper doll book; Quiz Kids connect the dots book; first edition copy of "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"
09:08
Shows

Quiz Kids

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on auditioning for Quiz Kids
02:44
Ruth Duskin Feldman on being accepted for Quiz Kids
01:34
Ruth Duskin Feldman on how Quiz Kids worked
03:22
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the scoring system of Quiz Kids
02:37
Ruth Duskin Feldman on her first appearance on Quiz Kids
03:13
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the prizes awarded on Quiz Kids and the aim of the show
02:22
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the sponsors of Quiz Kids
01:24
Ruth Duskin Feldman on Quiz Kids producer John Lewellen
05:10
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the questions on Quiz Kids
06:13
Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a gifted child
02:09
Ruth Duskin Feldman on becoming a regular on Quiz Kids 
02:08
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the effect of Quiz Kids on her family and school life
04:01
Ruth Duskin Feldman on how she was viewed by the public on Quiz Kids
01:02
Ruth Duskin Feldman on preparing to be on Quiz Kids  and her on-air persona
01:56
Ruth Duskin Feldman on Quiz Kids assistant director Rachel Stevenson and other staff members of the show
05:01
Ruth Duskin Feldman on Jack Benny appearing on Quiz Kids
01:48
Ruth Duskin Feldman on how fame affected her and writing a book when she was 12 years old
03:47
Ruth Duskin Feldman on fellow Quiz Kids  panelist Pat Conlon
00:42
Ruth Duskin Feldman on fellow Quiz Kids  panelist Joel Kupperman
03:19
Ruth Duskin Feldman on various fellow Quiz Kids panelists
09:47
Ruth Duskin Feldman on hanging out with her fellow Quiz Kids panelists 
03:44
Ruth Duskin Feldman on Quiz Kids' transition from radio to television 
05:39
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the proliferation of children's television shows in the '50s and retiring from Quiz Kids
04:02
Ruth Duskin Feldman on deciding to write the book "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"
04:23
Ruth Duskin Feldman on what she found when she interviewed former Quiz Kids panelists for "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"
03:32
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the response to her book "Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted"
01:39
Ruth Duskin Feldman on the short-lived revival of Quiz Kids
01:05
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on the sponsors of Quiz Kids
01:24

Advice

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on her advice to parents with children in the public eye
04:02

Television Industry

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on the sponsors of Quiz Kids
01:24
Ruth Duskin Feldman on her advice to parents with children in the public eye
04:02
Genres

Game Shows

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a panelist on Quiz Kids  (Part 1)
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Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a panelist on Quiz Kids  (Part 2)
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Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a panelist on Quiz Kids (Part 3)
29:03
Ruth Duskin Feldman on appearing as a panelist on Quiz Kids (Part 4)
29:09
People

Jack Benny

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on Jack Benny appearing on Quiz Kids
01:48

Pat Conlon

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on fellow Quiz Kids panelist Pat Conlon
00:42

Judy Garland

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on meeting Judy Garland
01:33

Joel Kupperman

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on fellow Quiz Kids  panelist Joel Kupperman
03:19

John Lewellen

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on the Quiz Kids producers including John Lewellen
05:10

Rachel Stevenson

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on Quiz Kids assistant director Rachel Stevenson and other staff members of the show
05:01

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